The NutraSweet Company is an American nutrient company that produces and markets NutraSweet Neotame, their trademarked brand name for the high-intensity sweetener neotame.

The NutraSweet Company
TypePrivate (subsidiary of Manus Bio)
PredecessorG. D. Searle & Company
Founded1985, as a division of Monsanto
HeadquartersAugusta, Georgia, USA
Key people
Ajikumar Parayil CEO

Aspartame was invented by chemists at G. D. Searle & Company in 1965.[1] Searle was bought by Monsanto in 1985.[2] In March 2000, Monsanto, which was then a subsidiary of the Pharmacia corporation, sold NutraSweet to the private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates.[1] In July 2018 Manus Bio Inc. bought the former NutraSweet plant in Augusta, Georgia and reopened the plant to produce the next generation of natural ingredients.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b The NutraSweet Company. "Company Profile". Retrieved 2009-05-18.
  2. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (July 19, 1985). "Monsanto To Acquire G. D. Searle". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Saunders, Jessica (July 6, 2018). "Biotech firm buys former sweetener plant in Richmond County, Ga". Atlanta Business Chronicle.
  4. ^ Cline, Damon (Nov 15, 2019). "Manus Bio celebrates plant opening". The Augusta Chronicle.