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Americas: Cargill debuts zero calorie sweetener at show


Cargill exhibited EverSweet, a next-generation zero calorie sweetener, at SupplySide West in the US from October 7 to 8, 2015.

“At a time when many consumers want to reduce sugar consumption and adopt healthier lifestyles, EverSweet sweetener offers a new, delicious choice for reduced and zero calorie food and beverages,” said David Henstrom, VP for health ingredients.

The sweetener is made with the same sweetness found in the stevia leaf, Reb M and Reb D, and provides consumers the great taste they crave with better sweetness intensity, faster sweetness onset and improved sweetness quality – without the bitterness or off-note aftertaste common with other stevia sweeteners.

As the stevia plant produces only trace amounts of these molecules, using Reb M and Reb D to produce a sweetener has not been commercially or environmentally viable until now with fermentation.

The sweetener is expected to be commercially available in 2016.