Thursday, March 7, 2013

Health Trends Leading to Promising Growth in Sugar Alternatives

The market for caloric sweeteners is growing at a fast pace because of increased demand for natural products and also because of new research that highlights the benefits of using these sweeteners. The market fundamentals driving volatile prices were large global sugar deficits in the previous two seasons and adverse weather in a number of countries that reduced the size of the rebound in production. World sugar stocks, which had already been down, fell to their lowest level in 20 years in 2010 to 2011, leading to volatile market prices. International sugar prices are expected to ease back into 2013 as production responds around the world to recent high prices and the global stocks move to larger surplus.
The bulk of the additional sugar production will come from developing countries and the main burden of growth will continue to fall on Brazil, which is the largest producer of sugar. Brazil has expanded production rapidly in the past two decades, but a slowdown in investment in new mills occurred after the financial crisis of 2008, slowing overall growth in following years. The recent surge in sugar prices has improved profitability and should trigger additional investment to come on stream within the decade. India, the second largest global producer and the world's leading consumer, is expected to boost production substantially to 32 metric tons (MT) of sugar per year.

The high-potency sweeteners market is driven by consumer attraction to food and drinks with reduced calorie contents while still delivering the full sensory experience of sugared products, particularly when evaluated in the context of the global rise in obesity. The rise in obesity levels globally and the consumer demand for healthier products will ensure that high-potency sweeteners will continue to be vital tools for effective new product development.
Other major reasons for stronger demand are related to health issues such as diabetes and dental carries. The rise in the number of people with diabetes globally is also a major factor leading to the shift to nonsugar sweeteners.
Consumer research shows that low calorie foods and beverages have become part of the lifestyle of millions of men and women who want to stay in better overall health, control their weight or simply enjoy the many low-calorie products available.

Global Markets for Sugar and Sweeteners in Processed Foods and Beverages (FOD018D) provides:
  • An overview of the global market for sugars and sweeteners in processed foods and beverages, with reviews of sugar, corn-derived sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup, sugar alcohols, and other less commercially important caloric sweeteners, as well as aspartame, acesulfame-K (Ace-K), sucralose, and the oldest product, saccharin
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 and 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017.

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