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Sugar-based Surfactants Market

Sugar-based Surfactants Market

Sugar-based Surfactants Market By Source (Monomeric, Dimeric, Polymeric), By Application (Homecare Products, Personal Care, And Cosmetics, Industrial & Institutional Cleaners, Agricultural Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals), By Region - Global Forecast 2022-2032

Sugar-based Surfactants Market

Sugar-based Surfactants Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The global demand for sugar-based surfactants enjoyed year-on-year (YoY) growth of 5.3% in 2021 to reach a market valuation of US$ 5.1 billion in 2022.

Homecare product application in the sugar-based surfactants market increased at 5.2% CAGR in the past 4 years and topped US$ 2 billion in value at the end of 2021.

Report Attributes


Sugar-based Surfactants Market Size (2021A)

US$ 4.8 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 5.1 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 9.2 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

6.1% CAGR

North America Market Share in (2021)


North America Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

5.9% CAGR

U.S. Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

6.2% CAGR

Top 5 Companies’ Market Share


Key Companies Profiled

  • Cargill
  • Lonza
  • Clairant
  • Dow Chemicals
  • LG Household & Health care
  • Kao
  • AkzoNobel NV
  • Galaxy Surfactants

As per the latest analysis by Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, sugar-based surfactants market value is projected to reach US$ 9.2 billion by 2032-end, and homecare product application is anticipated to account for nearly 42% market share.

Growing demand is being seen for sugar-based surfactants in various applications such as homecare products and personal care products as consumers are becoming more aware of natural products for health and a better environment. Sugar-based surfactants are widely used in home care products. Demand for alkyl polyglycoside is higher in homecare products than in personal care products.

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Consumption Analysis of Sugar-based Surfactants (2017-2021) Vs. Market Outlook (2022-2032)

The sugar-based surfactants market increased at 5% CAGR between 2017 and 2021 and was valued at US$ 4.8 billion at the end of 2021. Demand for sugar-based surfactants is increasing over the years as the preference for natural surfactants is rising over previously inexpensive synthetic surfactants.

A majority of the sugar-based surfactants manufactured are used in home care products. Natural surfactants are biodegradable, have low toxicity, and have a low environmental impact. Surfactants are one of the important substances used in cleaning; used in detergents as they attract dust and soil particles.

Personal care and cosmetics are other applications where sugar-based surfactants are used in large quantities. In the cosmetics industry, sugar-based surfactants are used for thickening, cleansing, emulsifying, wetting, solubilizing and foaming. These surfactants are compatible with water as well as oil, which makes the surfactant molecules useful in cosmetics products.

Additionally, sugar-based surfactants are widely used by industrial and institutional cleaners. In the past decade, consumers are more attracted to naturally based, environment-friendly, and sustainable products, which is one of the factors that will help the sugar derived surfactants market expand at 6.1% CAGR through 2032.

Sugar based surfactants market forecast by Fact.MR

How is the Market for Sugar-based Surfactants Progressing?

“Rising Health & Environment Awareness Augment Product Demand”

High demand has been seen over the years for homecare products such as cleaners and detergents. Bio-based surfactants such as alkyl polyglycoside are set to capture a high market share as consumers become more aware of their health and the environment.

Chemical surfactants can cause skin cancer, allergies, and many other diseases, which is why the population has started preferring bio-based surfactants, including sugar-based surfactants. Organic products are made from plant-based ingredients and are grown without any use of fertilizers and pesticides.

“Increased Spending on Cosmetics & Personal Care Products”

Alkyl polyglycoside has seen high demand for use in cosmetic products as consumers have increased their spending on personal care and cosmetics in developed as well as developing countries.

Growing demand for sugar-based surfactants has pushed manufacturers to increase production capacity to meet the expected demand. Many companies manufacturing sugar-based surfactants are expanding their production capacity to cater to the growing demand from various applications such as cosmetics, home care, personal care, and cleaning.

  • In 2019, BASF SE, a leading sugar-based surfactant manufacturer, increased its production capacity by 1,000 tons annually.

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Country-Wise Analysis

Why is the U.S. a Large Consumer of Sugar-based Surfactants?

Skin care, hair makeup, perfumes, toiletries, and oral cosmetics are some of the main products of the cosmetics industry. The United States is considered the most valuable country in the cosmetics industry. In 2021, the United States cosmetics market was valued at over US$ 100 billion. Millennials are one of the main reasons for the growth of the cosmetics market in the United States.

Growing use of cosmetics in the United State is helping the sugar-based surfactants market grow, as these surfactants are considered the main component for the manufacturing of various types of cosmetics. Natural surfactants are made from plant-based ingredients, unlike other surfactants that are made from petroleum products.

