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Sorbitol Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity & Forecast 2019-2024

Sorbitol (also known as Glucitol) is a sugar alcohol or polyol. It was originally identified in the berries of a tree called the mountain ash, by a French chemist in 1872 and is presently produced commercially by the hydrogenation of glucose. Sorbitol currently represents the world’s most consumed polyol and finds applications across various industries. It is widely used in the production of toothpastes, toiletries, cosmetics, confectionaries, sweets, frozen desserts, biscuits, ascorbic acid, industrial surfactants, pharmaceuticals, healthcare products, etc.

The global demand of Sorbitol is currently growing at 2%-3% annually and reached more than 2.5 Million Meteric Tons in 2018 with China being the world’s largest consumer. China was followed by the United States and Western Europe. The feedstocks used to produce sorbitol can differ from region to region with corn, cassava and wheat currently being the three main feedstocks used for sorbitol production. The market is also quite concentrated in nature with the top 5 players presently accounting for more than 50% of the total global production capacity. Roquette, a French company is currently the world’s biggest producer of Sorbitol.

IMARC’s new report entitled “Sorbitol Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity & Forecast 2019-2024” provides an analytical and statistical insight into the global sorbitol market. The study, that has been undertaken using desk-based as well as qualitative primary research, provides a comprehensive analysis of the global sorbitol market.

What we have achieved in this report:

Comprehensive situation analysis of the global sorbitol market and its dynamics

Focus of the analysis:

  • Historical, current and future trends in production capacity
  • Historical, current and future trends in production
  • Historical, current and future trends in demand
  • Historical, current and future trends in prices
  • Demand by application sector
  • Production capacity by region
  • Production by region
  • Consumption by region
  • Production by type of feedstock (corn, wheat, cassava, etc.)
  • Key players and their production capacities
  • Sorbitol substitutes


Evaluation of major regions

Regions covered: China, United States, Western Europe, Indonesia and India

Focus of the analysis for each region:

  • Historical, current and future trends in production capacity
  • Historical, current and future trends in production
  • Historical, current and future trends in demand
  • Historical, current and future trends in prices
  • Demand by application sector
  • Production capacity by region


Evaluation of various sorbitol feedstocks and manufacturing process

Focus of the analysis:

  • Characteristics of various feedstocks used in sorbitol production
  • Yield of sorbitol and byproducts from various feedstocks
  • Supply and demand of various feedstocks
  • Manufacturing process of sorbitol
  • Interchanging feedstocks


Evaluation of major sorbitol manufacturers

Manufacturers covered: Roquette Frères, Cargill, Ingredion, Archer Daniels Midland, Shandong Tianli, PT Sorini

Focus of the analysis:

  • Company description
  • Sorbitol production capacity
  • Sorbitol production
  • Feedstocks used for sorbitol production
  • Plant locations


Information Sources:

Information has been sourced from both primary and secondary sources:

  • Primary sources include industry surveys and face to face/telephone interviews with manufacturers, end-users and industry experts.
  • Secondary sources include proprietary databases and search engines. These sources include company websites, reports, books, trade journals, magazines, white papers, industry portals, government sources and access to more than 4000 paid databases.                                       

1    Preface
2    Scope and Methodology

    2.1    Objectives of the Study
    2.2    Stakeholders
    2.3    Data Sources
        2.3.1    Primary Sources
        2.3.2    Secondary Sources
    2.4    Market Estimation
        2.4.1    Bottom-Up Approach
        2.4.2    Top-Down Approach
    2.5    Forecasting Methodology
3   Executive Summary
4   Introduction

