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The NutraSweet Company
Private (subsidiary of J.W. Childs Associates)
Predecessor G. D. Searle & Company
Founded 1985, as a division of Monsanto
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, USA
Key people
William L. DeFer, CEO[1]
Products Aspartame and neotame

The NutraSweet Company is an American nutrient company that produces and markets NutraSweet, their trademarked brand name for the artificial sweeteners 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.[2]

Aspartame was invented by chemists at G. D. Searle & Company in 1965.[2] Searle was bought by Monsanto in 1985.[3] In March 2000, Monsanto, which was then a subsidiary of the Pharmacia corporation, sold NutraSweet to the private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates.[2]

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  1. ^ DeFer Named CEO of The NutraSweet Company, Business Wire, January 6, 2014. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  2. ^ a b c The NutraSweet Company. "Company Profile". Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  3. ^ NY Times report