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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
Southeast Asia’s sorbitol prices may be falling in the first quarter on the back of increased competition from China. The overall market is facing stable demand but supply is widely available.
The selling indications of Indonesian sorbitol -- which is mainly tapioca-based -- stood at $630/tonne FOB Indonesia, sliding down from the offers of $650/tonne FOB Indonesia previously. The spot trades were also heard transacted at around $630/tonne FOB Indonesia.
The prices edged down for the Indonesian liquid sorbitol owing to rising sorbitol exports from China. The Chinese producers were aggressively offering their corn-based sorbitol at largely below $600/tonne FOB, prompting the Indonesian makers to lower their prices consequently.
In Indonesia, the domestic sorbitol prices remained at above rupiah (Rp) 9,000/kg DEL because of the weakening local currency versus the US dollar.
However, prices in southeast Asia may rise in tandem with prices of the feedstock prices of tapioca and corn, traders said.
Meanwhile, the spot sorbitol market in the US will be seeing more interest as the market moves into the first quarter of 2014.
Despite higher December forecasts for US corn use for feed and ethanol, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to forecast significantly higher US and global corn stocks and lower prices for corn this marketing season.
Analysts expect China's corn imports in the year to September to fall by 30% short of prior estimates, following Beijing's rejection of US cargoes over the presence of an unapproved genetically modified strain.
Lower overseas purchases by the world's second largest consumer of the grain could drag on Chicago Board of Trade corn prices that plunged almost 40% in 2013, the source said.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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.