April 25/Alexandria, Va./Business Wire -- Senomyx Inc. has been granted U.S. Patent No. 7,928,111 covering foods and beverages containing S2383, an enhancer of the sweetener sucralose.

In particular, the issued patent includes composition claims covering S2383 and its analogs. S2383 is intended to enhance the taste of sucralose, a high-intensity sweetener used in a wide variety of products such as baked goods, cereals, desserts, dairy products, and confectionaries. Use of S2383 purportedly allows the amount of sucralose in these products to be reduced by up to 75% while maintaining the sweet taste. By enabling the reduction of sucralose, S2383 may allow manufacturers to decrease the costs of goods and improve the taste of certain products.

"Our pioneering research at Senomyx represents some of the most innovative work in the field of flavor technology," said Don Karanewsky, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Senomyx. "We are very pleased with the issuance of this key U.S. patent for one of our sweetness enhancers, and we believe it speaks to Senomyx's leadership in the identification and development of products that can substantially reduce the use of added sweeteners in a broad range of food and beverage applications."

Firmenich SA has exclusive worldwide rights to market S2383 as either a stand-alone ingredient or as part of a flavor system in all food and beverage product categories.

From the April 25, 2011, Prepared Foods' Daily News.