Corporate History
Global Presence

Merisant was formed on March 20, 2000 to manufacture and market the world’s most popular tabletop sweeteners, Equal® and Canderel®, and over a dozen other products. With over 400 employees positioned globally – diverse, inspired and dedicated to continuing to expand the incredible successes of these well-respected and beloved brands.

In 2006, Whole Earth Sweetener Company LLC was born as a wholly owned subsidiary of Merisant Company focusing on all-natural sweeteners. In 2007, the first all-natural sweetener brand, Sweet Simplicity® was launched followed by Pure Via® Stevia (2008) and Whole Earth Sweetener Co™ Sugars (2012).

From the start we have aimed to raise the bar through continued global expansion, by broadening our audience through new products, and improving productivity through technological advances. In other words, the launch of Merisant meant "sweet new beginnings" for these brands already enjoyed by millions of consumers around the world.

  • We manufacture and sell our sweetener brands in more than 90 countries worldwide. Manufacturing sites include Manteno, Illinois and Teplice, Czech Republic.
  • Merisant markets sweeteners under many different brand names globally, including our flagship brands: Equal®, Canderel® and Pure Via®.
  • The business was purchased from Monsanto in March 2000. Monsanto had acquired this business in 1985 from G.D. Searle.
  • We are headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with over 400 employees and offices around the world, including Bilbao, Spain, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, Martinez, Argentina, Mexico City, Mexico, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, North Ryde, Australia, Paris, France and Teplice, Czech Republic.