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Want to stay up to speed with the latest developments in sustainable palm oil, natural sweeteners, ancient grains, plant-based proteins, gluten-free ingredient trends, probiotics, prebiotics and omega-3s? Keen to stay on top of clean-label and natural trends, the challenges around replacing partially hydrogenated oils, BVO and Azodicarbonamide? Bookmark this section to see what the big names in ingredients supply are up to from Cargill and ADM to Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

FDA issues GRAS no objection letter for Sweegen's Bestevia Reb-M - which starts with the leaf, then undergoes 'enzymatic conversion'

California-based SweeGen has received a GRAS no objections letter from the FDA for the use of its Bestevia branded Reb-M - manufactured from stevia leaf extracts converted to Reb M...

Big Tree Farms unveils golden coconut sugar to compete with refined white sugar: 'This is going to be a truly disruptive sweetener’

Big Tree Farms has developed a paler, finer ‘golden’ organic Fair trade coconut sugar that can replace refined white sugar in applications where coarser, darker coconut sugars aren’t ideal, says...

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ADM teams up with GLG Lifetech to add stevia and monk fruit to its portfolio

ADM is bringing two sweetener brands, SweetRight stevia and VerySweet monk fruit, to market following a tie up with Canadian high potency sweeteners specialist GLG Lifetech.

New kid on the block explores novel business model for stevia production

California-based B’BOX Group claims to have developed a proprietary technique for producing clean-tasting, high-purity stevia extracts that is so fast and cost-efficient that it says leading CPG manufacturers are considering...

Natural Products Expo West

Manufacturers walk tightrope between demand for natural products and greenwashing allegations

Today’s consumers want products that are natural, sustainable and environmentally friendly, but manufacturers hoping to appeal to these values face significant threats from lawsuits alleging greenwashing and evolving regulations and...

Is ‘local’ synonymous with ‘better’? Experts weigh in at the Good Food Festival

Local is as popular of a call-out for food as non-GMO, organic, or ‘free from.’ But there’s no legal definition of what local means (50-mile radius? 150-mile radius?), and it...

Natural Products Expo West

Three tips for selling internationally-inspired, authentic products to Americans from industry veteran

Americans may be becoming more adventurous in what they eat – seeking international flavors and products – but some retailers and buyers are hesitant to stock these types of new products for...

Success of allulose in Mexico shows what’s possible in the US if added sugar labeling rules change, says Tate & Lyle

Allulose could change the sugar reduction game... if labeling rules are changed, says Tate & Lyle

Allulose – an ultra low-calorie sugar found naturally in jackfruit and figs that Tate & Lyle is making in commercial quantities from corn using enzymes – has got some high...

Tate & Lyle teams up with Sweet Green Fields to widen stevia's reach

Tate & Lyle and Chinese stevia supplier Sweet Green Fields have signed an exclusive partnership to develop and distribute new stevia ingredients globally.

Natural Products Expo West

Hip Chick Farms expands its portfolio of clean, simple poultry & other frozen foods

McDonalds, Panera and other high profile food service companies took notable steps last year to introduce “healthier” chicken products, but frozen poultry product producer Hip Chick Farms thinks more can...

Natural Products Expo West

Rising animal welfare concerns push farmers & manufacturers to rethink humane agriculture

As animal welfare concerns become increasingly mainstream, farmers and manufacturers, such as the natural and organic meat brand Applegate, are optimistically rethinking the scale of and their approach to humanely...

Consumers want stevia from the leaf, says PureCircle: ‘They want naturally-sourced plant-based ingredients’

As the technology around producing steviol glycosides continues to evolve, transparency in labeling will be critical if consumer trust in ‘natural’ sweeteners is to be retained, says PureCircle, which claims...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: The rising opportunity for mushrooms in food and beverage

Growing awareness of the powerful health benefits of mushrooms as well as increasing demand for their rich umami flavor, is quickly elevating the ingredient from the lowly status of the...

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM cocoa child slavery lawsuit dismissed

A district court in California has dismissed a 12-year lawsuit accusing Nestlé, ADM and Cargill of aiding and abetting child slavery in West Africa.

Natural Products Expo West

Animal welfare movement ‘parallels’ the opportunities and challenges of the organic movement

There is a “tremendous parallel” between the emerging consumer demand for improved animal welfare in the US and the organic food movement, including notable business opportunities and significant challenges, according...

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Certified Transitional helps conventional farms make the switch to organic

Despite organic’s strong appeal with double-digit year-over-year growth since the early 1990s, and the promise of a significant premium price over that of its conventional counterparts, many American farmers are...

Industry lauds accomplishments of late stevia pioneer James May

Herbal industry experts were quick to laud the accomplishments of stevia pioneer Jim May, founder of Wisdom Natural Brands, who died this week at the age of 80.

AAK USA opens innovation center, taps into ‘explosive’ growth in plant-based dairy

While the overall food market may be exhibiting sluggish growth, oils & fats specialist AAK USA has identified significant growth opportunities in specialty market segments from plant-based ‘dairy’ to high-end...

'siratose has demonstrated potency and overall taste quality superior to existing monk fruit sweeteners'

Senomyx unveils 'natural' sweetener breakthrough, plans GRAS notification by end of 2019

Senomyx has identified a new zero-calorie, high-potency sweetening compound found in trace levels in monk fruit, which it plans to produce on a commercial scale via fermentation.  

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: A closer look at protein’s rise to popularity and where it is headed

Americans’ love affair with protein shows no signs of cooling in the coming years with a compound annual growth rate projected at a steady 5.6% for the next three years,...

Campbell Soup Co.’s GMO disclosure could serve as model for national label

Drawing on extensive consumer research, The Campbell Soup Co.’s GMO disclosure labels on packs and online could serve as a model for USDA in crafting the mandatory national bioengineering label...

One farmer adds balance to the public discussion about GMOs by sharing their sustainability benefits

Contrary to what some may believe, farmers who grow genetically modified crops are “not the devil with horns,” and do have the planet’s and consumers’ health and best interests in...

Where next for stevia? From designer glycoside blends to fermentation and enzyme modification

If high purity Reb A used to be the only game in town when it comes to stevia, the game has become a lot more sophisticated in the past couple...

Draft guidance on using juice as color additives reopened for comments after transparency complaints

FDA is reopening the comment period for its draft guidance on the use of fruit and vegetable juice as color additives after several industry stakeholders complained about a lack of...

General Mills invests in organic to boost sales, ‘do the right thing’

General Mills’ splashy commitment last year to double the number of organic acres it sources from by 2019 not only is a strategic business move to boost sales, but part...

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