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Sugar Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026

Market Overview:

The global sugar market reached a volume of 193.2 Million Tons in 2020. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to continue to grow during the forecast period (2021-2026). Keeping in mind the uncertainties of COVID-19, we are continuously tracking and evaluating the direct as well as the indirect influence of the pandemic on different end-use industries. These insights are included in the report as a major market contributor.

Sugar refers to a sweet crystalline substance which is prepared from sugar cane and sugar beet. It is used across the globe for innumerable food and non-food applications. In addition to offering a sweet taste, sugar performs a variety of other functions in the food industry. It is used as a preservative and prevents the development of microorganisms. It is also used for preventing formation of large ice crystals in frozen products like ice cream. Apart from this, sugar encourages fermentation in products which contain yeast. Moreover, it is used in baked goods for retaining moisture and preventing staleness.

Sugar Industry Drivers:

  • As compared to its substitutes, sugar is more economical and easily available It is consumed across all socioeconomic age groups and is easily obtainable across the globe in a variety of retails formats viz. convenience stores, departmental stores, supermarkets/hypermarkets, etc.
  • The global food and beverage industry is relatively immune to any downturns caused by economic fluctuations. As a result, the sector has witnessed a constant growth over the past few years. Currently, the food and beverage sector is a major driver of sugar consumption and is expected to create a positive impact on the sugar industry. Moreover, the market growth is anticipated to continue in the long term.
  • Sugar finds numerous applications in the pharmaceutical and skincare industry. In the pharmaceutical sector, it is included in the preparation of antibiotics and cough syrups, on the other hand, in the skincare sector, sugar is used in the manufacturing of scrubs owing to its exfoliating properties.
  • Although the sugar market remains saturated in developed economies, such as North America and Western Europe, it is showing a promising growth in the emerging regions. Driven by rising disposable incomes, urbanisation and changing food habits, the demand for sugar-based products in developing markets, such as India, China and Middle East, is showing a strong growth.
  • Majority of the global sugar production comes from sugarcane, whereas, remaining from sugar beet. Raw materials for sugar are available across the globe with nearly all tropical and subtropical regions accounting for their cultivation.
     

Key Market Segmentation: 

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global sugar market report, along with forecasts for growth at the global, regional and country-level from 2021-2026. Our report has categorized the market based on region, product type, form, end-use sector and source.

Breakup by Product Type:

  • White Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Liquid Sugar
     

On the basis of type, the market has been segmented as white sugar, brown sugar and liquid sugar. At present, white sugar accounts for the majority of the market share.

Breakup by Form:

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Syrup Sugar
     

Based on form, the market is divided into granulated sugar, powdered sugar and syrup sugar. Amongst these, granulate sugar represents the biggest segment followed by powdered and syrup sugar.

Breakup by End-Use Sector:

  • Food and Beverages  
  • Pharma and Personal Care
  • Household
     

On the basis of end-use sector, the market finds varied end-use in food and beverages, pharma and personal Care and household. Currently, food and beverages holds the largest market share.

Breakup by Source:

  • Sugarcane
  • Sugar Beet
     

Based on source, sugarcane accounts for the majority of the market share, which is followed by sugarbeet.

Regional Insights:

  • Brazil
  • India
  • United States
  • European Union
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Others
     

On a geographical front, Brazil enjoys a leading position in the global sugar market. The sugar industry represents a vital part of the Brazilian economy and accounts for a valuable share in the national GDP. Besides this, Central-South region of Brazil produces a major part of sugar due to favourable climatic conditions. Brazil is followed by India, United States, European Union, China and Thailand and others.

