Suntory has patented an alcoholic beverage containing steviol glycosides like rebaudioside D and rebaudioside M, with a steviol glycoside content of 0.001-0.5 g/1,000 ml and an alcohol content of 0.5-40.0 v/v %. The beverage aims to reduce alcohol’s pungency. GlobalData’s report on Suntory gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Alcoholic beverage with steviol glycosides reducing pungency

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Suntory Holdings Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11884903B2) discloses an innovative alcoholic beverage formulation that includes specific steviol glycosides, rebaudioside D and rebaudioside M, known for their sweetness properties. The beverage contains a precise content of these steviol glycosides, ranging from 0.04 to 0.5 g/1000 ml, along with an alcohol content between 3.0 to 40.0 v/v %. The unique aspect of this formulation lies in the perceptible effect of rebaudioside D and rebaudioside M in reducing the distinctive pungency typically associated with alcohol consumption.

Furthermore, the patented alcoholic beverage may also include an acidic flavor substance within a specified acidity range of 0.01 to 5.0 w/v %. Additionally, the beverage can incorporate sodium and potassium within defined concentration ranges, along with a low-intensity sweetener. The patent also covers variations in the alcohol content, with specific ranges of 3.0 to 20.0 v/v % and 18.0 to 40.0 v/v % specified. The patent extends to encompass flavored variations of the alcoholic beverage, including sparkling versions, and outlines the use of high-intensity sweeteners alongside the steviol glycosides. The patent also includes a concentrated product for preparing the alcoholic beverage and a method for reducing alcohol's pungency by incorporating the specified steviol glycosides.

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