BRAIN, AnalytiCon and Roquette form the Dolce consortium
The bioeconomy company BRAIN AG, the natural product specialist AnalytiCon Discovery GmbH and Roquette announced today a partnership under the form of a consortium by the name Dolce.
The goal of the Dolce consortium is to develop natural sweet taste enhancers and sweeteners for nutrition and improved food formulations and to deploy a brand strategy on the new solutions. Many of the largest Fortune 500 global consumer product goods companies (CPGC) are known to have strong interest in this field, and the market for consumer goods and beverages is expected to greatly benefit from the development of these new sweetening solutions.
This Dolce alliance will enable to further bridge the gap between the discovery and development (BRAIN and AnalytiCon), formulation and production (Roquette) and marketing and sales (CPGCs) of novel sweet innovations into different food and beverages segments, creating new opportunities for consumer product goods companies in different fields.
According to a report recently published on www.marketsandmarkets.com, the sugar substitutes market in 2015 is valued at US$ 13.26bn and it is expected to reach US$ 16.53bn by 2020 (CAGR of 4.5%). In terms of volume, the market is projected to reach 17.03 million tons by 2020. There is a growing demand for new solutions for natural sweetening to mimic the taste of sugar in a healthier way. The global market for high-potency sweeteners in 2013 was calculated to be US$ 1.2bn according to a recent study of Credit Suisse. According to a study of Lux Research, sugar substitutes today account for 22% of the total sweeteners market, yet natural sweetener alternatives represent only 1%. Along with trends towards natural and healthy ingredients, these natural alternatives have the potential to replace between 2% and 25% of total sucrose across product categories like bakery and cereal, beverage, and confection.