Aspartame-acesulfame salt

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Aspartame-acesulfame salt[1]
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Identifiers
CAS number 106372-55-8 YesY
PubChem 10972537
ChemSpider 9147744 YesY
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Properties
Molecular formula C18H23O9N3S
Molar mass 457.46
Appearance white crystalline powder
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Infobox references

Aspartame-acesulfame salt is an artificial sweetener marketed under the name Twinsweet. It is produced by soaking a 2-1 mixture of aspartame and acesulfame potassium in an acidic solution and allowing it to crystallize; moisture and potassium are removed during this process. It is approximately 350 times as sweet as sucrose. It has been given the E number E962.[2]

History[edit]

Aspartame-acesulfame salt was invented in 1995 by sweetener expert Dr John Fry[3] while working for The Holland Sweetener Company (HSC), a subsidiary of DSM |DSM. HSC marketed it with the name Twinsweet. It was approved for use as an artificial sweetener in the European Parliament and Council Directive 94/35 EC as amended by Directive 2003/ 115/ EC in 2003. In North America it falls under the same regulations as aspartame and acesulfame-K, and is also approved for use in China, Russia, Hong-Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

In December 2006 HSC ceased all of its aspartame operations, citing a glut in the market driving prices below profitable values.[4] The rights to aspartame-acesulfame are now owned by The NutraSweet Company Inc who have continued to market the sweetener successfully in the USA and EU.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/Dossier_aspartame.pdf
  2. ^ "Holland Sweetener rolls out Twinsweet". BakeryAndSnacks.com (William Reed Business Media). November 19, 2003. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ US Patent 5827562, Sweetener Salts
  4. ^ "DSM pulls out of aspartame market". FoodNavigator. 2006-03-30. 

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