Ingredion acquires stevia sweetner producer PureCircle and names new CEO and CFO

USA – Ingredion Inc., a multinational ingredient provider, has completed its acquisition of PureCircle Ltd., a producer and innovator in the area of stevia sweeteners, and named a new chief executive officer and a new chief financial officer for the Westchester-based company. Tony DeLio will serve as CEO of PureCircle and will remain Chief Innovation Officer of Ingredion. He will succeed Peter Lai Hock Meng who was only appointed CEO of PureCircle in January earlier this yea. SukGu Kim, who was the Finance Director for PureCircle in Asia-Pacific, will become CFO for PureCircle. Ingredion now owns 75%…

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PureCircle’s Reb M stevia sweetener receives regulatory approval in Singapore

ASIA – The world’s leading producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle has announced that it has received approval for expanded use and applications of its next generation stevia leaf sweetener, Reb M in Singapore. The approval allows PureCircle to market the stevia leaf ingredient to food and beverage companies in Singapore for production of zero- and low-calorie products. Stevia sweeteners address the growing global demand for low-calorie sweeteners even as consumers moves to healthier, plant-based alternatives. With its stevia sweeteners, which are plant-based and non-GMO certified, PureCircle has embarked on innovation…

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PureCircle to sell stevia-based proteins, fibers and antioxidants

USA – World’s leading manufacturer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle plans to begin commercial production and sale of new stevia ingredients including proteins, soluble fibers and antioxidants in 2019. The company said the products are a result of extensive research and development using its proprietary stevia technology and enables it to utilize much more of each stevia leaf. The new additions will enable PureCircle utilize development capabilities in stevia-based products, given that it holds nearly 400 patents and patents pending covering its proprietary stevia technology. It also enhances efficiency in production…

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PureCircle announces increased expansion capacities for Reb M supply

USA – PureCircle, the world’s leading producer and innovator of stevia sweeteners, has announced that it has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Reb M is the variant of stevia sweetener which has the most sugar-like taste and which is most sought after by beverage and food companies. According to the company, as it continues to build production capacity, it could supply enough Reb M to sweeten 1 billion cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks or the equivalent in beverages and foods using…

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PureCircle debuts new plant-based, Non-GMO stevia sweeteners

ASIA – PureCircle is expanding its portfolio of sweeteners made from stevia with new plant-based, non-GMO, GRAS approved range even as stevia application in the food and beverage sector continue to rise as high as 10% in 2017. The recent advances boost production to help meet demand for stevia, a sugar substitute containing many sweetener variants, that is Reb A, Reb D and Reb M, components that enhance production of low- and zero-calorie beverages and foods. PureCircle is embarking on innovation geared at addressing a challenge that has been, that…

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PureCircle to boost supply capacity with StarLeaf stevia planting

US – PureCircle stevia company plans to engage in massive StarLeaf stevia planting in 2018 to increase its ability to produce enough stevia sweeteners used in the global beverage and food industries. The company plans to plant 16,000 tonnes of stevia from StarLeaf variety in 2018 with a possible 200% increase in the coming years. StarLeaf is preferred to conventional stevia varieties because it is a non-GMO plant that yields 20 times more of the newest and best tasting stevia leaf sweeteners. PureCircle works to turn the StarLeaf stevia into…

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PureCircle completes sequencing of stevia plant genome

USA – Lead scientists from PureCircle Stevia Institute and KeyGene have completed the sequencing of the stevia plant genome, unveiling a major breakthrough in research showing the annotated genome sequences of three cultivars of the plant. According to PureCircle, its non-GMO agriculture programme has been strengthened by these findings, as the research may help facilitate optimisation of the levels of steviol glycosides, including improvements in the levels of the well-known minor glycosides, Reb D and Reb M. According to News Food, the research hoped to provide a better understanding of…

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