8th Starch World Asia,

23-24 Jan, 2019 - Bangkok, THAILAND

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

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"Fast - changing dynamics of the cassava markets with looming shortage and spreading of disease"

It is a challenging time for cassava as prices have developed their own dynamics detached from world market fundamentals due to the critical shortage of roots and the rapid growth of mosaic disease detected largely in eastern Cambodia and southern Vietnam.

The panel of authorities from the top 3 producing in Asia will share on the impact of CMD (cassava mosaic disease) and how this might affect supply going forward.

The leading issue in the  minds of processors is what is the threat of CMD  on the supply outlook in the next 6-9 months? Will prices remain high?  Will they switch to corn or rice?

Ingredion investing $60 million in Asia-Pacific 
- Food Business News 26/09/2018

Ingredion builds its on-trend rice ingredient business and continues to make further investments in Asia Earlier this year, the company expanded its modified and clean label specialty starch capabilities in tapioca, waxy corn and rice in the region.

Despite the high prices, demand for cassava-based products is increasing as consumption patterns change. New global markets are developing with growing demand for ‘clean label’ and differentiated products such as gluten-free or GMO-free. Cassava starch has always had superior functional properties in many applications sought after by food processors and manufacturers.

As leading producer, Thailand starch producers are upgrading their facilities, investing in higher value added cassava starch and derivatives and also investing in smart farming concepts to improve yields.

CMT returns to Thailand for its 8th edition of Starch World Asia and has lined up key panel of speakers to share the latest news. Key highlights include :

  • Outlook for cassava markets with impending shortage
  • Opportunities to switch to sugar with current low prices?
  • Vietnam starch market update from the perspective of a local player
    • How are they coping with root shortage issues
  • Developments in smart agri technology for cassava plantations in Thailand
  • Global corn markets & trade outlook with rising concerns over China-US trade tension
  • The damage caused by CMD and what actions are in place to tackle the disease
  • What is really clean label? are we past that trend?
  • Innovations in on-trend rice based solutions
  • Discovery of resistant starch from novel waxy tapioca variety
  • Advanced cassava breeding for modified starch

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23 Jan 2019, Wednesday (9:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Introduction & Review of Modified Starches in the Light of the Clean Label Challenge


Dr. Michael Radeloff
Senior Tutor Technology Training Courses  


A carbohydrate chemist from Hamburg University. He held several international management positions in the starch industry in R&D, Product Development and Marketing. Michael is currently the Senior Tutor for Technology Training Courses, a specialist training organisation providing in depth technical courses for industry both on line and in house. He also owns and runs a successful consultancy, Thales Consult, specializing in renewable agricultural raw materials, their derivatives and applications. 


9:00 - 10:45 

Clean Label Starches 


  • Why to modify starch?
  • The legal framework of food starch modification
  • Physical starch modifications (pre-gelatinization, hydrothermal treatment)
  • Enzymatic starch modification
  • Key characteristics of physically / enzymatically modified starches

10:45 - 11:15  

Coffee break 

11:15 - 12:30

  • Chemical starch modification (starch thinning, starch esters, starch ethers)
  • Key characteristics of chemically modified starches
  • Chemical starch modification technology (Slurry Modification, Semi-dry and Dry Modification)

Testimonials from 7th Starch World Asia

"Good to see peers and exchange idea from various angles of cassava potential, future and burdens"

- Thai Wah Group 

"Always a great experience"

- Ciranda 

"Worth attending" 

- KTIS Bioethanol

"Valuable conference" 

- Vedan 


"Good insight for starch market and outlook in future trend"

- Battambang Agro 


"Good chance to know people in the starch business"

- SMS Corp


"CMT creates an opportunity to share and learn new knowledge which can be put into business"


Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.
Contact fiona@cmtsp.com.sg

Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg

News Feed

Can tapioca compete with already dominant corn and potato starch?

Posted on : 12 Dec, 2018

The tapioca starch market is quickly growing as more and more people are realizing its health benefits. It is gluten and allergens free and according to market research firm fact.MR, the tapioca starch market is currently valued at US$4.5bn and is projected to grow at CAGR of 6.1% over the forecast period, from 2018 to 2028.
Since it is gluten free, tapioca is a perfect ingredient in food products that appeal to consumers suffering from celiac disease.
Besides, tapioca also reduces cholesterol level, maintains blood sugar level and also helps to prevent constipation. Being a rich source of calcium, manganese, folate, and iron, the root starch can be also beneficial for pregnant women.
Moreover, tapioca helps metabolize carbohydrates. All these health benefits are expected to fuel the demand for tapioca based starches across the world.
But can it compete with corn and potato starches that already have an established market?
Although, corn and potato starch already have an established market, the research firm believes  that the industry is opening up to new alternatives and tapioca is certainly one of them.
Tapioca can leverage on the disadvantages of potato and corn starch some of them being their ‘undesired cereal flavor’, ‘cloudy appearances’, and ‘lower tendency to gel’.  This together with tapioca starch’s own advantages such as resistance to longer cooking times, persistent quality during food reheating and freezing processes, and complete dissolution with high viscosity and clarity retention property have already boosted its adoption in the food industry - especially the tapioca extract market.
Find out more about tapioca starch markets at CMT’s 8th Starch World Asia on 23-24 January, 2019 in Bangkok.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more information.

ADM and Vedan launch New Speciality Tapioca Starches

Posted on : 17 Sep, 2018


Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has collaborated with Vedan International to start a new line of speciality tapioca starches and tapioca maltodextrin ingredients.


This new line of starches can be used by food manufacturers to enhance product stability by binding water in foods while also improving and viscosity and mouthfeel. Some of the food products that can use these starches are dressings, sauces, bakery fillings, ice cream, yogurt, soups, bakery, beverages, meat and dry sausages. Tapioca has a neutral taste that allows its use in a wide range of applications.


The tapioca starches and tapioca maltodextrin ingredients are non-GMO. In addition, maltodextrin is also available in an organic version.


ADM is committed to expand it starch-based ingredients - particularly the plant-based varieties that provide cleaner label options.


More about tapioca starches will be discussed at CMT's 8th StarchWorld Asia on 23-24 January, 2019 in Bangkok.


Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113 for more information.