Competitive Landscape:

The market is highly fragmented in nature with the presence of several regional as well as large manufacturers who are competing in terms of prices and quality. There prevails a rigid competition in the market which makes it difficult for small players to enter. Some of the leading players operating in the market are:

  • Suedzucker AG
  • Tereos 
  • Cosan
  • Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation., Ltd.
  • Associated British Foods
  • Nordzucker AG
  • Biosev (Louis-Dreyfus)
  • Wilmar International Limited
  • Thai Roong Ruang Group


This report provides a deep insight into the global sugar market covering all its essential aspects. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry performance, recent trends, key market drivers and challenges, SWOT analysis, Porter’s five forces analysis, value chain analysis, etc. The report also provides a comprehensive analysis for setting up a sugar manufacturing plant. The study analyses the processing and manufacturing requirements, project cost, project funding, project economics, expected returns on investment, profit margins, etc. This report is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, consultants, business strategists, and all those who have any kind of stake or are planning to foray into the sugar industry in any manner.

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 Sugar Market
    5.1    Market Overview
    5.2    Market Performance
        5.2.1    Volume Trends
        5.2.2    Value Trends
   5.3    Impact of COVID-19
   5.4    Price Analysis
        5.4.1    Key Price Indicators
        5.4.2    Price Structure
        5.4.3    Price Trends
    5.5    Market Breakup by Type 
    5.6    Market Breakup by Form
    5.7    Market Breakup by End-Use Sector
    5.8    Market Breakup by Source
    5.9    Market Breakup by Region
    5.10    Market Forecast
    5.11   Imports and Exports
    5.12    SWOT Analysis
        5.12.1   Overview
        5.12.2    Strengths
        5.12.3    Weaknesses
        5.12.4    Opportunities
        5.12.5    Threats
    5.13    Value Chain Analysis
        5.13.1    Raw Material Procurement
        5.13.2    Manufacturing
        5.13.3    Marketing
        5.13.4    Distribution
        5.13.5    Exports
        5.13.6    End-Use
    5.14    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        5.14.1    Overview
        5.14.2    Bargaining Power of Buyers
        5.14.3    Bargaining Power of Suppliers
        5.14.4    Degree of Competition
        5.14.5    Threat of New Entrants
        5.14.6    Threat of Substitutes
    5.15    Key Market Drivers and Success Factors
6    Market Breakup by Type 
    6.1    White Sugar
        6.1.1 Market Trends
        6.1.2 Market Forecast
    6.2    Brown Sugar
        6.2.1 Market Trends
        6.2.2 Market Forecast 
    6.3    Liquid Sugar
        6.3.1 Market Trends
        6.3.2 Market Forecast
7    Market Breakup by Form
    7.1    Granulated Sugar 
        7.1.1 Market Trends
        7.1.2 Market Forecast
    7.2    Powdered Sugar 
        7.2.1 Market Trends
        7.2.2 Market Forecast
    7.3    Syrup Sugar 
        7.3.1 Market Trends
        7.3.2 Market Forecast
8    Market Breakup by End-Use Sector
    8.1    Food and Beverages  
        8.1.1 Market Trends
        8.1.2 Market Forecast
    8.2    Pharma and Personal Care
        8.2.1 Market Trends
        8.2.2 Market Forecast
    8.3    Household
        8.3.1 Market Trends
        8.3.2 Market Forecast
9    Market Breakup by Source
    9.1    Sugarcane
        9.1.1 Market Trends
        9.1.2 Market Forecast
    9.2    Sugar Beet
        9.2.1 Market Trends
        9.2.2 Market Forecast
10    Market Breakup by Region
    10.1    Brazil
        10.1.1 Market Trends
        10.1.2 Market Forecast
    10.2    India
        10.2.1 Market Trends
        10.2.2 Market Forecast
    10.3    United States
        10.3.1 Market Trends
        10.3.2 Market Forecast
    10.4    European Union
        10.4.1 Market Trends
        10.4.2 Market Forecast
    10.5    China
        10.5.1 Market Trends
        10.5.2 Market Forecast
    10.6    Thailand
        10.6.1 Market Trends
        10.6.2 Market Forecast
    10.7    Others
        10.7.1 Market Trends
        10.7.2 Market Forecast
11    Competitive Landscape
    11.1    Market Structure
    11.2    Key Players
12    Sugar Manufacturing
    12.1    Product Overview
    12.2    Detailed Process Flow
    12.3    Various Types of Unit Operations Involved
    12.4    Mass Balance and Raw Material Requirements
13    Project Details, Requirements and Costs Involved
    13.1    Land Requirements and Expenditures
    13.2    Construction Requirements and Expenditures
    13.3    Plant Machinery
    13.4    Raw Material Requirements and Expenditures
    13.5    Packaging Requirements and Expenditures
    13.6    Transportation Requirements and Expenditures
    13.7    Utility Requirements and Expenditures
    13.8    Manpower Requirements and Expenditures
    13.9    Other Capital Investments
14    Loans and Financial Assistance
15    Project Economics

