Half sugar: China’s JK Sucralose to invest $30m in research and production capacity
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China-based sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose announced investment in a research institute and factory for its half-sugar project back in February, to be completed within 2020.
Half-sugar is a combination of sucralose and white sugar, that is five times sweeter than sugar. The RMB 200 million (US$30 million) investment comprised funds for research, formulation and increasing production efficiency.
The company hoped this project would help to achieve and meet the goals of the government-backed Healthy China 2030 Initiative.
“By reducing the sugar consumption of the people of China, we hope to reduce the rate of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity within China, which is currently on an uptrend. At the same time with this project, we hope to promote a healthier China while preserving the balanced sweet taste of sugar in everyone’s lives,” Alex An, CEO and founder of JK Sucralose told FoodNavigator-Asia.
The new factory is expected to increase the company’s sucralose production capacity from 1,000 to 4,000 tons per year.