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The objective of this study is to assist the client in assessing whether there is an opportunity to enter the polyol market by manufacturing mannitol.

The client sought information about erythritol in respect of world market demand, applications, outlook on growth rates to 2010 with trends to date and future trends, producers with current capacities and an estimate of cost structure, current prices and an outlook on price development to 2010, what competes with erythritol and the risk of substitution.

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Principal Findings

  • Market & Trends
    • Polyols
    • Mannitol
  • Players & Products
  • Success Factors and Barriers To Entry
  • Properties & Applications
  • Technology, IPR & Process Availability
  • Substitutes
  • Legislation

Conclusions and Recommendations


  • General Properties of Mannitol
  • Applications

Market Volume, Value, Growth, Price & Trends

  • Introduction
  • Market Development
  • Current Market
    • Volume
    • Value
    • Growth
    • Price
  • Forecast

Players and Products

  • 4 Manufacturers

Properties and Uses

  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Beneficial to People with Diabetes
  • Does Not Promote Tooth Decay
  • Mannitol and Digestion
  • Glycemic Index
  • Safety of Mannitol
  • Healthy Confectionery
    • World Market
    • ‘Healthy’ Market
    • Market Development
    • Attitudes to ‘Healthy’ Confectionery
    • Science Behind the Claims
  • Technology, IPR and Process Availability
    • Organisations Offering ‘Mannitol’ Technology
  • Production Technology for Mannitol
    • Chemical Hydrogenation
    • Microbial Production
    • Recovery of Mannitol from Bioconversion Medium

Potential Substitutes

  • Erythritol
  • Xylitol
  • Isomalt
  • Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysates
  • Lactitol
  • Maltitol
  • Sorbitol


  • EU Purity Criteria for Mannitol used in Foods
  • SCF Opinion on Mannitol Manufactured by Fermentation
  • Allergen Labelling Rules

Patents & Intellectual Property (Ip)

  • Overview
  • Patents

14 News Articles


  • 10 Polyol Producers
  • 20 End Users
  • 10 Others


  • Figure 1 Structure of Mannitol
  • Figure 2 Mannitol Sales by Region
  • Figure 3 Solubility of Mannitol and Sorbitol in Water

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