BRAIN, AnalytiCon and Roquette sign a strategic partnership for the development of next generation natural sweetening solutions
The bioeconomy company BRAIN AG, the natural product specialist AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH and Roquette, a global leader in specialty food ingredients from plant-based raw materials, announced today a strategic partnership under the form of a consortium by the name DOLCE. Within this unique strategic partnership, the partners will jointly develop natural sweeteners and sweet taste enhancers with the goal to achieve sugar- and calorie reduction in a variety of food and beverages. These developments will benefit the global market and will address pressing needs in terms of sugar replacement.
Zwingenberg, Potsdam (Germany) and Lestrem (France), August 29, 2016:
Always striving for innovation, within the DOLCE consortium, Roquette
intends to benefit from the proprietary BRAIN screening technology and
AnalytiCon’s access to a huge variety of all-natural ingredients with a
particular focus on edible plant material. Roquette’s role will be to
take care of the late stage development, production and supply of the
compounds to different markets and application fields.
The goal of the DOLCE consortium is to develop cutting-edge natural
sweet taste enhancers and sweeteners for nutrition and improved food
formulations for their customers, and to deploy a brand strategy on the
new solutions, addressing the requirements of global customers. Many of
the largest Fortune 500 global consumer product goods companies (CPGC)
are known to have strong interest in this field, and the market for
consumer goods and beverages is expected to greatly benefit from the
development of these new sweetening solutions.
"In the field of food and beverages, there is a high demand for natural
sweet solutions, which help to make food formulations lower in
calories," says Thierry Marcel, Executive Vice President R&D at
Roquette. "We are convinced that this DOLCE consortium will be a
reference in the development of new sweetening solutions and will
address a formidable and presently unmet market need for all natural
"The DOLCE program has the aim to provide next generation natural sweet
solutions and will trigger attractive value for the stakeholders. These
sweet solutions will open up new opportunities for different consumer
goods markets and products. We are happy that Roquette, one of the
leading global food ingredient suppliers, joined forces with BRAIN and
our subsidiary AnalytiCon as important partner to enable the
manufacturing of natural sweetening solutions", states Dr Jürgen Eck,
CEO of BRAIN.
"Together with Roquette we will embark on a joint program and manage
the consortium to develop sweetening solutions in different markets and
applications fields, deploying a brand strategy on the new solutions and
addressing the requirements of global consumers of food and beverages
for alternative sweetening solutions," says Dr Martin Langer, Executive
Vice President Corporate Development at BRAIN.
"The combination of the BRAIN screening technology, the experience in
accessing the toolbox of nature for identification and the development
of new solutions together with the availability of the natural
ingredient library at AnalytiCon is unique and will give us access to
the next generation of all-natural sweeteners and sweet taste
enhancers," explains Dr Lutz Müller-Kuhrt, CEO of AnalytiCon.
This DOLCE alliance will enable to further bridge the gap between the
discovery and development (BRAIN and AnalytiCon), formulation and
production (Roquette) and marketing and sales (CPGCs) of novel sweet
innovations into different food and beverages segments, creating new
opportunities for consumer product goods companies in different fields.
According to a report recently published on www.marketsandmarkets.com,
the sugar substitutes market in 2015 is valued at US$ 13.26bn and it is
expected to reach US$ 16.53bn by 2020 (CAGR of 4.5%). In terms of
volume, the market is projected to reach 17.03 million tons by 2020.
There is a growing demand for new solutions for natural sweetening to
mimic the taste of sugar in a healthier way. The global market for high
potency sweeteners in 2013 was calculated to be US$ 1.2bn according to a
recent study of Credit Suisse. According to a study of Lux Research,
sugar substitutes today account for 22% of the total sweeteners market,
yet natural sweetener alternatives represent only 1%. Along with trends
towards natural and healthy ingredients, these natural alternatives have
the potential to replace between 2% and 25% of total sucrose across
product categories like bakery and cereal, beverage, and confection.
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