Pulse Flour Market By Product Type (Pea, Lentils, Chickpea), By Application (Food, Feed) - Growth, Future Prospects And Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025

Pulses have a low-fat content, a high fiber content, and a low glycemic index. Pulse flour has major advantages over wheat flour and rice flour. It has been stimulated to achieve the required blend of rare elements and nutrients, such as sodium, potassium, and selenium. Pulses contain a large number of amino acids and proteins, which makes them different from customary cereal flour. A large population in Europe and the Americas currently consumes pulse flour in numerous food applications, which in turn is growing the pulse flour market in these regions.

Pulse flour, which is prepared from ground chickpeas, originated in India. A few decades ago, the United States began encouraging the consumption of pulses and pulse flour, which increased the demand for pulse flour in the region. Due to the growing preference for pulse flour, the United Nations has titled 2016 the "International Year of Pulses." Pulse Flour is widely used in bakery products, pasta, beverages, processed meat, and tortillas. All types of pulse flour, which include pea flour, chickpea flour, lentil flour, etc., have not yet been used in various countries, creating a great opportunity for the pulse flour market in the future. The pulse flour market is projected to witness rising consumer demand due to its massive use and growing presence globally.

The beverages application segment in the pulse flour market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 12% from 2017 to 2025. Various food manufacturers are endeavoring to add pulse flour to beverages to offer an appropriate substitute for kids suffering from lactose intolerance and who are also allergic to soy products.

By geography, Europe was the largest market by value in 2016. The European pulse flour market has seen various new product developments in the past few years. In 2016, for example, a new bean-based product launched in 2016 had a market share of more than 44%.In Asia Pacific, the cultivation of pulses is projected to boost demand in the forecast period. The region has enhanced agricultural growth in the past few years. Also, various innovations in the food processing and food service markets have created new opportunities for pulse flours. Growing middle-class populations in the region, increasing disposable income, and changing consumer preferences for nutritious and healthy food products are some other aspects fueling the demand for pulse flour in the region.

The pulse flour market in America is emerging owing to the growing demand for pulse flour from bakery and snack producers, the growing consciousness of consumers towards the benefits of pulse flour, and the growing demand for gluten-free products among consumers. Americans have a preference for foods that contain high amounts of fiber and protein. Due to this, various manufacturers are opting for ingredients that contain pulse flour. Along with this, demand for functional flour from the food and beverage industry is also promoting the pulse flour market.

Some of the major companies operating in the market are AGT Food and Ingredients, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Best Cooking Pulses Inc., CanMar Grain Products Ltd., Diefenbaker Seed Processors, Ltd., Ganesh Grains Ltd., Harvest Innovations, Ingredion Incorporated, Parakh Agro Industries, Ltd., and Rotel Ic ve Dis Ticaret A.S., among others.

Based on the product type, the pulse flour market is segmented as follows:

  • Pea
  • Lentils
  • Chickpea
  • Others

Chickpea flour was the largest segment by product type in the pulse flour market, accounting for more than 35% of the market share in 2016. Chickpea flour has various nutritional components, such as sodium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and potassium, which is a major aspect driving the demand for chickpea flour in the forecast period. Chickpea flour offers various health benefits and is also effective in mitigating problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, which is also contributing to the chickpea flour market growth. The increasing use of chickpea flour in the snacks and bakery segments is expected to drive significant growth in the chickpea flour market value.

Legumes are another lucrative market that is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 15% in the forecast period. Various foodstuffs are combined with lentil flour owing to a large number of vital nutrients, improved protein quality, and reduction in carbon impact from food. Moreover, lentil flour helps to boost muscle growth and muscle restoration in the body, which is estimated to fuel the growth of the market in the forecast period. Pea flour is generally used as a source of protein, and in combination with cereal flour, pea seeds are rich in carbohydrates, protein, nutritional fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Consumption of whole peas improves the digestive system, reduces blood sugar, and improves satiety.

Based on the application segment, the pulse flour market is segmented as follows:


  • Bakery
  • Snacks
  • Extruded Food
  • Meat Products
  • Beverages
  • Other
  • Feed
  • Others

Food was the most dominant segment in 2016, owing to the increasing demand for gluten-free and healthier products. Bakery and snacks are the two largest sub-segments of food, which together accounted for more than 90% of the share in food applications in 2016. Consumers are more attracted to bread containing pulse flour due to the different tastes and enriched nutritional content of the product. Pulse flour's ability to mimic the efficient properties of supplementary flours without any side effects is a key factor driving the consumption growth of pulse flour in the near future. The beverage sub-segment is another productive segment and is expected to grow at a steady rate in the forecast period. Pulse flour in beverages is used as a substitute for kids suffering from lactose intolerance and who are sensitive to soy products. Demand for pea flour is increasing due to the wide use of peas for animal feed. Peas are enriched with protein, starch, and lysine, which provide the vital amino acids and energy necessary for the well-being of animals.

For the purpose of this study, the global pulse flour market is categorized into the following geographies and sub-geographies:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • U.K.
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • India
    • China
    • Japan
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa

Among all regions, Europe was the largest market in 2016 due to the growing health awareness among consumers who are gradually opting for nutritional food products. Pulse flour is in high demand among manufacturers of baked goods and snacks because it is the most important ingredient due to its high levels of protein and fiber. Europe has launched 3,593 new products made from pulse ingredients over the past five years. Out of which, new product ingredients from chickpeas were 35%, peas were 34%, bean ingredients were 25%, and lentils were 14%.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing pulse flour market by region. The market is being driven by the demand for high-quality ingredients in food products and consumers' increasing preference for products containing pulse flour in various countries throughout the region. For instance, Australian consumers mostly opt for functional flour, which is made from peas. Fast urbanization and increasing demand for convenient food products are growing the demand for bread in the region, which in turn is driving the growth of pulse flour in Asia-Pacific.

The Middle East and Africa are also expected to have a growth rate of more than 16% in the forecast period. Rising population and improved food services are expected to drive up demand for pulse flour in the Middle East and Africa. The increasing hospitality industry in the Middle East and Africa is anticipated to drive the market for new food products, mainly in countries like Egypt, the UAE, Israel, and Morocco.

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The market for Pulse Flour Market is expected to reach USD$ 25.02 Bn in 2025.

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Archer Daniels Midland Company, Best Cooking Pulses Inc., CanMar Grain Products Ltd., Diefenbaker Seed Processors, Ltd., Ganesh Grains Ltd., Harvest Innovations. are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Dec 2017
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