Currently, only a handful companies in worldwide can produce glutathione product, mainly concentrate in Japan and China. The main market players are Kyowa Hakko Bio, KOHJIN Life Sciences, Shandong Jincheng Biological Pharmaceutical, Shenzhen GSH Bio-tech and Kaiping Genuine Biochemical Pharmaceutical. Kyowa Hakko Bio is the world leader. The production of glutathione increases from 254.4 MT in 2011 to 399.6 MT in 2016. United States, Europe, China and Japan are the world's leading consumer areas. In 2016, these four regions accounted for 85% of the world's consumption. The United States is the world's largest consumer area, and the United States accounted for 27.47% of the consumer market in 2015.
Raw materials for glutathione are sugar, yeast and ammonia, on the global market, supply of raw materials is very full, but the upstream raw material prices have reduced. In recent years, with the new business to enter the market and enterprises continue to expand production, product prices are constantly falling.
All manufacturers in the world are committed to the improvement of production technology. In recent two years, Chinese manufacturers can almost catch up with the world's leading technology.
Glutathione is widely used in pharmaceutical, health products, cosmetic, food additives and others. With the development of economy, these industries will need more glutathione. So, Glutathione has a huge market potential in the future.