Sorbitol Prices, markets & analysis
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Sorbitol Overview Transcript
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol produced from the starch portion of the corn kernel. Sorbitol is mainly used as a sugar substitute especially in dietetic products but itis also the main ingredient in such things as sugar-free gum and diet beverages.
The market for sorbitol is closely tied to overall consumer trends, for example if the gross national product is set to increase 2% in the coming year we can expect the4 market for sorbitol to increase 2%. It generally follows trends in overall food consumption,.
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Sorbitol: Market overview
US contract sorbitol prices were steady in the first half of 2013 as the contracts are decided on an annual basis, with negotiations starting in the fourth quarter for 2014. Spot prices in recent months have slid, along with declining corn prices.
Annual contracts between producers and buyers are expected to begin in November and December, and could possibly reflect lower pricing for feedstock corn.
Analysts forecast that corn prices may lose another 10-15% on the prospect of a bumper US corn crop, on top of a more than 30% decline since mid-June. This year's crop is on track to be the largest ever, after last summer's heat and drought shrunk what could have been a bountiful crop.
Sorbitol prices in Asia were stable at $650-680/tonne FOB (free on board) SE (southeast) Asia between April and August 2013.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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Sorbitol is among a group of chemicals known as sugar alcohols or sweetener polyols because they have a sweet taste. They are used extensively in a variety of consumer products, including sugarless gum, candy, diet bars, baked goods and toothpastes.
There are two grades of sorbitol: liquid USP and crystal. Crystal grade is the premium-priced product and commands the sugar-free chewing gum industry over the liquid product. Sorbitol can, but rarely does, compete with glycerine and propylene glycol.