Arguably the best-known natural sweetener, stevia is a low-caloric sweetener that is approximately 200-350 times sweeter than sugar. It has long been associated with helping develop functional foods and beverages but is now seeing use far beyond these categories as a low-calorie option to sweeten reduced calorie soft drinks, teas, and more.

A natural sweetener and sugar substitute, it is extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. The active compounds are steviol glycosides (mainly stevioside and rebaudioside). The extracts are heat stable, pH stable, and non-fermentable.

Improved palatability has made it more popular among manufacturers, and it was included in 28 percent of 2018 new product launches in the US with sugar-related claims. With increasing acceptance, it enjoyed a compound annual growth rate of 20% from 2016 to 2018, second only to sucralose.

Although some earlier prototypes had an unappealing and bitter aftertaste, stevia has since evolved to have a much better taste profile than what was initially offered. Get in touch for more information!

Kerry Kenny
Chief Technical Officer

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formats We carry 25 different types of stevia, including Reb As, Reb Bs, Reb Ds, Reb M, Blends, and Glycosylated Stevia
appearance White crystal or crystalline powder
pH level 4.5 – 7.0
shipping Recommended to be stored in an odor-free environment

Low humidity conditions are recommended to minimize caking/degradation potentials
storage Store in well-closed containers in a cool, dry environment
shelf life The shelf life of this material is two years from the date of manufacture if stored in recommended conditions.
conformity US FDA GRAS No-Objection

Kosher, Parve, and Halal Certified

Suggested Uses

  • Soft drinks
  • Ready-to-drink teas
  • Fruit juice drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Flavored waters
  • Baked goods
  • Ice cream
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Tabletop sweeteners

Additional Resources

Technical Bulletin – Reb-A