The production of citric acid is reviewed by country. New companies that have entered this area are indicated. All producers of citric acid including China are listed giving output.
The applications of citric acid in soft drinks, foods, pharmaceuticals and various industrial sectors such as detergents are reviewed; the present markets in each of these sectors is determined and growth prospects are estimated.
The present prices of citric acid are given. Feedstocks used in citric acid production including molasses, sucrose, glucose and starch are reviewed with emphasis in process. The production cost of citric acid is estimated.