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  • Published In : Dec 2023
  • Code : CMI6174
  • Pages :140
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  • Industry : Food and Beverages

Global corn grit market is expected to be valued at US$ 896.1 Mn in 2023 to US$ 1320.9 Mn by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% during the forecast period 2023-2030.

The growth of the global corn grit market is driven by the increasing demand for corn grit from the food and beverage industry. Corn grit is used in a variety of food products, such as grits, cornbread, tortillas, and snacks. Growing demand for gluten-free food products is also expected to boost the growth of the global corn grit market.

Increasing demand for corn grit from the animal feed industry is also expected to drive the market growth. Corn grit is a good source of energy and protein for animals. Rising disposable income of consumers in developing countries is also expected to boost the market growth.

Global Corn Grit Market Regional Insights

  • North America is the largest market for corn grit, accounting for a market share of over 30% in 2022. This is due to the high demand for corn grit in the food and beverage industry, as well as the growing popularity of gluten-free products. The U.S.is the major market in this region, followed by Canada.
  • Asia Pacific is the second largest market for corn grit, with a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. This market growth is driven by the increasing demand for corn grit in the food and beverage industry, as well as the growing population in the region. China and India are the major markets in this region.
  • Europe is the third largest market for corn grit, with a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period. This market growth is driven by the increasing demand for corn grit in the food and beverage industry, as well as the growing health consciousness among consumers. Germany, France, and the U.K. are the major markets in this region.

Figure 1. Global Corn Grit Market Share (%), By Region, 2023


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Global Corn Grit Market Drivers

  • Food industry growth: Corn grits are majorly used in the food industry. As the food industry grows, especially in the snack and breakfast segments, demand for corn grits also tends to rise.
  • Health consciousness: With the increasing trend towards health and wellness, corn grits, which is gluten-free, can attract consumers those who are looking for alternative grains. These are also rich in fiber, which can be appealing to health-conscious individuals.
  • Convenience foods: Rise in demand for convenience foods like ready-to-cook meals or quick snacks has driven the corn grit market, as these often use corn grits as an ingredient.
  • Biofuel production: Demand for corn for biofuel production, especially ethanol, can indirectly influence the global corn grit market. If more corn is diverted towards biofuel, it could potentially lead to reduced availability or increased prices for corn grits.

Global Corn Grit Market Opportunities

  • Gluten-free trend: With increasing awareness about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, there's growing demand for gluten-free products. Since corn grits are naturally gluten-free, there's a potential to market them as a healthy alternative to wheat-based products.
  • Value-added products: Introducing value-added corn grit products, such as fortified vitamins and minerals which are combined with other grains, can cater to the health-conscious consumer segment.
  • Organic and non-GMO: Increasing demand for organic and non-GMO products, there is an opportunity for producers to offer certified organic and non-GMO corn grits.
  • Diverse culinary applications: With the globalization of cuisines, there is a chance to promote corn grits in various culinary applications around the world, by introducing them to dishes beyond traditional ones.

Corn Grit Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 896.1 Mn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 5.7% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 1,320.9 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Type of Corn Grits: Yellow Corn Grits and White Corn Grits
  • By Granulation Size: Fine, Medium, and Coarse
  • By Application: Food Industry (Breakfast Cereals, Baking, Snacks), Beverage Industry (e.g., beer production), Animal Feed, and Other Industrial Uses
  • By Distribution Channel: Direct Sales, Distributor, Online Retailers, Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, and Specialty Stores
  • By End User: Households and Industrial
Companies covered:

Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Bunge Limited, Ingredion Incorporated, Tate & Lyle PLC, Didion Milling, Semo Milling, Agrana Beteiligungs-AG, The Andersons, Inc., and LifeLine Foods

Growth Drivers:
  • Food industry growth
  • Health consciousness
  • Convenience foods
  • Biofuel production
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Price volatility
  • Alternative grains
  • Pesticide and GMO concerns
  • Climatic uncertainties

Global Corn Grit Market Trends

  • Health and wellness: Consumers are increasingly focusing on their health and well-being, thus leading to an elevated demand for foods rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Corn grits are a natural source of several essential nutrients, so there is a trend towards positioning them as a health food.
  • Clean label movement: Consumers are more concerned about what is in their food, thereby leading to a preference for products with recognizable and natural ingredients. Thus, the demand for corn grits without additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients is on the rise.
  • Ethical and sustainable farming: The focus on sustainable and ethical farming practices has been growing. Corn products that are sourced from farms by using sustainable agricultural practices or from local sources are becoming more popular.
  • Globalized cuisine: As people explore global cuisines, dishes that use corn grits, traditionally are popular in certain regions, are gaining popularity worldwide.

