SweeGen announces successful scale-up of Bestevia Reb N

Further expands the sweet taste solution toolbox for tackling sugar reduction.

SweeGen has announced the commercialisation of Bestevia Rebaudioside N (Reb N), a zero-calorie natural stevia sweetener.

Reb N is a naturally occurring sweetener found in stevia leaves. The sensory profile of Bestevia Reb N makes it especially attractive for beverage application, while also works well in a variety of foods.

Following SweeGen’s commercial announcements of Bestevia Rebs B and I, and with the addition of Reb N, the company’s portfolio of sugar reduction solutions is further strengthened to support the industry’s sugar reduction challenges.

Shari Mahon, senior vice-president of global application technology at SweeGen, said: “Bestevia Reb N has a sweet profile that helps us create solutions that have a taste profile closer to both full-calorie and high intensity sweeteners.”

SweeGen’s portfolio of natural stevia sweeteners are classified as non-GMO, high-purity, and clean tasting. The Bestevia portfolio includes Rebs B, D, E, I M, and now Reb N. These Rebs translate to relevant, clean-label, sustainable, natural sweeteners that consumers seek in finished products.

Much like Bestevia Rebs M, E and I, Reb N is found in trace quantities in the stevia leaf, which was previously difficult and expensive to isolate. SweeGen’s Bestevia Reb N is now accessible because it is produced by a bioconversion technology, which starts with sustainably-sourced stevia leaf, and results in great tasting, pure molecules that are found in nature. This process was developed by Conagen, a biotech innovator of sustainable ingredients.

Dr Casey Lippmeier, vice-president of innovation for Conagen, concluded: “The introduction of Reb N is another great example of how Conagen’s expertise in bioconversion technology enables the creation of stevia sweeteners. With such a wide range of next generation stevia offerings now available, we will see a new level of innovation in better-for-you products that was previously considered impossible.”