Xylitol Market Report

Xylitol Market Analysis By Application (Chewing Gum, Confectionery, Bakery, Oral Care), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA), And Segment Forecast, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: May, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-819-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 104

Industry Insights

The global xylitol market size was valued at USD 737.2 million in 2015. Xylitol is a five carbon-based sugar polyol. It can act as a low-calorie sweetener. Commercial use of the product as natural sugar substitute has increased significantly over the past few years owing to its advantageous properties.

Xylitol is extracted from bio-waste including corn cob, birch bark, and pulp & paper waste. Acid hydrolysis of biomass generates hemicellulosic hydrolysate consisting of xylose which is isolated and hydrogenated to produce xylitol. In addition to the chemical process, the bioconversion of the product can be achieved using microorganisms. Various companies are focusing on the commercialization of the biotechnological process to enhance sustainability.

U.S. xylitol market revenue by application, 2014 - 2025 (USD Million)

U.S. xylitol market

The U.S. was one of the major consumers of the global market in the recent past. Several health benefits associated with it including low calorific value, tooth decay defying properties, low glycemic index, and non-carcinogenic properties have encouraged the product usage among health-conscious consumers in the U.S. The market in the U.S. experienced augmented demand from chewing gum segment in 2015, owing to rising consumer preference for sugar-free chewing gum.

Xylitol inhibits the growth of plaque-forming bacteria. It helps to improve dental health by preventing tooth decay and oral cavities. Furthermore, it prevents the demineralization of enamel and stimulates the salivary flow. Significant contributions in improving oral health and curing teeth, gum, and mouth problems bolstered its usage.

Xylitol has a low glycemic index as compared to regular sugars such as sucrose and glucose. It has a negligible effect on insulin secretion and thus does not lead to an increase in blood sugar level. Moreover, the low calorific value of the sugar polyol helps in weight management. As a result, the product has gained wide acceptance among obis and diabetic patients.

The prevalence of various lifestyle diseases has increased considerably in the past few years in developed and developing economies. Increased rate of diabetes and obesity has driven strong demand for low calories sweeteners. A mounting number of health and weight conscious consumers is expected to accelerate demand over the forecast period.

Growing consumer demand for low-calorie sugar alternatives propelled the growth of the global xylitol industry in the recent past. However, the availability of less expensive alternatives is anticipated to restrain market growth. The market growth is likely to face significant challenges from low priced substitutes including sorbitol and mannitol over the next few years.

Application Insights

Xylitol has wide usage in numerous applications including chewing gum, confectionery, bakery, and other foods, oral care products. It is broadly used in the formulation of various sugar-free food and confectionery items including chewing gum, lozenges, candy, chocolate, cake, pastries, biscuit, and muffins. Furthermore, it has commercial usage in various oral care, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical products such as toothpaste, mouth wash, fluoride tablets, tonics, vitamin supplements, and syrups.

Global xylitol market volume by application, 2015 (%)

Global xylitol market

Chewing gum was the largest application segment of the xylitol market in 2015, accounting for over 66% share of the global market revenue. Increasing health awareness has led to a change in consumer buying behavior, exhibiting a growing preference for sugar-free chewing gum. Major chewing gum manufacturers focused on the introduction of a sugar-free product portfolio, which in turn influenced the market growth.

The oral care segment is likely to witness a promising growth rate over the next few years. Rising hygiene awareness among consumers is expected to result in spurring demand for premium quality oral care products formulated using xylitol. Rising purchasing power parity coupled with a growing population is estimated to motivate demand from oral care, especially in developing countries of the Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the largest regional market accounting for over 45% of the global market volume in 2015. Rising disposable income coupled with increasing awareness in developing countries has impacted the consumer spending pattern. Rising health consciousness resulted in augmented demand for healthy products which in turn propelled the demand for xylitol from major application segments over the past few years.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to register the fastest growth, with an estimated CAGR of 7.0% in terms of revenue from 2016 to 2025. Changing customer need in countries such as China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia attributed to the robust growth in demand in the Asia Pacific. Increasing penetration of chewing gum, confectionery, and oral care manufacturers in this region is expected to boost demand over the next few years.

Europe accounted to be the second-leading player of the global market in 2015 followed by North America. Approval from several regulatory organizations such as U.S. FDA, AAPD, Health Canada, and The European Union’s Scientific Committee for Food has encouraged the consumption of xylitol in developed countries of Europe and North America.

Competitive Insights

The market participants include Dupont Danisco, DFI Corporation, Shandong Futaste Co., Ltd., Xylitol Canada, Inc., Zuchem Inc., and Roquette Freres. Major manufacturers are extensively investing in research and innovation to develop a sustainable production process using industrial waste.

Several manufactures such as Thomson Biotech(Xiamen) Co., Ltd., and zuChem Inc. are focusing on the implementation of biotechnological processes such as microbial fermentation. Various players are investing to enter into the market owing to lucrative opportunities, especially in developing regions.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Volume in kilo tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S., U.K., Germany, China, India, Brazil

Report coverage             

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

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global xylitol market on the basis of application and region:

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Chewing gum

    • Confectionery

    • Bakery and other foods

    • Oral care

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilo Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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