Global Parboiled and White Rice Market to Reach 509.20 Million Tons by 2026, Impelled by Numerous Health Benefits

Published on Dec 27, 2016

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Parboiled and White Rice Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026,” the global parboiled and white rice market size reached 488.30 Million Tons in 2020.  Parboiled and white are two of the most consumed varieties of rice. Among these, white rice is processed by removing the bran, husk and germ that alters the texture and the appearance of the rice. On the other hand, parboiled rice, also known as easy-to-cook rice, is more flavorful than white rice and is soaked, steamed and dried before being milled. This helps harden the grain, minimize the possibility of over-cooking, and retains the natural vitamin and mineral content. Rice represents one of the most crucial staple food items that is consumed by more than half of the world’s total population. It is generally produced and consumed in Asian countries such as China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Korea.

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Global Parboiled and White Rice Market Trends:

Over the years, there has been a rise in the demand for white rice due to altering dietary patterns and improving living standards. The increasing awareness among consumers about various health benefits offered by incorporating white rice in the daily diet, including muscle growth, treating gastrointestinal distress and preventing kidney problems, is also contributing to the market growth. Moreover, as white rice is gluten-free, it is widely preferred by consumers who are gluten-intolerant. Besides this, consumers are becoming more inclined toward parboiled rice as it is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and other essential dietary nutrients. It is also easy to digest, and its adequate consumption aids in maintaining sugar levels, preventing cardiovascular diseases and strengthening the immune system. On account of these factors, the market volume is projected to reach 509.20 Million Tons by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 1.30% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Market Summary:

  • Based on the end use, the market has been bifurcated into food and feed use. At present, food use exhibits a clear dominance in the market. Parboiled and white rice is widely utilized for cooking purposes and manufacturing cereals, snack foods, baby foods, frozen dinners and sauce thickeners. 
  • Region-wise, China represents the largest rice producer on account of high rainfall, easy availability of cheap labor, and increasing utilization of advanced agriculture methods and better irrigation facilities in the country. Rice is cultivated in six agro-climatic zones that range from the humid tropics in the south to the cooler subtropics of central and northern China. Other major regions include India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam and others.


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