Alchemy Foodtech, a Singapore-based carbohydrates and sugar reduction food technology company has announced its expansion into sugar reduction solutions, which is now used in Subway’s cookie island-wide.

Launched across Singapore in February 2023, this new “born in Singapore” cookie is aptly named ‘Chocolate Chip Cookie Siew Dai’. ‘Siew Dai’ means “less sugar” in Hokkien, the term being widely-recognised by Singaporeans of all walks of life, Alchemy Foodtech said in a statement.

Alchemy Fibre technology helped to reduce the sugar content from 17.5g in the original Chocolate Chip cookie to almost half in the lower sugar version, while maintaining the same amount of chocolate goodness.

After the successful launch of Alchemy Fibre for Rice blend being sold in supermarkets and used by brands like Boon Tong Kee and Lim Kee, the food technology company started to partner with Subway for their cookie innovation in 2022 and was able to deliver the first acceptable prototype within three months.

According to the statement, the global demand for healthier food options is growing as more than one in three adults are overweight and one in ten adults are living with diabetes.

Alchemy Foodtech is focused on addressing these issues by providing tasty, healthier food options that reduce the negative impact of excess carbs and sugar on people’s health.

With the global rise in obesity and diabetes, many food manufacturers are innovating to reduce sugar in their products and many have pledged to do so by 2030.

However, reducing sugar is not an easy task as sugar provides sweetness, texture, mouthfeel, and moisture, among others.

Alchemy Foodtech is able to offer a holistic solution to deliver less sugar high fibre solutions without off-taste, and with the texture required.

Alchemy Foodtech has been able to overcome this hurdle in creating a tasty and satisfying low-sugar food option for Subway, which they hope to extend to more of Subway’s offerings, as well as to more food manufacturers worldwide.

“As our innovation was done on the cookie base, customers will still get to enjoy the same amount of chocolatey goodness as we kept the amount of chocolate chip the same,

“We are pleased that our technology solution was so well-received and hope that consumers will like the new and healthier Subway Chocolate Chip Cookie Siew Dai as well,” said Verleen Goh, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Alchemy Foodtech.

Alchemy Foodtech’s patented Alchemy FibreTM technology platform is based on plant ingredients to replace sugars, carbs and reduce glycemic index while delivering great taste and texture.

As a technology partner, Alchemy Foodtech collaborates with companies on healthy and tasty food offerings.

With its new expansion into sugar reduction, Alchemy Foodtech is formulating more solutions for sugar reduction in cakes, cookies, beverages, ice creams and more, in line with the company’s mission to ‘Make Carbs Good’, drive sustainable healthy consumption in staples and treats with more partners.

Alchemy Foodtech is a venture-backed Singapore-based deep tech company with a mission to “Make Carbs Good” by helping the world eat better refined carbohydrates by lowering sugar impact from foods and reducing sugar intake.

This helps with incidence and improve the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

Its research on plant ingredient characterisation, data analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) prediction combined with knowledge from food science and biochemistry enables the firm to developed different blends of Alchemy FibreTM that is proven to make carbs healthier.

Its flagship product, Alchemy Fibre For Rice, is sold in supermarkets and e-commerce platforms in Singapore, and exported to Philippines and United States.

Alchemy Foodtech investors include public-listed Thai President Foods, Thai Union Pine Venture Partners, Fuschia Venture Capital, Heritas Capital and SEEDS Capital.

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