Status: Need is Closed

Novel natural modulator/enhancer

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Dec 18, 2019

A revolutionary new tool of natural origin which can be added in combination with a high-intensity sweetener (HIS) and bring sugar-like qualities missing in HIS: Onset, intensity and/or lack/masking of linger. Ideally already approved as a foodstuff, so no further regulatory requirement.


Sugar has a unique time-intensity profile, which is basically a higher initial impact and less linger/aftertaste than most high-intensity sweeteners (except acesulfame K and saccharin). This is particularly an issue when natural sweeteners such as stevia are used;


Sugar, being a low-intensity sweetener, also has a mouthfeel which cannot be provided by HIS.

This has led to a variety of products which help modulate high-intensity sweeteners:

  1. Physical mouthfeel tools: Soluble fibers (resistant dextrins, polydextrose, inulin, isomaltulose), gums (pectin, xanthan gum etc.)
  2. Receptor level modulators: Dihydrochalcones, minerals (sodium, calcium), peptides (kokumi)
  3. Sweet modulators and enhancers: Glucosylated stevia glycosides (GSGs), mogrosides, erythritol, positive allosteric modulators (PAMs)

We are interested in new tools, which can provide a competitive edge to the existing solutions in terms of taste, cost and labeling requirements.

Key success Criteria
  • Enables significantly more sugar-like taste (in terms of upfront sweetness, lack of linger, potency etc), as proven by solid sensory evidence
  • Label friendly
  • Natural/nature identical and commercially viable
  • Already approved as foodstuff or evidence necessary for regulatory approval is available/obtainable
Possible Approaches
  • An out-of-the-box approach to identify what else can bring in sugar-like attributes to beverages
  • Receptor technologies that can help scientifically identify why certain tools (as described above) deliver a sugar-like taste and what other natural ingredient can be used to activate such a mechanism.
Approaches not of Interest

Above mentioned existing solutions except technologies related to their cost reduction and regulatory approval.

Due Date
Dec 14, 2019
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