@@img1 KINGSPORT, Tenn., – Eastman Chemical Company is pleased to announce it has received notification from Health Canada, Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) that Sustane SAIB has been approved for use in citrus-flavored or spruce-flavored cocktail products and in all kinds of cooler beverages including wine coolers and malt beverage coolers.

This notification clears the way for the product to be used as a stabilizer of emulsions of flavoring oils used in alcoholic beverages, such as wine coolers, malt beverage coolers and premixed liquid or solid cocktail products, at levels of up to 300 parts per million (ppm) of the finished beverage.

A beverage weighting agent, Sustane SAIB is used to increase the specific gravity of flavoring oils used in citrus beverages and sports drinks, giving increased stability to the finished beverage. Without weighting agents, citrus beverages would tend to separate, leaving a ring of flavoring oil on the surface. SAIB is odorless and flavorless at typical beverage levels.

Sustane SAIB is virtually 100% sucrose acetate isobutyrate and is produced by Eastman under current good manufacturing practices for food ingredients. It is produced by the controlled esterification of natural sugar (sucrose) with acetic and isobutyric anhydrides. Sustane SAIB meets all specifications of the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and is manufactured under rabbinical supervision in full accordance with Jewish dietary laws.

Eastman Chemical Company, headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A., manufactures and markets plastics, chemicals and fibers worldwide. The company employs approximately 15,800 people in more than 30 countries and had 2001 sales of US$5.4 billion. Visit Eastman’s Web site at for more information about the company.