Cargills Xtend Sucromalt Receives Novel Foods Approval

Cargill has received official Novel Foods approval for its Xtend® brand sucromalt, paving the way for this one-of-a-kind sweetener to be used in a variety of foods and beverages produced and sold in Europe. The approval, based on the sweetener’s demonstrated safety as an ingredient, complements the official notification Cargill received in 2009 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA notification stated that the agency has no objection to the conclusion of an independent expert panel that sucromalt is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food.

Xtend® sucromalt is derived from sucrose and maltose and has a clean, sweet taste. It provides the full energy of both glucose and fructose, but it is a slowly digestible carbohydrate with a low glycemic response. Cargill is the only company to produce sucromalt.

“Cargill is excited to have the opportunity to help our European customers develop new sweetness solutions using Xtend® sucromalt. There is worldwide concern for reducing dietary sugar intake. Our Novel Foods approval means that more consumers will benefit from foods and beverages made with sucromalt which delivers balanced energy, will not spike insulin levels and is low glycemic,” said Deborah Schulz, Xtend® Product Line Manager, Cargill Health & Nutrition.

Produced as syrup, Cargill’s Xtend® sucromalt can be used in a variety of products, including beverages, cereal, soft chews and confections, yogurt, ice cream, nutrition bars, and meal replacement bars. In some applications, Xtend® sucromalt can enable label simplification by reducing or eliminating the use of some starch and sweetener ingredients. Its binding nature works similarly to corn syrup, yet offers balanced blood glucose levels.

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Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 160,000 people in 67 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit

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