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New Cargill-DSM JV to Develop Zero-Calorie Sweeteners

November 8, 2018
A joint venture between Cargill and Royal DSM will develop new sweeteners. Image courtesy of Pixabay
A joint venture between Cargill and Royal DSM will develop new sweeteners. Image courtesy of Pixabay

American agribusiness Cargill and Dutch health, nutrition and personal care products maker Royal DSM recently established a joint venture to develop new zero-calorie steviol glycoside-based sweeteners, the firms announced Thursday. 

The newly-minted 50-50 partnership Avansya will use fermentation to develop steviol glycoside molecules like Reb M and Reb D to provide food and beverage manufacturing firms with a new, low-cost, sustainable sweetener solution. 

“One of the most significant transformations in the global food and beverage markets is the drive to reduce sugar in people’s diets,” said Patrick Niles, president of DSM Food Specialties, in a press release. “This partnership will allow us to bring sustainably produced sugar-reduction solutions based on steviol glycosides to market faster and more effectively at scale to deliver global impact.”

A Cargill fermentation facility under construction in Blair, NE will be used by the joint venture when it opens in the summer of 2019. DSM will offer the Avansya its expertise in biotechnology, R&D, and customer relationships in certain markets. 

“The demand for sugar-reduction solutions is urgent, global, and growing fast,” said Chris Simons, vice president, food segment, North America at Cargill, in a statement. “While customers are searching out foods and beverages that help meet their dietary needs or goals, whether for a diabetic diet or simply reducing calories and sugar intake, brand-owners know that great taste can’t be compromised. By partnering with DSM, we can further advance a commercialized Reb M and Reb D product line that offers what consumers desire.”

Sweeteners produced by Avansya will be sold under the brand EverSweet. Cargill and DSM anticipate that regulatory approvals and closing conditions to establish the joint venture will be completed by the summer of 2019.

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