Specialty Sugars Market

Global Market Study on Specialty Sugars: Expanding Bakery & Confectionery Industry to Create Growth Opportunities for Market Players

Specialty Sugars Market Segmented By Caster Sugar, Icing Sugar, Muscovado Sugar, Demerara Sugar Type in food and beverage industry, Retail industry

About the Report

Factors such as busy lifestyle and changes in dietary preferences are driving demand for baking ingredients due to increased consumption of bakery items. Furthermore, changes in people's routines in developed countries as well as increased demand for ready-to-eat convenient goods are expected to boost demand for specialty sugars.

Increasing consumption of bakery and confectionery products will provide growth opportunity for the sales of specialty sugar in the food & beverage industry.

In its new study, market research and consulting firm Persistence Market Research offers insights about key factors driving demand for specialty sugars. The report tracks global sales of specialty sugars in 20+ high-growth markets, where North America and Europe top the pecking order. The report also analyzes the impact COVID-19 has had on the sugar industry in general, and demand for specialty sugars in particular, and what the future looks like.

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  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Sudzucker AG
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • ASR Group
  • AB Sugar
  • Tereos
  • Wilmar International Ltd
  • American Crystal Sugar Company
  • Michigan Sugar Company
  • Amalgamated Sugar Company
  • Nordzucker AG
  • Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG

With a Historically Steady Rise, is the Future for Specialty Sugars Even Brighter?

From 2016 to 2020, shipment of specialty sugars grew 5.6%. High demand for bakery products is among the key driving factors for the market. The beverage industry is also offering more products that are made using specialty sugars such as muscovite and demerara sugar.

Robust growth of the bakery and confectionery industry across the globe will accelerate the sales volume of specialty sugars over the coming years, and its market value is projected to expand at a CAGR of around 7% through 2031.

Due to increase in the number of artisan bakers, demand for caster sugar has risen in the last decade. The bakery industry is the largest consumer of specialty sugars across the globe, accounting for approximately 30% of overall market value.

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Which Factors are Driving Sales of Specialty Sugar?

Rapid growth of the food industry across the globe is a major factor for high demand for specialty sugars. Busy lifestyle, changing dietary patterns, and increased consumption of beverages, dairy products, and bakery and confectionery products are boosting sales of specialty sugars.

As a result of their longer shelf life, demand for packaged and processed foods is expected to grow. Additionally, manufacturers are using advanced contact networks to closely track commodity supply to major retailers in order to maximize sales.

Consumers, especially millennials, have a unique perspective on the food they are consuming. Consumer demand for organic, all-natural, delicious, healthy, and clean-label ingredients has risen, as people have become more health-conscious. Clean label food is now claimed by a majority of customers around the world, which is expected to increase the sales of muscovado and demerara specialty sugars as these are least processed sugars.

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What Impact is Increased Baked Product Consumption Having on Sales of Specialty Sugars?

Rise in demand for Western bakery products in emerging economies is likely to be a major driver for the specialty sugars industry. Growth of the indigenous bakery products industry in emerging markets such as Asia Pacific and Latin America is expected to be a major factor for market expansion.

Due to rising customer interest, household bakery product manufacturing in emerging economies is expected to increase significantly, resulting in a healthy increase in specialty sugar demand over the forecast period.

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Is Rising Sugar Substitute Demand from Food Manufacturers Hindering Market Growth?

Consumers are concerned about high sugar content, which is linked to obesity. Consumers are looking for healthier choices such as low-calorie, high-cocoa, and practical ingredient-based confectionery. The number of functional claims on candy labels is increasingly become a major concern for consumer all over the world.

The market may get hindered due to increasing awareness of the dangers of excessive sugar intake and rising prevalence of diabetes around the world. Over the forecast era, fluctuating sugar prices are expected to create a restrain for specialty sugar manufacturers around the world.

What is the Impact of Expanding Retail Sector on Specialty Sugars?

Changing retail climate has been one of the most important factors for rising demand for specialty sugar in recent years. Because of a well-established retail sector in North America and Western Europe, specialty sugars such as icing sugar, powdered sugar, and baker's special sugars are consumed in large quantities.

Hypermarkets and supermarkets dominate the confectionery industry in the United States, and this is expected to continue for the next ten years. Availability of varieties in hypermarkets and supermarkets is the primary reason for their supremacy in the confectionery industry in the United States.

These stores have a lot of room and a lot of foot traffic. As a result, they have a bigger share of the distribution than other retailers. Despite the global economy being wrecked by the COVID-19 crisis, e-Commerce has thrived and placed itself on an extremely promising growth trajectory.


Country-wise Insights

Why is the U.S. a Prominent Market for Specialty Sugar Producers?

