US 2011 sorbitol exports rise 28% year on year

10 February 2012 21:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US sorbitol exports for 2011 were up 28% from 2010, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

US sorbitol exports increased by 28% to 41,297 tonnes from 32,187 tonnes in 2010.

Exports of sorbitol, a sugar alcohol derived from corn, increased last year primarily as a result of increased demand for the sugar substitute in Mexico.

Exports in December fell to 2,591 tonnes, from 3,478 tonnes in December 2010, the ITC said.

December exports also fell from 3,073 tonnes in November 2011.

The biggest destinations for US sorbitol were Mexico at 19,513 tonnes and Canada at 16,035 tonnes.

Other destinations included Argentina, Colombia, Australia, India, Korea and Brazil.

The US imported 9,537 tonnes of sorbitol in 2011, down from 10,278 tonnes in 2010.

Indonesia, at 6,436 tonnes, was the main supplier of imported sorbitol.

By: Frank Zaworski
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