Friday, December 2, 2011

Demand of Glucono-delta-lactone GDL to be Increasing in the Future

CCM International has published the third edition report of Production and Market of Glucono-delta-lactone in China in November 2011. The report reveals that the demand of glucono-delta-lactone will be increasing in the future.

China is one of the important producers of glucono-delta-lactone (GDL) in the world. The total output of GDL in 2010 reached about 16,000 tonnes. From 2007 to 2011, the production capacity of GDL has increased a lot, while the output has been dragged down by the impact of the global financial crisis and the rising production cost during this period.

At present, there are about ten GDL producers in China. Anhui Xingzhou Medicine Food Co., Ltd. (Anhui Xingzhou) ranks No.1 among producers nationwide.

The production technology is mature, which is the fermentation method with using glucose or corn starch as raw material. Meanwhile, two major different fermentation methods are applied in this industry in China. One is calcium salt method; the other is sodium salt method. Although fermentation method is relatively more eco-friendly than chemical method, fermentation method still causes some pollutant to environment. Attributed to the stricter environmental policy, the production cost is expected to increase.

In general, China is an important GDL export country in the world. Egypt, Germany and South Korea are the top three export destinations of China's GDL in 2010.

Foods and pharmaceuticals are the main consumption fields of GDL in China. In food industry, bean curd is the biggest consumption field of GDL. Thanks to the fast recovery of domestic food industry, as an innocuous food additive, the demand for GDL will be increasing in the future.

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