Trehalose is a disaccharide made up of two molecules of glucose. It is a non-reducing sugar with similar chemical structure and characteristics to those of sucrose. It is commonly found in the nature, including mushroom, honey, and bakers yeasts. It has a major role in the development of tolerance for the plants toward heat and drying. Trehalose is considered useful by the food industry due to its ability to withstand acids and high heat. It holds a generally recognized as safe status given by the US Food and Drug Administration and a status of novel food from the European Union (EU). The sweetness potency of trehalose is half as compared to table sugar (sucrose) and it has a similar glycemic index.
The market for trehalose is expected to witness a decent growth in the backdrop of its natural preservative effect and its anti-oxidative properties. It is also known to preserve the texture and flavor of the food products. It is usually mixed with stevia to create an appropriate glycemic index and to mask the bitter after-taste of stevia.
Global trehalose market was valued at USD 350.27 million in 2017 and is registered at a CAGR of 4.22% during the forecast period, 2018-2023.
Trehalose Market Dynamics
The inclination towards low-calorie sweetener and low-calorie beverages, such as diet coke, low-calorie drinks, low-calorie foods, such as yoghurt, ice cream and grain-based desserts, has gained popularity in every part of the world. The replacement of sugar with low-calorie sweeteners, such as trehalose can reduce the calorie intake, and thus help in weight and blood sugar level management. The food & beverages application of the zero-calorie sweeteners are related to formulation stability, flavor issues, pricing, and consumer sentiment.
Global market trends indicate that consumers are moving towards healthy, natural, zero-calorie sweeteners as many artificial sweeteners are proven to have health deteriorating effects, the long term impact of which is concluded as lethal.
Trehalose Market – Regional Segmentation
The growing application of trehalose in food and beverages is expected to fuel its global demand. In North America, TREHA™ Trehalose of Cargill, Trehalose of DKSH North America, Inc. and TREHA® trehalose of Nagase America are prominent brands. Major regulatory agencies around the world such as Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and the European countries have cleared trehalose for the use in foods and beverages. The Asian market of trehalose comprises of the key regional players such as Meihua Group, Hayashibara, Lianmeng Chemical, Visionbio Technology, and Sinozyme Biotechnology. The innovation of a novel enzymatic method for low-cost production from starch made companies such as Cargill, and Amcan Ingredients to produce and market trehalose in the European market where it is considered as a novel food ingredient. Food formulators around the world are utilizing trehalose in most flavor applications by labelling it as a natural flavor. Trehalose unique ability of enhancing and stabilizing flavor, off-note masking and the reduction of food odors are touted as unique characteristics that is set to transform its future usage.
Trehalose Market Competitive Landscape
Major Players - Cargill Inc., Fenchem, Hayashibara Co. Ltd, Life Sciences Advanced Technologies and The Ingredient House, among others.
The leading manufacturer of trehalose is Hayashibara Co. Ltd (Cargill),
June 2018 - Gillco Ingredients and Cargill’s Food Ingredients & Bioindustrial business entered into a distribution agreement, where Gillco will have an access to broader portfolio of ingredients within the starches, sweeteners, texturizing solution and edible oils business of Cargill.
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