Sorbitol Market Analysis: Plant Capacity, Production, Operating Efficiency, Technology, Demand & Supply, End-User Industries, Distribution Channel, Regional Demand, 2015-2030

Format: Online | Last Updated: Sep 2021

[Online Quarterly Update] Sorbitol Market registered demand of 550 thousand tonnes in 2020 and is anticipated to achieve a healthy CAGR of 5.50% in the forecast period until 2030. Sorbitol also known as D-glucitol, or D-Sorbitol is a type of carbohydrate which falls into the category of sugar alcohols called polyols. The chemical is usually synthesized via a glucose reduction reaction in which the aldehyde group is converted into a hydroxyl group in the presence of catalyst aldose reductase. It is extensively used as a sweetener, additive, humectant, texturizer, stabilizer, and as a bulking agent in food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, paper, leather, and other industries. It is also utilized as a raw material for various chemicals including vitamin C, surfactants, resins, etc. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the consumption of the chemical is reviewed and recognized as safe, as well as potentially support digestive and oral health.
Depending upon the type, there are two forms of Sorbitol including liquid and Powder. The powder/crystal form is primarily used in sweets, specialty foods, frozen fish and meat products, and pharmaceuticals. Whereas the liquid form is widely utilized in Pharmaceuticals and cosmetic emulsions. The liquid segment dominates the Sorbitol market globally owing to its high demand for a plethora of applications. Based on applications, the Sorbitol market is segmented into pharmaceuticals, food & beverages, personal care & cosmetics, and others. Among which, the food and beverages segment dominates the market across the globe.
In the pharmaceutical industry, the demand for Sorbitol is continuously rising as it is widely utilized as a laxative and helps in relieving constipation and is likely to accelerate the Sorbitol market in coming years. With the rising number of diabetic patients and health-conscious consumers, the demand for Sorbitol is rapidly increasing as it is utilized in food and confectionary items as a reduced-calorie alternative to sugar and is expected to boost the Sorbitol market across the globe in the next few years. Continuously growing demand for the chemical due to its numerous applications in major end-use industries is driving the market, globally. Due to the unique properties of Sorbitol as it is a stable chemical that is relatively inert and can be easily incorporated with other food products without hampering the recipe and is expected to accelerate the overall demand of Sorbitol by the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry around the world. The growing demand for Sorbitol for the manufacturing of several cosmetic and skincare products like lotions, moisturizers, aftershave creams, baby shampoos, etc. as it prevents moisture loss from skin and hair, is likely to bolster the Sorbitol market in upcoming years. 
Due to the spread of COVID-19 in 2020, Government authorities in emerging countries imposed countrywide lockdowns and strict social distancing norms which caused interruptions in demand and sales of Sorbitol in the first half of 2020. However, the demand for sorbitol grew significantly during the first half of 2020 due to the increased demand in the pharmaceutical, food & beverages, and personal care industries. Once, the restrictions and lockdowns are uplifted, the market of the compound is likely to boost by the end of the year. 
Among different regions, the Asia Pacific region is dominating the Sorbitol market across the globe owing to the continuously increasing demand of Sorbitol by the major end-use industries including cosmetics, food and beverages, and personal care especially in emerging countries such as China and India. Rapidly growing demand for sorbitol for the manufacturing of cosmetics and personal care products is likely to boost the Sorbitol market globally. 
Major players for Sorbitol include American International Foods, Inc., ADM, Cargill, Incorporated., DuPont, Gulshan Polyols Ltd., Merck KGaA, Kasyap Sweeteners, Qinhuangdao Lihua Starch Co., Ltd., Roquette Frères, SPI Pharma, Ecogreen Oleochemicals GmbH, Tereos, Ingredion Incorporated, Ltd., Tate & Lyle, Pfizer Inc., and Others. In 2016, Cargill, Incorporated U.S, a leading player introduced an innovation center in China named Cargill ONE to produce animal protein, sweeteners, cocoa, edible oils, and starches, which mainly focused on new flavors and innovative food products in China.
Years considered for this report:
Historical Period: 2015-2019
Base Year: 2020
Estimated Year: 2021
Forecast Period: 2022–2030
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Objective of the Study: 
• To assess the demand-supply scenario of Sorbitol which covers production, demand and supply of Sorbitol market globally.
• To analyse and forecast the market size of Sorbitol.
• To classify and forecast Sorbitol market based on application, technology, end-use and regional distribution.
• To identify drivers and challenges for Sorbitol market.
• To examine competitive developments such as expansions, new product launches, mergers & acquisitions, etc., in Sorbitol market.
• To identify and analyse the profile of leading players involved in the manufacturing of Sorbitol.
To extract data for Sorbitol market, primary research surveys were conducted with Sorbitol manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and Typers. While interviewing, the respondents were also inquired about their competitors. Through this technique, ChemAnalyst was able to include manufacturers that could not be identified due to the limitations of secondary research. Moreover, ChemAnalyst analyzed various Typer segments and projected a positive outlook for Global Sorbitol market over the coming years. 
ChemAnalyst calculated Sorbitol demand globally by analyzing the historical data and demand forecast which was carried out considering imported Sorbitol, styrene prices, monomers used for production of Sorbitol. ChemAnalyst sourced these values from industry experts and company representatives and externally validated through analyzing historical sales data of respective manufacturers to arrive at the overall market size. Various secondary sources such as company websites, association reports, annual reports, etc., were also studied by ChemAnalyst. 
Key Target Audience:

• Sorbitol manufacturers and other stakeholders
• Organizations, forums and alliances related to Sorbitol distribution
• Government bodies such as regulating authorities and policy makers
• Market research organizations and consulting companies
The study is useful in providing answers to several critical questions that are important for industry stakeholders such as Sorbitol manufacturers, customers and policy makers. The study would also help them to target the growing segments over the coming years (next two to five years), thereby aiding the stakeholders in taking investment decisions and facilitating their expansion.
Report Scope:
In this report, Sorbitol market has been segmented into following categories, in addition to the industry trends which have also been detailed below:
Market size volume in 2020
 550 thousand tonnes
Growth Rate
CAGR of 5.50% from 2021 to 2030
Base year for estimation
Historic Data
2015 – 2019
Forecast period
2022 – 2030
Quantitative units
Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2030
Report coverage
Revenue forecast, demand & supply, competitive analysis, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Segments covered
1. Application (Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverages, Personal Care & Cosmetics, and Others)
2. Type (Liquid and Powder)
3. Sales Channel (Direct Company Sale, Direct Import, Distributors & Traders)
Regional scope
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; Middle East & Africa
Country scope
United States; Mexico; Canada; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; Singapore; Germany; Belgium; France; United Kingdom; Spain; Italy; Sweden; Austria; Saudi Arabia; Iran; South Africa; Brazil; Argentina
Key companies profiled
American International Foods, Inc., ADM, Cargill, Incorporated., DuPont, Gulshan Polyols Ltd., Merck KGaA, Qinhuangdao Lihua Starch Co., Ltd., Roquette Frères, SPI Pharma, Ecogreen Oleochemicals GmbH, Tereos, Ingredion Incorporated, Kasyap Sweeteners, Ltd., Tate & Lyle, Pfizer Inc., and Others.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What are the major end-use applications of Sorbitol? 

Sorbitol is widely used in various applications including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care, food and beverages, and others.

Which region demands the maximum share in the Sorbitol market as of 2020?

Asia-Pacific region holds the maximum share of the Sorbitol market globally owing to the developments in the major end-user industries. 

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