Anhui Jinhe proposes to build a 5,000 ton per year sucralose project 12-30-2019

On December 12, 2019, Anhui Jinhe held the fifth annual board of directors meeting, at which the attendees considered the “Proposal to Invest in a Project for the Annual Production of 5000 Tons of Sucralose.” At the meeting, the company agreed to pass the proposal and to use already obtained funds for investment in the project.

Anhui Jinhe’s plan for sucralose production is estimated to receive an investment of approximately USD 123.5 million (RMB 864 million), which will come from funds already obtained by the company through its business. From this RMB 864 million, approximately RMB 806 million will be used for the construction of facilities, and approximately RMB 58 million will be used as circulating funds for the company’s brick and mortar stores. After finishing the relevant procedures, it is estimated that all necessary facilities will be completed within 18 months, with the bulk of the construction being finished within 9 to 12 months. By conservative predictions, after the facilities begin production, the project will generate an annual income of approximately USD 147.3 million (RMB 1.03 billion).

Anhui Jinhe to use current profits to fund new project

The technology that the company already uses in its current project with a 3000 ton annual output can be regarded the cutting edge of the industry. The company already has well-established sales channels, and therefore Anhui Jinhe can guarantee the necessary production technology and sales networks for the success of this new project. Furthermore, the company already produces basic chemical products as well as fine chemical products, which are successful in the market, which gives the company a constant streak of income which may be used to support this new project.

Sucralose safe for consumption, approved in over 80 countries

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener first produced in England by the company Tate & Lyie together with the University of London. Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than ordinary sugar, so even just a few granules make a food unbearably sweet. Sucralose’s sweetness comes from the fact that sucralose is obtained from processed sugar, but sucralose and sugar are not the same thing.

Molecular sucralose is obtained by replacing three hydroxyl groups from a sugar molecule with chlorine atoms. The human body does not process sucralose like a carbohydrate, and the rate at which the body absorbs sucralose is quite slow; in fact, sucralose essentially passes through the digestive system unchanged and is released by the excretory system. Therefore, sucralose does not contain any caloric value, and is suitable for people with diabetes to consume. Due to its chemical stability, sucralose can be substituted for sugar in almost any food. 

In 1997, China approved sucralose as a food additive and explicitly approved its use in soft beverages, dairy products, jams, candy, and many other types of food. In 1998, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ratified the use of sucralose in 15 different types of foods and beverages. In 1999, the FDA extended its approval to allow sucralose to be used in any food or beverage. In 2000, the European Union published data from a study which supported the use of sucralose in foods and beverages, and in 2004, the European Union universally approved the use of sucralose. In 2008, approximately 80 countries in the world approved the use of sucralose.

For more information on China’s sugar and sweetener market, please check our Sweeteners China News.

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