Aspartame-acesulfame salt

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Aspartame-acesulfame salt[1]
Skeletal formulas of aspartame-acesulfame salt
Space-filling models of the component ions of aspartame-acesulfame salt
IUPAC name
[2-carboxyl-1-(N-(1-methoxycarbonyl-2-phenyl)ethylcarbamoyl)]ethanaminium 6-methyl-4-oxo-1,2,3-oxathiazin-3-ide-2,2-dioxide
Other names
Salt of Aspartame-acesulfame Twinsweet
106372-55-8 YesY
ChemSpider 9147744 YesY
Jmol interactive 3D Image
PubChem 10972537
Molar mass 457.46
Appearance white crystalline powder
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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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]


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.


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  2. ^ "Holland Sweetener rolls out Twinsweet". (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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