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The concepts are based on combinations of stevia and BENEO's own sweeteners.
BENEO (Mannheim, Germany) unveiled two sweetening concepts at the recent ISM fair for confectionery in Cologne, Germany. An herbal-flavored, sugar-free candy uses the sugar substitute ISOMALT in combination with stevia. A chewing gum features Palatinose isomaltulose and stevia, providing a fully digestible and tooth-friendly alternative to sucrose-based gums, while still maintaining a texture similar to sucrose.
ISOMALT and Palatinose are both derived from sugar beets.
“Consumers and manufacturers used to the experience of sugar expect similar taste, functianlity, and bulk from a healthy alternative,” said Rudy Wouters, vice president of the BENEO-Technology Center. “As a result of the work we have done in developing the optimum sweetening profile when combining ISOMALT and Palatinose with stevia, a range of nutritional, taste, and health benefits can now successfully be achieved.”