    15.1    Capital Cost of the Project
    15.2    Techno-Economic Parameters
    15.3    Product Pricing and Margins Across Various Levels of the Supply Chain
    15.4    Taxation and Depreciation
    15.5    Income Projections
    15.6    Expenditure Projections
    15.7    Financial Analysis
    15.8    Profit Analysis
16    Key Player Profiles
    16.1    Suedzucker AG
    16.2    Tereos  
    16.3    Cosan
    16.4    Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation., Ltd.
    16.5    Associated British Foods
    16.6    Nordzucker AG
    16.7    Biosev (Louis-Dreyfus)
    16.8    Wilmar International Limited
    16.9    Thai Roong Ruang Group

List of Figures

Figure 1: Global: Sugar Market: Major Drivers and Challenges
Figure 2: Global: Sugar Market: Production Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2015-2020
Figure 3: Global: Sugar Market: Production Value Trends (in Million US$), 2015-2020
Figure 4: Sugar Market: Price Structure (US$/Ton)
Figure 5: Global: Sugar Market: Average Prices (in US$/Ton), 2015-2020
Figure 6: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Average Prices (in US$/Ton), 2021-2026
Figure 7: Global: Sugar Market: Breakup by Type (in %), 2020
Figure 8: Global: Sugar Market: Breakup by Form (in %), 2020
Figure 9: Global: Sugar Market: Breakup by End-Use Sector (in %), 2020
Figure 10: Global: Sugar Market: Breakup by Source (in %), 2020
Figure 11: Global: Sugar Market: Production Breakup by Region (in %), 2020
Figure 12: Global: Sugar Market: Consumption Breakup by Region (in %), 2020
Figure 13: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Production Volume Trends (in Million Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 14: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Production Value Trends (in Million US$), 2021-2026
Figure 15: Global: Sugar Market: Export Volume Trends (in Tons)
Figure 16: Global: Sugar Market: Breakup by Export Volume (in %)
Figure 17: Global: Sugar Market: Import Volume Trends (in Tons)
Figure 18: Global: Sugar Market: Breakup by Import Volume (in %)
Figure 19: Global: Sugar Industry: SWOT Analysis
Figure 20: Global: Sugar Industry: Value Chain Analysis
Figure 21: Global: Sugar Industry: Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
Figure 22: Brazil: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 23: Brazil: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 24: India: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 25: India: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 26: United States: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 27: United States: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 28: European Union: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 29: European Union: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 30: China: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 31: China: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 32: Thailand: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 33: Thailand: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 34: Others: Sugar Market (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 35: Others: Sugar Market Forecast (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 36: Global: White Sugar Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 37: Global: White Sugar Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 38: Global: Brown Sugar Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 39: Global: Brown Sugar Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 40: Global: Liquid Sugar Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 41: Global: Liquid Sugar Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 42: Global: Sugar (Granulated) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 43: Global: Sugar (Granulated) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 44: Global: Sugar (Powdered) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 45: Global: Sugar (Powdered) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 46: Global: Sugar (Syrup) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 47: Global: Sugar (Syrup) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 48: Global: Sugar (From Sugarcane) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 49: Global: Sugar (From Sugarcane) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 50: Global: Sugar (From Sugar Beet) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 51: Global: Sugar (From Sugar Beet) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 52: Global: Sugar (End-Use in Food and Beverages) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 53: Global: Sugar (End-Use in Food and Beverages) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 54: Global: Sugar (End-Use in Pharma and Personal Care) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 55: Global: Sugar (End-Use in Pharma and Personal Care) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 56: Global: Sugar (End-Use in Household) Market: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2015 & 2020
Figure 57: Global: Sugar (End-Use in Household) Market Forecast: Volume Trends (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Figure 58: Sugar Manufacturing: Detailed Process Flow
Figure 59: Sugar Manufacturing: Conversion Rate of Feedstocks
Figure 60: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Breakup of Capital Costs (in %)
Figure 61: Sugar Industry: Profit Margins at Various Levels of the Supply Chain
Figure 62: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Production Cost Breakup (in %)

