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EverSweet® stevia sweetener receives positive safety opinions from European Food Safety Authority and UK Food Standards Agency

Avansya, a 50/50 joint venture between Cargill and dsm-firmenich, offers food and beverage customers a non-artificial, calorie-free sweetening solution that tastes great, enables advanced sugar reduction, and is sustainably produced.


 Avansya, the joint venture between Cargill and dsm-firmenich, announced that the EverSweet® stevia sweetener has received a positive safety opinion from both the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), bringing the advanced sweetener one step closer to commercial availability in the European Union and UK.

EverSweet® stevia sweetener brings to life the sweetest and cleanest tasting components of the stevia leaf – steviol glycosides Reb M and Reb D. It allows for significant reduction in sugars while maintaining a high-quality sweet taste for reduced and zero calorie food and beverages, enabling food manufacturers to meet the rising demand for healthful and sustainable products. EverSweet® is created through advanced fermentation methods, resulting in reduced water usage, minimal land use impact, and a lower carbon footprint than producing it by growing acres of plants.

Avansya has quantified the sweetener’s environmental benefits through consecutive, third party-verified life cycle assessments. Results showed that the sweetener has impressive sustainability advantages over sugar, with 96% lower land-use-related impacts, 97% less water usage and 81% reduction in carbon footprint. Similar advantages were shown compared to bio-converted Reb M, with 88% reduction in land use related impacts, 92% lower water usage and a 76% lower carbon footprint [1].

Already available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and other major markets, EFSA and FSA are the latest in a growing list of regulatory bodies to review the sweetener’s safety. Final authorization is expected in 2024, at which time EverSweet® will become commercially available to European food and beverage manufacturers too.

First commercialized in the U.S. in 2019, EverSweet® is already used to formulate a broad range of food and beverages in other markets worldwide. It is widely recognized for its clean, sugar-like taste, rounded flavor profile, and fast onset of sweetness, a combination of traits which enables formulators to achieve deeper reductions in sugars than traditional stevia sweeteners.

“We are thrilled that our European customers will soon gain access to this advanced, zero-calorie sweetener, and look forward to collaborating with them to bring consumers a new generation of products that reflect their priorities around health, nutrition, indulgence and sustainability,” said Andrew Ohmes, CEO Avansya. “Consumers don’t want to compromise on any of these points; with EverSweet®, they don’t have to – it’s the sweetness solution that brings it all together.” 


About EverSweet®

For more information, visit Positive outcome of EFSA and FSA risk assessment | Sweeteners | Cargill

[1] Current production method of stevia leaf is grown on land. In contrast, EverSweet® is produced through fermentation, enabling the exact same steviol glycosides (Reb M, D) but without the land use impact and water footprint, creating a sustainable, scalable, and economic supply of Reb M. The LCA report is available upon request.

About Avansya

Avansya is a partnership between Cargill and dsm-firmenich that’s bringing a new generation of sweeteners to the world.

Our first product is EverSweet®, a calorie-free sweetener that tastes great, offers advanced sugar reduction – and is sustainably produced.

About dsm-firmenich
As innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty, dsm-firmenich reinvents, manufactures, and combines vital nutrients, flavors, and fragrances for the world’s growing population to thrive. With our comprehensive range of solutions, with natural and renewable ingredients and renowned science and technology capabilities, we work to create what is essential for life, desirable for consumers, and more sustainable for the planet. We touch the lives of people throughout the day: From your personalized morning supplements with vitamins, omegas, and probiotics to support your health at every stage of life, to a juicy tasty burger made with plant-based proteins for lunch, or a revitalizing mid-afternoon drink from healthy cows that burp less methane, to the fine fragrance that creates positive emotions, makes you feel better, and enhances your well-being at every hour. dsm-firmenich is a Swiss-Dutch company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. With a diverse, worldwide team of nearly 30,000 employees, we bring progress to life every day, everywhere, for billions of people.

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