Nowadays, in the food and beverage sector, no matter the traditional giants or the mushrooming new brands, they must be sparing no effort on ‘sugar reduction’ and stevia is playing a very important role in sugar substitution. People are afraid of the side effects of the artificial sweeteners, and therefore, natural plant extracts are becoming more popular than ever and stevia is such a plant-based sweetener to satisfy consumer needs.
Steviol glycoside (E 960), also known as steviosides, is extracted from the plant of stevia rebaudia. It will not produce calories after eating, therefore, stevia is suitable for obese and diabetic consumers.
According to the data from the international sweetener industry, stevia has already been widely used in the food and beverage industry in Asia, America, and Europe. Based on the survey from Mintel, a market research company, there were 3,223 types of food and beverages containing stevia by the end of 2016. In the second quarter of 2017, global food and beverage containing stevia increased 13% compared to the same period the year before.
Candy and chewing gum is the fastest growing category using stevia, with a growth of 125%. Carbonated drinks and fruit juice beverages containing stevia has increased by 27% and energy drinks increased by 102% in 2017.
Coca-Cola, Danone, Kraft Heinz, Nestle and PepsiCo have all put new products using stevia on the market, including snacks, dairy products, ready-to-eat cereals, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, etc.
All of these have fully proved that stevia is affecting the development of sweet tasted beverage industry at an unprecedented speed. It has become global trend to replace sucrose with stevia and other natural sweeteners.
In October 2019, the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings （FAF） provides a scientific opinion on the safety of the proposed amendment of the specifications for steviol glycosides as a food additive, in particular related to rebaudioside M produced via enzyme‐catalysed bioconversion of purified stevia leaf extract. The Panel concluded that there is no safety concern for Rebaudioside M produced via enzymatic bioconversion of purified stevia leaf extract.
In general, stevia, with a long history of use, will continue to develop and innovate as a safe and reliable natural sweetener. China is a major producer of stevia and below is the verified stevia supplier on OKCHEM.
About the supplier
Shandong Aojing Biotechnology Co., Ltd. is a high-tech private enterprise focusing on the steviol glycosides function research and development and steviol glycosides production.It’s annual output is 500mts,of which R-A98% is 200mts, Glucosyl steviol glycosides is 200mts and organic steviol glycosides is 100mts.
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