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UK Food Safety Authorities Approve PureCircle Reb M Stevia from Bioconversion

Move Expands Access to Critical Stevia Production Technology for Improved Tasting and Sweetening Solutions

WESTCHESTER, Illinois, USA (June 11, 2024) – Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), a global provider of specialty ingredients and innovation leader in plant-based sugar reduction, today announced food safety authorities in the United Kingdom have provided expedited approval for the use of PureCircle™ by Ingredion’s steviol glycosides produced from bioconversion. This approval greatly increases access to the stevia leaf’s best tasting molecules for food and beverage products.

“This approval sets the bar for other markets to do the same,” noted Nate Yates, Global Sugar Reduction Platform Leader, Ingredion, and PureCircle CEO. “Our global customers are seeking sugar reduction solutions that not only meet consumer needs, but are available at the enterprise level to maximize their operational efficiencies. Advancements like these enable us to better serve our customers and their consumers.”

PureCircle's bioconversion method mimics the plant’s natural production process, delivering superior cost efficiency with minimal processing. By converting Reb A leaf extract into Reb M or other important molecules, food and beverage brands can sustainably scale stevia sweeteners best suited for 100 per cent sugar reduction.

Ingredion published a first-of-its-kind, peer-reviewed sweeteners life cycle assessment which expands on the importance of new technologies like bioconversion in sustainably scaling sweeteners. Bioconversion technologies help lower the environmental impact of stevia ingredients compared to full caloric sweeteners like sugar cane and beet sugar on a sweetness equivalence basis.  

Food and beverage companies are encouraged to take advantage of PureCircle’s broader portfolio of Clean Taste Solutions now that they have access to steviol glycosides from bioconversion. These sweetening solutions are 100 per cent stevia tailored to achieve optimized taste performance based on a food and beverage brand’s product category and sugar reduction target. PureCircle Clean Taste Solubility Solution is the latest innovation enabling improved taste performance and 100 times more solubility than Reb M stevia. 


About Ingredion 

Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in nearly 120 countries. With 2023 annual net sales of approximately $8 billion, the Company turns grains, fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based materials into value-added ingredient solutions for the food, beverage, animal nutrition, brewing and industrial markets. With Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers located around the world and more than 12,000 employees, the Company co-creates with customers and fulfills its purpose of bringing the potential of people, nature, and technology together to make life better. Visit for more information and the latest Company news.


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