Published August 2023
Sorbitol is the largest-volume sugar alcohol. It offers a unique combination of functional properties — humectancy, sweetness, bulking, stabilization, softening and emulsification — at an attractive price. Because of its sweet taste, it is widely used as a partial replacement for sucrose (table sugar) in sugar-free foods, chewing gums and candies. In addition, sorbitol serves as a sweetener, humectant, and bodying agent in toothpaste and mouthwash and as a starting material for vitamin C production.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of sorbitol:
Use in personal care products (mainly toothpaste), food and confections, and vitamin C production account for the bulk of global sorbitol consumption in 2023. Other end uses include surfactants (sorbitan esters and polysorbates), pharmaceuticals and polyether polyols for polyurethanes.
Sorbitol competes with glycerin and other sugar alcohols, including xylitol and maltitol. In toothpaste, sorbitol faces competition from glycerin. Supplies of refined glycerin have increased — and prices have fallen — as worldwide biodiesel production has increased. Glycerin is a by-product of biodiesel manufacture.
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