Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour Market by Type (Barley, Rye, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa, Others) by Application (Bakery, Confectionary, Ready to Eat, Retail Packed Flour, Others)– Ukraine War, Future Prospects And Competitive Analysis, 2016 - 2028

The different applications of ancient and specialty grain flour include bakery, confectionery, and ready-to-cook and eat products. In addition, the increasing trend of organic food consumption worldwide is driving the high consumption of ancient and specialty grain flour. As a result, the companies operating in the market offer a comprehensive portfolio of ancient and specialty grain flour products ranging from single grain flour to flour consisting of a multigrain blend.


Global Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market generated over USD 2,168.75 million in 2021. It is expected to exhibit a CAGR of over 5.75% during the forecast period to reach over USD 3,336.43 million by the end of 2028. In contrast, the cumulative growth opportunity offered by the global Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market stood above USD 19.91 billion for the analysis period ranging from 2022 to 2028.     

Interesting Facts about Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour Industry

  • Global Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour consumption in 2021 was recorded at around 425 kilo tons
  • Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour tend to be higher in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and zinc because they haven’t been stripped
  • Origin of Ancient & Specialty Grains dates back to 10,000 years ago
  • Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour are costlier than conventional grain flour
  • Growing organic food trend is the major driving factor for this industry

Growing Organic and Gluten-Free Food Trend

Wheat and white flour dominated the market for quite a long time. However, Ancient & specialty grains are coming back with growing adoption across the regions. Ancient & specialty grains are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, omega-3, proteins, anti-oxidants, and fatty acids; for this reason, people are more inclined toward healthy ancient grains than modern grains. Besides, changing lifestyle and health concern among people is day by day on the rise, which is a crucial factor benefiting the ancient & specialty grain market growth. 

Additionally, the attraction of ancient & specialty grains for some consumers is the bundle of benefits that manifest simplicity. They are more likely to prefer organic food to genetically modified food. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. sales of organic products were estimated at around USD 60 billion in 2025.

Barley Dominated Ancient & Specialty Grain Flours Market

Based on the product segment, the market of U.S. Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour is divided into Barley, Rye, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa, and Others, wherein the category of Barley is observed to gain a large volume of shares in terms of volume. The division of rye is expected to impose a robust growth in the market in the subsequent years. Quinoa is the fastest-growing segment among all Ancient & Specialty Grain flour types. 

Massive Demand for Conventional Grains and High Cost of Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour

Most of the American diet is still dominated by conventional grains like corn, rice, wheat, and oats. The price difference between ancient and traditional/modern grains is enormous. Some economic factors such as grain yields, production costs, capital needs, and net returns are risk factors for the U.S. manufacturers of ancient & specialty grains.

Retail Packaged Flour to Dominate the Demand for Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour

Bakery, Confectionary, Ready Eat, Retail Packed Flour, and Others are significant segments of the Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market. The segment of application is dominated by Retail Packed Flour. It accounted for over 30% share of the total revenue generation in 2021. Retail Packed Flour is also expected to exhibit a rapid growth rate over the forecast period. Other such categories of applications are Bakery, Confectionary, Ready to Eat, and Retail Packed Flour. Along with the maximum market share, the Retail Packed Flour is foreseen to account for the fastest growth rate in the estimated period.

Highly Fragmented Market

Agrana Beteiligungs-AG, Associated British Foods PLC., Cargill Inc., Enjoy Life Foods LLC, General Mills, Inc., Limagrain, Parrish and Heimbecker, Sunopta Inc., The Hain Celestial Group Inc., and The Scoular Company are significant players operating in the global Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market. Acquisitions & Mergers have remained effective strategies adopted by the global Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market. By the end of December 2017, The Hain Celestial Group Inc. acquired Clarks U.K. Ltd., a major natural sweetener brand in the U.K. this will help the company strengthen its brand's health and wellness portfolio.

Frequently asked questions about global Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour industry

Like other industries, Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market also suffered from COVID 19 pandemic which resulted into decline of over 8.43% in revenue generated in 2020

Asia Pacific is the largest regional market with highest share in the total volume of Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour consumed in 2021

Growing popularity of Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour coupled with rising adoption of organic food grains is driving the demand for Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour

Barley segment dominated the Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour market in 2021 with over 25% share

Retail Packaged Flour segment was the largest application of Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour in 2021 with over 30% share

Ancient & Specialty Grain Flour Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market Value in 2021 USD 2,168.75 million
Market Value in 2028 USD 3,336.43 million
CAGR 5.75% between 2021 and 2028
Benchmarking Year 2021
Past data 2016 – 2021
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Published Date:  Apr 2022
Category:  Food & Beverage
Report ID:   60532
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