Introducing stevia sweetener
A new sweetener from natural origins, to offer you more choice
The European Commission’s authorisation of the use of stevia sweetener for use in foods and beverages promises to offer people a wider choice of products to suit their lifestyles.
Stevia sweetener contains zero calories and is made from the best-tasting part of the stevia leaf. Stevia is a shrub-like relative of the chrysanthemum, native to Paraguay, and has been used to sweeten drinks ever since indigenous people first discovered its flavour. It has been grown, harvested and used in South America for around 200 years.
Did you know? The leaves of the stevia plant are a source of intense, natural sweetness – meaning that sweeteners made from stevia are up to 200 times sweeter than table sugar, even though they’re calorie free!
The Coca-Cola Company has been working on innovations in sweetness for 50 years to help deliver a variety of products that offer refreshment, enjoyment, nutrition and contribute to your daily fluid intake.
Already approved for use in other parts of the world, the stevia sweetener we use was developed as part of this commitment, and in response to strong consumer demand for great-tasting, sweetened drinks that contain ingredients from natural origins, as well as fewer calories.
The Coca-Cola Company already uses stevia sweeteners in more than 25 products worldwide, in combination with other sweeteners such as fruit juice, sugar and other low and no calorie sweeteners. They are available in Argentina, Canada, France, Japan, Turkey, the United States and now Ireland.
Stevia in Sprite
Sprite is the first Coca-Cola drink in Ireland to contain our new stevia-based sweetener. The innovative ingredient enables us to reduce the drink’s sugar and calorie content - without losing its refreshing lemon lime taste.
You can find full nutritional information for Sprite in our Brands section.
When used consistently to help control calorie-intake, as part of an overall sensible, balanced diet and combined with regular physical activity, the stevia sweetener we use – just like other low and no calorie sweeteners – can be beneficial in helping people manage their weight.
Our stevia sweetener will be used as an addition to Coca-Cola's existing range of sweeteners and will not replace them.