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Global Sorbitol Market - Isosorbide, Propylene Glycol, Glycerol & Other Downstream Opportunities, Applications (Toothpaste, Vitamin C, Sweetener Etc.), Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast 2012 - 2018

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Published Date: 2013-02-18
 

Description


Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol also known as glucitol or D- glucitol that is found in nature which gets metabolized slowly as compared to other dietary sugars. 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.

This market research study analyzes the global market for sorbitol, estimating and forecasting the market from the consumption point of view, while segmentation has been carried out on various levels including products (liquid/syrup and crystal/powder), end users, applications, as well as on geographical basis to provide a holistic picture of the market. The report also analyses sorbitol potential as a platform chemical for polyols (ethylene glycols, propylene glycols, glycerols) and isosorbides.

Various sorbitol product forms analyzed in this study include liquid and crystal. Sorbitol applications estimated and forecasted include toothpaste, vitamin C, diabetic and dietetic foods and surfactants. End users estimated and forecasted covers cosmetic & personal care, chemicals, food and pharmaceuticals. Supplementary analysis has been carried out on sorbitol potential as a platform chemical for the production of polyols (ethylene glycols, propylene glycols and glycerols) and isosorbides. Regional data has been provided on a regional as well as country level for the markets of North America (U.S, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, U.K., France and Russia), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India and Indonesia) and Rest of the World (ROW).

This sorbitol report also includes Porters five forces model and value chain analysis of the market. Some of the key companies that deal in sorbitol include Archer Daniels Midland, Roquette Freres, Cargill Inc, Ecogreen Oleochemicals, SPI Pharma, Sigma- Aldrich, Gulshan Polyols, Merck and Sorini. The sorbitol report provides an overview of the above companies followed by their financial revenue, business strategies and recent developments.

Primary research represents the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed the key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This approach has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights, and recognizing business opportunities. The secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, Company websites, annual reports, financial reports, broker reports, investor presentations and SEC filings, internal and external proprietary databases, relevant patent and regulatory databases, national government documents, statistical databases and market reports, news articles, press releases and web-casts specific to the companies operating in the market.

The research provides detailed analysis of companies dealing in sorbitol, trend analysis and demand forecast by geography. Various levels of market segmentation, for which estimate and forecast has been provided are as follows:
  • Global sorbitol market, by product type
    • Liquid Sorbitol
    • Crystal Sorbitol
  • Global sorbitol market, by application
    • Toothpaste
    • Vitamin C
    • Diabetic and Dietetic food and beverage
    • Surfactants
  • Global sorbitol market, by end user
    • Cosmetic & Personal care
    • Food
    • Chemicals
    • Pharmaceuticals
  • Global sorbitol market, as a platform chemical
    • Ethylene Glycol
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Glycerol
    • Isosorbide
  • Global sorbitol market, by geography
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • France
      • Russia
    • Asia-Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • Indonesia
    • Rest of the World (RoW)

Table of Contents


TABLE OF CONTENT

Chapter 1 Preface
1.1 Report Description
1.2 Research Scope
1.3 Research Methodology

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

Chapter 3 Market Overview
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Market Drivers
      3.2.1 Acts As An Excellent Dietetic Sweetener Against Diabetes
      3.2.2 Growing Demand For Low-Calorie Sweeteners
      3.2.3 Rising Number Of Dental Patients
      3.2.4 Wide Usage In Different Industrial Applications
      3.2.5 Growing Health Problems
3.3 Market Restraints
      3.3.1 Fluctuating Raw Material Prices
      3.3.2 Adverse Health Problems
3.4 Market Opportunities
      3.4.1 Growing Chinese Sorbitol Market
3.5 Pricing Trends
3.6 Value Chain Analysis
3.7 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
      3.7.1 Bargaining Power Of Suppliers: Medium To Medium
      3.7.2 Bargaining Power Of Buyers: Medium To High
      3.7.3 Threat Of Substitutes: Low To Medium
      3.7.4 Threat Of New Entrants: Medium To Medium
      3.7.5 Competitive Rivalry: High To High
3.8 Market Attractiveness Analysis
      3.8.1 Market Attractiveness Analysis Of Sorbitol By End User Industry
      3.8.2 Market Attractiveness Analysis Of Sorbitol By Application
3.9 Company Market Share Analysis
      3.9.1 Sorbitol Market, Company Market Share Analysis

