PureCircle awaits Reb M sweetener patent

by Jeff Gelski
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OAK BROOK, ILL. — PureCircle, Inc. said it will receive a U.S. patent pertaining to the use of rebaudioside M (Reb M) in beverage applications. Reb M, a steviol glycoside, is extracted from the stevia leaf.

“Our new Reb M product patent is the latest of more than 60 other granted patents across our portfolio of stevia ingredients,” said Avetik Markosyan, Ph.D., vice-president, research and development and process development for PureCircle Ltd. “Our expanding list of patents reinforces our customers’ confidence in working with us as the industry leader in high-purity stevia.”

PureCircle becomes the third company to announce Reb M news recently. GLG Life Tech, Vancouver, B.C., has developed new stevia seedlings that contain higher percentages of Reb M and Reb D, another steviol glycoside. Cargill, Minneapolis, has used a fermentation process involving baker’s yeast to create a sweetener with Reb M and Reb D.
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