Sunwin Stevia International, a provider of stevia extracts including Rebaudioside A 98 and Rebaudioside 99, has announced that its facilities are now producing enzyme treated stevia products and the company has received an initial purchase order for 3,500 kilograms from a U.S. based company.
According to the company, enzyme treated stevia is one of the most advanced types of steviosides produced in the world for use in the food and beverage industries. While stevia has been growing in popularity in recent years as an all natural sweetener, its applications have been limited in part because it often exhibits a bitter, licorice-like aftertaste, the company said. Enzyme treated stevia is produced by the addition of glucose to stevia extracts using a-glucosyltransferase. This new method can effectively decrease or even eliminate the bitter aftertaste of natural stevia, Sunwin Stevia claims.
“We are excited to add enzyme treated stevia to our commercial product offerings making Sunwin Stevia one of a select few suppliers capable of producing this extract on a large scale basis,” said Dongdong Lin, CEO of Sunwin Stevia. “We believe our technology is state of the art and enzyme treated stevia has the potential to vastly expand the market in the years to come. We look forward to actively marketing our enzyme treated stevia in Europe and North America and expanding our sales in this important new product category.”
Source: Ingredients network