Samyang Corp.'s "Allulose" has set the stage for its entry into the global market with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s GRAS certification.
Allulose is a sweet ingredient in figs and grapes and is called the optimal next-generation sweetener because it has a sweet taste similar to sugar. It is a type of rare sugar that exists in very small quantities in the natural world, but mass production is possible by using enzyme technology.
Samyang Corp., the food and chemical arm of Samyang Group, announced on March 19 that Allulose, which was produced with its own technology, acquired the "safety raw material certification" (GRAS) from the FDA.
Samyang is the only company in the world that produces allulose using enzymes found in microbes separated from food and has been selling allulose under the brand "TRUSWEET" since 2017.
It is the first time in the world that the allulose, produced using enzymes found in microorganisms separated from food, has obtained GRAS.
"The global market for allulose is expected to continue to grow and reach about 130 billion won in 2023 due to the trend of reducing sugars," a Samyang official said. "With this certification, we will speed up efforts to advance into global markets such as the U.S. and Europe."