Sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners
Innovate with sweet taste and full functionality
Creating indulgent taste without the sugar
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.
PureCircle Stevia Solutions
PureCircle™ by Ingredion offers the most comprehensive portfolio of ingredients founds in the stevia leaf to help brands find the just right clean taste for their product. With industry-leading innovations in production technologies, agriculture, taste modulation and clean sweet taste, plant-based PureCircle stevia ingredients can help you create consumer-winning products without the sugar or the calories
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.
Sweeteners Lifecycle Assessment
Discover how PureCircle 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.
Sustainable Clean Sweetness
How stevia innovations lower environmental impacts
Our expert panel shares insights into critical topics related to our stevia agriculture program, such as:
- Varietal development
- Ethical ingredient sourcing
- Breakthroughs in biotransformation
We also discuss new lifecycle assessment findings and how Ingredion helps food and beverage manufacturers tell their own ingredient sustainability stories.
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.
Ingredion experts can help you pair sugar substitutes with the right ingredients
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.
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.
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.
The Stevia Institute
Stevia Institute provides the latest in balanced, science-based information and advanced cutting-edge research on stevia's health and nutrition, agriculture, ingredient functionality and taste benefits.
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.
Sugar reduction resources
Explore the resources below and connect with our experts to solve any sugar reduction challenge.
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.
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.
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).
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.
1Ingredion proprietary research, Sugar Reduction Insights Program Power BI Dashboard, 2022
2The road to sustainability, FMCG Gurus, 2022