Sorbitan Esters Market

Sorbitan Esters Market Analysis and Review by Grade – Food Grade, Industrial Grade, Pharmaceuticals Grade for 2021 – 2031

Sorbitan Esters Market Snapshot

[270 Pages Report]The global sorbitan esters market is slated to top US$ 756.4 Mn in 2021. Sales of sorbitan esters are expected to grow by 5.6% CAGR between 2021 and 2031, finds Future Market Insights (FMI) in a recent market analysis.

Manufacturers are launching novel application-specific products to address rising demand for sorbitan esters from a diverse industries. Players are improving their product offerings in response to regulations imposed on the quality of ingredients used in the cosmetics and food products.  Owing to these factors, the global sorbitan esters market is projected to expand at a steady pace over the forecast period.  

Base Year Value (2020A)

US$ 721.8 Mn

Projected year (2021) Market Value

US$ 756.4 Mn

CAGR% (2021-2031)

5.6% CAGR

2016-2020 Sorbitan Esters Market Outlook Compared to 2021-2031 Forecast

Demand for sorbitan esters grew at a 4.2% CAGR between 2016 and 2020. Sorbitan esters are used as stabilizers and emulsifiers in the food and beverage industry. Increasing sales of ready-to-eat meals and packaged food products in developing nations such as China, India, and Brazil are expected to spur demand for sorbitan esters in the forthcoming years.

Sorbitan esters are used in cosmetics as surfactants and solubilizers. They are used in various products including skin care products, eye makeup, cleansers, skin cleaning goods, lotions, and other makeup products. In addition to this, sorbitan esters are also used as wetting agents and dispersants, especially in color cosmetics and sun care products.

Various companies such as Estée Lauder, Mac Cosmetics, Avon, L’oreal, and Willa have a strong presence in the Asian market, which is encouraging various other brands to make deeper inroad in the region. The availability of international brands and increasing purchasing power across the world are leading to high demand for cosmetics products. This is expected to bode well for the market.

However, sorbitan esters in food products or cosmetic products can cause side effects. These side effects include nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, and gas. They primarily affect the integumentary system, digestive system, and liver. These side effects are majorly observed in consumers suffering from sorbitan intolerance. Cosmetic products containing sorbitan esters can cause skin irritations in some cases. This might limit sales of sorbitan esters.  

In addition to this, sales of sorbitan esters are restrained due to the availability of low-cost alternatives such as palm oil, soy lecithin, polyglycerol ester, and others. These products are widely available and frequently used in the food processing industry, which poses as a challenge for the global sorbitan esters market growth.

How is Snowballing Demand for Plant-based Products Affecting Sales?

Rising concerns regarding harmful effects of excessive use of chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products is resulting in increasing preference for plant-based and organic ingredients. Although this trend is more prevalent in developed countries such as the U.K., Canada, the U.S., Germany, it is expected to gain traction in developing markets such as India, China, Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico.  

Currently, a large proportion of the world's population lives in developing countries, which is expected to drive the demand for plant-based foods. Producers are thus highlighting sorbitan esters derived from plants and plant-based material to strengthen their footprint in the market.

Will the Increasing Use of Sorbitan Esters in Pharmaceuticals Boost Sales?

Sorbitan ester is an unreactive component found in many medicaments and vaccines that acts as a solubilizing agent in various ingredients. These products have low toxicity and are primarily used as emulsifiers and solubilizer. They also have wetting, stabilizing, scattering, and viscosity amending characteristics in a wide range of applications.

 The most common categories of ester used in pharmaceutical applications are polysorbate 20 and polysorbate 80. Sorbitan esters are in high demand due to their emerging applications in dermatology, human pharmaceuticals, and veterinary medicine, which is further anticipated to continue driving sales of sorbitan esters over the forecast period.

Country-wise Insights

How are Sorbitan Esters Sales Faring across the U.S.?

According to the FMI, sales of sorbitan esters the U.S. are expected to account for US$ 167.1 Mn in 2031.

