SEAB approves next generation stevia sweetener derived from the stevia leaf
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. and WESTCHESTER, Ill., May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SweeGen, a nature-based sweetener company, and Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, announced today that the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Procurement (SEAB), has approved SweeGen's next-generation non-GMO Reb M sweetener derived from the stevia leaf for use as a tabletop sweetener and added it to food and beverage categories already approved by Codex for Steviol glycosides.
This follows a review of the composition and manufacturing process of SweeGen's Reb M stevia leaf sweetener, with documentation submitted to the organization in 2017.
Reb M stevia leaf sweetener brings a clean sweetness from the stevia leaf, a great sugar-like taste and no bitter aftertaste. It can be used in a variety of applications such as beverages, dairy, bakery, table-top sweeteners, confectionary as well as nutritional food and beverages.
"We are excited to introduce our non-GMO Reb M stevia leaf sweetener to food and beverage manufacturers in Colombia," said Katharina Pueller, director, natural sweetener business of SweeGen. "Consumer demand for zero- and reduced sugar products is on the rise globally, and our non-GMO Reb M stevia leaf sweetener provides a solution that helps reduce sugar without sacrificing taste."
Ingredion is SweeGen's exclusive global distributor in all markets (excluding SweeGen's house accounts and in the People's Republic of China where it is a non-exclusive distributor). This collaboration enables both companies to benefit from each other's strengths and to engage a diverse number of customers in the global food and beverage industry.
"Now beverage and food manufacturers in Colombia can reduce sugar using our Reb M sweetener derived from the stevia leaf," said Kurt Callaghan, marketing manager, sweetness innovation, Ingredion. "We are excited to commercialize Reb M in Colombia, and SweeGen and Ingredion will continue our joint efforts to gain regulatory approvals in other regions."
SweeGen (OTC: SWEE) is dedicated to the development, production and distribution of non-caloric sweeteners for the food, flavor and beverage industries. SweeGen's robust product pipeline, intellectual property portfolio, and dedicated manufacturing capacity and R&D provide the Company its foundation for innovation and delivery of high-quality sweeteners. For more information please contact [email protected] and visit SweeGen's website, www.sweegen.com.
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries. With annual net sales of nearly $6 billion, the company turns grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into value-added ingredients and biomaterial solutions for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. With 27 Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers around the world and more than 11,000 employees, the Company develops ingredient solutions to meet consumers' evolving needs by making crackers crunchy, yogurt creamy, candy sweet, paper stronger, and adding fiber to nutrition bars. For more information, visit Ingredion.com.
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