Chapter 4 Global Sorbitol Market, By Product Type
4.1 Global Sorbitol Market: Product Type Overview
      4.1.1 Global Sorbitol Market, Volume Share By Product Type, 2011 – 2018
4.2 Liquid Sorbitol
      4.2.1 Global Liquid Sorbitol Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
4.3 Crystal Sorbitol
      4.3.1 Global Crystal Sorbitol Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 5 Global Sorbitol Market, By Application
5.1 Global Sorbitol Market : Application Overview
      5.1.1 Global Sorbitol Volume Share, By Application, 2011 – 2018
5.2 Toothpaste
      5.2.1 Global Toothpaste Application Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.3 Vitamin C
      5.3.1 Global Vitamin C Application Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.4 Diabetic And Dietetic Food And Beverage
      5.4.1 Global Diabetic And Dietetic Application Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.5 Surfactants
      5.5.1 Global Surfactants Application Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
5.6 Others
      5.6.1 Global Others Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 6 Global Sorbitol Market By End User Industry
6.1 Global Sorbitol Market : End User Overview
      6.1.1 Global Sorbitol Volume Share, By End User, 2011 – 2018
6.2 Cosmetic & Personal Care
      6.2.1 Global Cosmetic & Personal Care End User Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
6.3 Food
      6.3.1 Global Food End User Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
6.4 Chemical
      6.4.1 Global Chemical End User Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
6.5 Pharmaceutical
      6.5.1 Global Pharmaceutical End User Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
6.6 Others
      6.6.1 Global Others End User Market Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 7 Sorbitol: As A Platform Chemical
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Ethylene Glycol
      7.2.1 Global Ethylene Glycol Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      7.2.2 Global Ethylene Glycol Volume Share, By Application, 2011
7.3 Propylene Glycol
      7.3.1 Global Propylene Glycol Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      7.3.2 Global Propylene Glycol Volume Share, By Application, 2011
7.4 Glycerol
      7.4.1 Global Glycerol Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      7.4.2 Global Glycerol Volume Share, By Application, 2011
7.5 Isosorbide
      7.5.1 Global Isosorbide Estimates And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

Chapter 8 Global Sorbitol Market, By Geography
8.1 Global Sorbitol Market : Geographic Overview
      8.1.1 Global Sorbitol Volume Share, By Geography, 2011 – 2018
8.2 North America
      8.2.1 North America Sorbitol Volume Share, By Country, 2011 – 2018
      8.2.2 North America Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.2.3 North America Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.2.4 North America Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.2.5 North America Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast By End User, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.2.6 North America Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast By End User, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.2.7 U.S.
              8.2.7.1 U.S. Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.2.8 Mexico
              8.2.8.1 Mexico Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.2.9 Canada
               8.2.9.1 Canada Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
8.3 Europe
      8.3.1 Europe Sorbitol Volume Share, By Country, 2011 – 2018
      8.3.2 Europe Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.3.3 Europe Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.3.4 Europe Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.3.5 Europe Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By End User, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.3.6 Europe Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast By End User, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.3.7 Germany
              8.3.7.1 Germany Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.3.8 U.K.
              8.3.8.1 U.K. Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.3.9 France
              8.3.9.1 France Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.3.10 Russia
                8.3.10.1 Russia Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.3.11 Others
                8.3.11.1 Others Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
8.4 Asia Pacific
      8.4.1 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Volume Share, By Country, 2011 – 2018
      8.4.2 Asia Pacific Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.4.3 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast By Application, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.4.4 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.4.5 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By End User, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.4.6 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By End User, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.4.7 China
               8.4.7.1 China Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.4.8 Japan
              8.4.8.1 Japan Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.4.9 India
              8.4.9.1 India Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.4.10 Indonesia
                8.4.10.1 Indonesia Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.4.11 Others
                8.4.11.1 Others Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
8.5 Row
      8.5.1 Row Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
      8.5.2 Row Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.5.3 Row Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By Application, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)
      8.5.4 Row Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By End User, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons)
      8.5.5 Row Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, By End User, 2010 – 2018 (USD Million)

