Svetia ® Calorie Free Sweetener by METCO obtains the Superior Taste Award

San Antonio, TX. (06-18-15) SVETIA® CALORIE FREE SWEETENER, a stevia extracted sweetener produced by METCO FOODS INC., won the Superior Taste Award by the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014. METCO FOODS INC. is a subsidiary of METCO S.A. DE C.V., a Mexican company consolidated in the sugar market for more than 20 years.

iTQi, based in Brussels, is the world leading organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink. Judges – from different nationalities – are selected within the 15 most prestigious European culinary and sommeliers associations such as the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Academy of Culinary Arts, Hellenic Chefs’ Association, Académie Culinaire de France, Verband der Köche Deutschlands, Federación de Asociaciones de Cocineros de España, Federerazione dei Cuochi Italiana, Årets Kock of Sweden, Euro-Toques, Gilde Van Nedrlandse Meesterkoks, Associação de Cozinheiros Profisionais de Portugal, Craft Guild of Chefs, Turkish Cooks Association, World Master Chefs Society (WMCS) and the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).

The Superior Taste Award is a unique international recognition based upon the blind judgment of Chefs and Sommeliers who are opinion leaders and experts in taste. It offers powerful marketing tools to differentiate food products and beverages.

All branded and processed products sold in grocery stores are eligible to participate annually to the Superior Taste Award. When receiving the samples from the producer, iTQi makes sure that they are in suitable condition for testing and that the identifications are correctly and comprehensibly labeled. Products are then kept in the conditions required by the manufacturer, awaiting evaluation.

iTQi performs physical-chemical tests with accredited laboratories in order to check that the products are technically sound and will be of the same high quality when they reach the consumer.

Products are tested on a strictly blind basis, without packaging and without any kind of identification. A code is assigned to each product in order to ensure the most reliable tracking. Products are prepared, heated or cooked strictly according to producer’s instructions and are presented as if they were served at home in a specific sequential order. Each judge is dedicated to a sensory analysis of the tasted product and assigns a numeric score on an evaluation sheet reflecting the overall feeling of hedonic pleasure – the most important weight in the final mark – and also other criteria like vision, smell, texture, flavour and mouth-feel. Products are evaluated on their individual merits and don’t compete against each other. The various scores are compiled by computer in order to determine the final global mark. For each product, iTQi issues a confidential report with a sensory evaluation graph detailing the different organoleptic criteria. iTQi tasting procedures are monitored by the Belgian Ministry of Econimic Affaires – Market Organisation.

SVETIA® CALORIE FREE SWEETENER got a score of 80.6 % in first impression, 90.6 in vision, 78.6 in smell, 82.2 in texture, 85 in taste, and a final mark of 82.4 %, which granted it the Superior Taste Award with two golden stars.

The components of SVETIA® are extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant. It is a reliable product, created by METCO to satisfy the need to sweeten. You can take it cold, hot or even baked, since it keeps its sweetness and does not change the original taste of food. SVETIA® has no bitter aftertaste, that is, it does not produce any unpleasant taste nor does it leave any such residues in the mouth.

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SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.

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