As political and lifestyle pressures to reduce sugar intake increase, EPC Natural Products' range of stevia-based sweeteners is the perfect ingredient to help food and beverage manufacturers meet health targets while retaining as sugar-like a texture and taste profile in their products as possible.
EPC Natural Products is an international company committed to the development of original natural products for the global food and beverage industry. The company has become one of the most innovative ingredient suppliers on the market, successfully launching an outstanding range of natural products, including colours, nutraceuticals, energy boosters and a new generation of stevia sweetener products.
Stevia is a sweetener from a natural source. By avoiding the one-size-fits-all approach of regular stevia products such as rebaudioside (reb) A 97, EPCevia provides optimum sweetness and taste for different applications with a range of individually customised products.
EPC can provide unique stevia products that are not available from other suppliers. In addition, the company offers technical expertise in product reformulation, including small-scale preparation of samples.
Since the introduction of stevia in the EU and US, the stevia market has not developed as fast as expected due to issues with the taste. Many manufactures using stevia-based sweeteners have encountered barriers such as a bitter aftertaste and prolonged sweetness. One of the most common problems in using reb A 97 is that it is difficult for it to fully achieve the exact same taste as sucrose.
However, stevia consists of much more than just reb A 97. EPC focuses on improving the taste of stevia by optimising the composition of steviol glycosides rather trying to cover the off-taste by formulation. All EPCevia products consist of an intentional mixture of different rebaudiosides (the sweet compound in stevia leaves) that provides a unique sweetness profile compared with regular products.
With EPCevia products, EPC can help food and beverage manufacturers to simultaneously meet two objectives: calorie reduction and taste improvement. The EPCevia portfolio includes EPCevia Pure, Dual, Omega and Convenient, each of which has different characteristics:
Pure - High in purified reb A, with a perfectly clean sugar-like taste and high sweetness. Recommended application: ice tea.
Dual - The first commercialised reb D product in the world. It has a sweet, fruity taste and less bitterness in high concentration. Recommended applications: juice, protein shakes, instant beverages, dairy, confectionery and meat.
Omega - Unique tailor-made composition for carbonated beverages. It has a smooth sugar-like taste with quick, almost sugar-like onset of sweetness and a perfect synergy with citric acid. Recommended applications: carbonated beverages or tabletop.
Convenient - Replaces sugar weight to weight, a good source of fibre with an excellent texture for baking and cooking. Recommended applications: baking, ice cream and dairy.
EPCevia provides technical support with turnkey recipes to help food and beverage manufacturers overcome challenges in product reformulation. Its global flavour experts are also available to call on for finalising the taste of the finished products.
EPC is open-minded, problem-solving-oriented and innovative. The company views intercultural collaboration as a benefit, not as a challenge. As a customer-centric company, EPC strives to understand customers' needs and is devoted to providing the most suitable solutions rather than one-size-fits-all products.
EPC is not only content to supply industry giants but also happy to work with start-ups. By combining R&D strengths and expertise, the company looks forward to growing with global partners in the quest to achieve the common goal of a healthy and sustainable life.
As a dynamic, innovation-driven company, EPC has its finger on the pulse of the market. New stevia-based sweetening solutions and new formulations will be developed and presented to meet food and beverage manufacturers' constantly evolving needs.