What is aspartame?

what is aspartame

Aspartame Character

Aspartame, E951, Cas number 22839-47-0, chemical formular C14H18N2O5.

IUPAC name: Methyl L-α-aspartyl-L-phenylalaninate, other name N-(L-α-Aspartyl)-L-phenylalanine,
1-methyl ester, as a low calorie artificial sweetener used wildly in food and beverage as sugar replacement.

The sweetness is around 200 times than sugar compared with 5% sugar solution.

It is a methyl ester of Methanol,L-aspartic acid and phenylalanine.So it is more like a protein and safe to human beings.

 

Side effects

Many people hold the opinion that aspartame is not safe because they think it can cause cancer though aspartame was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974. Aspartame may cause the disease of Eye, Ear, Neurologic, Psychological/Psychiatric, Chest, Gastrointestinal, Skin and Allergies, Endocrine and Metabolic, Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all death, Aspartame may trigger, mimic and so on.

Brands

Aspartame was first sold under the Nutrasweet brand in USA, it is Yamei in China market since 1998.

 

Market

The global consumption it around 20,000 MT per year, China manufacturers contribute16,000MT. Now Nutrasweet has stopped producing from March, 2015.

In the market the main type of Aspartame are powder 100mesh, granular 20-60mesh, fine granular 50-100mesh, high density powder 100-150mesh, 200mesh, super fine powder 300mesh…

The price of aspartame is going down year by year as the capacity in china is enlarged but currently it is stable, and the government is more strict in environment protection, so we think it will be go up slightly.

Pepsico has stopped use aspartame in its diet drink since this August to recover its sales, but the sales without aspartame is not good as expected.

Anti-dumping

The anti-dumping case was applied by Ajinomoto Europe sweetener in May,2015.

Aspartame market competition becoming more fierce, and the price goes down year by year. This situation not only happens in China, but in other countries. Especially in Europe,  France Aspartame manufacturer Ajinomoto Europe sweetener has to closed the factory as the low profit, competitive price from China, around half. Now a Netherland company HYET Holding B.V. has purchased Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe S.A.S. (ASE), as part of their global expansion. This company has other artificial sweeteners like sodium saccharin, Sodium cyclamate, sucralose.

Recently, the first round case of aspartame anti-dumpin (HS Code: 2924293000, E951, CAS No. 22839-47-0) will be conclued in February-March, 2016.

Aspartame market competition becoming more fierce, there is no doubt price has to go down to grab customers. This situation not only happens in China, but in other countries. Especially in Europe, Japan & France Aspartame manufacturer Ajinomoto has to closed the factory in France because of the low price from China, around half. And Ajinomoto want to sell its France factory, but have not reached an aggrement with the buyers.

Recently, the case of aspartame (HS Code: 2924293000, E951, CAS No. 22839-47-0) anti-dumping was applied by  Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe S.A.S to European Commission, and the case was formally established on 30-May-2015.

 

Aspartame market competition becoming more fierce, there is no doubt price has to go down to grab customers. This situation not only happens in China, but in other countries. Especially in Europe, Japan & France Aspartame manufacturer Ajinomoto has to closed the factory in France because of the low price from China, around half. And Ajinomoto want to sell its France factory, but have not reached an aggrement with the buyers.

Recently, the case of aspartame (HS Code: 2924293000, E951, CAS No. 22839-47-0) anti-dumping was applied by  Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe S.A.S to European Commission, and the case was formally established on 30-May-2015.

 

Aspartame market competition becoming more fierce, there is no doubt price has to go down to grab customers. This situation not only happens in China, but in other countries. Especially in Europe, Japan & France Aspartame manufacturer Ajinomoto has to closed the factory in France because of the low price from China, around half. And Ajinomoto want to sell its France factory, but have not reached an aggrement with the buyers.

Recently, the case of aspartame (HS Code: 2924293000, E951, CAS No. 22839-47-0) anti-dumping was applied by  Ajinomoto Sweeteners Europe S.A.S to European Commission, and the case was formally established on 30-May-2015.

 

Future

The sweet of Aspartame is more close to Sugar than other artificial sweeteners like Acesuflame-K, Sodium saccharin, Stevia, Sodium Cyclamate, so we are confident in its future.

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