Starch/sugar enzymes occurs in various microorganisms and are used to assist the process of hydrolysis to breakdown sugar molecule. Various types of enzymes used are carbohydrase, lipase and protease. These types of enzymes are responsible for biochemical processes. Starch/sugar enzymes are used in bio-fuel production, cleaning agents, animal feed, pharmaceutical and biotechnology among others.
The market for starch/sugar enzymes was mainly driven by increasing demand from food and beverage industry. In addition, there is huge demand for these enzymes from industrial applications such as bio-fuels, biocatalysts and cleaning agents. Due to its versatility there is huge demand for starch/sugar enzymes from various consumers. In addition, huge investment in R&D activities for new product development is likely to drive the market in upcoming years. The major opportunities for the starch/enzyme market are likely to be bio-fuel production and biotechnology market. However, individuals suffering from gluten intolerance will not opt for these products and can act as a restraint to the market.