Nordzucker of Germany has signed a joint venture agreement with Arla Foods of Denmark to produce Spherix's new sweetener, tagatose. With completion of the Arla-Nordzucker negotiations, first revealed in June, construction of the first production facility for the low-calorie, full-bulk sweetener will allow Arla to meet its stated plan to market tagatose by the summer of 2003. Nordzucker said this first plant will produce 1,250 metric tons (2,750,000 pounds) of tagatose per year.