Increasing concerns on obesity to drive the Stevia based beverages market

Published By: IndustryARC Published On : 05-Aug-2015

Stevia

is a

sugar substitute

derived from the leaves of

stevia rebaudiana plant

. This high intensity

low calorie sweetener

is proven to prevent lot of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases and so on. Mainly caused by the high calorie intake, obesity has become a major health issue in many parts of the world. According to the WHO statistics,
around 2.8 million people die each year due to obesity. U

.S. has the highest prevalence population suffering from obesity

followed by

Mexico, New Zealand, England and Australia

. A recent survey by the U.S. government revealed that high calorie intake in the form of soft drinks is the major reason behind high obesity prevalence. Stevia has been approved in top ten countries with most obese population which includes U.S., China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia. These countries hold around 50% of the world’s obese population and are either developed or developing nations.

 

By replacing stevia with sugar, consumers have been reducing their calorie intake which avoids potential health risks. Recognizing the

growing demand for low-calorie sweeteners

, F&B manufacturers are switching to stevia and signing agreements with stevia providers for bulk sourcing.

 

Key agreements during 2011-2014 include:

·         Coca-Cola’s agreement with PureCircle (Malaysia)

·         Cargill Inc. (U.S.), Pepsi Co. agreement with PureCircle (Malaysia)

·         COFCO nutrition (China) agreement with GLG Lifetech (Canada)

 

There has been a

brisk growth in the stevia

based product launches

especially in beverages segment

in the recent years, mainly due to the increasing approvals from various countries and mounting demand from consumers. Awareness on stevia sweetened drinks has grown considerably with the entry of Coca-Cola and Pepsi with their low-calorie drinks Life and True respectively. Beverages end use segment accounted for around 40% of the

Global stevia market and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% during 2015-2020

. With the growing concern on obesity coupled with rising availability of stevia based products,

Global stevia market is estimated to reach $610.4m by 2020.


Related Reports:

·         Stevia / Stevia Rebaudiana Market by Types (Liquid & Powdered); By Application (Dairy, Bakery, Canned Food, Beverages & Others) and By Geography - (2014 - 2020)



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