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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
Updated to Q4 2014
The US sorbitol market across all grades will be steady in the fourth quarter as negotiations for the annual 2015 contract will be underway. Softer prices have been heard as feedstock corn pricing has seen record lows this year amid the forecast of a bumper crop. Demand from buyers is said to be largely steady despite slightly lower sales in the global candy and confectionary markets.
The Asian sorbitol market is expected to improve in the fourth quarter owing to festive demand at the end of the year. Supply from China has tightened, amid firm prices of feedstock corn, which have deterred Chinese producers from running their plants at full tilt, curbing exports resultantly. In southeast Asia, producers are maintaining their run rates at over 90% capacity and are considering raising their offer levels in consideration of the overall tightened supply situation.
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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.