The owner of the Hermesetas brand has ­revealed it will launch a sweetener based on herbal extract stevia in the UK.

Hermes Sweeteners will launch its SteviaSweet brand into the UK in tablet, granulated and sachet formats once the EU gives its approval for stevia, which is sweeter than sugar but contains almost zero calories. Companies including Cargill and Merisant have also laid out plans to introduce stevia sweeteners.

Hermes said Stevia-Sweet was a leading brand in Australia, which it described as having "very similar" consumption ­patterns to the UK.