Global Dextrose Prices Surge in September 2023 Amid Rising Feedstock Corn Costs
Global Dextrose Prices Surge in September 2023 Amid Rising Feedstock Corn Costs

Global Dextrose Prices Surge in September 2023 Amid Rising Feedstock Corn Costs

  • 19-Sep-2023 5:55 PM
  • Journalist: Kim Chul Son

In a development that has raised concerns across the food and pharmaceutical industries, Dextrose prices are experiencing a significant increase in the USA, Europe, and China, with experts predicting further hikes throughout September 2023. This surge in Dextrose prices is primarily attributed to a confluence of factors affecting the global supply chain.

Dextrose, a key ingredient in many products, including confectionery, pharmaceuticals, and beverages, is predominantly sourced from corn. The production of Dextrose relies heavily on cornstarch, and fluctuations in the availability and price of corn have also impacted Dextrose costs. Supply constraints in the Corn market have contributed to the price increase as Dextrose manufacturers grapple with higher input costs. Ongoing disruptions in corn production due to adverse weather conditions, labor shortages, and transportation challenges have led to reduced corn yields, subsequently impacting Dextrose production.

China, a prominent exporter of Dextrose to other countries, has also encountered an upward trajectory in raw material costs and escalating processing expenses. During mid-September, spring corn from North China and various regions has been steadily entering the market, leading to an increasing inclination among grain storage and trade entities to exit the market. Downstream deep-processed corn businesses have adopted a more cautious, wait-and-see approach. Additionally, with early-stage price hikes and replenishment of corn inventory, corn purchase prices have gradually decreased, causing domestic corn market prices to experience minor fluctuations in the past week. In the short term, the domestic corn market has the potential for a slight price decline. However, overall, the supply of spring corn remains limited, indicating that prices are likely to remain higher.

The global demand for Dextrose has increased in recent months, particularly in the healthcare sector. Dextrose is widely used in Intravenous (IV) fluids and other medical applications, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated the need for such medical supplies. The cost of energy, a critical factor in Dextrose production, has been upward due to escalating fuel prices and increased energy consumption during the post-pandemic economic recovery. This has led to increased operational costs for Dextrose manufacturers. Moreover, supply chain bottlenecks, coupled with challenges in shipping and transportation, have slowed the movement of Dextrose from manufacturers to end-users. Delays in deliveries have further strained the Dextrose supply chain, exacerbating price pressures.

Furthermore, currency fluctuations and exchange rate variations have also played a role in the Dextrose price surge, as shifts influence international trade in the relative values of currencies.

As a result of these combined factors, Dextrose prices are expected to remain on an upward trajectory throughout September 2023, causing concerns for industries reliant on this essential ingredient. In order to mitigate the impact of rising Dextrose costs, businesses are advised to review their supply chain strategies, consider alternative sourcing options, and explore cost-saving measures.

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