A sweet, lower-calorie taste
Ingredient company introduces ASTRAEA Allulose sweetener
Ingredion Inc. in partnership with Itami City, Japan-based Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, introduced ASTRAEA Allulose. The on-trend sweetener is 70 percent as sweet as sugar and helps manufacturers reduce sucrose in their recipes and develop reduced-calorie food and beverages to meet growing consumer demand, the companies say. Matsutani will manufacture the ingredient in Mexico and market it across the Americas. Available in 2019, ASTRAEA Allulose will enable food and beverage manufacturers to reduce calories from sucrose and other caloric sweeteners in a wide range of products, including beverages, dairy, bakery and confectionery items, the company says. “Reducing sucrose is an emerging global trend and can be a challenge for manufacturers, who are looking to match the sweet taste of sugar while achieving the same functional benefits in their products,” said Tony DeLio, senior vice president of corporate strategy and chief innovation officer at Ingredion, in a statement. “By combining our manufacturing network and global footprint alongside Matsutani’s pioneering work in rare sugars, we will bring exciting opportunities grounded in innovation to meet the needs of the evolving food industry ahead of sugar labeling changes.” The partnership also supports Ingredion’s goal to grow its specialties business to $2 billion in annual sales by 2022.
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