    4.1    Overview
    4.2    Key Industry Trends
5    Global Sorbitol Industry: Market Landscape
    5.1    Market Trends
        5.1.1    Production Capacity
        5.1.2    Consumption
        5.1.3    Prices
    5.2    Imports/Exports
    5.3    Price Analysis
        5.3.1    Key Price Indicators
        5.3.2    Price Structure
        5.3.3    Price Trends
    5.4    Market Forecast
        5.4.1    Production Capacity
        5.4.2    Consumption
        5.4.3    Prices
6   Sorbitol Market Breakup by Application
    6.1    Cosmetics and Toiletries   
        6.1.1 Market Trends
        6.1.2 Market Forecast
    6.2    Food and Beverage
        6.2.1 Market Trends
        6.2.2 Market Forecast
    6.3    Pharmaceuticals
        6.3.1 Market Trends
        6.3.2 Market Forecast
    6.4    Toothpaste
        6.4.1 Market Trends
        6.4.2 Market Forecast
    6.5    Industrial Surfactants
        6.5.1 Market Trends
        6.5.2 Market Forecast
    6.6    Others 
        6.6.1 Market Trends
        6.6.2 Market Forecast
7   Sorbitol Market Breakup by Type
    7.1    Liquid Sorbitol 
        7.1.1 Market Trends
        7.1.2 Market Forecast
    7.2    Powder Sorbitol
        7.2.1 Market Trends
        7.2.2 Market Forecast
8   Sorbitol Market Breakup by Feedstock
    8.1    Corn
        8.1.1 Market Trends
        8.1.2 Market Forecast
    8.2    Wheat
        8.2.1 Market Trends
        8.2.2 Market Forecast
    8.3    Cassava
        8.3.1 Market Trends
        8.3.2 Market Forecast
    8.4    Others
        8.4.1 Market Trends
        8.4.2 Market Forecast
9   Global Sorbitol Industry: Regional Analysis
    9.1    Production Capacity by Region
    9.2    Production by Region
    9.3    Consumption by Region
    9.4    Analysis of Key Regions
        9.4.1    China
          9.4.1.1    Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
          9.4.1.2    Sorbitol Consumption
          9.4.1.3    Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.1.4    Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
          9.4.1.5    Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.1.6    Competitive Landscape
        9.4.2    United States
          9.4.2.1    Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
          9.4.2.2    Sorbitol Consumption
          9.4.2.3    Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.2.4    Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
          9.4.2.5    Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.2.6    Competitive Landscape
        9.4.3    Europe
          9.4.3.1    Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
          9.4.3.2    Sorbitol Consumption
          9.4.3.3    Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.3.4    Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
          9.4.3.5    Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.3.6    Competitive Landscape
        9.4.4    Indonesia
          9.4.4.1    Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
          9.4.4.2    Sorbitol Consumption
          9.4.4.3    Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.4.4    Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
          9.4.4.5    Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.4.6    Competitive Landscape
        9.4.5    India
          9.4.5.1    Sorbitol Production Capacity and Production
          9.4.5.2    Sorbitol Consumption
          9.4.5.3    Sorbitol Production Statistics from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.5.4    Historical and Future Price Trends of Various Feedstocks
          9.4.5.5    Historical and Future Cost of Manufacturing Sorbitol from Various Feedstocks
          9.4.5.6    Competitive Landscape
10  Global Sorbitol Market: Value Chain
11  Global Sorbitol Market: Margin Analysis

