Starch Sugar Plants

Unique expertise in all processes involved.

Technology for Starch Sweetener Production

Starch sugars are a group of starch derivatives, which find significant application as natural sweeteners in foodstuff and beverages or as components in other fields, for instance in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. In the bioprocess industry, they serve as a substrate to manufacture fermentation products.

On this page you can find out how starch sugars are produced and how Vogelbusch can contribute to setting up a starch sweetener plant.

How are starch sugars made?

Starch is a carbohydrate, which is extracted from agricultural raw materials such as corn, wheat, sorghum (milo), cassava (tapioca) in a wet milling plant. The extract, starch milk, is treated in several steps to split up the sugar components that the starch molecules are made of.  Depending on the desired sugar profile and functionality, the conversion conditions are selected, followed by a series of carefully adjusted purification processes and finishing for liquid and dried varieties.

Starch sugar know-how and technology

Our technology is based on the processing of starch milk. Vogelbusch has long experience with the conversion of starch by using dedicated enzymes (liquefaction and saccharification process). Downstream operations include product isolation, purification and concentration steps, which are based on the desired application.

We can also carry out customized cross integration of other technologies involved (dry milling, wet milling, by-product processing) with the facilities processing starch milk into sweeteners or other upgraded starch or fermentation products.

Your benefits at a glance
  • Thorough understanding of the processes involved
  • Options from simple to complex product line-up
  • Experience in integration of third party technologies
  • Complementing technologies available (alcohol, organic acids)
Product types

The different types of starch sugars vary considerably in their composition and in their dextrose equivalent (DE), which represents the respective degree of conversion of starch to dextrose.

High-DE Glucose

Glucose (dextrose) syrups as an intermediate product for bioprocess applications and crystalline dextrose ...

Glucose Plants
High Fructose Syrups

Isomerized high DE glucose syrup used as a sweetener and flavouring agent ...

HFS Plants
Low-DE Products

Corn syrup (glucose-maltose syrup), maltodextrin and glucose syrup solids are a group of less sweet sugar compounds ...

Low-DE Sugar Plants
Starch sugar production facilities designed by Vogelbusch


We license our starch sugar technologies and provide engineering services from initial process design through to the start-up of the plant:

Relevant processes

Process steps involved in starch sugar production include:


Project development

How to turn your idea into a modern industrial bioprocessing facility

Find some guidance for the development of a manufacturing plant, illustrating the steps to be taken from the initial product idea to the operational facility:

MINDMAP Project Development
Services provided by Vogelbusch are marked with orange bars. 

Questions? Check out our FAQs on the product pages:

FAQ Glucose plant

FAQ HFS plant

FAQ Low-DE syrup plant

Complete our design questionnaire to enable us to give a professional opinion on your project

QUESTIONNAIRE Starch Sugar Plants (.doc) 

What our clients say ...
We opted for Vogelbusch because we were aiming to produce top quality potable alcohol. It was also important to us to build the plant as quickly as possible.
Yulian Belev, Almagest AG, Neutral Alcohol Plant, Verinsko, Bulgaria
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Starch Convention & Bioethanol Technology Meeting

April 09 - 11, Detmold, Germany

Contact us
VOGELBUSCH Biocommodities GmbH

Blechturmgasse 11
1051 Vienna, Austria

Tel +43 1 54 661-0
Fax +43 1 545 29 79


1826 Snake River Road, Suite C
Katy, TX 77449, USA

Tel +1 713 461 7374
Fax +1 713 461 7377


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69-71 Kimberley Road
Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong, PR China
Tel +852 2314 3030
Fax +852 2314 0369