Sorbitan esters are widely adopted in the food and cosmetics industries. This FDA-approved ingredient is extensively used as a stabilizing agent, solubilizer, and emulsifying agent. Because of their high affinity for fats, sorbitan esters are widely used in foods such as bread dough, baked and sweets products, and margarine.

The U.S. is home to robust foodservice and personal care industries, which is expected to boost sales of sorbitan esters in the forthcoming years.

What is Driving Demand for Sorbitan Esters in Russia?

The Russia sorbitan esters market is projected to be exhibit 4.0% CAGR between 2021 and 2031. Expansion of the food and packaging sector, coupled with increasing spending in in development of pharmaceutical industry is pushing sales of sorbitan esters in the country.

Along with this, increasing sales of ready-to-eat meals is spurring emand for additives in the food and beverage sector. This is expected to continue bolstering sales of sorbitan esters in Russia over the assessment period, opines FMI.

What are the Growth Prospects of the Sorbitan Esters Market in Germany?

Sorbitan esters manufacturers are emphasizing on the concept of clean labelling to attract customers in Germany. To maintain consumer trust and generate revenue from food products, producers are providing clean label food items.

Clean label products are trending in the food and beverage and the cosmetics industry especially in Germany. Driven by this, sales are estimated to rise steadily over the forecast period. FMI has projected sorbitan esters market in Germany to expand at a 4.6% CAGR by 2031.

How Big is the Opportunity for China in Global Sorbitan Esters Market?

Sales of sorbitan esters in China are projected to grow at a 6.3% CAGR during the forecast period of 2021-31.

Sorbitan esters are used as emulsifying agents in numerous commercial applications. Furthermore, they are used to form water-in-oil emulsions for use in agrochemical preparations, metalworking business, textile sector, and leather industry.

Increasing applications of sorbitan esters in textiles, leather, construction, and agricultural sectors, along with growing demand for clean labels in food and beverages will continue bolstering sales of sorbitan esters in China.  

Will India Emerge as an Attractive Sorbitan Esters Market?

Sorbitan esters market in India is expected to expand at a healthy 7.4% CAGR through 2031. Consumers are becoming more conscious about the ingredients used in food products, as well as the source of ingredients used.

Customers’ fondness for chemical-free foods is boosting demand for sorbitan esters in India. Rising awareness regarding natural ingredients in food and beverage products in India is expected to provide tailwinds to sorbitan ester sales over the forecast period.

Category-wise Insights

Which Product Type Holds Leading Share in the Sorbitan Esters Market?

The sorbitan tristearate segment is expected to hold a dominant share of 29.0% of the total sorbitan esters market in 2021.

Sorbitan tristearate is frequently used as a surface-active ingredient to decrease viscosity in chocolate formulations. In chocolate, sorbitan tristearate adjusts sugar crystallization and appearance, and reduces stickiness.       

Along with increasing use in cocoa and chocolate products, sorbitan tristearate is widely utilized in bakery products, desserts, toppings coatings, spreads, jams, jellies and marmalades. This is expected to continue pushing sales of sorbitan tristearate in the food and beverage sector through 2031.

Which Food Grade of Sorbitan Esters is Most Preferred?

The food grade segment is projected to hold more than 50% of market share, with sales growing at a 5.3% CAGR in 2021. Increasing applications of sorbitan esters in Increasing  baked goods, cocoa and chocolate production, whipped topping, cake mix, icing, filling, and coffee whitener is propelling sales of sorbitan esters, and the trend is projected to continue over the forecast period.

Why is Demand for Liquid form of Sorbitan Esters Rising?

The liquid form segment is forecast to account for 47.5% of the total sorbitan esters market share in 2021. Sales of sorbitan esters within the liquid segment is anticipated to be valued at US$ 359.4 Mn in the year 2021 and are expected to grow with a CAGR of 5.2% through 2031.

Ease of using liquid in fine bakery toppings and coatings, milk and cream analogues, fat emulsions, beverage whiteners, liquid tea, fruit and herbal infusion concentrates, sugar confectionary, cocoa-based confectionary, and chocolate will continue bolstering sales of liquid sorbitan esters over the assessment period.

