Consumers today take a closer look at food ingredients and want more natural and healthier sweeteners, without sacrificing taste, of course. We responded to this growing demand by launching our DOLCE R&D program to find plant-based compounds with a sweet taste. The program was completed at the end of 2020, and gave rise to two approaches:
Sweet portfolio – Open for testing in the industry
Together with AnalytiCon Discovery we identified a set of plant-based sweeteners and sweetness enhancers (small molecules) by screening unique natural samples with our patented human tongue cell (HTC) technology. We now offer this “sweet portfolio”, which was precharacterised in sensory tests, to customers from the food industry for testing and formulation development in their products.
Brazzein Production – Agreement with Industry Partner Roquette
The highly intensive protein-based sweetener brazzein provides outstanding sweetening power while still preserving the taste profile and sugar-free functionality. As part of a joint development agreement between BRAIN and Roquette, we will now go on to obtain the approval and industrial scale-up of Brazzein in the food and beverage sector.