Ingredion announces Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approves BESTEVIA® Reb M Stevia Leaf Sweetener

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BESTEVIA® Reb M sweetener – made from the stevia leaf – enables sugar reduction without sacrificing taste in food and beverages

WESTCHESTER, Ill., January 29, 2019 – Ingredion Incorporated, a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, announced that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has assessed and approved BESTEVIA® Reb M Stevia Leaf Sweetener for use as an intense sweetener.

After performing a detailed risk assessment, FSANZ concluded that there were no public health or safety concerns with the sweetener. BESTEVIA® Reb M stevia leaf sweetener is a non-caloric, high-purity stevia sweetener with a clean, sugar-like taste, without the bitterness associated with some stevia sweeteners. The unique production process starts with the stevia leaf and uses a patented bioconversion process to achieve high quantities of Reb M, economically unattainable from traditional stevia extraction methods.

“Ingredion is now able to support our food and beverage customers in Australia and New Zealand as they work to meet consumer demand for reduced and no-sugar products made with our new, high-purity, great-tasting stevia sweetener,” said Wendy Pasco, marketing manager, Ingredion ANZ.

“The sugar-reduction trend is reshaping the way manufacturers formulate for sweet taste globally and we are excited to introduce BESTEVIA® Reb M to the Asia-Pacific region,” said Eric Weisser, innovation director, Ingredion Asia-Pacific.

“BESTEVIA® Reb M stevia leaf sweetener gives manufacturers a new tool to reduce sugar, without sacrificing taste.”

Sweegen, Inc., a nature-based sweetener company, is dedicated to the development and production of non-caloric and non-GMO sweeteners for the food, flavour and beverage industries. Ingredion is Sweegen, Inc.’s exclusive global distributor in all markets (excluding Sweegen’s house accounts and in the People’s Republic of China, where it is a non-exclusive distributor). This collaboration enables both companies to benefit from each other’s strengths and to engage a diverse number of customers in the global food and beverage industry. Ingredion currently distributes BESTEVIA® Reb M stevia leaf sweeteners in North America, Colombia, Peru, Australia, New Zealand and additional countries as regulatory approvals are granted.

To learn more about BESTEVIA® stevia leaf sweeteners, contact Ingredion at +61-2-9911-1269 or visit

About Ingredion

Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR) headquartered in the suburbs of Chicago, USA is a leading global ingredient solutions provider serving customers in more than 120 countries.  With annual net sales of nearly $6 billion, the company turns grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into value-added ingredients and biomaterial solutions for the food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries. With 27 Ingredion Idea Labs® innovation centers around the world and more than 11,000 employees, the Company develops ingredient solutions to meet consumers’ evolving needs by making crackers crunchy, yogurt creamy, candy sweet, paper stronger, and adding fiber to nutrition bars.  For more information, visit

“BESTEVIA” is a registered trademark held by Sweegen permitted to be used by Ingredion for distribution purposes.