USA — American global food corporation Cargill has updated its stevia sweetener to enhance its performance in food formulation. 

Cargill said its EverSweet + ClearFlo technology which is now commercially available combines its stevia sweetener with a natural flavor. 

According to the food ingredients supplier, the new sweetener system provides multiple benefits, including flavor modification, faster dissolution and improved solubility and stability in formulations.  

“With EverSweet + ClearFlo, we’re taking stevia sweeteners to the next level, reimagining the possibilities and paving the way for a new round of product innovation,” said Andrew Ohmes, Cargill’s global director for high intensity sweeteners.  

“It really is a game-changer for sugar-reduction technology, making it possible for stevia to go where it has never gone before.” 

Using EverSweet’s quick sweetness onset and potency as a foundation, EverSweet + ClearFlo creates a more sugar-like experience, especially at higher concentrations, Cargill said. 

 It also helps manage off flavors from other ingredients used in formulation, such as earthy notes from proteins, bitterness from caffeine or metallic tastes from potassium chloride. 

EverSweet + ClearFlo improves solubility, enabling more concentrated solutions than Reb M alone, according to Cargill.  

Unlike standalone Reb M sweeteners, the new solution dissolves in water at ambient temperature. 

“There are a lot of tools out there that might help with solubility or dissolution or flavor or stability,” Ohmes said.  

“But EverSweet + ClearFlo address all of those points, which is why this sweetener system stands apart in the market today.” 

Cargill first debuted the technology in 2019 and spent the past three years refining the offering, readying it for use in reduced-sugar applications. 

It is suitable in applications requiring higher concentrations of stevia, including soft drinks, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, fruit concentrates and dairy, coffee and beverage syrups. 

 EverSweet may appear in ingredient statements in the United States as stevia sweetener, while ClearFlo may be labeled as a natural flavor. 

Earlier, American biotechnology company Conagen has unveiled two high-intensity sweeteners that are reportedly “100,00 times sweeter than sugar”.  

The products thaumatin I and thaumatin II are made from Thaumatin which is a group of proteins found in the fruits of the tropical plant Thaumatococcus danielli. 

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