GVR Report cover Sugar-based Surfactants Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Sugar-based Surfactants Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Alkyl Polyglycoside), By Raw Material (Monomeric, Dimeric), By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-952-8
  • Number of Pages: 140
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global sugar-based surfactants market size was valued at USD 5.58 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% from 2022 to 2030. The demand for the product is anticipated to be driven by various factors such as increased demand for renewable products, less toxic, and rising awareness related to personal hygiene. Sugar-based surfactants are majorly used in personal care and home care products. They are also adopted by the textile industry. The product finds applications in hand dishwashing liquid as well as in liquid detergents. In the personal care industry, these are used effectively in various skin care, baby care, and hair care products. The growing usage of these personal care products is expected to augment the product demand in the coming years.

U.S. sugar-based surfactants market size, by type, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

Sugar-based surfactants are surface-active agents comprising sugar groups in their structure. The type of sugar group present in the molecule of the surfactants depends on the type of raw materials used in the initial process. They are derived from sugar raw materials in various forms such as monomeric, dimeric, and polymeric. These include fructose, glucose, lactose, chitin, pectin, and starch, among others.

Some of the raw material suppliers in the market include Vijaya Enterprises, VSM AGRO, Tate & Lyle, and NOVEL CHEM, among others. These raw materials are used as starting agents in product manufacturing. These raw materials are converted into surfactants and the process is carried out by several manufacturers such as Clariant, Solvay, Evonik Industries AG, SEPPIC, and Dow.

Type Insights

Other types of segments dominated the market with a revenue share of 44.5% in 2021. This is attributed to the growing use of different natural surfactants such as cationic, sorbitan esters, and fatty acid glucamides. Sorbitan esters are nonionic surfactants that are extensively used in the production of creams, emulsions, and ointments for cosmetics and pharmaceutical uses. They are also used as a stabilizer, defoaming agent, emulsifier, rehydrating aid, and synthetic flavor in food & beverages. Fatty acid glucamides are widely used in cleaning and washing formulations as well as in the cosmetics sector as a surfactant. The increasing usage of other product types by manufacturers is likely to trigger overall market growth during the forecast period.

Alkyl polyglycosides (APG) are a type of non-ionic surfactant that is extensively used across different applications such as industrial, household cleaning products, and cosmetics. They are derived from fatty alcohol and glucose, making them biodegradable in nature. The key raw materials used for their production are fat and starch, mixed with various types of sugars including alkyl groups and hydrophilic end. The product is used to improve the concentration of foam formation in detergents. The different attributes of APG, such as excellent foaming performance, wettability, interfacial activity, and oil recovery at high temperatures, make it a green surfactant.

Sucrose cocoate is an organic moisturizer derived from sucrose esters of coconut fatty acid. It helps in enhancing the viscosity, foam density, and mildness of cleaning products. It is considered safe and gentle for usage in baby care products, including creams, shampoos, and lotions, among others. In shampoo, it helps in decreasing the electrostatic charging of hair. The growing usage of sucrose cocoate in cosmetics formulations is likely to boost its demand in the coming years.

Raw Material Insights

The monomeric segment dominated the market with a revenue share of more than 41% in 2021. This is attributed to the growing demand for non-toxic, biodegradable, and acts as solvent for biological membranes, which, in turn, makes monomeric raw material suitable for numerous end-use applications. The rising demand for the product from different applications is anticipated to propel market growth during the forthcoming years.

They are extracted from sugar raw materials occurring in the form of monomers such as glucose, fructose, and sorbitol. They are composed of carbohydrates and fatty alcohol and are widely used in the petrochemical industry. Monomeric is the old raw material used for product formulation and is used for lowering the interfacial and surface tension between water and oil in water/oil systems.

Polymeric sugar-based surfactants are widely used for providing stability to various formulations. They are used as emulsifiers and dispersants and keep the particles away from each other to avoid any type of breakdown. They are used due to numerous advantages such as higher molecular weight, strong surface adsorption, large repulsive barrier, and numerous anchoring groups per molecule. In the pharmaceutical industry, active ingredients with higher molecular concentration and stability are preferred, which, in turn, benefits the product demand.

