Lactulose Market - Global Industry Insights, Trends, Outlook and Opportunity Analysis, 2017-2025

Lactulose is a non-absorbable form of sugar or prebiotic carbohydrate produced by isomerization of lactose, which stimulates the growth of health promoting bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. It is used in treatment of hepatic encephalopathy, maintain insulin level, blood glucose level and in the treatment of constipation. It is a synthetic sugar solution that works by decreasing the amount of ammonia in the blood which is projected to growth of lactulose market. Modern lifestyle of the population has a strong impact on eating habits, with an ever-increasing consumption of highly processed foods and fast foods, whose adverse effect on health are apparent, this improper eating habits among population drives the growth of lactulose market. The rising awareness and prevalence of increasing diseases contribute towards the growth of healthcare sector in lactulose market. The new innovations and high rate investment in R&D in food and beverage industry is expected the revenue growth of the global lactulose market during forecast period. The prebiotic carbohydrates are outstanding components in functional foods that stimulates the healthy intestinal microbiota. The need to curtail costs, increased use of ever-changing product prices, strength of reserved label brands are some of the drivers leading the growth of global lactulose market.

Lactulose Market Taxonomy-

On the basis of product type, the global market is classified into:

  • Liquid lactulose
  • Crystalline lactulose

On the basis of isomeric forms, the global market is classified into:

  • Alpha or beta-pyranose
  • Alpha or beta furanose

On the basis of application, the global market is classified into:

  • Food ingredients
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare products
  • Others

Global Lactulose Market Outlook-

Lactulose has been widely used to prevent constipation, treating hepatic encephalopathy and gastrointestinal disorders. The needs of elderly customers, athletes, nutrition conscious population leading the growth of lactulose market whereas the excessive consumption of lactulose lead to the effects such as abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting results in the moderate growth of lactulose market. The lactulose is widely used as a filler for capsules and tablets in the medicinal industry and there are quite a few health benefits of lactulose as nutrition ingredients which includes stimulating effect, improvement in calcium absorption and stimulation of intestinal flora fuels the growth of lactulose market. Lactulose is also used in fermented milk production to reduce the growth period and favor the growth of bifidobacteria. Lactulose has been found as a component of colonic microflora of bottle feed babies is identical that of adults which is resulting in the growth of lactulose market during the forecast period. Lactulose consist of detoxifying properties which is helpful in the treatment of hyperammonemia caused by portal systematic encephalopathy led to increasing lactulose market in pharma industries. In healthcare industry, lactulose is specifically consumed by nursing mother and for the pediatric use, these factor is expected to fuel the growth of global lactulose market at some extent. The increasing demand for baby formula products containing lactose and its derivative i.e. lactulose by dual employed households is also projected to register a significant growth in the global lactulose market mainly in the emerging countries. Characteristics such as easy availability, cost effectiveness, and water solubility are expected to increase the global lactulose market during the forecast period.

Europe represents the leading market worldwide owing to extensive popularity of lactose and its derivative products. Asia Pacific appeared as the fastest growing market with an accumulative CAGR led by increasing disposable income, changing lifestyle, growing population. Lactulose is mass-produced according to present guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices and meet the specifications of the European Pharmacopoeia, US Pharmacopoeia and Japanese Pharmacopoeia.

BIOFAC is one of the key manufacturer of lactose liquid finished product in Denmark, which has shelf life of about 3 years however, stability varies depending on the type of packaging.

Some of the key players identified across the value chain in global lactulose market are Abbott, Morinaga Milk Industry CO., LTD., RELAX EXCELLENCE IN LACTULOSE, FRESENIUS KABI, BIOFAC A/S and Lactose India Limited.

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