The market for specialty sugars in the U.S. is largely characterized by large players that share around 30%-40% of the total market share. Manufacturers engaged in the business of specialty sugar production are aiming to expand their business and market presence by adopting various strategies. They are focused on merging and acquisition of businesses of sugar beet and sugarcane growers. Manufacturers are partnering with customers to provide tailored solutions according to their needs.

What is the Market Scenario for Specialty Sugars in Europe?

European countries are renowned for their delicious bakery products, especially cakes and cookies. Countries such as Belgium, France, Italy, and Switzerland have a wide range of cakes that are commonly eaten by both, locals and tourists. One of the main drivers of the cake industry in Europe is rising number of tourists. Europe is estimated to be an important market for specialty sugar manufacturers attributed to high income of consumers and flourishing tourism industry.

How is the Retail Industry in Asia Pacific Driving Demand for Specialty Sugars?

High growth of the retail industry in Asia Pacific is among the major the factors driving the market of specialty sugars. Increasing per capita spending of consumers in countries such as India and China is leading to high demand for bakery products, and thereby, specialty sugar. The market in China is projected to expand at a CAGR of more than 8% as per capita food expenditure is rapidly rising in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Should Specialty Sugar Manufacturers Target the Dairy Industry?

Among the food & beverage industry segments of application, the bakery and confectionery segment holds around 32% sales volume share in the global specialty sugars market. Despite this, the dairy & beverage segment will witness higher potential over the forecast period of 2021-2031.

A key considerable factor for substantial growth is increasing product development in the dairy and confectionery industry. Moreover, confectionery manufacturers are increasing innovative product development, which further creates high demand for specialty sugars in this sector.

Why is the Retail/Household Segment Gaining Popularity in Specialty Sugars?

By end use segment, retail/household will experience an extensive value CAGR of over 6% in the global market for specialty sugars. Increased home baking practices attributed to the current pandemic situation across the globe is expected to boost sales of specialty sugars.

How are Different Types of Specialty Sugars Gaining Popularity?

Icing sugar is commonly used as an anti-caking agent because it preserves viscosity and aids in the formation of fine structure and texture in food. It's also used to make icing and frosting for cakes, baked goods, and fruity confections. In addition, increased chocolate and confectionery demand has resulted in rising sales of specialty sugars.

In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released news stating a change in white sugar recommendations for adults, dropping 10% of the daily calorie intake to 5%, thus creating more demand for muscovado sugar in a number of food applications.

Competition Landscape

Persistence Market Research has profiled the following prominent specialty sugar manufacturers in its report:

  • Sudzucker AG
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • ASR Group
  • AB Sugar
  • Tereos
  • Wilmar International Ltd
  • American Crystal Sugar Company
  • Michigan Sugar Company
  • Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC
  • Nordzucker AG
  • Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG

Global players associated with manufacturing specialty sugars are expected to witness growth in demand, majorly from the food & beverage industry, to enhance existing product portfolios and increase usage of specialty sugars in processed food products and beverages.

Companies are trying to offer customized products to fulfill the varied requirements of food & beverage manufacturers. They are focused on offering specialty sugars in accordance with the requirements of bakery and confectionery manufacturers.

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Mn for Value & Tons Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • And the Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Spain
  • GCC
  • And South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Type
  • Application
  • Distribution Channel
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Sudzucker AG
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • ASR Group
  • AB Sugar
  • Tereos
  • Wilmar International Ltd
  • American Crystal Sugar Company
  • Michigan Sugar Company
  • Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC
  • Nordzucker AG
  • Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG

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Key Questions Answered in Report

  • How will the market expand until 2031?

    Persistence Market Research projects the global specialty sugars market to register a CAGR of around 7% over the 2021-2031 assessment period. High prevalence of baked products is anticipated to drive growth in a positive direction.

  • Which is the largest market for specialty sugars?

    As per the report’s projections, Europe is expected to pivot expansion, attributed to surging demand for specialty sugars in bakery & confectionery products. A CAGR of close to 5% is projected for the region.

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    Persistence Market Research follows a methodology that encompasses a demand-side assessment of the market, and triangulates the same through a supply-side analysis. This methodology is based on the use of standard market structure, methods, and definitions.

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Key Segments of Market


  • Caster Sugar
  • Icing Sugar
  • Muscovado Sugar
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Others


  • Food & Beverage Industry
    • Bakery Industry
    • Confectionery Industry
    • Dairy & Dessert
    • Beverages
    • Others
  • Foodservice Industry
  • Retail/Household

Distribution Channel

  • Business to Business
  • Business to Consumer
    • Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
    • Convenience Stores
    • Specialty Stores
    • Online Retail


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

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