CHINA – Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently granted Sweegen, a pioneering player in the sweetener market, full authorization for its cutting-edge Bestevia Rebaudiosides M (Reb M), D, and E, high-purity steviol glycosides derived from the stevia plant.

This landmark approval not only bolsters Sweegen’s presence in the Taiwanese market but also ushers in an era of healthier, sugar-reduced products for Taiwanese consumers.

Sweegen’s innovative Reb M technology stands out for its myriad benefits for food and beverage producers. Unlike some competitors, the company leverages stevia, eschewing GMO corn or sugar beets as primary sources for its zero-calorie sweeteners.

Additionally, Sweegen employs proprietary bioconversion technology, ensuring the production of high-quality sweeteners that not only comply with regulations but also remain cost-competitive.

Furthermore, Sweegen emphasizes the environmental sustainability of its products, highlighting their lower ecological footprint compared to other sweeteners.

Casey McCormick, VP of global innovation at Sweegen, lauded the approval of Bestevia Reb M in Taiwan, describing it as a breakthrough for brands aiming to create better-for-you foods and beverages.

This innovation has opened doors to reduce and even eliminate sugar content, exceeding consumer expectations and contributing to public health objectives aimed at reducing sugar consumption.

Hadi Omrani, VP of technical and regulatory affairs at Sweegen, emphasized the company’s commitment to safety, quality, and regulatory compliance.

He noted that Sweegen’s global expansion strategy involves opening new markets to provide access to its innovative sweetener technologies.

In 2023, Sweegen has witnessed a surge in sales, largely attributed to securing crucial regulatory approvals in key markets, including the EMEA region.

Tate & Lyle’s sustainable revolution powering Brazilian future with renewable energy

Meanwhile, Tate & Lyle, a prominent ingredient solutions company, has taken significant strides towards sustainability by announcing its first site powered entirely by renewable energy in Guarani, Brazil.

Tate & Lyle has committed to sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources for its operations by 2030, with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

 Nick Waibel, global head of energy at Tate & Lyle, emphasized the significance of these renewable energy initiatives.

 “Guarani, as our first site to be entirely powered by renewable energy, benefits from Brazil’s advanced infrastructure and biofuel sector,” he stated.

He also highlighted the company’s global efforts to meet science-based emission reduction targets, enhance efficiency, and fulfill its commitments to environmental stewardship.

These developments in the sweetener market and the growing commitment to sustainable practices by companies like Sweegen and Tate & Lyle reflect a broader industry shift towards healthier choices and environmental responsibility in the food and beverage sector.

As consumers increasingly prioritize health and sustainability, these initiatives are poised to shape the future of the industry, offering both healthier options and a greener planet.

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