2.1 Product introduction
Xylitol is an organic compound with the chemical formula C5H12O5. It is native to Finland. It is a natural sweetener extracted from plant materials such as birch, oak, corn cob, bagasse and so on. In nature, xylitol has a wide distribution range, widely found in various fruits, vegetables, and cereals, but the content is very low. For the human body, xylitol is not an "exotic product", it is an intermediate of normal carbohydrate metabolism in the body.
2.2 Product industry and major suppliers
Xylitol is a natural sweetener extracted from plant materials such as corn cobs and hemicellulose through hydrolysis, refining, centrifugation and other steps, and then hydrogenation and centrifugal separation. Xylitol is mainly used to replace sucrose or other sweeteners in the production of popular foods such as chewing gum and ice cream, and is widely used in the fields of candy, bakery and health products.
At present, the global xylitol production companies mainly include Huakang Pharmaceutical, Danisco, Longli Biological, Shandong Futian, Shandong Lvjian, etc.
Three, sugar alcohol
Sugar alcohol is a kind of polyalcohol. Although it is not a sugar, it has certain sugar properties. Therefore, it is widely used in sugar-free functional food formulations. The currently developed varieties include sorbitol, xylitol, maltitol, mannitol, erythritol, lactitol, etc.
Sugar alcohol is an extension of the starch sugar industry chain. It is an industry with relatively high technical content, strict equipment requirements and a wide range of applications in the deep processing of starch sugar. The sugar alcohol industry has laid the foundation for the development of my country's pharmaceutical, daily chemical, food, chemical and other industries. It has also opened up an important market for the development of the starch sugar industry, occupying an increasingly important position in the national economy.
The functional sugar alcohol industry chain can be roughly divided into three links: the upstream is the corn planting industry and the chemical industry, mainly composed of suppliers of raw materials such as starch, corn cob, xylose, hemicellulose, etc.; the middle stream is the production of functional sugar alcohols The downstream is composed of customers in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, daily chemical and other industries, trade customers and end consumers.
The upstream of the functional sugar alcohol industry is mainly plantation and chemical industry, mainly composed of suppliers of raw materials such as starch, corn cob, xylose, hemicellulose, etc.; the downstream of the industry is mainly food, beverage, medicine, daily chemical and other industries. The functional sugar alcohol industry is the middle link of the entire industrial chain. The upstream connects planting and chemical industry, and the downstream undertakes product development and application.
After years of development in the functional sugar alcohol industry, the concentration of the global industry market has continued to increase. In terms of xylitol, global xylitol production companies mainly include Danisco (Denmark, Huakang Pharmaceutical, Shandong Futian, etc.; in terms of crystalline sorbitol, the main production companies include Huakang Pharmaceutical, Roquette France, Mingyue Seaweed Group, Shandong Lvjian and so on.
After years of development, my country's functional sugar alcohol manufacturing industry has shown a certain geographical distribution characteristics. From a regional perspective, my country's functional sugar alcohol manufacturing industry is mainly distributed in East China, North China, Northeast China and other regions:
The owner's business of Huakang Pharmaceutical is the production and sales of functional sugar alcohols and starch sugars, with its headquarters in Zhejiang;
Shandong Foton’s main products include xylitol, maltitol, and sorbitol, headquartered in Shandong;
Shandong Lujian’s main products include xylitol, maltitol, sorbitol, etc., headquartered in Shandong Province;
Mingyue Seaweed Group mainly produces mannitol, sorbitol, and alginate, and is headquartered in Shandong.
With the change in the overall consumption concept of the society and the improvement of people's material level, people's dietary consumption tendencies are becoming more and more healthy and nutritious, and healthy and low-calorie foods have become the current consumption hotspot and development focus. As an important sugar-free, low-calorie food raw material, functional sugar alcohols are expected to be recognized and favored by more and more consumers. Functional sugar alcohols have broad space for development in food processing, health care, medicine and other fields.
With the steady growth of the global economy, the continuous enhancement of people's health concepts, and the continuous development of downstream industries such as food and medicine, functional sugar alcohols are widely used in food processing, beverages, medicine, daily chemicals and other industries.
The field of food and health products is expected to become the largest application field of the functional sugar alcohol market.
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