Global Corn Grit Market Restraints

  • Price volatility: The price of corn can be quite volatile, which is influenced by factors like global demand, climate changes, and geopolitical scenarios. Such fluctuations can lead to unpredictable costs for corn grit producers.
  • Alternative grains: Rise in popularity of other grains like quinoa, millet, and chia, which are often touted for their health benefits, can pose competition to the corn grit market.

Counterbalance: Awareness of the health benefits of corn grit needs to be made known to the common people. Also, corn grit manufacturers should focus on new product launches that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins for the health-conscious populations

  • Pesticide and genetically modified organisms (GMO) concerns: Concerns about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides in corn farming can deter certain health-conscious and eco-friendly consumers.
  • Climatic uncertainties: Corn production is susceptible to weather patterns. Droughts, excessive rainfall, or other extreme conditions can impact corn yields, thus affecting the supply of corn grits.

Analyst view of the Global Corn Grit Market:

Global corn grit market is expected to grow steadily driven by the increasing demand for convenience foods across regions. Corn grit is a popular breakfast food and finds wide application in baked goods due to its texture and binding properties. North America dominates the market which is aided by the large breakfast food industry in the US. Asia Pacific is likely to emerge as the fastest growing market with the rising health-conscious population fueling consumption of corn-based products in countries like India and China.

However, price volatility of corn may negatively impact the market players as corn is the primary raw material for producing grits. Unfavorable weather conditions can disrupt corn supply and lift prices. Substitutes like oats, wheat, and rice also provide competition. Nevertheless, corn grit manufacturers are focused on new product launches fortified with vitamins, minerals, and proteins to tap the health-conscious demographic. The launch of gluten-free and organic variants is also expanding the consumer base.

Online retail is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for corn grit suppliers. E-commerce giants are boosting the product discovery rate. Leading brands are engaged in promotional activities on digital channels and partnering with online food retailers to boost market growth. The market is consolidated with key market players from North America which have a strong base. Local players in emerging economies may look at regional expansion opportunities through tie-ups with local food processing companies.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • KL Dugar Gyan Maize Grit (Nepal, 2017): This product is made from high quality maize and is low in fat, sodium, gluten free, and rich in dietary fiber. It can be served as a tasty porridge snack or main course with vegetables.
  • Nature's Path Organic Corn Grits (Canada, 2020): These organic corn grits are made from non-GMO corn and are certified gluten-free. These are a good source of fiber and iron.
  • Bob's Red Mill Corn Grits (USA, 2021): These corn grits are made from whole grain corn and are a good source of fiber and protein. These can be used to make a variety of dishes, such as grits porridge, polenta, and cornbread.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In 2021, Cargill acquired Honeyville Products, a leading manufacturer of corn grits and other food ingredients. This acquisition gave Cargill, a major foothold in the growing gluten-free market.
  • In 2022, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) acquired AGT Food and Ingredients, a Canada based company that is a major producer of corn grits and other agricultural commodities. This acquisition made ADM the world's largest corn processor.
  • In 2023, Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods acquired Hodgson Mill, a leading manufacturer of corn grits and other whole grain products. This acquisition gave Bob's Red Mill a major boost in its retail presence.

Figure 2. Global Corn Grit Market Share (%), By Distribution Channel, 2023


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Top Companies in Global Corn Grit Market

  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • Bunge Limited
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • Tate & Lyle PLC
  • Didion Milling
  • Semo Milling
  • Agrana Beteiligungs-AG
  • The Andersons, Inc.
  • LifeLine Foods

Definition: The term "corn grit market" refers to the industry segment that focuses on the production, distribution, and sale of corn grits, which are coarse ground corn or maize particles created through the milling process. Corn grits are a versatile food ingredient used in various

Frequently Asked Questions

Price volatility, alternative grains, pesticide and GMO concerns, and climatic uncertainties are the key factors hampering growth of the global corn grit market.

Food industry growth, health consciousness, convenience foods, and biofuel production are the major factors driving the market growth.

The leading component segment is direct sale.

Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), Bunge Limited, Ingredion Incorporated, Tate & Lyle PLC, Didion Milling, Semo Milling, Agrana Beteiligungs-AG, The Andersons, Inc., and LifeLine Foods are the major players operating in the market.

North America leads the market.

The CAGR of the market is 5.7%.

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