MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--US sorbitol exports in January 2014 increased by 34% year over year, according to data made available by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Monday.
US exports increased to 4,415 tonnes in January 2014 from 3,283 tonnes in January 2013.
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 diet drinks, ice cream, sugar-free chewing gum, mints and cough syrups.
US sorbitol producers include Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Ingredion and Roquette America.