Application Insights

The homecare & personal care segment dominated the sugar-based surfactants market with a share of 46.8% in 2021. This is attributable to its growing use in various personal care products such as body lotions, skin creams, body washes, shampoos, and sunscreens among others on the account of their mild and non-irritating properties for skin and eyes. They portray high efficiency in cleaning, washing, wetting, and foaming compounds. In addition, they help maintain the skin balance without causing any excessive dryness. Growing consumer inclination toward natural surfactants is one of the driving forces for the overall industry.

Global sugar-based surfactants market share, by application, 2021 (%)

These products are also used in the separation process named micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF). This process is used to separate low molecular pollutants from aqueous material using surfactants. In this process, the size of pollutant molecules is increased by isolating them inside the surfactant micelles. Hence, the resultant pollutants and molecules are left on the surface of the ultrafilter membrane, resulting in separation from the solution. Key manufacturers are focusing on extensive product R&D to innovate higher quality products for niche applications.

The product is used as a drug vehicle in protein formulation. They are used to substitute allergenic and toxic surfactants in protein formulations. They are extensively used in the pharmaceutical sector as they are chemically pure and have antibacterial properties. They are also used as a wetting agent and for the dispersion of active pharmaceutical ingredients. In addition, they help reduce the interfacial tension between the liquid and solid suspensions. They are used to treat respiratory issues among premature infants. The rising product penetration in different pharmaceutical applications is likely to boost industry growth in the coming years.

The rising acceptance of modern agricultural practices and technologies that involve the use of the product is one of the major factors contributing to the market growth. The product is used for improving the quality of agricultural soil by soil remediation. Moreover, it is also used to remove heavy metals and harmful hydrocarbons that are accumulated in agricultural soil. The aforementioned factors are expected to positively influence the market demand during the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Europe dominated the market with a share of 32.9% in 2021. This is attributed to the increasing product demand in personal care, food processing, and industrial cleaner applications is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period. Home care is a prominent application segment in the regional market owing to the rising utilization of detergents.

In addition, the growth of the hospitality sector in the region is likely to contribute to product demand. The tourism industry is witnessing an upward trend in countries such as the U.K., Italy, and France, thereby contributing to the need for the construction of new hotels. This is likely to boost the consumption of laundry detergents, consequently propelling the market demand over the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific market is majorly driven by the growing population in countries such as China and India and the subsequent expansion of various end-use industries including agriculture, pharmaceutical, and personal care. Along with the presence of global giants in the detergent industry, such as Procter & Gamble, various countries in the region are characterized by the presence of several domestic players that are focusing on strengthening their presence in the detergents industry. This is anticipated to trigger industry growth in the coming years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market is fragmented in nature with few manufacturers catering to the product demand. The key market players are focusing on R&D activities and production plant expansion. For instance, in March 2021, SEPPIC inaugurated its first specialty ingredients manufacturing facility in the U.S. This site is situated near Richmond, Virginia, the U.S. This production site is the company’s second-largest production site for high-performance specialty ingredients for pharmaceutical, personal care, and beauty applications. Some prominent players in the global sugar-based surfactants market include:

  • Clariant

  • Solvay

  • Evonik


  • Shanghai Fine Chemicals Co. Ltd.

  • Stepan Company

  • Dadia Chemical Industries

  • Glycosurf

  • Jeneil


  • Shiv Shakti India

Sugar-based Surfactants Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 5.90 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 9.18 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.7% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD Million, Volume in Kilotons, and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Type, raw material, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, South Africa

Key companies profiled

Clariant; BASF SE; Solvay; Evonik; SEPPIC; Shanghai Chemical Industries; Glycosurf; Dadia Chemicals Industries; Stepan Company; Jeneil; Shiv Shakti India

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global sugar-based surfactants market report based on type, raw material, application, and region:

  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)
    • Alkyl Polyglycoside

      • Branched Alkyl Polyglycoside

      • Ethoxylated Alkyl Polyglycoside

    • Decyl Glucoside

    • Sucrose Cocoate

    • Others

  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market Raw Material Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)

    • Monomeric

    • Polymeric

    • Dimeric

  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)

    • Biotechnology

    • Homecare & Personal Care

    • Pharmaceuticals

    • Agriculture

    • Others

  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Southeast Asia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

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