FDA issues GRAS No Objection Letter for Reb D sweetener


17 Nov 2017 --- SweeGen, Inc., a nature-based sweetener company, and Ingredion have jointly announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) No Objection Letter for BESTEVIA Rebaudioside D stevia leaf sweetener for use as a general-purpose, non-nutritive sweetener for foods and beverages.

Back in July, FoodIngredientsFirst reported on SweeGen and Ingredion commercializing the, then new, Reb D sweetener. You can read the full story here

BESTEVIA Reb D, SweeGen’s non-caloric, high-purity stevia sweetener with a clean, sugar-like taste, is produced from the stevia leaf. The manufacturing process, ingredient composition and other factors were provided to the FDA in GRAS notice No. 715. The FDA acknowledged in a letter dated Oct. 24, 2017, that it evaluated the application and has no further questions regarding the conclusion that BESTEVIA Reb D is GRAS under its intended conditions of use.

“Having received the No Objection Letter from the FDA, SweeGen and our valued distribution partner Ingredion are now able to support food and beverage manufacturers in the US as they work to meet consumer demand for reduced- and no-sugar products made with our new, high-purity, great-tasting stevia sweetener,” says Katharina Pueller, director, natural sweetener business of SweeGen.

“The sugar-reduction trend is reshaping the way manufacturers formulate for sweet taste globally,” says Kurt Callaghan, marketing manager, sweetness innovation at Ingredion. “BESTEVIA Reb D stevia leaf sweetener gives manufacturers a new tool to reduce sugar, without sacrificing taste.” 

The ingredient joins BESTEVIA Reb M as part of a new range of stevia leaf sweeteners, developed by SweeGen and distributed by Ingredion, which can be used in applications such as dairy, bakery and beverages.

Ingredion is SweeGen’s exclusive global distributor of BESTEVIA Reb M and Reb D stevia leaf sweeteners in all markets (excluding SweeGen’s house accounts and in the People’s Republic of China where it is a non-exclusive distributor). Ingredion will distribute BESTEVIA Reb D stevia leaf sweetener initially in the US and subsequently in other countries as additional regulatory approvals are granted.

Ingredion Incorporated


We are a global ingredient solutions company built on a rich legacy of exceptional performance and market-leading innovation. Our geographic footprint and diverse organisation give us the capability to deliver solutions on a global scale and the agility to meet the needs of local markets.

We make it our business to understand industry trends and our customers’ challenges. They trust us to anticipate and deliver the consistently high-quality products and innovative solutions they need.

Each day, we live our Company Values—Safety, Quality, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Innovation—so that we may create enduring, mutual value for our customers, business associates, communities, colleagues and shareholders.

Related Articles

Food Ingredients News

Next-generation stevia: A new wave of extracts

13 Mar 2018 --- Natural sweeteners, including stevia, have been trending amid the clean label boom. With 2018 set to be a big year for sugar reduction and with sugar taxes coming into effect in the UK and Ireland, many ingredients suppliers are looking to innovate even further in the space of sugar reduction with new and emerging sweeteners, including stevia extracts.

Food Ingredients News

Sugar reformulation: Nestlé strips out billions of calories over three years in UK & Ireland

07 Mar 2018 --- The amount of sugar in Nestlé’s UK and Irish products has been seriously slashed over the last three years with the equivalent of more than 2.6 billion teaspoons being taken out of products through innovative reformulation. As the demand for low and no-sugar products continues to rise, Nestlé UK and Ireland continue its mission to cut sugar across its portfolio.

Food Ingredients News

Sugar reduction tops reformulation agenda as UK sugar tax beckons

06 Mar 2018 --- In recent years, a trend for healthier lifestyles has emerged and consumers have become increasingly aware of the ingredients in their food and drinks. As EU sugar consumption figures reach nearly 32kg per person per year, sugar reduction has become the health trend under the spotlight. In fact, one month from today (April 6, 2018), the much-debated sugar tax will come into effect in the UK.

Business News

Weekly Digest: ADM & Cargill launch soybean venture, PureCircle and SGF resolve patent dispute

02 Mar 2018 --- This week in business, ADM and Cargill reached an agreement to launch a joint venture to provide soybean meal and oil for customers in Egypt. PureCircle announced that it will vastly increase the amount of Starleaf stevia it plants in 2018, in the same week in which PureCircle USA Inc. and Sweet Green Fields USA LLC settled a dispute before the International Trade Commission. Also this week, Matrix Flavours and Fragrances revealed an expansion of manufacturing capability in Kuala Lumpur. 

Food Ingredients News

TIC Gums eyes optimization with new Simplistica Ingredient Systems

28 Feb 2018 --- TIC Gums, an Ingredion company, is set to introduce the Simplistica line of ingredient systems at Engredea 2018, which will include optimized solutions from TIC Gums and Ingredion, including hydrocolloids, starches, plant proteins and sweeteners.

More Articles