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Analyst: ‘I guess Pepsi Next is now Pepsi Past’… PepsiCo takes on Coca-Cola Life with stevia-sweetened Pepsi True

Just weeks after the US launch of Coca-Cola Life, PepsiCo has unveiled plans to launch its own mid-calorie soda sweetened with a combination of sugar and stevia under Pepsi True brand.

Natural & Clean Label forum highlights, part II:

If GMOs were involved in any way in the production of your product and you’re calling it ‘natural’, be prepared for a lawsuit

In part one of our coverage of FoodNavigator-USA’s natural & clean label panel debate we looked at whether the FDA - or industry stakeholders - should define ‘natural’. In part two, we look at all-natural lawsuits, and whether consumers understand the difference between natural and organic foods.

Optimal sweetener combinations for granola = Coconut sugar + agave + stevia

The optimal ‘naturally based’ sweetener combination to replace sugar for granola bars may be a mixture of coconut sugar, agave, and stevia, report researchers from Washington State University.

Interview: Neil Goldsmith, CEO, Evolva

Synthetic biology is cheaper, faster, and more sustainable, says Evolva CEO: 'We’re proud of what we do'

What’s more sustainable? Using acres of land, water and energy to grow plants that produce minuscule quantities of natural flavors, sweeteners or phytonutrients; or making them via a fermentation process using baker’s yeast that’s been engineered to produce them a thousand times more efficiently?

Activists raise warning flags about 'synthetic biology' ingredients

Opponents of genetic modification say there is a new, potentially more powerful technology to contend with: synthetic biology.  Purveyors of natural products who are concerned about this technique have coined the term for the way in which scientists have created single-celled organisms to secrete various molecules of interest in a fermentation setting.

Attorney: ‘I don’t think food is the next tobacco… Virtually all 'all-natural' cases face significant hurdles’

While new class action lawsuits over ‘all-natural’ claims on food labels are still filed in the ‘food court’ in California on a weekly basis, some recent orders from judges handling these cases present a glimmer of hope for beleaguered food & beverage firms, says one attorney.

Sweetener competition sees Tate & Lyle issue second profit warning

Shares in Tate & Lyle fell by 17% as the food ingredients firm issued its second profits warning this year, blaming fierce competition in the sweetener market and supply problems in the US caused by a harsh winter.

B&G Foods hit with 'all-natural' lawsuit over 'artificial' or 'GMO' dextrose, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, citric acid, soy lecithin

B&G Foods is the latest firm to be hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading shoppers by labeling products containing ingredients that are “highly processed” or/and derived from genetically engineered crops as ‘all-natural’. 

Trendspotting at Expo East: From 'raw' coconut water to palm sugar, chickpea pasta, oat-based entrees & cactus water

Natural Products Expo East yielded a wealth of new trends and new product launches.  In this gallery FoodNavigator USA looks as some of the most innovative launches and identifies some trends running through the natural products marketplace.  Bold innovators push the boundaries of even existing categories, such as water enhancers and coconut water and raw ingredients. But new innovations come to the fore, too, such as a cactus beverage and new applications for legumes and oats.

Ex-vitaminwater execs prepare for national rollout at Target for agua enerviva: ‘Energy water is a new category and we’re leading the charge’

While sales of vitaminwater and SoBe Lifewater have been pretty lackluster of late, US consumers are still looking for functionality along with hydration and refreshment in the enhanced waters category, and energy is the one trend that refuses to go away, says the founder of agua  enerviva.

Beverages dominate erythritol market but oral health gums and confectionery should increase, says Cargill

As the dental benefits of erythritol become more widely known, gum and confectionery products positioned for oral health are set to increase, says Cargill, but they have a long way to go to compete with beverages as the main use.

INDUSTRY VOX POP: Do natural claims still resonate with consumers? Mamma Chia, Runa, Saffron Road, Cargill et al weigh in

Are consumers weary of 'all-natural' claims? And if so, what other cues do they look for on pack to see if a brand fits in with their values? We quizzed the bosses of some innovative food brands, ingredients suppliers and branding experts to find out … 

Almendra: Why stevia was 'scapegoat' in Vitaminwater reformulation saga, and Reb A is the best game in town

Only Coca-Cola knows what really went wrong, but it seems highly unlikely that stevia was to blame for the recent Vitaminwater reformulation debaclé, according to Almendra, an ambitious new entrant to the global stevia manufacturing arena.

Best practices in ingredient marketing

Anderson Partners: Ingredient suppliers have a brand story to tell, too

Ingredient suppliers are taking on expanded roles in the packaged food and beverage industry beyond just selling ingredients, from research and development to consulting. 

Kellogg: Including ‘added sugars’ on Nutrition Facts panel will just confuse shoppers

Almost a quarter of primary grocery shoppers are unable to correctly identify the total amount of sugar in products featuring the FDA’s ‘new-look’ Nutrition Facts labels, which require manufacturers to list ‘sugar’ and ‘added sugar’ separately, according to a Kellogg survey.

US version of Coca-Cola Life has 60 calories per 8-oz glass bottle

Coca-Cola Life makes US debut, but can it reverse the cola category’s flagging fortunes?

Stevia-and-sugar-sweetened Coca-Cola Life is making its US debut this week following successful launches in Latin America and the UK.  But will it bring a surge of new - or lapsed - consumers to the cola category and help to reverse the flagging fortunes of the carbonates market?

Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by marketing consumer products under the Truvia brand as ‘natural’, the firms behind rival stevia brand Pure Via have agreed to settle a similar lawsuit. 

Hershey suspends US flavored milk shipments to China

Shipments of Hershey’s brand flavored milk to China have been suspended after a consignment found to contain unapproved ingredients was destroyed.

Evolva and Cargill publish patent application for ‘next generation’ fermented sweeteners

A new patent application that covers the efficient and sustainable production of sweeteners including Rebaudioside M (Reb M) using fermentation technology has been published by Evolva and Cargill.

So you thought the FDA probe would kill off evaporated cane juice lawsuits? Think again

A few weeks ago, it looked like the FDA's decision to look again at evaporated cane juice (ECJ) labeling might halt the tidal wave of lawsuits over the controversial term. But recent court filings suggest this may have been wishful thinking.

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