Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022 - 2027)

The Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Market is segmented by Grade (Food Grade, Industrial Grade, Pharmaceutical Grade, and Lab Grade), Purity (Undenatured Ethanol and Denatured Ethanol), Application (Industrial Solvent, Fuel/Fuel Additive, Bacteriacide/Disinfectant, Beverages, Personal Care, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

ethyl alcohol market overview
Study Period: 2016-2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: <5 %
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Market Overview

The ethyl alcohol (ethanol) market size is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Beverage manufacturers are affected by the shortage of labor and raw materials essential for the production process. The demand is also expected to be affected by the uncertainties in consumer demand as pandemics have surged healthy food habits, and consumers are focusing on home dining as several governments have initiated preventive measures such as banning mass gatherings, especially in restaurants.

  • Over the short term, major factors driving the growth of the market studied are the rising demand for ethanol as biofuel, growing to use in beer production and food processing, and stringent government policies to restrict the usage of fossil fuels. On the flip side, an increase in awareness about the ill effects of alcohol consumption and the advent of hybrid electric vehicles are likely to hamper the growth of the market studied.
  • The fuel segment dominated the market, and it is likely to grow during the forecast period, owing to increased practice of ethanol blending with gasoline across the world.
  • The surging demand to produce ethanol from corn and sugar is likely to provide opportunities for the market studied during the forecast period.
  • North America dominated the market across the world due to increasing regulations and rising demand for the food processing industry.

Scope of the Report

Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is a clear, transparent liquid widely used in fuel and alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, or brandy. The market is segmented on the basis of grade, purity, application, and geography. By grade, the market is segmented into food grade, industrial grade, pharmaceutical grade, and lab grade. By purity, the market is segmented into undenatured ethanol and denatured ethanol. By application, the market is segmented into industrial solvent, fuel/fuel additive, bacteriacide/disinfectant, beverages, personal care, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the ethyl alcohol (ethanol) market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (million liters).

Food Grade
Industrial Grade
Pharmaceutical Grade
Lab Grade
Undenatured Ethanol
Denatured Ethanol
Industrial Solvent
Fuel/Fuel Additive
Personal Care
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Fuel Segment to Dominate the Market Demand

  • Ethanol is gaining support for application as fuel, owing to its renewable source and eco-friendliness with lower emissions. Ethanol has a higher octane number than gasoline, providing premium blending properties.
  • Low-octane gasoline is blended with 10% ethanol to attain the standard 87 octane. Carbon monoxide production from ethanol fuel is significantly lower when compared to gasoline engines.
  • Moreover, for the past several years, refiners have been adding ethanol to fuel, as it burns cleaner than pure gas, which helps in cutting the carbon footprint. Additionally, the use of ethanol as a fuel helps to reduce oil dependency.
  • According to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India, the country has preponed the target of achieving 20% ethanol-blended fuel by five years and now to complete the target by 2025. The country needs 4 billion liters of ethanol for 10% ethanol blend, and for 20% ethanol blend, the country needs 1,000 crore liters of ethanol, which will cost approximately INR 65,000 crores.
  • European countries are majorly using 5% ethanol-blended fuel. The region is focusing on reducing the carbon dioxide emission from transportation through 10%-20% ethanol blending based on the countries' infrastructure.
  • In California, ethanol replaced methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) as a gasoline component. E10, one of the most common blends, contains 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol in order to oxygenate the fuel and reduce emissions.
  • In Brazil, fuel ethanol consumption is driven largely by an ethanol blending mandate and lower prices relative to gasoline. However, the country’s fuel ethanol prices are not competitive with fuel ethanol from the United States, primarily on account of higher agricultural feedstock costs, especially along with the Brazilian coastal areas.
  • Hence, all such trends in the market are likely to drive the demand for ethanol for fuel application during the forecast period.
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North American Region to Dominate the Market

