HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. — Tate & Lyle, P.L.C. will launch a new stevia-based sweetener, Tasteva Reb M, at IFT18, the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition scheduled for July 15-18 in Chicago.

The London-based company also will team up with Sweet Green Fields to introduce two other stevia-based sweeteners: Optimizer Stevia 4.10 and Intesse Stevia 2.0.

Tate & Lyle starts with a stevia leaf and uses a bio-conversion process and aqueous-only finishing step to produce the steviol glycoside Rebaudioside M in Tasteva M. The sweetener has a cleaner, more sugar-like taste than other stevia compounds such as Rebaudioside A, according to Tate & Lyle. Tasteva M yields a clean sweetness and sweet onset like sucrose without the bitter linger of conventional stevia. The bio-conversion process leads to a reduction in cost in use.

“Our bio-conversion process increases Reb M yields, allowing us to produce more volume not limited by plant yields and deliver more from the leaf at an acceptable cost in use,” said Abigail Storms, global vice-president, sweeteners platform leader at Tate & Lyle, which has a U.S. office in Hoffman Estates.

Tate & Lyle in 2017 entered into an exclusive partnership with Sweet Green Fields, a privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient company based in Bellingham, Wash.

“We want to provide consumers with options that align to their evolving preferences and are committed to developing ingredients at lower cost in use,” said Dean Francis, chief executive officer at Sweet Green Fields. “We believe our new stevia products deliver on that commitment, and we’re excited to introduce them at IFT18.”

Optimizer Stevia 4.10, which is suitable for use in all applications, offers up to 6 brix sugar reduction and saves up to 20% cost in use when compared to RA99, another stevia extract. Optimizer Stevia 4.10 delivers a clean and natural taste without bitterness or lasting aftertaste when replacing 3-7 brix of sugar.

Intesse Stevia 2.0 delivers a sweet, clean taste without lingering bitterness. A combination of certain steviol glycosides at specific ratios allows for the sweetener to provide high use, high sugar reduction and solubility. Intesse Stevia 2.0 offers up to 8 brix sugar reduction. Its solubility makes it an option for use in syrup and concentrate manufacturing.