Key Trends Shaping the Food-grade Alcohol Market

The food grade alcohol market is driven by the increase in demand for food grade alcohol in various food & beverage and health & personal care industries. The key players in the industry are directing their growth strategies toward the emerging economies for enhancing their research capabilities to develop product portfolios and strengthen their distribution base. The market for food-grade alcohol is largely associated with the sale of beverage products. Investing in emerging markets like Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa could prove to be a promising opportunity for business expansions.

Food-grade Alcohol Market

Based on type, the market has been segmented into Polyols and Ethanol. Ethanol accounted for the largest share in Europe’s food grade alcohol market in 2015. While proven health benefits of polyols have resulted in an increase in their use as an ingredient in the health care industry, the increase in production of beer and growth in alcohol trade has resulted in the increased use of ethanol as a major food grade alcohol in the beverage industry. There has also been a surge in the use of ethanol as a preservative in the food industry for increasing the shelf-life of the end products.

Based on application, food grade alcohol is used as a coloring and flavoring agent in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The proven benefits of polyols have resulted in the increase in the usage of food grade alcohol as an ingredient in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. As an excellent solvent, ethanol finds its usage in the manufacturing of antibiotics, tablets, pills, vitamins, and in a variety of medicines.

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Based on source, sugarcane accounted for the largest market share in 2015. Sugarcane contains high levels of sucrose; and hence, it is fermented to make alcohol. Low product price associated with raw sugar in the global market has led to the increased use of sugarcane in the production of ethanol.

Food-grade alcohol is used not only for manufacturing alcoholic beverages but also for food and healthcare & pharmaceutical products. Hence, as the demand for these consumables increases from end users, manufacturers use food-grade alcohol for making innovative food products. Europe has adopted the usage of food-grade alcohol in food, beverages, and pharma applications. The Asia-Pacific region is estimated to drive the market with the increase in demand for food-grade alcohol. The increase in consumption of alcoholic beverages and convenience food products are significantly impacting the growth of the market in this region, with the growing food-processing industry.

This report includes a study of marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolio of key players. It includes the profiles of leading companies such as Archer Daniels Midland Company (U.S.), Cargill Inc.  (U.S.), MGP Ingredients (U.S.) Sigma-Aldrich (U.S.), and Roquette Freres S.A. (France).

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