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Jan, 03 2024

Nourishing Innovation: Functional Flours Take Center Stage, Elevating Taste and Wellness with Essential Nutrient Fortification in Every Bite

Functional flours play a crucial role in nutritional enhancement by serving as carriers of essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Their incorporation into various food products provides a valuable means of addressing dietary deficiencies and promoting overall health and wellness. By fortifying products with these added nutrients, functional flours contribute to the creation of foods that not only satisfy taste preferences but also deliver enhanced nutritional value. This is particularly significant in a world where consumers increasingly prioritize foods that support their well-being.

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Data Bridge Market Research analyses the Middle East Functional Flour Market, which was USD 3,312.20 million in 2022, is expected to reach up to USD 5,573.04 million by 2030, and is expected to undergo a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period of 2023-2030. The market is driven by changing consumer lifestyles marked by a surge in demand for processed and convenient foods.

Key Findings of the Study

Middle East Functional Flour Market

Expanding aging population is expected to drive the market's growth rate

The expanding aging population is a significant driver for the functional flour market. As awareness grows about the crucial role of nutrition in supporting health and managing age-related conditions, there is an increasing demand for functional flours enriched with essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These ingredients address specific dietary needs associated with aging, offering a convenient and versatile way for older individuals to incorporate vital nutrients into their diets. Functional flours, with their nutritional benefits, align with the preferences of an aging demographic seeking products that contribute to overall well-being, making them a sought-after choice in the evolving landscape of health-conscious consumer preferences.

Report Scope and Market Segmentation

Report Metric


Forecast Period

2023 to 2030

Base Year


Historic Years

2021 (Customizable to 2015-2020)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Million, Volumes in Units, Pricing in USD

Segments Covered

Category (Non-GMO, GMO), Source (Cereals, Legumes, Chia, Potato, Tapioca), Application ( Bakery and Confectionery Products, Convenience Food, Sport Nutrition, Infant Formula, Meat, Poultry and Sea Food, Animal Feed, Dairy Products, Beverages, Nutritional Bar, Nutritional Supplements), Technical Type (Heat Treated Flour, Extrusion Processing, Drum Drying)

Countries Covered

Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel, Oman, Iraq, Jordon, Egypt, Bahrain, Palestine, and Syria

Market Players Covered

General Mills Inc. (U.S.), Ingredion Incorporated (U.S.), ADM (U.S.), AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG (Austria), ARDENT MILLS (U.S.), Bunge Limited (U.S.), SunOpta (Canada), ABF Ingredients (U.K.), Limagrain - Ingrédients (France), Bakels Sweden (Sweden), and Mühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Data Points Covered in the Report

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Segment Analysis:

The Middle East functional flour market is segmented based on category, source, application, and technical type.

  • On the basis of category, the Middle East functional flour market is segmented into Non-GMO, and GMO
  • On the basis of source, the Middle East functional flour market is segmented into cereals, legumes, chia, potato, and tapioca
  • On the basis of application, the Middle East functional flour market is segmented into bakery and confectionery products, convenience food, sport nutrition, infant formula, meat, poultry and sea food, animal feed, dairy products, beverages, nutritional bar, and nutritional supplements
  • On the basis of technical type, the Middle East functional flour market is segmented into heat treated flour, extrusion processing, and drum drying

Major Players

Data Bridge Market Research recognizes the following companies as the major Middle East functional flour market players in Middle East functional flour market are General Mills Inc. (U.S.), Ingredion Incorporated (U.S.), ADM (U.S.), AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG (Austria), ARDENT MILLS (U.S.), Bunge Limited (U.S.)

Middle East Functional Flour Market

Market Developments

  • In October 2021, Cargill made a significant move in the food industry by introducing a novel rice flour-based maltodextrin substitute. Branded as Soluble SimPure, this innovative ingredient stands out for being a clean label alternative with a taste, texture, and functionality closely mirroring that of maltodextrin. Notably, it can be seamlessly integrated into various food products as a one-to-one replacement for maltodextrin, addressing both consumer demand for clean labels and the food industry's need for versatile ingredients
  • In July 2021, Ulrick & Short expanded its functional flour range with the introduction of Fazenda Nutrigel. This particular ingredient is designed to enhance viscosity, texture, and structure specifically in gluten-free bakery applications. Recognizing the challenges in gluten-free baking, Fazenda Nutrigel acts as a viscosity regulator, contributing to improved moisture, softness, and overall structure in a variety of gluten-free products. This launch builds upon the company's commitment to providing solutions for the evolving demands of the gluten-free market
  • In June 2021 Addressing concerns about low dietary fiber intake in Europe, Limagrain Ingredients unveiled LifyWheat flour. This fiber-rich wheat flour, derived from white wheat, is reported to be ten times richer in fibers compared to standard fibers and includes resistant starch. Positioned as a response to the nutritional needs of Europeans, this launch aims to encourage healthier dietary choices by offering a versatile and fiber-enriched alternative to conventional wheat flour
  • In February 2020, ARDENT MILLS made a strategic move by acquiring Andean Naturals, Inc.'s quinoa sourcing, packaging, and cleaning operation based in the U.S. . This acquisition marked ARDENT MILLS' entry into gluten-free sourcing and cleaning, demonstrating a commitment to meeting the increasing consumer demand for high-quality, nutritious grains and plant-based ingredients. The acquired facility provides the company with a platform for potential expansion into other grains beyond quinoa
  • In January 2020, AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG strengthened its presence in the U.S. market through the acquisition of Marroquin Organic International, a reputable distributor with 29 years of experience in the non-GMO and organic sector. This strategic move enables AGRANA to leverage Marroquin's established market reputation for distributing starch products. By incorporating Marroquin into its operations, AGRANA aims to enhance its offerings in the U.S., catering to the growing demand for organic and non-GMO starch products in the region

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the countries covered in the Middle East functional flour market report are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait, Israel, Oman, Iraq, Jordon, Egypt, Bahrain, Palestine, and Syria

As per Data Bridge Market Research analysis:

Saudi Arabia is the dominant region in the Middle East functional flour market during the forecast period 2023-2030

Saudi Arabia dominates the Middle East functional flour market due to its growing manufacturing facilities equipped with modern technologies, the strong presence of major industry players fostering innovation and market penetration, a notable surge in consumer demand for gluten-free flour-based products, and the implementation of strategic business initiatives. The country's strategic geographical positioning as a central hub in the Middle East and North Africa further enhances its influence in the regional functional flour market. Saudi Arabia's leadership in the industry is a result of a comprehensive approach that encompasses manufacturing excellence, market responsiveness, and strategic collaborations, solidifying its position as a key player in the global functional flour landscape.

U.A.E. is estimated to be the fastest growing region in the Middle East functional flour market for the forecast period 2023-2030

The U.A.E. is expected to experience significant growth in the flour market from 2023 to 2030. This growth is driven by a rising demand for flour-based products, an increasing preference for gluten-free items, a boost in research activities within the region, the presence of untapped markets, and a substantial population base. The convergence of these factors positions the U.A.E. as a key player in the evolving regional and global flour market, reflecting changing consumer preferences and fostering opportunities for innovation and market expansion.

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