Chart Description. This chart presents Sorbitol prices in several countries, as follows:
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About Sorbitol. Sorbitol (a.k.a. Glucitol) is an organic compound, in the alcohol class, more specifically a sugar alcohol. It is an isomer of mannitol, however the two have different characteristics and uses. Sorbitol is a white, odorless crystal powder, soluble in water and in most organic solvents. It was first discovered in 1868, however it only gained commercial importance in the 1950s, when it started being used as a sweetening agent in the food industry.
Chemical Formula. C6H14O6
Commercial Grades. Powder; aqueous/liquid solution (min. 70% purity)
Uses. Sorbitol is mainly used as sugar substitute; table sweeteners; food additive; dietary supplement; sugar crystallization inhibitor; moisture-conditioning of cosmetic creams; lotions; toothpaste; tobacco and gelatin; bodying agent for paper and textiles; liquid pharmaceuticals manufacturing and tablet diluent; emulsifier; thickener and firming agent (mainly for the cosmetic industry).
- D-glucose (reduction)
- Fructose (hydrogenation)
Derivatives. Sorbitol is used as raw material in the production of the following derivates: isosorbide; polyether polyols; L-sorbose
Methodology. The chemicals pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Chemicals Pricing Data Methodology.
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