Global Sorbitol Market is projected to reach 2.18 million tons by 2018

Date: 2016-09-12

Sorbitol is also known as glucitol, is a sugar alcohol with a sweet taste which the human body metabolizes slowly. Sorbitol is an isomer of mannitol, another sugar alcohol; the two differ only in the orientation of the hydroxyl group on carbon 2. While similar, the two sugar alcohols have very different sources in nature, melting points, and uses. Sorbitol is also one of the basic raw materials required in production of Vitamin C and surfactants.

Sorbitol is commercially available in liquid/syrup and crystal/powder form. Liquid sorbitol is manufactured from the purification, hydrogenation and purification process of dextrose that is obtained from wet milling process of corn starch. Crystal sorbitol is acquired after spray drying of liquid sorbitol and incurs certain added cost. Sorbitol is relatively less sweet in comparison to other sugar alcohols, as a result of which it finds growing applications in cosmetic and personal care, chemical, pharmaceutical and the food & beverage industry. The rising diabetic and dietetic population, growing awareness in context to health concerns and better sugar alternatives are some of the primary driving forces boosting the market growth of sorbitol. The market is however restrained by fluctuating raw material prices and side effects caused by sorbitol on its excessive consumption.

The global sorbitol market size is projected to reach 2.18 million tons by 2018, at a CAGR of 3.57% within the expectations. By the region, Europe and North America are already the very mature markets, however owing to the tight raw material situation and high production costs, manufacturing is being increasingly shifted to the more profitable and viable Asia Pacific region. Asia Pacific sorbitol demand is dominated by four countries including China, Japan, India and Indonesia. China has emerged as a key consumer and producer of Vitamin C, which requires sorbitol as one of its raw materials. North America sorbitol consumption is mainly dominated by the U.S. followed by Canada and Mexico. In the European region; Germany, the U.K., France and Russia accounted for 65% of the total demand in 2014.

Global Sorbitol Market Size Analysis, Volume (Million Tons) and Value ($ Million), 2014-2018


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