China Food Sweetener Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers China Natural Sweetener Manufacturers and is Segmented by Type (Sucrose, Starch Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols, and High-intensity Sweeteners (HIS)), Application (Bakery and Confectionery, Dairy, and Desserts, Meat and Meat Products, Soups, Sauces, and Dressings, and Other Applications)

China Food Sweetener Market Size

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China Food Sweetener Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2019 - 2022
CAGR 1.01 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

China Food Sweetener Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Food Sweetener Market Analysis

China's Food Sweetener Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 1.01% over the next five years.

The demand for food sweeteners is increasing in China due to the increasing consumption of sugar-based products like food and beverages. Due to rising urbanization, the growing middle-class population, the increasing number of working women, and the rise in disposable income, the demand for processed, packaged, and convenience food is increasing. Owing to this, the demand for sugar-based solutions and products is increasing among market players. Additionally, health-conscious consumers are opting for the consumption of products that are prepared with clean labels and natural ingredients due to which demand for natural sweeteners is also increasing in the country.

Furthermore, the application of sweeteners in different industries like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, beverages, bakery, confectionery, and many more is increasing as they are calorie-free and do not add value to the products. China is said to be one of the largest producers of sweeteners in the world. The popularity of high-intensity sweeteners like stevia, xylitol, and others is growing rapidly in the country due to their sustainability and increasing demand for sugar-enriched beverages and soft drink products. The market players are focusing more on the incorporation of natural sweeteners in their products. For instance, in July 2022, Chinese beverage giant Genki launched a sugar-free cola-flavored drink in the market. these drinks are made without adding any preservatives and with the use of natural sweeteners like sugar alcohols. Over the medium term, the demand for food sweeteners is expected to increase owing to the increasing consumption of processed food products and the increasing demand for natural sweeteners in the market.

China Food Sweetener Market Trends

Growing Diabetic Population

According to the International Diabetes Federation, China is witnessing a significant increase in the proportion of the diabetic population. According to International Diabetes Federation data from 2021, 140.87 million adults in China are diabetic. Due to rising disposable income and changing lifestyles, consumers are shifting to the consumption of fast food and convenience food. Additionally, the increasing influence of western culture is also influencing the consumption habits of people in the country and their demand for sugar-sweetened beverages and soft drinks is increasing. Owing to this, the demand for food sweeteners, especially natural sweeteners is increasing in the country. Food sweeteners do not add any calories to the food but they impart a sweet taste therefore they can be consumed by diabetic people as well. The market players are innovating the products with the use of sweeteners in food products to increase sweetness without changing the calorie count.

China Food Sweetener Market: China Food Sweeteners Market: Number of People with Diabetes Mellitus, in Millions, China, 2021

High Intensity Sweeteners Holds the Largest Market

The demand for HIS (High-Intensity Sweeteners) is likely to increase significantly over the medium term. The demand for high-intensity sweeteners like stevia is growing in the country owing to nutritional benefits and its sustainability. Stevia-based sweeteners are being used in food and beverages owing to the consumer demand for clean labels and natural ingredients in their products. The market players are launching new Campaigns for sustainable stevia production to have good-quality sweeteners. For instance, in June 2021, Tate & Lyle Plc launched a sustainable stevia program to gain economic benefits from the production of calorie-free sweeteners. Additionally, other sweeteners like xylitol are being used in different applications like oral hygiene products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and toiletries. Over the medium term, the demand for these high-intensity sweeteners is expected to increase owing to their applications in different industries.

China Food Sweetener Market: China Food Sweeteners Market: Tate and Lyle Plc, Global Revenue, in USD million, 2018-2021

China Food Sweetener Industry Overview

China's food sweeteners market is fragmented with global and regional players dominating the market. The leading players in this segment are Cargill Inc, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Sunwin Stevia International, Inc., Ingredion Incorporated, and Tate and Lyle Plc. Companies are bringing innovations in stevia-derived products to meet the consumer demand for non-caloric natural sweeteners. Additionally, research and development initiatives from the market players to launch sustainable and organic sweeteners in the market are also driving the market growth.

China Food Sweetener Market Leaders

  1. Archer Daniels Midland Company

  2. Cargill, Incorporated

  3. Sunwin Stevia International, Inc.

  4. Ingredion Incorporated

  5. Tate & Lyle Plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

China Food Sweetener Market Concentration
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China Food Sweetener Market News

  • In July 2022, Sweegen Inc launched Bestevia LQ, a collection of liquid stevia-based sweeteners. the sweeteners are designed to use in carbonated soft drinks, confectionery items, liquid sweeteners, dessert toppings, and concentrated fruit/flavored syrup. the company claims that the product meets the regulatory standards for countries in the Asia Pacific.
  • In February 2022, Sweegen launched the sweetener Brazzein in collaboration with Conagen, Bedford. The company claims that brazzein is a zero-calorie, high-intensity, and heat-stable protein, brazzein is 500 to 2,000 times sweeter than conventional sugar.
  • In February 2021, Dupont's Nutrition & Biosciences merged with International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., a company that offers food additives, including sweeteners, in the Chinese market. The combined company could continue to operate under the name IFF.

China Food Sweetener Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Sucrose

      2. 5.1.2 Starch Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols

        1. Dextrose

        2. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

        3. Maltodextrin

        4. Sorbitol

        5. Xylitol

        6. Others

      3. 5.1.3 High Intensity Sweeteners (HIS)

        1. Sucralose

        2. Aspartame

        3. Saccharin

        4. Cyclamate

        5. Ace-K

        6. Neotame

        7. Stevia

        8. Others

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Dairy

      2. 5.2.2 Bakery

      3. 5.2.3 Soups, Sauces and Dressings

      4. 5.2.4 Confectionery

      5. 5.2.5 Beverages

      6. 5.2.6 Others


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Archer Daniels Midland Company

      2. 6.3.2 Cargill, Incorporated

      3. 6.3.3 Sunwin Stevia International, Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Tate & Lyle Plc

      5. 6.3.5 Morita Kagaku Kogyo Co., LTD.

      6. 6.3.6 Ingredion Incorporated

      7. 6.3.7 Celanese Corporation

      8. 6.3.8 DuPont de Nemours Inc

      9. 6.3.9 Sweegen Inc

      10. 6.3.10 Ajinomoto Co. Inc.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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China Food Sweetener Industry Segmentation

Sweeteners are the various natural and artificial substances that impart a sweet taste to foods and beverages. The China food sweetener market is segmented by type into sucrose, starch sweeteners and sugar alcohols, and high-intensity sweeteners (HIS). Starch sweeteners and sugar alcohols are sub-segmented into dextrose, HFCS, maltodextrin, sorbitol, and other starch sweeteners and sugar alcohols. The high-intensity sweeteners (HIS) are further sub-segmented into sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, neotame, stevia, cyclamate, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), and others. By application, the market is segmented into bakery and confectionery, dairy and desserts, meat and meat products, soups, sauces, dressings, and other applications. For each segment, market sizing and forecast have been done based on value (USD million).

Product Type
Starch Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
High Intensity Sweeteners (HIS)
Soups, Sauces and Dressings
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China Food Sweetener Market Research FAQs

The China Food Sweetener Market is projected to register a CAGR of 1.01% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill, Incorporated, Sunwin Stevia International, Inc., Ingredion Incorporated and Tate & Lyle Plc are the major companies operating in the China Food Sweetener Market.

The report covers the China Food Sweetener Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the China Food Sweetener Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

China Food Sweetener Industry Report

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China Food Sweetener Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)