US sorbitol exports rise by 16% in 2013 - ITC

10 February 2014 19:18 Source:ICIS News

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.

   Dec-12 Dec-13 YTD 2012  YTD 2013 % chg 
 Total  2,688 2,851   43,002   49,771  16
 Mexico  704  954  16,984  20,673  22
 Canada  885  910  17,003  18,100

Source: ITC

By Leela Landress