Sorbitol prices are covered weekly by ICIS in a combined Asia and US report. Contract price assessments in the US cover liquid and crystal sorbitol while in Asia the focus is on sorbitol spot markets. Our locally-based reporters gain insight into the market activity and produce unbiased and reliable reports.
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Updated to Q4 2015
Contract prices for crystal grade and liquid sorbitol in the US market will rollover between Q3 and Q4 within the annualised contract format where no monthly negotiations take place.
Confectionary end-use markets for sorbitol are showing good seasonal demand in Q4.
Baked goods and non-sugar product end-uses are also faring well in US demand, with increasingly good prospects for sugarless gums and diet bars.
In the sugarless gum and diet bar end-uses, other sugar alcohols, such as maltitol and mannitol, are being used along with sorbitol.
Sorbitol feedstock corn prices are circulating in the high $3/bushel, with expectations that the 2015 US harvests for corn and soybeans are likely to be excellent.
Corn carryover factors between 2015 and 2016 are unclear, but they are expected to be ample for inventory availability in 2016.
Asia’s sorbitol prices are expected to remain stable in the fourth quarter as demand is expected to pick up towards this period, while supply is seen to remain healthy. Run rates at regional plants are likely to remain high to cover the seasonal firmer demand. Supply from China is expected to weigh on prices to some extent as the regional economy slows.
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Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol produced in the US from corn grind. There are only two producers, each of which sets annual contracts with wet-milling agents from the US corn industry.
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.
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