The value of the grain machinery market is estimated to have been $0.4 billion in 2016 in the United States; IHS Markit forecasts it to grow with 2.0% CAGR from 2016 to 2021.
The US is the largest cultivator of corn and its grain farming includes more than 5 million farms in the country, where corn competes against crushed oilseed as a livestock food source. US grain farms also include oilseed and vegetable crops, and the farmers tend to plant and harvest crops with the highest yield and payout. The US market for grain processing machineries is divided into two main product types: grain harvesting machineries and crop harvesting machineries.
The demand for grain processing machineries in the US is driven by government policies and consumer trends in eating habits. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides official marketing standards for grains and oilseeds, which require exported grains such as corn, mixed grains, oats, canola, barley, rye, sunflower seed, wheat, etc. be officially inspected and weighed. These standards are established under the United States Grain Standards Act.
With the increasing demand for non-synthetic natural food preservation methods, there is an increase in demand for semi continuous High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology for rice and grains processing, as these types of machinery are used to remove allergen proteins from rice grains, destroy pathogens, and extend the life of food substances. Although small manufacturers are not able to afford these high-cost HPP machines, they are provided on a commercial tolling basis in the US.
There is an increasing demand for oscillating granulator and high shear mixer granulator machineries in the US market, as these machineries are used to granulate food substances with wet and dry granulation. They also further grade foods and sort products by shape, size, and quality, and remove spoiled food from fresh products.
Source: PMMI Business Intelligence, “2018 Food and Beverage Processing Machinery Report.”
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