Xylitol, C5H12O5, is a type of sugar alcohol or a polyol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring polyol extracted from vegetables and fruits. Generally, various berries, mushrooms, corncobs and birch trees are used as source material for the production of Xylitol. Among all sources, corncobs are mostly preferred for industrial production of Xylitol. During production, Xylan is extracted from the sources and then hydrolyzed to yield xylose, which on further catalytic hydrogenation results in the production of Xylitol. Xylitol is a crystalline, granular structured compound, usually containing one third of calories present in sugar. Moreover, Xylitol has no aftertaste, acts as natural insulin stabilizer and is anti-cariogenic in nature owing to which it is considered as a suitable alternative for sugar and also, can be used in the diet of obese and diabetic persons. Xylitol is used as sweetener in various products such as chewing gum, candy, toothpaste and mouthwash among other products.
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Rising awareness among people about wellness and increasing consciousness towards choice of food products has, over the recent past, resulted in a steady increase in demand for low calorie food products. Also, rapid urbanization and changing consumer preference for sugar free products is in turn expected to drive the growth of Xylitol market over the forecast period.
Mainly, Xylitol market is driven by the increasing demand for natural sweeteners in chewing gums. Xylitol based chewing gums reportedly offer various dental benefits such as helping in preventing tooth decay, dry mouth and help boost oral health. Further, xylitol market is driven by the increase in its consumption in food and personal care applications. Also, consumers, especially diabetic and obese persons prefer natural sweetener containing food products, which in turn is expected to propel the growth of Xylitol market. Xylitol production from corncobs is more sustainable as after harvesting corn, its cob can be used for production of xylitol. Besides this, changing climatic conditions are expected to impact the availability of sources, which in turn is expected to impact overall xylitol production. Also, for Xylitol production, pure xylose is required, which is expensive and its supply is relatively inadequate. Owing to this, price of Xylitol has become higher, which will have an effect on the growth of Xylitol market. Xylitol supply variation and availability of substitute polyols such as sorbitol, maltol and mannitol among others are expected to act as an impediment to the growth of Xylitol market.
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Examples of some of the market participants in the global Xylitol market, identified across the value chain include Cargill, Incorporated, DuPont, CSPC Shengxue Glucose Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Shoji Foodtech Co., Ltd., Novagreen Inc., Shandong Futaste Co., Ltd., zuChem Inc., Zhejiang Huakang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Roquette group, among others.