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1. CA2656097 - SWEETENED TEA BEVERAGE

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What is claimed is:
1. A sweetened tea beverage product comprising: - a tea component; - a natural nutritive sweetener present in an amount of at least 8% by weight and
- Lo Han Guo.
2. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, comprising in addition to the natural nutritive sweetener and Lo Han Guo a non-nutritive, natural sweetener which is not Lo Han Guo.
3. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein the natural nutritive sweetener is selected from the group consisting of sucrose, fructose, glucose, invert sugar, high fructose corn syrup and combinations thereof.
4. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein the natural nutritive sweetener is sucrose.
5. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein Lo Han Guo is a Lo Han Guo juice concentrate.
6. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 5, wherein the Lo Han Go juice concentrate is present in an amount from about 0.01% to 0.05% by weight.
7. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 5, wherein the Lo Han Go juice concentrate is present in an amount from about 0.03% to 0.04% by weight.
8. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein the beverage composition contains caffeine.
9. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein the beverage composition is decaffeinated.
10. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, further comprising one or more components selected from the group consisting of acid, color, flavor composition, carbonation, nutritional supplement and emulsifying agent.
11. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, further comprising an acid selected from the group consisting of phosphoric acid, citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid, fumaric acid, ascorbic acid, gluconic acid, succinic acid, maleic acid, adipic acid and combinations thereof.
12. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 11, wherein the acid is citric
acid, ascorbic acid or a combination thereof.
13. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein the tea component comprises tea selected from the group consisting of black tea, oolong tea, green tea, white tea and combinations thereof.
14. The sweetened tea beverage product of claim 1, wherein the beverage is substantially clear.
15. A sweetened tea beverage concentrate comprising: - a tea component; - a natural nutritive sweetener present in an amount of at least 48% by weight
and
- Lo Han Guo.
16. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein the natural nutritive sweetener is present in an amount of at least 8% by weight when the beverage concentrate is diluted to a full strength beverage product.
17. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, comprising an additional non-nutritive, natural sweetener.
18. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein the natural nutritive sweetener is selected from the group consisting of sucrose, fructose, glucose, levulose, invert sugar, high fructose corn syrup and combinations thereof.
19. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein the natural nutritive sweetener is sucrose.
20. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein Lo Han Guo is
Lo Han Guo juice concentrate.
21. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 20, wherein the Lo Han Go juice concentrate is present in an amount from about 0.06% to 0.3% by weight
22. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 21, wherein the Lo Han Go juice concentrate is present in an amount to yield about 0.01% to 0.05% by weight in a full strength beverage.
23. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 20, wherein the Lo Han Go juice concentrate is present in an amount from about 0.18% to 0.24% by weight
24. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 23, wherein the Lo Han Go juice concentrate is present in an amount to yield about 0.03% to 0.04% by weight in a full strength beverage.
25. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein the beverage composition contains caffeine.
26. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein the beverage composition is decaffeinated.
27. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, further comprising one
or more components selected from the group consisting of acid, color, flavor composition, carbonation, nutritional supplement and emulsifying agent.
28. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, further comprising an acid selected from the group consisting of phosphoric acid, citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid, formic acid, ascorbic acid, fumaric acid, gluconic acid, succinic acid, maleic acid, adipic acid and combinations thereof.
29. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, further comprising citric acid, ascorbic acid or a combination thereof.
30. The sweetened tea beverage concentrate of claim 15, wherein the tea component comprises tea selected from the group consisting of black tea, oolong tea, green tea, white tea and combinations thereof.
31. A full strength sweetened tea beverage produced by diluting a beverage concentrate comprising a tea component, a natural nutritive sweetener present in an amount of at least 48% by weight, and Lo Han Guo with water.
32. The full strength sweetened tea beverage of claim 31, comprising one part beverage concentrate and five parts water.
33. A sweetened tea beverage product consisting of: - a tea component; - sucrose present in an amount of at least 8% by weight; and - Lo Han Guo.