Sweeteners China News 1204 (12 issues per year)

Published: April, 2012
Price: US $2,916
Pages: 20
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Welcome to the January issue of Sweeteners China News published by CCM International, a professional consulting company which has been extensively and intently focusing on dynamics of China’s sweetener industry.

Chinese sweetener processors are seeking new raw materials for production, such as wheat and cultivated liquorice. On one hand, domestic starch sugar industry as one important branch of corn deep processing has been restricted more and more by Chinese government in 2011; on the other hand, the shortage of natural liquorice has been apparent in recent years and even in the future, which enforce Chinese sweetener processors to use wheat and cultivated liquorice to ensure the raw material supply of starch sugar and glycyrrhizin respectively.

Besides, newly released domestic and foreign policies have affected Chinese sweetener industry. For example, China’s Ministry of Health announced a notice to strengthen the management of new food additives in China on 25 November 2011, which may increase the difficulty in applying for new sweeteners as food additives in China; meanwhile, the European Food Safety Authority released a large number of both published and unpublished scientific studies and data about aspartame’s safety and started to conduct a full reevaluation of aspartame, which may slightly reduce the demand for aspartame in the EU in 2012.

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On 24 November 2011, EFSA released a lot of scientific studies and data about aspartame’s safety and started to conduct a full re-evaluation of aspartame, which may slightly reduce the demand for aspartame in the EU in 2012.

The export value of Chinese plant extracts, especially stevia sweetener, has been growing fast in 2011.

China’s Ministry of Health announced a notice to strengthen the management of new food additives in China on 25 November 2011, which may increase the difficulty in applying for new sweeteners as food additives in China.

According to CCM International’s investigation, four sucralose projects will be launched in 2012, which may increase the sucralose capacity obviously.

Futaste’s L-arabinose was selected in the National Key New Product Plan of 2011 by the MST, which will enhance its brand awareness and help to attract government support in the future.

Suzhou Hope plans to expand its capacities of acesulfame-K and diketene, which may increase Chinese capacity of acesulfame-K obviously in the future.

In December 2011, Star Lake Bioscience put its High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) production line with a total capacity of 100,000t/a into trial production in Guangdong Province, suggesting the company has expanded its business to a new frontier.

At a meeting of CBFIA from 8 to 9 December 2011, some participants proposed to find alternatives of starch sugar’s raw material, and wheat may partly replace corn to produce starch sugar in the future in China.

Cultivated liquorice may replace natural liquorice in the application field of glycyrrhizin industry, but it will not be realized so fast.

Price of sorbitol fluctuated up and down in 2011, decreasing slightly in December 2011 over January 2011, which was caused by the price decrease of VC in 2011.

In 2011, the price of maltitol has mainly shown a rising trend in 2011 owing to the price increase of corn in Q1-Q3 2011 and the strong demand in Q4 2011.

AN0C has opened an online shop on taobao.com to promote its brand and products of stevia sweetener.

Ganzhou Julong passes acceptance inspection of medicinal stevia production
China imports 235,932 tonnes of sucrose in Jan.-Feb. 2012
Export value of Chinese stevia sweetener sees decrease in 2011
Huaxing invests in xilitol project in Harbin
Angel Yeast to construct 3,000t/d beet processing line
Sugarcane planting area may reach 67,000 ha. in Hainan Province

Profits of Chinese saccharin producers decrease in 2011
China’s aspartame output stabilizes in 2011
Inadequate sucrose supply may increase demand for sweeteners in China

Zhongdu Sugar starts to build a HFCS project with capacity of 1 million t/a
Operating profit of Shandong Longlive decreases by 7.12% in 2011
Xinjiang Hengfeng may withdraw from XOS market
A stevia sweetener project to settle in Shuangfeng Economic DevelopmentZone
Profit of QHT decreases in 2011
Global Sweeteners’ net profit sees annual increase of 61.2% in 2011

Corn starch price in China increases in March 2012

Ex-factory prices of Chinese sweeteners in March 2012
Starch sugar witnesses slight price decline in China in early 2012

Export overview of Chinese sweeteners in Jan.-Feb. 2012
Import & export analysis of Chinese xylitol in 2011 and Jan.-Feb. 2012
Import & export analysis of Chinese cyclamate in 2011 and Jan.-Feb. 2012

About 300 tonnes of sucralose consumed in China in 2011

COMPANIES MENTIONED

Zhongdu (Qian’an) Sugar Co., Ltd.
Xinjiang Hengfeng Sugar Industry Co., Ltd.
Shandong Longlive Bio-technology Co., Ltd.
Hunan Weijia Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
Global Sweeteners Holdings Limited

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