ADM develops sweeteners made from stevia and monk fruit

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Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has developed two new sweetener brands made from stevia and monk fruit.

The SweetRight stevia and VerySweet monk fruit sweeteners will offer food and beverage developers ‘all the benefits of stevia and monk fruit, as well as access to ADM’s extensive ingredient portfolio, formulations expertise and blending capabilities’.

The new additions were sourced through ADM’s partnership with GLG Life Tech, and will join ADM’s VivaSweet brand of high-intensity sucralose.

Rodney Schanefelt, director of sugar and high potency sweeteners for ADM, said: “As consumers continue to look for great-tasting, healthier, lower-calorie products, we are pleased to meet formulator’s needs by offering a range of sweetener solutions that help them meet consumer demand.

“This expansion of our high-potency sweetener portfolio will help meet the ever-growing demand for natural, lower-calorie, no-added-sugar foods and beverages. We are committed to providing food and beverage formulators with ideas and solutions to address the taste, cost, calories and labelling preferences of today’s consumers.”

SweetRight stevia, sourced from the stevia leaf, is a clean-label offering that provides a high quality of sweetness, making it ideal to help reduce sugar while still maintaining desirable taste and sweetness. It is up to 250 times as sweet as sugar and blends well with other sweeteners, ADM said.

The VerySweet monk fruit sweetener eliminates the traditional bitterness of many alternative sweeteners, making it an ideal choice for reducing sugar in a wide range of products. VerySweet is sourced from the luo han fruit and is up to 200 times as sweet as sugar, as well as being low in calories and suitable for blending with other sweeteners.

Schanefelt added: “Now, with SweetRight stevia, VerySweet monk fruit and VivaSweet sucralose available from one global source, formulators have access to even more sweetener options from ADM as they create products to meet the ever-evolving tastes and preferences of today’s consumers.”