Fructose is a naturally occurring monosaccharide found in various fruits, vegetables and honey. It is mainly used in the food and beverages industry. It is produced commercially by processing sugar or corn and is widely preferred as an artificial sweetener due to its low calorie content. The demand for fructose is expected to increase worldwide at a sturdy rate. This is mainly attributed to increasing awareness about healthy nourishment practices worldwide has led to an increasing demand for fructose globally. Fructose is relatively inexpensive as compared to sugar and is found in the liquid form at room temperature, which allows for easy storage and transportation. However, incessant use of fructose is reported to impede liver function and thwart uric acid levels.
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Concentration of fructose in HFCS is 42% - 55%. Fructose solids contain over 40% fructose. The growth of the fructose market is driven by the mounting demand for energy drinks and increasing consumer inclination towards natural products. The growing concern regarding the usage of artificial sweeteners in the manufacturing of beverages is expected to drive the growth of the fructose market. Fructose is also used as a flavoring agent and a humectant in the cosmetics industry for the production of bathing and cleansing products. Demand for sports and energy drinks, chocolate milk, and carbonated beverages is gaining rapid traction, which creates a highly conducive environment for growth of the global fructose market
Globally, the fructose market is gaining incentive from the ever increasing demand for sweeteners in the food and beverages industry. However, the altering lifestyle and mounting health worries among patrons of emerging economies are preventing the market’s growth to an extent. As high ingestion of fructose is related to increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes, the better alternative namely, zero calorie sweeteners are paving its way among consumers, which in turn is restricting the growth of fructose market globally. Some key players in the global fructose market are Atlantic Chemicals Trading GMBH, A & Z food additives Co. Ltd, Biovittoria Limited, Cargill Incorporated, Celanese Corporation, Cumberland Packing Corp, and Dulcette.
Several key players in the market are focused on developing organic and inorganic growth strategies such as merger, acquisition, investment and product capacity expansion in order to enhance their global presence.