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Grain Alcohol Market Size - By Type (Ethanol, Methanol), By Grade (Food Grade, Industrial Grade, Fuel Grade), By Application (Beverage Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Chemical Industry, Fuel Industry, Industrial Applications) & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6418
  • Published Date: Aug 2023
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Grain Alcohol Market Size 

Grain Alcohol Market size was valued at USD 12.6 billion in 2022 and is estimated to witness 4.2% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The beverage industry is a significant driver of demand for grain alcohol. Ethanol is a primary ingredient in alcoholic beverages such as spirits (vodka, whiskey, rum, etc.), wines, and cocktails. The consumption of alcoholic beverages remains popular globally, driving the need for a steady supply of grain alcohol. Ethanol is widely used as a biofuel additive to gasoline. In many countries, there are regulations mandating the blending of ethanol with gasoline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote cleaner burning fuels.

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Ethanol is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a solvent in the manufacturing of medications and drugs. It is also a key component in the production of antiseptics, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers, which saw increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grain alcohol market is subject to various regulations and taxation policies that can significantly impact production, distribution, and consumption. The price of grain alcohol feedstocks, such as corn, wheat, and sugarcane, can be volatile due to factors like weather conditions, global demand, and geopolitical events. While ethanol is a renewable and cleaner-burning fuel, it faces competition from other alternative fuels, such as biodiesel and electric vehicles.

COVID-19 Impact

One of the immediate effects of the pandemic was a sharp increase in the demand for hand sanitizers. Grain alcohol, particularly ethanol, is a key ingredient in hand sanitizers due to its antimicrobial properties. As a result, there was a surge in demand for grain alcohol from the healthcare, personal care, and consumer goods industries. Thus, the reduced number of COVID-19 cases and implementation of subsequent strategies by government and non-government organizations is set to drive the market growth.

Grain Alcohol Market Trends

Sustainability has become a critical concern in the grain alcohol industry. There is a growing emphasis on using sustainable and eco-friendly feedstocks for ethanol production, such as corn waste, sugarcane bagasse, and cellulosic materials, to reduce the environmental impact. The grain alcohol industry is witnessing ongoing technological advancements aimed at improving production efficiency and reducing costs. Advancements in fermentation and distillation processes, as well as the use of advanced catalysts, are enhancing the yield and quality of grain alcohol.

Grain Alcohol Market Analysis

Global Grain Alcohol Market Size, By Type,

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The grain alcohol market from ethanol segment dominated around USD 5.8 billion revenue in 2022. Ethanol is a primary component in alcoholic beverages such as whiskey, vodka, rum, and other spirits. Consumer preferences for different alcoholic beverages drive the demand for ethanol in this segment. The trend of premium and craft spirits has led to increased demand for high-quality ethanol to produce premium alcoholic beverages.

Global Grain Alcohol Market Revenue Share, By Grade

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The food grade alcohol segment accounted for 40% of the grain alcohol market share in 2022. The demand for alcoholic beverages, including spirits, beer, and wine, is driven by social gatherings, celebrations, and cultural norms related to alcohol consumption. The overall growth of the alcohol industry, driven by increasing disposable income and urbanization, contributes to the demand for grain alcohol in this segment.

The grain alcohol market from beverage segment is anticipated to observe around 3.7% CAGR through 2032. Changing taste preferences and the popularity of craft and premium spirits can impact the demand for grain alcohol in the beverage alcohol segment.

U.S. Grain Alcohol Market Size,

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U.S. grain alcohol market size reached USD 2.8 billion in 2022. The beverage industry is a major driver of demand for grain alcohol in North America. Ethanol, derived from grain alcohol, is a primary ingredient in alcoholic beverages such as whiskey, vodka, rum, and various spirits. The high consumption of alcoholic beverages in the region fuels the demand for grain alcohol.

Grain Alcohol Market Share

Some of the major companies operating in the grain alcohol market are:

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
  • CargillIncorporated
  •  Valero Energy Corporation
  • Green Plains Inc.
  • Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • The Andersons, Inc.
  • MGP Ingredients, Inc.
  • Didion Milling, Inc.
  • Greenfield Global
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • Husky Energy Inc.
  • Pernod Ricard SA
  • Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Manildra Group

These companies focus on strategic partnerships, new product launch & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these companies are heavily investing in research that allows them to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Grain Alcohol Industry News:

  • In January 2021, MGP Ingredients entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Luxco (US) and its affiliated companies. Luxco is a leading branded beverage alcohol company across various categories.
  • In February 2021, Grain Processing Corporation opened a large, high-quality, efficient distillery in Muscatine, Iowa for the production of alcohol.

This grain alcohol market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million & Units from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Ethanol
  • Methanol
  • Others

Market, By Grade

  • Food Grade
  • Industrial Grade
  • Fuel Grade

Market, By End-use

  • Beverage Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Chemical Industry
  • Fuel Industry
  • Industrial Applications

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of grain alcohol recorded USD 12.6 billion in 2022 and is estimated to register USD 19.1 billion by the end of 2032, due to increasing consumption of alcoholic beverages worldwide.
Food grade grain alcohol industry held 40% revenue share in 2022, owing to the rising demand for alcoholic beverages, including spirits, beer, and wine driven by increasing social gatherings, celebrations, and cultural norms.
The beverage industry application segment is poised to observe 3.7% CAGR from 2023 to 2032, attributed to the rapidly changing consumer taste preferences and the rising popularity of craft and premium spirits.
U.S. market size dominated around USD 2.8 billion in 2022, on account of increasing consumption of alcoholic beverages such as, whiskey, vodka, rum, and various spirits in the region.

Grain Alcohol Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 191
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 150
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