    11.1    Farmers Margins
    11.2    Collectors Margins
    11.3    Starch Manufacturer Margins
    11.4    Sorbitol Manufacturer Margins
    11.5    Distributor Margins
    11.6    Exporters Margins
12  Global Sorbitol Market: SWOT Analysis
    12.1    Overview
    12.2    Strengths
    12.3    Weaknesses
    12.4    Opportunities
    12.5    Threats
13  Global Sorbitol Market: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
    13.1    Overview
    13.2    Bargaining Power of Buyers
    13.3    Bargaining Power of Suppliers
    13.4    Degree of Rivalry
    13.5    Threat of New Entrants
    13.6    Threat of Substitutes
14  Competitive Landscape
    14.1    Competitive Structure
    14.2    Market Breakup by Key Players
15  Sorbitol Market: Feedstock and Manufacturing Analysis
    15.1    Corn
        15.1.1    Production Trends
        15.1.2    Sorbitol Manufacturing from Corn
            15.1.2.1    Manufacturing Process
            15.2.2.2    Process Flow
            15.2.2.3    Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
            15.2.2.4    Land and Construction Requirements
            15.2.2.5    Machinery Requirements
            15.2.2.6    Machinery Suppliers
            15.2.2.7    Utility Requirements
            15.2.2.8    Manpower Requirements
            15.2.2.9    Capital Costs
            15.2.2.10    Raw Material Costs
            15.2.2.11     Final Product and By-Product Prices
            15.2.2.12    Total Cost per Ton
    15.3    Cassava
        15.3.1    Production Trends
        15.3.2    Sorbitol Manufacturing from Cassava
            15.3.2.1    Manufacturing Process
            15.3.2.2    Process Flow
            15.3.2.3    Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
            15.3.2.4    Land and Construction Requirements
            15.3.2.5    Machinery Requirements
            15.3.2.6    Machinery Suppliers
            15.3.2.7    Utility Requirements
            15.3.2.8    Manpower Requirements
            15.3.2.9    Capital Costs
            15.3.2.10    Raw Material Costs
            15.3.2.11    Final Product and By-Product Prices
            15.3.2.12    Total Cost per Ton
    15.4    Corn Starch
        15.4.1    Sorbitol Manufacturing from Corn Starch
            15.4.1.1    Manufacturing Process
            15.4.1.2    Process Flow
            15.4.1.3    Mass Balance and Feedstock Requirements
            15.4.1.4    Specifications of Corn Starch and Sorbitol
            15.4.1.5    Land and Construction Requirements
            15.4.1.6    Machinery Requirements
            15.4.1.7    Machinery Suppliers
            15.4.1.8    Major Distributors
            15.4.1.9    Utility Requirements
            15.4.1.10   Manpower Requirements
            15.4.1.11   Capital Costs
            15.4.1.12   Raw Material Costs
            15.4.1.13   Final Product Prices
            15.4.1.14   Total Cost per Ton
16   Key Player Profiles

