09 Jan 2018 --- Tosla’s SLADCORE project aims to reinvent sugar through technology and submission was approved in the latest Phase 1 round in the Horizon 2020 SME Instruments program. The ﬁnal product will be next-generation sucrose with more than 40 percent increased sweetness and breakthrough plug-n-play sugar manufacturing technology.
Thanks to this EU contribution, the company now has the necessary funding to conclude lab trials and prepare the feasibility study for the next phase application under the Horizon 2020 SME Instruments ﬁnancing.
Over the last two years, Tosla has made several laboratory experiments aiming at developing a technology of natural modiﬁcaon of the sucrose structure. The SLADCORE project is both a transformational technology process and the novelty food it produces,” says Primoz Artac, CEO of Tosla. Through structural modiﬁcaon of table sugar, the SLADCORE team has invented a plug-n-play disruptive industrial technology to improve sucrose (40 percent increased sweetness).
Artač told FoodIngredientsFirst: “We have been working on our SLADCORE technology for the past two years and are now very close to the final product. The corresponding technology development will be based on the natural modification of sucrose structure. The SLADCORE team innovative approach is based on the principle ‘reinventing sugar is better than its replacement’.”Click to Enlarge
As part of Horizon 2020 SME Instruments program application, the project’s feasibility and marketability have been endorsed by European confectionary SMEs. Among others, SLADCORE has attracted the attention of global food ingredients industry players. Under SME instruments, Phase 1, the project SLADCORE will receive a €50,000 grant for the feasibility study.
“A preliminary SLADCORE sample (teaser product) is expected in the first half of 2018 and will be tested by our application partners,” explains Artač. “This will also be a period in which we will determinate possible bottlenecks in the technological process of SLADCORE production regarding yield, technological process manipulation and equipment modification. Furthermore, we will conduct a physicochemical and sensory characterization of the obtained product, perform an analysis and exploitation of commercial potentials and verify economic viability of the go-to-market strategy and prepare documentation for Horizon 2020 SME Instruments. Phase 2 will identify a corporate/venture partner and investigate intellectual properties (IP) – related issues, patents.”
“SLADCORE is not only a novel ingredient project but also an innovative technology for sugar production. Our business model is based on the novel food registration including marketing and exclusivity rights. After acquiring IP rights, we plan to expand into the field of technology transfer – targeting mostly the sugar industry,” Artač adds.
By Elizabeth Green