In this case study, a European sugar company engaged CPL Business Consultants to analyse the Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), Oligofructose and Inulin markets. We also made strategic recommendations as part of the client’s growth strategy.

CPL characterised the business of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) synthesised from sucrose (i.e. using fructosyltransferases), oligofructose from inulin and the inulin itself.

CPL compared FOS with inulin, e.g. by price and functionality and competitiveness as a fat replacer, texturiser, sweetener and prebiotic. We also made specific recommendations on entering the FOS/Inulin business.

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Fructo-oligosaccharides, Oligofructose and Inulin

Executive Summary

  • Principal findings, e.g. on:
    • Players and products
    • Market volumes, values and growth
    • Market sectors & applications
    • End user perceptions
  • Conclusions e.g.:
    • Comparison of FOS versus inulin
    • Strategy for entering the business

Inulin, oligofructose and Fructo-oligosaccharides

  • Definitions and History
  • Players/distributors
    • Fructo-oligosaccharides
    • Inulin & oligofructosaccharides
  • Products
    • Fructo-oligosaccharide Products
    • Inulin & oligofructosaccharide products
  • Market volume, value & trends
  • Applications, market sectors and end user perception
    • Consumer perception of functional food/ingredients
    • Supermarket visits
  • Prices
    • Production costs
    • Relative production costs for FOS and inulin
  • Market Observations e.g.:
    • The major players & history
    • Competition
    • Markets applications and technical functionality of inulin
    • FOS market share
    • Perspective on the market from an ex distributor


  • Patent landscape and analysis


  • Industry news and trends

Contacts e.g.:

  • Inulin/Fructo-oligosaccharides producers/distributors
  • Customers

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