Citral Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of Citral in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

Citral Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Citral, which contributes a zesty scent to essential oils, is a crucial component of lemongrass and lemon myrtle in particular. In the industrial sector, citral is an essential component that is used to synthesize a variety of compounds that are utilized in food, perfumes, and medications. Its many uses include pesticides, detergents, and cosmetics. The developing global market for aromatics and personal care products, along with customer preferences for natural and sustainable ingredients, were the main drivers of citral demand during the end two quatres of 2023.

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In a year-end report, China emphasized the resilience of its personal care market, even during tough economic times and the exponential growth of the sector. The beauty industry was also taken by storm due to the rise in awareness about self-care products, and thus, even during an industrial slowdown, the consumer presented above-par demand for citral and other related products. There were some instances during the aforementioned period when the supply-demand equilibria got disrupted, leading to oscillations in the price trajectory but moreover, the prices seemed to inch higher globally.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the price trend of Citral is expected to fall in the footsteps of the downstream fragrance and beauty industries which have been on a positively inclining journey since the past few quarters.

Citral Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Natural Citral is obtained from the lemongrass plant, so the prices also vary according to the lemongrass plant yield. During H1’23, the Citral prices surged throughout as the downstream demands from the flavoring, perfumery, beverage, and other chemical industries increased. The lemongrass plant also saw a surge in prices as its essential oil gained popularity because of its mild, calming, and soothing aroma.

As for the synthetic Citral, the rising prices of feedstocks methanol and butylene dictated the price trend for Citral, though some reverse downward fluctuations were also seen since the inventories levelled up very quickly. Overall, the prices remained fluctuating.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, given adverse weather conditions affecting the agricultural yields, the Citral prices are likely to rise further.

Citral Price Trend for the Second Half of 2022

Natural Citral prices fluctuated throughout the second half of the year 2022; the availability of lemongrass governed the market sentiments as the demands were initially consistent because of its soothing, calming, and immunogenic effects.

The prices in the Chinese market inclined as the lockdown abolishment restored the trade exchanges, but the American and European markets still struggled. Further, the market exhibited conflicting trend in these regions as the high inflation and limited supply significantly reduced the downstream demands.

However, because of the easy availability of cheap feedstock materials methanol and isobutylene, the synthetic Citral prices were mostly stable with occasional lower fluctuations. Damp demands also kept the synthetic Citral market trend dull.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, with a projected rise in demand, the Citral prices are expected to rise in the upcoming months.

Citral Price Trend for the First Half of 2022

Asia

Natural citral is extracted from lemongrass. The prices of lemongrass averaged 2.2-2.4 USD/kg globally. India and China emerged as the biggest exporters of the commodity in the current year. Due to the increased demand for essential oils, the prices of citral are also rising globally.

Synthetic citral can be manufactured using isobutene and methanol. Due to the soaring prices of primary feedstocks, the price trend of the commodity tipped towards the higher side of the scale. In the said quarter, the isobutene averaged 12800 RMB/ton in Shandong.

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021

Asia

China's production for the liquid will expand at a pace of 7% per year due to continued investment and technical improvements in the project. The production is expected to hit 17,600 MT by 2022. The need for citral in the downstream sector is increasing as its downstream industry continues to grow. The demand in China is expected to reach 23,200 MT by 2022.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021

Asia

Wanhua Chemical declared their intention to develop citral, a crucial feedstock for Vitamin A, on January 27, 2021. This new source followed Xinfa's declaration earlier in the year that it would begin producing and supplying vitamin A in the second half of 2019. Despite their small capacity, both projects demonstrated a consistent pattern of market tension being relieved.

As a result, the price of vitamin A was expected to decrease. In May, the industry faced a supply deficit of the liquid as Malaysian enterprises remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID. The Malaysian BASF PETRONAS factory produces citral and citronellol at its integrated chemical complex in Kuantan.

North America

Manufacturers in the citral industry are expanding their production capacities in cosmetics, pharmaceutical items, and perfumes, in addition to detergents and cleaners, to diversify their revenue sources. To acquire a competitive advantage over other producers, they are learning alternative manufacturing technologies such as steam refining, solvent extraction, ultrasonication, and supercritical fluid extraction, among others.

For the Year 2020

Asia

High demand of beta pinene and low availability in the Indian market in H1-20 resulted in increased prices. The high prices were also supported by the supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19. The deteriorating India-China relations further strained the prices, and the imports went down towards the end of 2020.

The prices for turpentine (feedstock for Beta Pinene) remained stable after increasing in August-September 2019 due to excess supply in the global market. The prices in India increased in H1-20 due to increased freight costs within the country and restricted imports. Citral prices were stable as the demand had been slow-stable for H1-20. There were no sudden fluctuations expected in H2-20. The market price of the liquid in India averaged at 6346 USD/MT.

North America

Citral prices in the first quarter of the year started at a low of 7512 USD/MT in January, which then rose to 8609 USD/MT in February. By March 2020, the price had risen to 9003 USD/MT and remained stable for the rest of the year. It is a key ingredient in making Vitamin A supplements. Citral-containing essential oils are used to treat infections of the skin and mucosa. Its antibacterial action in the treatment of various drugs had been thoroughly proven in the literature.

Its natural components, on the other hand, are volatile and unstable. As a result, citral's therapeutic effects tend to outweigh its drawbacks. Nanocarrier technologies are being researched by companies in this sector to induce natural citral molecules in essential oils. Manufacturers are unlocking growth prospects in medicine delivery systems with the help of nanocarriers.

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Citral is a clear yellow coloured liquid with a lemon-like odour. It is utilised to produce or make other chemicals. It can be found in the oils of various plants, such as lemon myrtle, lemongrass, lemon tea-tree and others. Being an aroma compound, it is extensively used in perfumery and as a flavouring agent for fortifying lemon oil.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Citral
Industrial Uses Intermediates, Odour Agents, Flavouring and perfumery , Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, Personal care products, Synthesis of vitamin A, Lycopene, ionone and methylionone
Chemical Formula C10H16O
Synonyms 5392-40-5, 3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octadienal, Lemonal, Geranialdehyde
Molecular Weight 152.23 g/mol
Supplier Database BASF SE, Ernesto Ventós, S.A, Berjé Inc, Moellhausen S.p.A., Robertet SA, Symrise AG, Takasago International Corporation
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery


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Production Processes

  • Production of Citral via Vapour-Phase Dehydrogenation of Geraniol; via Oxidation using Chromic Acid.; and via Distillation of Lemongrass Oil or Litsea Cubeba Oil

To produce Citral via vapour-phase dehydrogenation, geraniol or geraniol-nerol mixtures are used as the starting materials. In this process, the starting material is dehydrogenated in the presence of a catalyst such as copper under reduced pressure, which finally produces Citral.

Methodology

The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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