List of Figures

Figure 1: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 2: Global: Sorbitol Average Prices (in US$/Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 3: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 4: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Value (in Million US$), 2011-2018
Figure 5: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume Breakup by Application (in %), 2018
Figure 6: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Key Producer Countries (in %), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 7: Global: Sorbitol Production Volume Breakup by Key Producer Countries (in %), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 8: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume Breakup by Region (in %), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 9: Global: Sorbitol Production Volume Breakup by Feedstock (in %), 2018
Figure 10: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 11: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Forecast (in ‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 12: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume Forecast (in ‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 13: Global: Sorbitol Average Prices Forecast (in US$/Metric Ton), 2019-2024
Figure 14: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Value Forecast (in Million US$), 2019-2024
Figure 15: China: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 16: China: Sorbitol Production Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 17: China: Sorbitol Consumption Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 18: China: Sorbitol Production Breakup by Feedstock (in %), 2018
Figure 19: China: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 20: China: Wheat Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 21: China: Corn and Wheat Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 22: China: Sorbitol Production Costs from Various Feedstocks (in US$ Per Mt)
Figure 23: China: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 24: United States: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 25: United States: Sorbitol Production Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 26: United States: Sorbitol Consumption Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 27: United States: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 28: United States: Corn Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 29: United States: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 30: United States: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Manufacturers (in %) 
Figure 31: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 32: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 33: Western Europe: Sorbitol Consumption Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 34: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Breakup by Feedstock (in %), 2018
Figure 35: France: Wheat Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 36: France: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 37: France: Corn & Wheat Prices (in US$ Per Mt). 2011-2018
Figure 38: France: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn & Wheat (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 39: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Key Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 40: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 41: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 42: Indonesia: Sorbitol Consumption Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 43: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Breakup by Feedstock (in %), 2018
Figure 44: Indonesia: Cassava Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 45: Indonesia: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 46: Indonesia: Corn & Cassava Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 47: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn & Cassava (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 48: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Breakup by Key Manufacturers (in %) 
Figure 49: India: Sorbitol Production Capacity (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 50: India: Sorbitol Production Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 51: India: Sorbitol Consumption Volume (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Figure 52: India: Sorbitol Production Breakup by Feedstock (in %), 2018
Figure 53: India: Wheat Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 54: India: Corn Prices (in US$ /Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 55: India: Corn and Wheat Prices (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 56: India: Sorbitol Production Costs from Corn and Wheat (in US$ Per Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 57: India: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Key Manufacturers (in %)
Figure 58: Global: Sorbitol Application in Cosmetics and Toiletries: Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 59: Global: Sorbitol Application in Cosmetics and Toiletries: Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 60: Global: Sorbitol Application in Food and Beverage: Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 61: Global: Sorbitol Application in Food and Beverage: Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 62: Global: Sorbitol Application in Pharmaceuticals: Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 63: Global: Sorbitol Application in Pharmaceuticals: Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 64: Global: Sorbitol Application in Toothpaste: Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 65: Global: Sorbitol Application in Toothpaste: Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 66: Global: Sorbitol Application in Industrial Surfactants: Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 67: Global: Sorbitol Application in Industrial Surfactants: Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 68: Global: Sorbitol Other Applications: Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 69: Global: Sorbitol Other Applications: Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 70: Global: Liquid Sorbitol Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 71: Global: Liquid Sorbitol Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 72: Global: Powder Sorbitol Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 73: Global: Powder Sorbitol Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 74: Global: Sorbitol (From Corn) Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 75: Global: Sorbitol (From Corn) Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 76: Global: Sorbitol (From Wheat) Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 77: Global: Sorbitol (From Wheat) Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 78: Global: Sorbitol (From Cassava) Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 79: Global: Sorbitol (From Cassava) Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 80: Global: Sorbitol (From Other Feedstocks) Consumption Volume (‘000 Mt), 2011 & 2018
Figure 81: Global: Sorbitol (From Other Feedstocks) Consumption Volume Forecast (‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Figure 82: Sorbitol and By-Product Conversion Rates from Corn, Wheat and Cassava 
Figure 83: Global: Corn Production & Consumption Volume (in Million Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 84: Global: Corn Production by Country (in %), 2018
Figure 85: Global: Wheat Production & Consumption Volume (in Million Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 86: Global: Wheat Production by Country (in %), 2018
Figure 87: Global: Cassava Production (in Million Mt), 2011-2018
Figure 88: Global: Cassava Production by Country (in %), 2018
Figure 89: Sorbitol Manufacturing Process
Figure 90: Production of Starch Slurry Using Wheat
Figure 91: Production of Starch Slurry Using Cassava
Figure 92: Production of Glucose Syrup from Starch Slurry
Figure 93: Conversion of Glucose Syrup to Sorbitol
Figure 94: Interchanging Sorbitol Feedstocks
Figure 95: Roquette Frères SA: Production Breakup by Product
Figure 96: Shandong Tianli Pharmaceutical Co Limited: Capacity Breakup by Product (in %)
Figure 97: Kasyap Sweetners: Production Capacity Breakup by Product (in %)

List of Tables

Table 1: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Key Producer Countries (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Table 2: Global: Sorbitol Production by Key Producer Countries (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Table 3: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume by Region (in ‘000 Mt), 2011, 2018 & 2024
Table 4: Global: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in ‘000 Mt), 2018
Table 5: Global: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in Mt)
Table 6: Characteristics of Various Polyols
Table 7: China: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in ‘000 Mt)
Table 8: China: Sorbitol Production Capacity Breakup by Manufacturers (in Mt)
Table 9: United States: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 10: United States: Sorbitol Production Capacity by Manufacturers (in Mt)
Table 11: Western Europe: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 12: Western Europe: Sorbitol Production Capacity Statistics by Key Producers (in Mt)
Table 13: Indonesia: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 14: Indonesia: Sorbitol Production Statistics by Key Producers (in Mt)
Table 15: India: Sorbitol Feedstock Statistics (in Mt)
Table 16: India: Sorbitol Production Statistics by Key Producers (in Mt)
Table 17: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume Forecast: Breakup by Application (in ‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Table 18: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume Forecast: Breakup by Type (in ‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Table 19: Global: Sorbitol Consumption Volume Forecast: Breakup by Feedstock (in ‘000 Mt), 2019-2024
Table 20: Prices of Various Sorbitol By-products

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