List of Tables

Table 1: Global: Sugar Market: Key Industry Highlights, 2020 and 2026
Table 2: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Breakup by Type (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Table 3: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Breakup by Form (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Table 4: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Breakup by End-Use Sector (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Table 5: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Breakup by Source (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Table 6: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Production Breakup by Region (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Table 7: Global: Sugar Market Forecast: Consumption Breakup by Region (in ‘000 Tons), 2021-2026
Table 8: Global: Sugar Market: Export Data of Major Countries
Table 9: Global: Sugar Market: Import Data of Major Countries
Table 10: Global: Sugar Market: Production Capacities of Key Players
Table 11: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Costs Related to Land and Site Development (in US$)
Table 12: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Costs Related to Civil Works (in US$)
Table 13: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Costs Related to Machinery (in US$)
Table 14: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Raw Material Requirements (in Tons/Day) and Expenditures (US$/Ton)
Table 15: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Costs Related to Salaries and Wages (in US$)
Table 16: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Costs Related to Other Capital Investments (in US$)
Table 17: Details of Financial Assistance Offered by Financial Institutions
Table 18: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Capital Costs (in US$)
Table 19: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Techno-Economic Parameters
Table 20: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Taxation and Depreciation
Table 21: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Income Projections (in US$)
Table 22: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Expenditure Projections (in US$)
Table 23: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Cash Flow Analysis Without Considering the Income Tax Liability (in US$)
Table 24: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Cash Flow Analysis on Considering the Income Tax Liability (in US$)
Table 25: Sugar Manufacturing Plant: Profit and Loss Account (in US$)

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Key Question Answered in this Report

The global sugar market size reached a volume of 193.2 Million Tons in 2020.

According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global sugar market is expected to witness a CAGR of 0.7% from 2021 to 2026.

The growing demand for sugar-based products in food and beverages sector with rising consumer disposable incomes and changing food habits, are some of the key drivers for the global sugar market.

The expanding application of sugar in the pharmaceutical and skincare sectors is one of the key trends in the global sugar market.

Sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting in temporary shutdown of numerous manufacturing units and supply chain disruptions of sugar and sugar-based products.

On the basis of the product type, the market has been bifurcated into white sugar, brown sugar and liquid sugar. Among these, white sugar holds the largest market share.

On the basis of the form, the market has been divided into granulated sugar, powdered sugar and syrup sugar. At present, granulated sugar exhibits a clear dominance in the market.

On the basis of the source, the market has been segmented into sugarcane and sugarbeet. Currently, sugarcane represents the largest segment.

On the basis of the end-use sector, the market has been segmented into food and beverages, pharma and personal care, and household. Among these, the food and beverage sector accounts for the majority of the market share.

Region-wise, the market has been classified into Brazil, India, United States, European Union, China and Thailand and others, where Brazil dominates the global market.

The key companies in the global sugar market are Suedzucker AG, Tereos, Cosan, Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation., Ltd., Associated British Foods, Nordzucker AG, Biosev (Louis-Dreyfus), Wilmar International Limited, and Thai Roong Ruang Group.

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