Global xylitol market to surpass the billion-dollar benchmark by 2023, China to be the chief growth avenue

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The escalating scientific and commercial interest in xylitol is making the global xylitol industry an appealing commercialization proposition. The growing health consciousness among people has directly influenced the business landscape of the global xylitol market. Its properties of being used as a low-calorie substitute for traditional sweeteners is assisting its penetration across a myriad range of sectors such as personal care, food, pharmaceuticals, confectionary, and nutraceuticals. In addition, the rising healthcare expenditure, which has been indeed addressed as a global concern is further providing a significant impetus to the overall xylitol industry space. The U.S. is one of the prominent countries facing the healthcare costs burden profoundly. The trends depict that obesity is one of the leading causes of this rising expenditure, being the source of several other ailments such as diabetes, cardiac disorders, physical disabilities, etc. According to WHO, globally over 2.8 million people die from obesity and the consequent ailments on an annual basis.

U.S. Xylitol Market size, by application, 2013-2023 (Kilo Tons)
U.S. Xylitol Market size, by application, 2013-2023 (Kilo Tons)

To combat the rising concerns regarding healthcare expenditure as well as to ensure sound health of the global population base, xylitol market has observed massive gains over the recent years. Xylitol has become a prominent name in the overall polyol industry space and had attained a remarkable revenue of USD 750 million in 2015. Through consumption via medicines and food, xylitol serves as a major solution to the issues related to obesity. This has subsequently enhanced the application portfolio of xylitol industry in the food and pharmaceutical sectors. As per the estimates, xylitol market size from food applications is estimated to register the highest CAGR of 7% over the period of 2016-2023.

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Owing to the medicinal properties, chewing gum applications led the overall landscape with a revenue record of over USD 450 million in 2015. The growth can be credited to the ability of xylitol based chewing gums to prevent dry mouth, tooth decays, and cavity progressions. As per the estimates, xylitol market share from chewing gum applications is estimated to record a CAGR of 6% over the timeframe of 2016-2024. Personal care industry is also one of the prominent contributors toward the overall xylitol market share. This application is poised to witness a substantial growth rate over the coming years, driven by its usage in fluoride tablets, mouthwash, and toothpaste.

The swift economic development and the rapid urbanization is significantly influencing the global landscape of the xylitol industry. Below are the regional trends pertaining to this market:

  • The U.S. xylitol industry is expected to surpass a revenue of USD 350 million by 2023. The food applications in this region are likely to drive the product demand with a CAGR of 5.4% over the period of 2016-2023.
  • Germany market is estimated to witness substantial growth over the coming seven years having held a revenue of USD 65 million in 2015. Chewing gum application is likely to drive the regional demand.
  • China is estimated to be the major avenue for the overall xylitol industry growth over 2016-2023, with a target market size of 25 kilo tons by 2023. The huge regional confectionary base worth USD 9.5 billion is the major factor boosting the market trends.
  • France market is estimated to grow at an annual rate of 5.5% over the coming six years, driven by the rising obese and diabetic patient base.
  • Brazil personal care application is projected to exceed a revenue margin of USD 1.7 million by 2023.

The industry is consolidated with the top four players- Futaste Pharmaceutical, Danisco (DuPont), Yucheng Lujian Biological Technology Co. Ltd., and Hangzhou Shouxing Biological Technology Co. Ltd. sharing 40% of the overall business space. With a strong production base in China, the region has become a prominent export destination. Pricing is one of the chief parameters ruling the competitive scenario.

Despite the industry growth restraints including- tight raw material (corncob) supply and product substitute threat through the replacement by other sugar polyols such as sorbitol, maltol, and mannitol, the xylitol industry will sustain its valuation in the coming years with the diversified application spectrum across the end-use sectors. Global Market Insights, Inc. estimates the xylitol market to surpass a revenue of USD 1 billion by 2023.

Author Name :Shikha Sinha

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