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Can ultra-sweet proteins found in exotic fruits be manufactured more cost effectively via microbial fermentation? Image credit: GettyImages-Artis777

Sweet proteins… finally ready for prime time?

By Elaine Watson

From thaumatin to brazzein, we’ve been told for years that ultra-sweet proteins found in tiny quantities in some fruits could be the next big thing in natural sweeteners, if we can just find a way to produce them more cost effectively from microbial hosts....

Brazzein is 500-2,000 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar). Picture credit: GettyImages-CherriesJD

Sweegen to launch high intensity sweetener brazzein in 2022

By Elaine Watson

Sweegen will expand its high-intensity sweeteners portfolio early next year with the addition of brazzein, an ultra-sweet tasting protein found in small quantities in the fruit of a West African plant called oubli, that can be produced on a commercial...

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