Vitamin C ingredients are defined as the white soluble vitamins found mainly in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C ingredients are typically produced synthetically utilizing corn or wheat starches mainly as raw material. Various health benefits of vitamin C including skin health, dental health and blood vessels maintenance and its increasing importance as antioxidant is supporting vitamin C ingredients market. Vitamin C ingredients are essentially the functional ingredients with ascorbic acid content used mainly in the dietary supplements and fortification of food and beverages.
The ascorbic acid product type segment was estimated to account for more than 50% value share in 2017, followed by sodium ascorbate which was estimated to account for about 14% value share in 2017. In terms of growth, 90% granulation ascorbic acid is expected to register a growth rate of almost 7% over the forecast period 2018 to 2028. Other vitamin C ingredients such as ascorbyl palmitate and ascorbic acid phosphate are also expected to find several applications in animal nutrition and in cosmetic and personal care products owing to their relatively higher stability.
Predominant Use as Fortificant in Food and Beverages to Pave the Way for Use in Cosmetics and Personal Care
Increase in importance of vitamin C ingredients as antioxidant and food additives have widened its applications in various food and beverage categories. Consumers have started looking for healthy foods including vitamin supplements. Growing importance of vitamin C ingredients in skincare, healing of wounds, prevention of infections, improved absorption of iron from food, reduction of the risk of chronic diseases, blood pressure control, immune health and other benefits is encouraging higher demand for vitamin C ingredients. Different sources of Vitamin C offer unique benefits. Additionally, vitamin C ingredients are required for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. The other functions of vitamin C ingredients include body functions like the formation of collagen, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Several technological developments have been witnessed in the production of ascorbic acid or vitamin C which has offered various advantages to manufacturers. To improve effectiveness from the use of vitamin C ingredients in different end use applications, there have been several technological developments including encapsulation through various methods like spray drying, spray chilling, spray cooling, fluidized bed coating, and extrusion. These methods have supported in assuring higher stability of vitamin C ingredients and improve higher consumer acceptability towards the carrier food.
Powdered Vitamin C Ingredients to Account for Over 80% Share of the Market
Considering that the majority of vitamin C ingredients find their application as supplements or for fortification, the preference for consumers of vitamin C ingredients in the powdered form is obvious. However, unique processing technologies employed by several key manufacturers of vitamin C ingredients including Koninklijke DSM N.V., Glanbia Nutritionals etc. has resulted in the development of several forms of vitamin C ingredients that are more shelf-stable when incorporated in the final processed products. On the basis of form, crystalline and other forms of vitamin C ingredients are expected to register a robust growth of 7.4% in terms of value over the forecast period.
Two-stage Fermentation Process of Production of Vitamin C Ingredients Likely to Remain Industry Standard
Two-stage fermentation is a widely used process in the production of vitamin C ingredients, and is preferred by producers as it uses less toxic solvents as compared to the Reichstein production process. Two-stage fermentation accounts for over 95% of all vitamin C ingredients sold, and is also expected to register a growth of 5.4% in terms of revenue over the forecast period.
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