24/10/2016 | Ingredients

New food additives regulation broadens sweetness options

With the European Commission amending its current steviol glycoside specifications on 3 November 2016, European food and beverage companies will be able to rely on the broader portfolio of Cargill’s ViaTech™ stevia sweeteners to help them achieve optimal sweetness and dramatic sugar reductions in their most challenging applications. Under the existing legislation, sweeteners made from steviol glycosides need to consist of at least 75 percent stevioside and/or rebaudioside A (Reb A), limiting the ViaTech™ sweetener options available to food and beverage manufacturers in Europe. The updated European Commission legislation removes the 75 percent restriction and allows any combination of the 11 approved steviol glycosides as alternatives to Reb A as the predominant components. “Cargill has extensive sweetness expertise, including a deep knowledge of the steviol glycosides and the development capabilities needed to find the best-tasting solutions for customers,” said Andy Ohmes, global product line manager for Cargill. “The updated legislation opens doors for European food and food beverage companies who want to reduce calories without compromising a great taste.” Cargill, an innovator and global provider of sweetness options, launched its ViaTech™ line of stevia sweeteners in 2014. ViaTech™ uses a proprietary taste-prediction model to predict optimal combinations of steviol glycosides to deliver a great taste.