MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US sorbitol exports for 2013 increased by 16% from 2012, according to data released by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
US exports increased to 49,771 tonnes from 43,002 tonnes in 2012.
The increase was the result of lower pricing out of the US, where corn prices have dropped steadily over recent months.
Top destinations for US sorbitol exports were Canada and Mexico.
Sorbitol, a sugar alcohol produced in the US from corn, is a sugar substitute often used in diet foods - including drinks, ice cream, sugar-free chewing gum, mints and cough syrups.
US sorbitol producers include Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Ingredion and Roquette America.
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