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■ NUTRITIONAL OUTLOOK Sweeteners MAY 2018 In short, she says, "We combine nature, science, and bioengineering to produce sus- tainable products." FDA's recent "no objections" GRAS letter for Bestevia Reb D describes the process even more specif cally: "T e process uses a non- pathogenic and non-toxicogenic strain of Pi- chia pastoris (derived from P. pastoris ATCC 20864) expressing a uridine-5'-diphospho- (UDP) glucosyltransferase that catalyzes the conversion of rebaudioside A to rebaudioside D and a sucrose synthase that catalyzes the conversion of UDP to UDP-glucose." PureCircle also uses enzymes to produce some of its stevia ingredients. In a 2016 Nutri- tional Outlook interview, Faith Son, PureCircle's vice president of marketing and innovation, described the process the company uses for some of its ingredients this way: "Within our portfolio, we also have leaf-based ingredients that are glycosylated," she said. "T ese ingredi- ents start with a traditional stevia leaf extract that's purif ed to 95%, and with the use of natu- ral enzymes, add glucose or other sugar mole- cules to improve taste. We are very transparent about how these products are made and how they dif er from our other leaf-based product." For this article, she adds, "As the industry- leading innovator and supplier of great-tasting stevia ingredients for the global food and bev- erage industries, we have a responsibility to understand the various alternative technolo- gies used to produce stevia ingredients. We have specif c products we of er which leverage glycosylation, which is processed similar to traditional stevia leaf extracts, as it all begins with the stevia leaf." Companies extracting stevia from the leaf say that improving the taste of stevia sweet- eners begins with breeding leaves that con- tain higher amounts of minor glycosides like Reb M and Reb D. Several of the stevia sup- pliers we interviewed for this article are now focused on 1) breeding leaves with higher contents of Reb M and Reb D, and 2) increas- ing acreage of these improved leaves. In February, for instance, PureCircle an- nounced plans to signif cantly increase its acreage of StarLeaf, PureCircle's proprietary stevia plant developed through its PureCircle Agronomy Program and its expertise in tra- ditional cross-breeding. T e company says StarLeaf "yields roughly 20 times more of the newest and best-tasting stevia leaf sweeten- ers than conventional stevia varieties." Son specif es that StarLeaf provides higher con- centrations of Reb M and Reb D, along with some other rare glycosides. It also contains Reb A. A lot of the StarLeaf scale-up is happen- ing in North Carolina, where lands once used to grow tobacco are now being used to grow StarLeaf. Sweet Green Fields (Belling- ham, WA) is another stevia supplier who has grown stevia in North Carolina. Son says PureCircle's agricultural partner- ships are providing economic opportuni- ties to farmers in the area. "We discovered that the skillset for growing tobacco trans- lates extremely well to growing stevia," she All-natural dietary fiber carefully selected and sourced from acacia trees, Fibregum ™ products are perfectly suitable with clean labeling. These statements are intended for manufacturers only, not consumers. Since the conditions of use are beyond our control, we suggest to evaluate these statements to be sure they comply with local regulations. 90% soluble fiber 1 Strong prebiotic properties Patent Pending on gut restoration 2 Exceptional intestinal tolerance (1) on dry weight basis - (2) WO 2015162447 D I G E S T I V E H E A LT H Best Organic Acacia Fiber VISIT US AT BOOTH F24 Fibregum ™ Bio

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