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Flavours & Ingredients 07/05/2018

Real sugar without calories: A start-up is already developing it

Many people love real sugar just as it is – with the calories it contains naturally. In light of the ongoing nutritional debate, others would prefer it without calories.

Real sugar without calories: A start-up is already developing it
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Many people love real sugar just as it is – with the calories it contains naturally. In light of the ongoing nutritional debate, others would prefer it without calories. That already exists: The start-up “Savanna Ingredients” from Elsdorf near Cologne (Germany) is producing initial quantities of real sugar without calories named allulose. Managing Director Dr. Timo Koch: “Natural sugar without calories occurs in nature – but only in very small quantities to date. We have gained access to this way of nature and developed a method for producing real sugar without calories from sugar beets on a large scale – in other words, the ability to produce it for many people.”

Savanna Ingredients will soon apply for its approval as a foodstuff in Europe. Production capacities for the functional carbohydrates are currently being expanded at the site in Elsdorf. Its taste and functional characteristics make allulose suitable for many different applications like beverage, bakery, etc.

Savanna Ingredients GmbH is a start-up that was founded from the Innovation Centre of the sugar producer Pfeifer & Langen. Savanna develops so-called functional carbohydrates, i.e.: new types of sugar with specific characteristics. Another Savanna product is cellobiose. It can be used to replace lactose by people who are lactose intolerant. At the same time, cellobiose – also a natural sugar – has half the calories of sugar.

The Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture is funding the Savanna Ingredients research project in the framework of the national reduction strategy for fat, salt and sugar. As well as Savanna and the associated company Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG, other companies and universities (RWTH Aachen, Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe) are involved.

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