|Private (subsidiary of J.W. Childs Associates)|
|Predecessor||G. D. Searle & Company|
|Founded||1985, as a division of Monsanto|
|Headquarters||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|William L. DeFer, CEO|
|Products||Aspartame and neotame|
The NutraSweet Company states that its product is used in more than 5,000 products and consumed by some 250 million people worldwide.
Aspartame was invented by chemists at G. D. Searle & Company in 1965. Searle was bought by Monsanto in 1985. In March 2000, Monsanto, which was then a subsidiary of the Pharmacia corporation, sold NutraSweet to the private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates.
- Aspartame controversy
- Merisant, a different company that also makes sugar substitutes (including Equal, another aspartame-based product)
- Sugar substitute
- Sweet'n Low