Growing awareness about organic products not containing any harmful compounds has helped the demand growth of sugar-based surfactants in the past half-decade.

The United States market expanded at 4.8% CAGR during the historical period of 2017-2021 and is anticipated to surge at 6.2% CAGR to reach a market valuation of US$ 1.5 billion by 2032.

Which Countries are Driving the Asia Pacific Sugar-based Surfactants Market?

The Asia Pacific region holds around 29% of the global sugar-based surfactants market share. Government initiatives towards natural surfactants are helping the sugar derived surfactants market grow at a steady CAGR in developing countries in the Asia Pacific, such as China and India.

Alkyl polyglycoside has enjoyed continuous year-on-year growth in Asia Pacific. Awareness about organic products in India has been significantly increasing in the last ten years. With the growing economy in India and China, consumers’ per capita spending on personal care products and cosmetics has risen, along with increased production capacity and changing consumer behaviour towards environment-friendly products.

Owing to these factors, the Asia Pacific market is anticipated to remain a primary growth generator for sugar-based surfactant suppliers. The market is anticipated to surge ahead at 7.3% CAGR to reach US$ 2.5 billion by 2032.

Category-Wise Analysis

Why are Sugar-based Surfactants Widely Used in Homecare Products?

Homecare product application is projected to remain most attractive in the sugar-based surfactants market. Around 42% of sugar-based surfactants manufactured are used in home care products such as detergents, toothpaste, and in-home cleaners.

Surfactants in cleaning products reduce surface tension. They are added as a cleaning agent, which allows detergents to mix with water and helps in removing dirt easily.

As a result of the increasing demand for home care products, the segment is anticipated to expand at 6.5% CAGR and reach US$ 4 billion by 2032.

Why is Alkyl Polyglycoside Usage Rising Rapidly?

Non-ionic surfactants such as alkyl polyglycoside are naturally derived and environment-friendly & biodegradable. Alkyl polyglycoside has wide uses, including industrial as well as cosmetics.

The key functions of alkyl polyglycoside, such as emulsifying, foaming agents, soil removing agents, and wetting and cleansing agents, have strengthened its adoption across various industries such as personal care, pharmaceuticals, and home care products where it is used in cleaners, detergents, oral care products, and several personal care products as well.

Alkyl polyglycoside in sugar-based surfactants is valued at US$ 1.2 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach US$ 2.2 billion by 2032.

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Competition Landscape

Cargill, Lonza, clairant, Dow Chemicals, LG Household and Health Care, BASF SE, Seppic, Kao, AkzoNobel NV, and Pilot Chemical Company are some of the key manufacturers of sugar-based surfactants.

  • In October 2019, BASF SE increased its production capacity of alkyl polyglycoside by 1,000 tons. With this increased production, its total alkyl polyglycoside production capacity has reached 3,000 tons annually
  • Indian company Galaxy surfactant has been significantly increasing its production capacity of alkyl polyglycoside over the years. In 2019, its annual alkyl polyglycosiude production capacity was 260 thousand metric tons.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the overall strategies adopted by players in the sugar-based surfactants market. This is along with detailed overviews of the types of sugar-based surfactants, such as alkyl polyglycoside, branched alkyl polyglycoside, decyl glucoside, sucrose cocoate, ethoxylated polyglycoside, and applications such as homecare products, personal care and cosmetics, industrial and institutional cleaners, agricultural chemicals, etc., including SWOT analysis and revenue generated from the top sugar-based surfactant manufacturers positioned across geographies, in addition to providing sales growth information, production capacity, and speculative production expansion, in the recently published report.

Key Segments Covered in Sugar-based Surfactants Industry Research

  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market by Type :

    • Alkyl Polyglycosides
    • Branched Alkyl Polyglycosides
    • Decyl Glucoside
    • Sucrose Cocoate
    • Ethoxylated Alkyl Polyglycosides
    • Others
  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market by Source :

    • Monomeric Sugar-based Surfactants
    • Dimeric Sugar-based Surfactants
    • Polymeric Sugar-based Surfactants
  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market by Application :

    • Homecare Products
    • Personal Care & Cosmetics
    • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners
    • Agricultural Chemicals
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Oil Fields
    • Cement, Concrete & Plaster (In Admixture)
    • Others
  • Sugar-based Surfactants Market by Region :

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

- FAQs -

Currently, the global sugar-based surfactants market stands at US$ 5.1 billion.
Worldwide sugar-based surfactant utilization is anticipated to increase at 6.1% CAGR through 2032.
Europe holds 38% share in the global sugar-based surfactants market.
Key suppliers of sugar-based surfactants are working on capacity expansion as demand is increasing for use in several applications.
The U.S. is estimated to hold around 16% of the global sugar-based surfactants market share.

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