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Metco Foods Inc.’s Workforce Working Together for Success

San Antonio TX.  According to the Global Stevia Institute (GSI) from 2010 to 2015, the preference for natural-origin sweeteners among consumers have increased from 46% to 87%, because each time more people are worried about their heath and about managing their weight.  Metco Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Metco S.A. DE C.V., a Mexican company consolidated in the sugar market for more than 20 years, took on the challenge of creating a low calorie sweetener that also tastes good: Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener, a natural origin, zero-calorie sweetener that blends its main ingredient, stevia extract, with cane sugar as a bulking agent or carrier. Cane sugar as bulking agent provides so few calories per serving that Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for no-calorie foods (less than 5 calories per serving).

Since the beginning, Metco’s priority has been to offer quality products and advances in the field of sweeteners. Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener is much more than an alternative sweetener, it is part of your daily life. It is obtained from a co-crystallization process patented by Metco Foods Inc.

In 2014, Metco was awarded the 6th American Express Corporate Card Award for most innovative company and its founder, Mr. Héctor Álvarez de la Cadena, received a cash award reward which he promised to share with his employees.

“Recognizing the achievements of the workforce is very important,” said Mr. Álvarez de la Cadena. He considers that it is vital to invest in human capital because “while one machine can be changed for another, the creativity, interest and loyalty of a person are irreplaceable”.

“As head of Metco, I have never raised my voice, either in public or in private, to any of my employees. A good leader faces difficult situations without losing his or her equilibrium. I see my employees as my partners. If Metco innovates, it’s because they make it possible,” he said.

To show their gratitude, the METCO workers made a surprise tribute to Mr. Alvarez de la Cadena, something he says has given him his proudest moment.

Metco’s founder considers that innovation may be fundamental but when it is driven by an enthusiastic combination of management and workforce all pulling together, anything can be achieved and the result can be seen in products such as Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener, which won the Superior Taste Award by the International Taste & Quality Institute (iTQi) in Brussels, Belgium, in 2014.

Currently Metco exports to United States, Spain, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and El Salvador

You can find Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener in all HEB supermarkets across Texas or online at and get it.


Innovation and Loyalty Drive METCO Success, Editor’s Inervie, MEXICONOW, NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2015, pp. 66-68.


SVETIA® Calorie – Free Sweetener is made with cane sugar and stevia extract. One packet of SVETIA® contains only one gram of carbohydrates. People with diabetes are advised to check with their registered dietitian or physician.



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