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Sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners

Innovate with sweet taste and full functionality

Create consumer-winning, sugar-reduced products

With 76% of global consumers saying that limiting sugar intake is important for their health,1 food and beverage brands must prioritize solutions for sugar substitutes that don’t negatively affect taste, texture and stability. What’s more, consumers are also holding brands more accountable for sustainability, with 66% believing that brands should be doing more to protect the planet.2

Ingredion helps manufacturers meet both challenges head-on with the applications know-how and a comprehensive sugar alternatives portfolio that allows manufacturers to create market-winning reduced sugar and no-sugar-added products quickly — and with just-right taste, texture and label appeal.

Explore the resources below to see how Ingredion uses sensory science to enhance in-demand label claims and overcome complex functional build-back challenges. Then, consult with our experts from around the globe to find revolutionary ways of achieving your targets and accelerating growth across categories.

Webinar: Achieve sustainable sugar reduction

Ingredion’s application knowledge and comprehensive portfolio can help you create great-tasting products without all the sugar and advance your brand’s sustainability goals.

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Stevia’s sweet sustainability

Brands that provide healthier products that are also better for our planet are capturing the attention of consumers; and stevia helps them do it. Made with innovative production practices and featuring a natural sweetness intensity similar to traditional sweeteners, stevia is one sugar substitute that yields more sugar-like taste with an environmentally friendly story.

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The Sugar Reduction LCA

Discover how Pure Circle by Ingredion elevates the sustainability of sugar reduction. Our Sugar Reduction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) highlights how stevia compares — and wins — against other sweeteners across multiple environmental impact metrics.

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Sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners

Naturally sweet Reb M stevia is nearly identical to sugar

When sweetness can’t be sacrificed, Reb M shines through. An intensely sweet ingredient occurring naturally in the stevia leaf with zero calories and a nearly identical taste profile to sugar, Reb M lets consumers have their cake and eat it, too (without the sugar, of course).

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Better-tasting Reb M

Reb M stevia doesn’t just taste better than Reb A — it’s more accessible, too. Learn how Ingredion uses innovative extraction technologies to make Reb M readily available for brands of all sizes.

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Functional build-back in sugar reduction

When sugar enhances sensory perception in a formulation, replacing it means finding a solution for more than just sweetness. Replace the texture and mouthfeel of sugar with alternative sweeteners that enhance better-for-you-appeal and heighten consumer eating experiences. Watch our video on functional build-back and then explore how Ingredion makes it happen using the ingredients below.

Sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners

Ingredion experts can help you pair sugar substitutes with the right ingredients

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Allulose

Unlock more opportunities for your brand with ASTRAEA® allulose, a versatile sugar substitute that offers sugar-like sweetness, reduces calories and serves a functional build-back tool.

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Polyols

Polyols such as erythritol, mannitol, sorbitol, maltitol and polyglycitol impart balanced sweetness and keep desired bulk and texture while helping you achieve your sugar reduction targets.

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VERSASWEET® low-sugar syrups

Bring sweetness, build back bulk and get all the functionalities of traditional syrups including binding and viscosity while reducing the amount of sugar on your product labels with VERSASWEET® low-sugar syrups.

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Deliciously sustainable stevia

Discover how Ingredion is using stevia innovation to deliver better tasting sugar reduction solutions, which are better for people and the planet.

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Add a finishing touch to taste with FMPs

To improve taste while solving better-for-you challenges, Ingredion’s consultative flavor enhancement service offers a full portfolio of flavorings with modifying properties (FMPs). FMPs fall under natural flavor declarations and are powerful ingredients in any formulator’s playbook — helping to mask off-notes, highlight natural flavors or enhance saltiness with less sodium.

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Put taste on top

Discover our full capabilities for improving taste, finding flavor synergies and solving for better-for-you product challenges across any formulation need.

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Sugar reduction resources

Explore the resources below and connect with our experts to solve any sugar reduction challenge.

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Explore our sweetener portfolio

Learn about Ingredion’s full spectrum of sweetener solutions and sugar substitutes, including clean label and sustainable stevia, low-sugar syrups, rare-sugar allulose and fully nutritive traditional sweeteners.

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Challenges of reducing sugar

Have a sugar reduction or specialty sweetener challenge to solve? Our expertise and tools for formulations, taste and sensory science offer revolutionary ways to hit your targets and accelerate growth across categories.

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Sugar Reduction Resource Center

Explore Ingredion’s downloadable factsheets for reducing sugar and enhancing texture and stability in bakery, beverage, confectionary and dairy applications.

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Let’s make your goals a reality

As experts in taste, texture and sensory science, Ingredion can help you make your brands healthier while still delivering the same eating experience your consumers love.

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1Ingredion proprietary research, Sugar Reduction Insights Program Power BI Dashboard, 2022

2The road to sustainability, FMCG Gurus, 2022