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Metco Foods Inc. Quality Products for the World

 San Antonio TX.  Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener is a non-calorie sweetener made from stevia extract and cane sugar as a bulking agent or carrier. It is obtained from a co-crystallization process patented by Metco Foods Inc., a subsidiary in USA of Metco S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company consolidated in the sugar market for more than 20 years.  Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener‘s main advantage is that it offers an excellent flavor and sweetness.

Metco’s priority has always been to offer quality products and advances in the field of sweeteners. Héctor Álvarez de la Cadena, founder of Metco, said in an interview for MEXICONOW: “I can’t separate entrepreneurship from innovation. They are synonymous. We invest 5% of our income in research and development. Add that innovation to the skills of our wonderful workforce and we have a winning formula.”

Mr. Álvarez de la Cadena said that one of the company’s goals is to register a patent a year minimum. According to him, that is how they managed to develop Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener, the natural origin sweetener made with stevia extract in Mexico and now for sale in all HEB stores in Texas. It can also be found online at

Mr. Álvarez de la Cadena said that Metco has formed alliances with the prestigious research institutions such as the Mexican National Polytechnic Institute in order to develop products with the highest quality and an excellent flavor profile. “I think it is marvelous that the National Polytechnic Institute works with companies to help them develop innovative products and also to patent and commercialize, through the private sector, University projects that otherwise would not come to the market. In addition, the National Council of Science and Technology links researchers with small and medium enterprises and patents new products on the market to help develop emerging businesses,” he said.  Mr. Álvarez de la Cadena believes that coming into contact with the world of science and technology is a vital stop on the road to innovation.

In 2014, Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener was awarded with the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute, the world leading organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink, based in Belgium. The sweetener received the award for its remarkable flavor, receiving praise for its texture, sight and first impression in the blind tasting in which it was evaluated. Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener leaves no bitter aftertaste and can be consumed in cold, hot and even baked goods, since it retains its sweetness.

Look for Svetia® Calorie-Free Sweetener online at and get it.


Innovation and Loyalty Drive METCO Success, Editor’s Inerview, 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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