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NEW YORK, NY. Taste is king with American consumers, who according to new research released today, shy away from a wide range of consumer products containing low-calorie, high-intensity sweeteners because they feel they do not measure up to sugar. Survey respondents say the sweeteners have an unsatisfactory texture and give off an aftertaste. To them, it does not have the sweet taste or texture of sugar that they’re used to.

That’s a key finding of a national attitudinal survey conducted among 529 American consumers, 18 years or over, conducted in September 2020 by Marketplace, a health and wellness marketing company. The survey was done for BioNeutra North America Inc., a company that developed and manufactures a product that is popular in the food and beverage industry. Its product, VitaFiber® IMO is a lower-calorie sweetener that has a great sugar like taste and mouthfeel that consumers want; can mask the aftertaste of high-intensity sweeteners and offers a smooth texture. It also provides health benefits – something consumers seek.

For the food and beverage industry concerned with sugar reduction strategies, the survey provides valuable data on consumer attitudes towards products such ice cream, chocolates, baked goods, snacks, soda, candy, protein bars and sports drinks. Ice cream offers the industry the biggest growth opportunity because 40% of respondents said they would eat more calorie-reduced ice cream if manufacturers used alternative sweeteners that tasted and felt more like sugar. The respondents found the low-calorie sweeteners provided both an unsatisfactory taste and texture.

Consumers also indicated that sugar alternatives that require flavor masking and bulking agents to counteract a lingering aftertaste or lack of mouthfeel do not match their desire for natural and plant-based ingredients. When compared to sugar, more than half of consumers who buy low-calorie sweeteners felt they do not measure up. Nearly half of those consumers felt the sweeteners fail the taste test and simply do not taste like sugar.

Here is how they described their concerns about low-calorie sweeteners in general:

· 43.3% unnatural flavor

· 41.8% unpleasant aftertaste

· 39.4% do not have the right level of sweetness

Close to two thirds of consumers surveyed (60.59%) feared that ice cream including low-calorie sweeteners would have an unpleasant aftertaste; 57.7% expected it would disappoint them and not offer the right level of sweetness and 51.8% expressed a concern about texture. The survey confirmed that the food and beverage industry needs to change formulations and attitudinal impressions to be successful in its sugar reduction efforts.

BioNeutra’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sheri O’Brien says, “In our industry the senses rule. Taste and texture are critical.” She says, “We’re proud of our award-winning lead product. It’s well-suited to be a formulator’s novel ingredient because of its seven key benefits. It provides the right level of sweetness (42% of honey), has great mouthfeel (sugar-like texture) no bitter aftertaste, masks high-intensity sweeteners, bulks, binds and can be heated to 160 degrees C.”

In chocolate formulations, VitaFiber® IMO can be used as a 1 to 1 sugar replacement; its viscosity and clean taste also reduces the need for bulking agents and flavor masking when replacing sugar in candies, ice cream, soft drinks and other applications with upfront sweetness.

About BioNeutra

BioNeutra is an award-winning, sector-leading Canadian company in the business of research and development, production and commercialization of ingredients for nutraceutical, functional and mainstream foods and beverages with a focus on its lead product – VitaFiber® IMO. BioNeutra’s goal is to improve consumer nutrition and public health.

VitaFiber® IMO is made using a patented process that naturally and enzymatically converts starch molecules from plant-based starches such as pea or tapioca into healthy functional molecules. The conversion process does not involve any chemical modification making VitaFiber a natural food and beverage ingredient. regarded as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration; a novel food ingredient by Health Canada and the European Food Safety Authority.

Additionally, Health Canada has approved VitaFiber® IMO as a dietary fiber. VitaFiber® IMO is naturally sweet, lower in calories than sugar and a natural source of prebiotic dietary fiber for human digestive health.

VitaFiber® IMO is also non-GMO, vegan friendly, gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified and available as certified organic.

The Company’s customers include a mix of small and medium businesses as well as a number of high- profile food and beverage manufacturers on four continents.

Media Contact:

Warren Michaels Vice President/Communications BioNeutra Global Corporation Cell: +1-780-977-8261


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