Global food ingredient company Tate & Lyle and stevia ingredient firm Sweet Green Fields (SGF) have introduced Zolesse Natural Flavour made from glycosylated stevia extract.

Zolesse has been developed to help food and beverage manufacturers to deliver products that meet consumer demand for clean label ingredients, all at an optimised cost compared to alternatives.

SGF chief science officer Dr Mel Jackson said: “Zolesse is a true formulator-friendly flavour solution. It eases the concern of formulators who believe consumers may be sensitive to stevia products when reading ‘steviol glycosides’ or ‘stevia extracts’ on the label.

“As consumers’ preferences change, we develop ingredients and solutions that meet those evolving consumer needs.”

“Plus, Zolesse creates no application hurdle, since it has a negligible effect on the original taste of the products.”

Zolesse is a non-GMO verified product that is labelled as a natural flavour.

It helps in reducing bitterness and provides a more sugar-like taste. It works well with stevia and can also be used with monk fruit extract and sugar.

SGF CEO Dean Francis said: “As consumers’ preferences change, we develop ingredients and solutions that meet those evolving consumer needs.

“Zolesse is the perfect addition to our combined portfolio of stevia products. Together with Tate & Lyle, we are creating the complete toolbox of clean label solutions for use across food and beverage categories.”

Zolesse Natural Flavour is now available in the US, Mexico, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia and anywhere that FEMA GRAS flavours are accepted.

In March 2017, Tate & Lyle partnered with stevia ingredient firm Sweet Green Fields to distribute stevia ingredients and solutions to customers worldwide.