Chapter 9 Company Profile
9.1 Archer Daniels Midland
      9.1.1 Company Overview
      9.1.2 Financial Overview
      9.1.3 Swot Analysis
      9.1.4 Business Strategies
      9.1.5 Recent Developments
9.2 American International Foods
      9.2.1 Company Overview
      9.2.2 Swot Analysis
      9.2.3 Business Strategies
9.3 Cargill Inc
      9.3.1 Company Overview
      9.3.2 Financial Overview
      9.3.3 Swot Analysis
      9.3.4 Business Strategies
      9.3.5 Recent Developments
9.4 Danisco
      9.4.1 Company Overview
      9.4.2 Financial Overview
      9.4.3 Swot Analysis
      9.4.4 Business Strategies
      9.4.5 Recent Developments
9.5 Ecogreen Oleochemicals Gmbh
      9.5.1 Company Overview
      9.5.2 Swot Analysis
      9.5.3 Business Strategies
9.6 Gulshan Polyols Ltd.
      9.6.1 Company Overview
      9.6.2 Financial Overview
      9.6.3 Swot Analysis
      9.6.4 Business Strategies
9.7 Merck
      9.7.1 Company Overview
      9.7.2 Financial Overview
      9.7.3 Swot Analysis
      9.7.4 Business Strategies
      9.7.5 Recent Developments
9.8 Qinhuangdao Lihua Starch Co., Ltd
      9.8.1 Company Overview
      9.8.2 Swot Analysis
      9.8.3 Business Strategies
      9.8.4 Recent Developments
9.9 Roquette Freres
      9.9.1 Company Overview
      9.9.2 Financial Overview
      9.9.3 Swot Analysis
      9.9.4 Business Strategy
      9.9.5 Recent Developments
9.10 Sorini
      9.10.1 Company Overview
      9.10.2 Financial Overview
      9.10.3 Swot Analysis
      9.10.4 Business Strategies
      9.10.5 Recent Developments
9.11 Spi Pharma
      9.11.1 Company Overview
      9.11.2 Swot Analysis
      9.11.3 Business Strategies
      9.11.4 Recent Developments
9.12 Sigma-Aldrich
      9.12.1 Company Overview
      9.12.2 Financial Overview
      9.12.3 Swot Analysis
      9.12.4 Business Strategies
      9.12.5 Recent Developments
9.13 Tereos Syral
      9.13.1 Company Overview
      9.13.2 Financial Overview
      9.13.3 Swot Analysis
      9.13.4 Business Strategies
      9.13.5 Recent Developments

