Ingredion Inc. announced that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed and approved BESTEVIA Reb M Stevia Leaf Sweetener for use as an intense sweetener.
After performing a detailed risk assessment, FSANZ concluded that there were no public health or safety concerns with the sweetener. BESTEVIA Reb M stevia leaf sweetener is a non-caloric, high-purity stevia sweetener with a clean, sugar-like taste, without the bitterness associated with some stevia sweeteners.
The unique production process starts with the stevia leaf and uses a patented bioconversion process to achieve high quantities of Reb M, economically unattainable from traditional stevia extraction methods.
“Ingredion is now able to support our food and beverage customers in Australia and New Zealand as they work to meet consumer demand for reduced and no-sugar products made with our new, high-purity, great-tasting stevia sweetener,” said Wendy Pasco, marketing manager, Ingredion ANZ.
“The sugar-reduction trend is reshaping the way manufacturers formulate for sweet taste globally and we are excited to introduce BESTEVIA Reb M to the Asia-Pacific region,” said Eric Weisser, innovation director, Ingredion Asia-Pacific.
Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, USA, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider with annual net sales of nearly USD 6bn, that serves customers in more than 120 countries.