High intensity sweeteners (HIS) and sweetener systems, which are many times sweeter than sugar, are widely used as an alternative to sugar because they contribute few to no calories when added to foods. They are often used together with traditional sweeteners and/or bulking agents to get the best sweetness profile along with the other desirable functionalities. While there are existing natural HIS on the market, such as monk fruit (luo han guo) and apples, they are not cost competitive, difficult to handle and have limited availability.
There is a growing demand for healthier foods with less sugar that is driven by consumers who are seeking healthier options like low-calorie snacks. The intention is to avoid high sugar consumption which is a major cause of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
With a view to developing healthier foods, a leading snacks company is seeking sweetener alternatives that are natural HIS or sweetening systems that are a combination of sugar/hybrid sugar with artificial high intense. The solution should have a sweetness and flavour profile that is similar to sucrose, and be available at a reasonable cost. If the proposed sweetener lacks bulk, a bulking agent that can restore bulk, needs to be identified that works with the sweetener. This would allow the sweetener to be a suitable substitute in cases where the function of the sugar is to add bulk.
The company is open to various types of mutually-beneficial partnerships.
The sweetener sought must be able to meet the following specifications:
We are not interested in existing market-ready versions of the following: