WAYZATA, Minn., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Truvia® brand announced today the nationwide launch of the Truvia® 'Behind the Bar' product, specially designed for use at bars, restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Now available through local foodservice distributors, the latest Truvia® brand innovation provides a solution to creating natural, great-tasting, zero-calorie simple syrups for cocktails.
As consumers pay greater attention to the sugar content of beverages, bars and restaurants are looking to provide lighter alternatives to the classic, sugar-based cocktail while maintaining great taste. Research shows that "skinny" menu item claims have grown significantly over the past year. The Truvia® Behind the Bar product will help the food and beverage service industry meet this growing trend naturally and create great-tasting, reduced-calorie cocktails, teas, and lemonades.
Truvia® Simple Syrup is created by adding one package of Truvia® Behind the Bar product to 1/2 gallon of water and mixing until it dissolves. This Truvia® Simple Syrup contains zero calories, compared to an equivalent amount of sugar-sweetened simple syrup with about 6400 calories.
"As the #1 natural sugar substitute in the United States, Truvia® natural sweetener has become a pantry staple for U.S. households," said Mark Brooks, Truvia® global consumer products director. "With its ability to deliver new revenue to the food and beverage industry, the Truvia® Behind the Bar product is a foodservice essential, as consumers expect a greater variety of reduced-calorie beverage options."
Truvia® natural sweetener is a great-tasting, natural, zero-calorie sweetener born from the leaves of the stevia plant. When used in cocktails, Truvia® natural sweetener enhances the intensity of fruit flavors such as citrus and berry, and smoothes out the overall taste while maintaining its flavor.
"This new product is a perfect tool for bars and restaurants to expand their menu offerings and give customers more of what they want – natural, great-tasting drinks at a fraction of the calories," said Anthony Caporale, mixologist, host and producer of Art of the Drink. "The Truvia® Behind the Bar product is the first natural, high-quality product with nationwide availability that is tailor-made for the food and beverage industry to deliver reduced-calorie cocktails."
Discover reduced-calorie cocktails using Truvia® Simple Syrups and related product tips at www.truviacocktails.com. To learn more about ordering the new Truvia® Behind the Bar product, contact your local foodservice distributor or call 866-853-6077.
About the Truvia® Brand
Truvia® natural sweetener is a great tasting, zero-calorie sweetener made with the best tasting part of the stevia leaf. Truvia® natural sweetener is the #2 sugar substitute in the U.S and is also available to consumers in Europe and Mexico. Truvia® stevia leaf extract is also a versatile sweetening ingredient used to enable reduced calories or sugars in foods and beverages. Truvia® LLC uniquely manages its stevia supply chain from field to table having established a global agricultural standard for stevia. For more information, visit www.truvia.com
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 Mintel, May 2011, Healthy Dining Trends
 Mintel, May 2011, Menu Insights
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