Firmenich and Novozymes join forces to develop sugar reduction solution

New TasteGEM SWL with Saphera enables up to 50% sugar reduction without the use of sweeteners, the companies claimed.

Firmenich and Novozymes have jointly developed a natural sugar reduction solution, TasteGEM SWL with Saphera lactase. This technology is said to enable up to 50% sugar reduction in yoghurt and other dairy products without the use of sweeteners.

Emmanuel Butstraen, president of flavours, Firmenich, commented: “We are seeing a significant shift, with consumers ranking reducing sugar as the top health consideration in their food and beverage choices. Building on our sugar reduction capabilities, we have joined forces with Novozymes to develop optimised dairy solutions for our customers that are both delicious and nutritionally balanced.”

The combination of TasteGEM with lactase solution Saphera unlocks the “naturally occurring” sweetness of milk, and bridges the sensorial gaps that arise when added sugar is removed. TasteGEM SWL with Saphera lactase delivers enhanced eating experience with sweetness and increased creaminess and the benefit of lower lactose levels.

Claus Crone Fuglsang, chief science officer at Novozymes, added: “We are happy to be in this joint collaboration with Firmenich, which has quickly resulted in bringing a new innovation to the market. Our companies’ combined strengths help dairy companies improve their existing products and develop new ones for the growing number of health-conscious consumers looking for dairy products with improved nutritional properties, including less sugar and calories.”