List Of Figures 

Fig. 1 Global Sorbitol Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 2 Relative Sweetness Of Sugar Alcohols
Fig. 3 Diabetic Patient Statistics And Forecasts, 2000 - 2030
Fig. 4 U.S. Dental Patients’ Visits Statistics, 2005 – 2011
Fig. 5 Global Aged Population Statistics, 2003 – 2011
Fig. 6 Raw Material Price Trends, 2010 – 2012
Fig. 7 Price Trends Of Sorbitol By Product Type, 2010 – 2018
Fig. 8 Value Chain Analysis Of Sorbitol
Fig. 9 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Fig. 10 Market Attractiveness Analysis Of Sorbitol By End User Industry
Fig. 11 Market Attractiveness Analysis Of Sorbitol By Application
Fig. 12 Sorbitol Market: Company Market Share, 2011
Fig. 13 Global Sorbitol Market,  Volume Share By Product Type, 2011 - 2018
Fig. 14 Global Sorbitol Demand For Liquid Sorbitol, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 15 Global Sorbitol Demand For Crystal Sorbitol, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 16 Global Sorbitol Volume Share, By Application, 2011 - 2018
Fig. 17 Global Sorbitol Demand For Toothpaste, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 18 Global Sorbitol Demand For Vitamin C, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 19 Global Sorbitol Demand For Diabetic And Dietetic Food And Beverage, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 20 Global Sorbitol Demand For Surfactants, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 21 Global Sorbitol Demand For Others, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 22 Global Sorbitol Market,  Volume Share By End Use, 2011 - 2018
Fig. 23 Global Sorbitol Demand For Cosmetic & Personal Care, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 24 Global Sorbitol Demand For Food, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 25 Global Sorbitol Demand For Chemical, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 26 Global Sorbitol Demand For Pharmaceuticals, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 27 Global Sorbitol Demand For Others, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 28 Global Ethylene Glycol Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 29 Global Ethylene Glycol Volume Share, By Application, 2011
Fig. 30 Global Propylene Glycol Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 31 Global Propylene Glycol Volume Share, By Application, 2011
Fig. 32 Global Glycerol Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 33 Global Glycerol Volume Share, By Application, 2011
Fig. 34 Global Isosorbide Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 35 Global Sorbitol Volume Share, By Geography, 2011 - 2018
Fig. 36 North America Sorbitol Market,  Volume Share, By Country, 2011 - 2018
Fig. 37 North America Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 38 U.S. Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 39 Mexico Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 40 Canada Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 41 Europe Sorbitol Volume Share, By Country, 2011 - 2018
Fig. 42 Europe Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 43 Germany Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 44 U.K. Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 45 France Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 46 Russia Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 47 Others Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 48 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Volume Share, By Country , 2011 - 2018
Fig. 49 Asia Pacific Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 50 China Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 51 Japan Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 52 India Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 53 Indonesia Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 54 Others Sorbitol Market Estimate And Forecast, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)
Fig. 55 Row Market Volume And Revenue, 2010 – 2018 (Kilo Tons) (USD Million)

List Of Tables

Table 1 Global Sorbitol Market Snapshot
Table 2 Drivers Of The Global Sorbitol Market: Impact Analysis
Table 3 Restraints Of The Global Sorbitol Market: Impact Analysis
Table 4 Opportunities Of The Global Sorbitol Market: Impact Analysis
Table 5 North America Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 6 North America Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 7 North America Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 8 North America Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 9 Europe Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 10 Europe Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 11 Europe Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 12 Europe Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 13 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 14 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast By Application, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 15 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 16 Asia Pacific Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 17 Row Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 18 Row Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By Application, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)
Table 19 Row Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (Kilo Tons)
Table 20 Row Sorbitol Market Volume And Forecast, By End User, 2010 -2018 (USD Million)

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Sorbitol is one of the sugar alcohols that are found naturally, which is metabolized slowly as compared to other dietary sugars. Most of the oral care products comprise of sorbitol which acts as a vital ingredient preventing dental cavities. Sorbitol is 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.

Use of sorbitol was dominated by North America and Europe in the earlier stages, 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 69.1% of the total demand in 2011.  

Increasing sorbitol application as a low calorie sweetener is expected to drive demand over the next five years. Sorbitol inhibits the formation of acids that results in dental cavities/carries. The relative low sweetness makes sorbitol a preferential choice amongst the diabetic patients, allowing them to experience the taste of sugar. The consumption of sorbitol by diabetic patients not only allows them to enjoy the sweetness of sugar but also assists them in controlling their weight and related dietary illnesses. The growing population of the health conscious people is in turn fuelling the demand for sorbitol. Sorbitol is also an excellent non-stimulant laxative which eases bowel movements. It is commonly prescribed by medical practitioners especially to elderly people suffering from gastric disorders. It has good humectant and plasticizing properties that makes it a preferable constituent in most of the cosmetic and personal care products. 

Some key participants in this market include Roquette Freres, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Sorini, and SPI Pharma. Sorbitol manufacturing capacities are increasingly being shifted in Asia Pacific, a prime example being Roquette Freres, which established its plants in Asia Pacific, a trend subsequently followed by ADM and Cargill.

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