Will The Food and Beverage Sector Remain the Dominant?

The food and beverage processing segment accounted for 44.4% of the total sorbitan esters market share in 2021. Increasing sales of confectionery, soups, sauces and gravies, bakery, oil and fats, non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages among the millennial consumer group, along with rising preference for natural food ingredients for health and wellbeing are anticipated to strengthen growth prospects of the sorbitan esters market through 2031.

Competitive Landscape

Key companies operating in the global sorbitan esters market are investing in research and development to expand their product portfolios to suit a diverse range of sorbitan esters applications. Apart from this, players are entering into strategic collaborations, mergers, acquisitions and partnerships to strengthen their distribution channels and to expand production facilities. For instance:

  • In May 2018, Sabo S.p.A. announced completion of acquisition of the personal care unit of Domus Chemical S.p.A., a manufacturer of high quality of specialty esters and emollients.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Thousand for Value

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, and South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Form, Applications, Products Type, Grade and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Danisco
  • Merck KGaA
  • Oleon N.V.
  • Ivanhoe industries, Inc.
  • Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
  • LEUNA-Tenside GmbH
  • Union Derivan
  • S.A., Sabo S.p.A.
  • Ethox Chemicals, LLC,
  • Mosselman s.a.
  • Lonza AG
  • Penta Manufacturing Company
  • Lasenor Emul, S.L
  • Others

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, Company Share Analysis, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, and Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Questions Answered in the Report?

  • What is the current sorbitan esters market Size?

    Increasing use of surfactants such as sorbitan esters across numerous industries in countries such as China, India and Brazil are expected to boost sales of sorbitan esters. FMI has projected to the market valuation to total US$ 756.4 Mn in 2021.

  • At what rate did the sorbitan esters market expand in the last five years?

    Sorbitan esters sales grew at a 4.2% CAGR between 2016 and 2020. The market valuation stood at US$ 721.8 Mn in 2020.

  • What are the key trends shaping the sorbitan esters market?

    Increasing preference for natural ingredients in the food & beverage and cosmetics industries is expected to boost sales of sorbitan esters over the forecast period.

  • What is the North America sorbitan esters market outlook?

    North America is estimated to hold more than 26% of the global sorbitan esters market in 2021.

  • Which countries are key consumers of sorbitan esters?

    The U.S., China, Germany, Russia, and Canada are the key consumers of sorbitan Esters.

  • Which are the top countries driving demand for sorbitan Esters?

    The U.S., China, Germany, Russia, and Canada are top countries driving growth of the global sorbitan esters market.

  • Which is the highest-grossing region in global sorbitan esters market?    

    Europe is expected to emerge as the most lucrative sorbitan esters market, accounting for nearly 33.6% of the total market share in 2021.

  • Which are some of the leading companies offering sorbitan esters?

    Prominent players include Mosselman s.a., Danisco, Penta Manufacturing Company, Merck KGaA, Union Derivan, S.A.,  Oleon N.V., Ivanhoe industries, Inc., LEUNA-Tenside GmbH, Sabo S.p.A., SEPPIC, Ethox Chemicals, LLC, , Lasenor Emul, S.L., Vantage Specialty Chemicals, Inc., Lonza AG and others.

Sorbitan Esters Market by Category

By Product Type:

  • Sorbitan Tristearate
  • Sorbitan Monostearate
  • Sorbitan Monooleate
  • Sorbitan Trioleate
  • Sorbitan Monopalmitate
  • Sorbitan Monolaurate
  • Sorbitan Sesquioleate

By Application:

  • Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
    • Facial Care
    • Body Care
    • Others
  • Food and Beverage Processing
    • Confectionery
    • Bakery
    • Oil and Fats
    • Non-alcoholic Beverages
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Soups, Sauces and Gravies
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • lubricants and Waxes
  • Animal Nutrition and Pet Food
  • Industrial
  • Textiles

By Form:

  • Liquid
  • Solid/Powder
  • Semisolid/Paste

By Grade:

  • Food Grade
  • Industrial Grade
  • Pharmaceutical Grade

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East and Africa

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