Danisco develops and produces food ingredients, sweeteners and sugar. The Group employs 15,000 people in 40 countries and in 2000/01 Danisco reported net sales of DKK 23.5 billion. Danisco's broad product portfolio includes emulsifiers, stabilisers, flavours, and sweeteners such as xylitol and fructose. Many of these ingredients are produced from natural raw materials and contribute, for instance, to improving the texture of products such as bread, ice cream and yoghurt. Danisco is also one of the largest and most efficient sugar producers in Europe.