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Latest food ingredients trends from natural sweeteners to ancient grains

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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 WILD, Givaudan, Bunge, PureCircle, Ingredion, GNT, DDW, Tate & Lyle and CP Kelco.

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...

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Cargill Innovation Center offers fast track to new products

Food companies can take a shortcut to innovation at Cargill's fully remodeled research center in Plymouth, MN. 

FDA approves use of higher levels of tomato lycopene to color processed meats, offering alternative to carmine, Red #40

The FDA has approved a petition from LycoRed seeking the green light to use higher levels of tomato lycopene to restore color to processed meats, giving manufacturers of sausages, deli...

Chia kill step crucial, says Glanbia: Raw seed benefits don’t mean anything if it's not safe

Given the recent concerns surrounding safe supply of chia seed coupled with rising consumer demand for minimally processed ingredients, Anne Brown, general manager of Glanbia Nutritionals’ Next Generation Grains processor,...

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.

400 representative products tested for 4-mei levels

FDA to conduct more tests, but has “no reason to believe” that 4-mei from caramel colors poses health risks at current intake levels

UPDATED Aug 22: The FDA has conducted new tests to determine exposure to 4-mei (4-Methylimidazole) via consumption of products containing caramel colors III and IV, and plans more to assess...

Youngevity records strong growth in both multilevel supplement marketing and coffee roasting segments

Youngevity International, a multilevel marketer of nutritional supplements as well as a bulk coffee roaster, reported big increases in net revenue and gross profit in its second quarter of 2014,...

Senomyx expects PepsiCo or Firmenich to commercialize sweet taste modifier S617 in 2014

Senoymx says it expects either PepsiCo or flavor house Firmenich to commercialize proprietary sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx S617 in 2014 but is tight-lipped over who will be first to market.

iTi: 15% of coconut waters mislabeled; let’s level the playing field

Bulk coconut importer iTi Tropicals claims that about 15% of the coconut water sold in the US is tainted with unlabeled added sugar, and the firm is calling on retailers and...

This does not prove that stevia isn't ready for prime time, say experts

There are lessons to be learned from Coca-Cola's Vitaminwater u-turn, but they are not necessarily about stevia

There are lessons to be learned from Coca-Cola’s abortive attempt to introduce a new ‘natural’ sweetening system to selected Vitaminwater products, say formulation experts. But they are not necessarily about...

Nutrition Facts overhaul is a missed opportunity for long chain omega-3s EPA and DHA, says GOED

The FDA’s overhaul of the Nutrition Facts panel misses a public health opportunity by prohibiting firms from evening highlighting long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA on the panel...

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Steviva Ingredients introduces non-GMO erythritol

Steviva Ingredients has launched Erysweet, a non-GMO version of zero calorie sweetener erythritol.

Insights into non-commercial foodservice

Understanding the school food landscape

Public, private, religious, managed, self-operated, primary, secondary, university, trade school. Food manufacturers eyeing the massive school foodservice landscape have to first understand the animal they’re dealing with, according to the...

Flash cooking process helps retain vibrant color, taste & nutrients

Manitoba firm blazes trail with game-changing steam infusion process to create veg purees of 'extraordinary' quality

A new entrant to the aseptic fruit & veg puree market is hoping to disrupt the category by using a proprietary rapid steam infusion process it claims can produce products...

New hires: SunOpta, Mondelez, Daiya Foods, Herbalife, Flowers Foods, Nu-Tek, Tate & Lyle, PureCircle, Sweetleaf

Check out who’s moving onwards and upwards with the latest FoodNavigator-USA round-up of new hires in food and beverage.

Protein: the bridge to fitness for the rest of us

We have become a nation of fitness and nutrition go-getters, as evidenced by the skyrocketing number of fitness and nutrition apps and the mainstreaming of the sports nutrition market. 

Consumer research finds 'steady energy' resonates

‘Sustained energy’ not as powerful a message as we thought: Cargill

No matter how much or how little consumers understand the concept of “energy”, one thing’s for certain. They want more of it. 

Special edition: Cognitive health

Gallery: The top ingredients for cognitive health

Memory, attention and focus, development, mood; there are numerous ways that a nutrient or ingredient can affect cognitive health. But which have the most science, how do they work, and...

Verde Media forges ahead on production of low-cost microbial omega-3s

Verde Media Group is moving forward with construction of a pilot plant in Asia that will validate its production technology that the company said will yield lower cost omega-3s from...

Agropur to double US presence with Davisco Foods acquisition

Canadian dairy Agropur has agreed to acquire the processing assets of Minnesota cheese and whey ingredients manufacturer Davisco Foods International - a deal that will double its US operational presence.

China

McDonald’s, KFC apologise in China’s latest food safety scare

Allegations concerning the sale of expired meat by American-owned Shanghai Husi Food to the Chinese operations of McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut have forced the fast food chains to suspend...

Reformulation by stealth: Just 2% of new launches in salty snacks make overt sodium reduction claims

The vast majority of sodium reduction activity in the US food industry is now being conducted by ‘stealth’ in order to avoid alienating shoppers, according to Tate & Lyle.

Dispatches from IFT 2014

Consumers say it’s natural if it comes from a plant: PureCircle

Obviously taste rules when it comes to any food or beverage. But many consumers are also looking for indications that what they’re eating has been minimally “messed with”—hence the growing...

Hormel & Virun help ease omega-3 F&B fortification headaches

Think you need to pop pills to get a decent dose of omega-3? Think again, say Hormel and Virun

While food & beverage manufacturers have been fortifying their wares with omega-3 fatty acids EPA + DHA for years, few have been able to include anywhere close to the efficacious...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows deforestation, rather than stopping it.