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FoodTech start-up B.T. Sweet, Ltd names Yishai Potack as new CEO

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CAMBYA is a plant-based, one-to-one drop-in sugar replacer for use in multiple food applications. Pic:  B.T. Sweet, Ltd
CAMBYA is a plant-based, one-to-one drop-in sugar replacer for use in multiple food applications. Pic: B.T. Sweet, Ltd

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In a strategic move that includes expansion of the company’s advisory board, Potack will lead efforts to take company’s CAMBYA natural sweetener into the US confectionery market.

Potack Joins B.T. Sweet armed with two decades of extensive experience in leading the business, marketing, and product development needs of global medical device innovators.

CAMBYA is a plant-based, one-to-one drop-in sugar replacer for use in multiple food applications.

Yishai brings a wealth of knowledge and know-how in spearheading disruptive technologies and elevating start-ups to become well-established top-market names​,” said Dagi Pekatch, founder and Chairman of B.T. Sweet. “His multicultural experience in the global sphere, combined with strong leadership skills and innovative marketing strategies, combine to make him a perfect fit for B.T. Sweet. We’re delighted to welcome him to the CAMBYA family​.”

Simultaneously, the company has added industry consultant Mervyn De Souza, Ph.D. to a key position on its advisory board. “We also are extremely fortunate to have Dr. De Souza join our advisory board​,” added Pekatch.

He is a savvy innovator and business strategist with seasoned knowledge of the F&B industry. De Souza has enjoyed a long and accomplished career leading high-performing teams in developing growth strategies at multinationals Cargill, Sensient Technologies, and Tate & Lyle​.”

Natural sweetener

B.T. Sweet entered the B2B confectionery scene late last year with its breakthrough sweetening platform designed to help food formulators reduce simple sugars in their products without compromising the primary role of satisfying consumers’ sweet tooths.

The proprietary formula is composed of a proprietary blend of plant-based fibres, monk fruit, and select botanicals. It functions as a 1:1 equivalent to sucrose in both body and taste.

Potack will focus on propelling the company’s upcoming funding round and penetrating the North American B2B market. The company already attained two letters of intent with a leading US snacks producer and a gummy manufacturer. He also will increase R&D efforts to broaden the scope of sweet food applications for CAMBYA.

Coming from the medical technology space, I have always been passionate about advancing solutions that make a truly positive impact on people’s lives and wellbeing​,” said Potack. “My appointment with CAMBYA marks my entry into the food and beverage world and effectively places me at the center of the global battle against excess sugar consumption. I’m eager to take the reins and bring CAMBYA to the forefront of this international campaign​.

The booming US confectionary market is yearning for more compelling sugar replacement solutions, and we are already experiencing traction there. The European market also is in our plans, and we currently are awaiting EFSA approval for monk fruit, anticipated to arrive by the end of the year​.”

Related topics: Natural Colors & Flavors, Ingredients

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