We add value to our country's maize
and process the maize of these lands
for our people and the world.

We add value to our country's maize and process the maize of these lands for our people and the world.


Starch Manufacturers Association (NISAD) is the umbrella organization representing the starch industry in Turkey. The association carries out its work with the aim of developing the starch industry, determining and meeting its needs, sharing data and information on industry products with the public, protecting the common rights of the sector and representing the Turkish starch industry in the most effective way on international platforms. NISAD is a founding member of the International Federation of Starch Associations (IFSA). Fields of activity include:

Information / Contact

The association informs all stakeholders about Turkish starch industry and starch products accurately and based on scientific resources.

Food and Work Safety

The association follows the international procedures required to ensure and maintain food and work safety standards in the starch industry and informs its members on this issue.

Supporting and Improving Maize Agriculture

The association conducts studies, plans and implements projects to develop and support maize agriculture and to convey modern agricultural knowledge to maize farmers.

Bioeconomics / R&D

Starch is renewable and biodegradable. NISAD members support the bioeconomy through R&D investments and activities. NISAD conducts collaborative work and develops projects in this field.

Developing International Collaborations

The association carries out works for the development of international collaborations for the Turkish starch industry and representation of the industry on international platforms.



The starch industry contributes both directly and indirectly to the national economy in a wide range from maize production to the production of basic inputs required by the food and beverage industry.


Our country's maize production, which is the main input of the starch industry, is produced by approximately 300.000 farmers; and a total of 12,000 people work in the sector.


By the end of of 2022/23, the starch industry exported 363,187 tons of starch sugar (SBS) and 165,895 tons of maize starch as well as its by-products, bringing a total of $341 million of foreign currency into Turkey.


Starch is a carbohydrate found naturally in wheat, maize, potatoes and many other plants. It occurs in the process of photosynthesis in plants and constitutes the basic content and energy source of the plant. Starch granules are found in solid form in seeds (maize, wheat, rice, etc.), tubers (potatoes) and roots (tapioca) of plants. Starch is produced from different agricultural raw materials in different parts of the world.

Starch producers in Turkey only use traditional maize, produced domestically, as raw material. 25% of 8.50 million tons of maize, produced by approximately 300,000 farmers, are used in the starch industry.


Used as raw material in food, packaging and wrapping, bioplastics, paint and coloring chemicals, casting


Pharmaceuticals and pharmacy

Paper and textiles

Chemistry, cosmetics and self-care products

Construction chemicals industries.


The starch industry in Turkey produces a wide range of different products.

Modified Starch

Modified starches are starches produced by improving (modifying) the basic functions of starch such as binding, thickening, texture, stabilizing and gelling to meet the needs of different industries.


Maltodextrins are ingredients of plant origin derived from maize starch. They are unmatched due to their texturizing, gelling, emulsifying and non-crystallizing properties. They have a wide variety of uses.

Starch Sugar (Starch Based Sugar)

Starch sugar is sugar produced from starch. It is produced in liquid form for ease of use and can also be crystallized if desired. Starch sugar is called differently according to the glucose-fructose ratio it contains: Glucose syrups, glucose-fructose syrups, dextrin, crystalline fructose.


Polyols are low-calorie alternative sweeteners produced from starch. Polyols containing less calories than sucrose do not promote tooth decay and produce a lower glycemic response in the body.

Proteins and Fibers

In addition to producing a wide range of innovative and traditional products and ingredients, starch producers in Turkey also produce fibers and plant-based proteins with a wide range of functionality and uses.


Maize is a plant that has been cultivated for 8,000-10,000 years. It is the third most cultivated grain after wheat and paddy. 1.220 billion tons of maize were produced in the production season of 2022/23. Maize is usually grown in hot and humid regions and rainy or irrigated agricultural areas. It is mainly used in starch and feed industries. Maize is produced in the form of maize grain, maize silage or food maize in Turkey.



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