Steviol glycosides from the stevia plant are used in foods as a calorie-free natural sweetener, and are approximately 300 times sweeter than sugar. Along with Newfoss (process development) and Koers (grower), ACRRES works on sustainable extraction of the sweetener from the plant. Tests have shown that the developed extraction method is very effective, but that the purity of the product is lower than desired. The focus is now on improving the process to increase the purity, and on the factory design. Market research also forms part of this project.
For more information please contact Maarten Kootstra, tel.: 0320-291302.