  • The North American region dominated the global market share. Stringent regulations toward reducing the usage of fossil fuels and rising demand from the food processing industry have been driving the demand for ethanol in the region.
  • The government in the countries such as the United States, Canada, and Mexico, have been focusing on reducing the usage of fossil fuels and the pollution caused by them. In this regard, the region has been resorting to ethanol-blended fuels, with ethanol being a cleaner resource, which serves as one of the major factors driving the growth of the ethanol market in the region.
  • According to Renewable Fuel Association, the United States produced 15.8 billion gallons in 2019, out of which 90% of ethanol was exported and the rest 10% was domestically utilized.
  • Additionally, in 2019, the Japanese government's biofuel policy allowed the use of the US-based corn ethanol to be used up to 44% for the production of ethyl tert-butyl ether, additves used in petrol to improve combustion, impacting the demand for ethyl alcohol.
  • According to the Mexican Chamber of Cosmetic Products (CANIPEC), the Mexican cosmetics market was valued at around USD 10 billion in 2019 and held the second position in the Latin American market and 11th in the world. Growing demand for premium skin care products, along with the need for a better lifestyle, is driving the market for personal care in the country, positively impacting the demand for ethyl alcohol.
  • For instance, in the United States, more than 97% of gasoline contains ethanol. E10, one of the most common blends, contains 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol in order to oxygenate the fuel and reduce emissions. Since 2001, the E15 blend, which contains 15% ethanol, has also been approved for use.
  • The food processing industry is significantly growing, owing to higher dependency on processed, ready-to-eat, and frozen and packaged food. Thus, owing to the growing population through new births and migration, the demand for the industry has also been increasing, which is further increasing the output of, and demand for, ethanol from the industry in the region.
  • Hence, all such market trends are expected to drive the demand for ethanol in the region during the forecast period.
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Competitive Landscape

The ethyl alcohol (ethanol) market is fragmented in nature. Some of the key players in the market include ADM, POET LLC, Valero, Bunge North America Inc., and Flint Hills Resources, among others.

Recent Development

  • In October 2020, ADM announced the resumption of ethanol production from two idled manufacturing facilities in the first half of 2021, having a combined production capacity of 575 million gallons.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Demand for Ethanol as Biofuel

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand for Ethanol in the Food Processing Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Growing Use in Beer Production

      4. 4.1.4 Stringent Government Policies to Restrict the Use of Fossil Fuels

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increase in Awareness About the Ill Effects of Alcohol Consumption

      2. 4.2.2 Advent of Hybrid Electric Vehicles

      3. 4.2.3 Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Import Export Trends

    6. 4.6 Price Trends


    1. 5.1 Grade

      1. 5.1.1 Food Grade

      2. 5.1.2 Industrial Grade

      3. 5.1.3 Pharmaceutical Grade

      4. 5.1.4 Lab Grade

    2. 5.2 Purity

      1. 5.2.1 Undenatured Ethanol

      2. 5.2.2 Denatured Ethanol

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Industrial Solvent

      2. 5.3.2 Fuel/Fuel Additive

      3. 5.3.3 Bacteriacide/Disinfectant

      4. 5.3.4 Beverages

      5. 5.3.5 Personal Care

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Advanced BioEnergy LLC

      2. 6.4.2 The Andersons Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 ADM

      4. 6.4.4 Braskem

      5. 6.4.5 bp PLC

      6. 6.4.6 Cargill Incorporated

      7. 6.4.7 Flint Hills Resources

      8. 6.4.8 Green Plains Inc.

      9. 6.4.9 INEOS

      10. 6.4.10 HPCL Biofuels Limited

      11. 6.4.11 Kirin Holdings Company Limited

      12. 6.4.12 LyondellBasell Industries Holdings BV

      13. 6.4.13 Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

      14. 6.4.14 Alto Ingredients Inc.

      15. 6.4.15 SABIC

      16. 6.4.16 Sasol Limited

      17. 6.4.17 POET LLC

      18. 6.4.18 Solvay

      19. 6.4.19 Valero

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Surging Demand to Produce Ethanol from Corn and Sugar

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Market is growing at a CAGR of <5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

ADM, POET, LLC, Valero, Flint Hills Resources, Bunge North America, Inc. are the major companies operating in Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Market.

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