Ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion, has officially opened the first allulose production plant in Latin America.
At the Suan Juan del Río plant in Mexico, the company will produce the sweetener Astraea Allulose, which it will market and sell across the Americas.
Japanese company Matsutani will market and sell Astraea Allulose across most of Asia.
According to Ingredion, the sweetener solution will allow food and beverage makers across the Americas to “reduce calories from sucrose and other caloric sweeteners” in a variety of products – from beverages to bakery.
It tastes and functions like sucrose and is in the family of rare sugars, absorbed by the body but not metabolised, making it nearly calorie-free, the company said.
“We are advancing our specialties strategy with the unique value proposition offered by allulose for sugar reduction by aligning with one of the most important food and beverage trends shaping our industry and impacting our customers,” said Jim Zallie, President and CEO of Ingredion.