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Steviva Brands: New stevia syrup is ‘magic bullet’ beverage sweetener

Steviva Brands has launched a new stevia-based syrup blend designed to replace high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in beverages, and claims it is a no added sugar ‘magic bullet’ for...


Academic Nestle slams Coke for ‘astonishing chutzpah’ on obesity

Leading food nutrition academic Marion Nestle tells that she considers Coke’s new anti-obesity advertising drive ‘Coming Together’ an ‘astonishing act of chutzpah’.

Beverage firms must ‘redefine age’ to boost 2013 growth: Leatherhead Food Research

Food and beverage companies need to ‘redefine’ the concept of age in 2013 to seize specific growth opportunities presented by older consumers, according to Leatherhead Food Research.

Almendra promises to shake up stevia market with purity levels ‘unmatched in the marketplace’

A new player in the stevia supply market promising purity levels “unmatched in the market place” says it will be in a position to start supplying commercial quantities of extracts...

Formulating the next generation of energy products: Sustained energy and natural claims… without the sugar rush

Unit volumes of energy drinks were up a whopping 18.7% in 2012 - a staggering achievement given that unit sales of consumer packaged goods across all outlets slumped 0.3% over...

Trend spotting gallery: What’s hot and what’s not as we head into 2013?

From coconut water, to Greek yogurt, gluten-free, veggie proteins, dairy-alternatives, non-GMO and whole grains; what were the biggest trends of 2012, and what’s on the menu for 2013?

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Homegrown: Sweet Green Fields to expand stevia crop in North Carolina and Georgia

Sweet Green Fields (SGF) plans to significantly expand its stevia crop in Georgia and North Carolina in 2013 in a bid to bolster supplies of American-grown stevia extracts.

Special edition: Reformulation

How to save cash, boost nutrition and clean up product labels…Tate & Lyle on win-win reformulation

Retail buyers, as every food and beverage manufacturer knows, want it all. Cleaner labels, an improved nutritional profile (lower fat, sugar and salt), great taste and texture - and an...

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Cargill strikes deal to take Truvia stevia brand to Mexico

Cargill’s stevia brand Truvia has struck an exclusive deal with Grupo Herdez - a leading food producer and distributor - for the distribution and marketing of Truvia in Mexico....

Suppliers gear up as Health Canada gives the green light for stevia in Canada

Stevia suppliers are gearing up for action in Canada after Health Canada gave industry the green light to use steviol glycosides as table top sweeteners and food additives in food...

Tate & Lyle: New stevia sweetener can cut cola sugar levels by 50%

Tate & Lyle tells that its new stevia ingredient, Tasteva, can be used to halve sucrose levels in cola drinks without a bitter aftertaste, and does not use masking...

Tate & Lyle on monk fruit: 'Consumers intuitively understand that sweetness that comes from fruit is natural'

While stevia has attracted more publicity, monk fruit has just as much potential in the natural sweeteners market, argues Tate & Lyle.

GLG Life Tech: We are still ‘very much’ in business

Loss-making stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has reassured investors that it is still “very much” in business in a Q&A document designed to answer questions about its financial affairs....

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Stevia-expert Sweet Green Fields expands its presence in Mexican and Eastern US markets

Stevia specialist Sweet Green Fields has struck distribution deals with FX Morales y Asociados S.A. de C.V. - a leading distributor of food ingredients to food processors in Mexico; and...

October 2012 in pictures: GMO labeling, FNCE, Pepsi’s protein play… and ‘evaporated cane juice’ (aka sugar)

The ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns for Californian GMO labeling initiative Prop 37 kicked into overdrive this month ahead of the Nov 6 vote; Pepsi hinted at a big protein-based product...

Sugar and corn refiners accuse each other of hypocrisy as HFCS lawsuit gets ugly

Both sides have accused the other of hypocrisy as the increasingly bitter legal dispute between corn and sugar refiners moved into a new phase this week.

Special edition: Natural sweeteners

Novel oat-based sweetener rides crest of non-GMO wave

The first wave of products containing a new natural sweetener from oats called OatSweet have hit shelves in the US, and the firm behind it is now in talks with...

Special edition: Natural sweeteners

Formulating with natural sweeteners: 'There is significant interaction between steviol glycosides and flavors'

While the latest blends of steviol glycosides do not have the same bitter, licorice and lingering off-notes associated with some earlier stevia extracts on the market, some still contain “noticeable...

Special edition: Natural sweeteners

Beyond stevia: Will brazzein make the natural sweeteners premier league?

The entrepreneur behind Cweet - a natural high-intensity sweetener from a protein called brazzein- says he expects to secure regulatory approval to sell it in the US in one to...

Special edition: Natural sweeteners

Forget diet soda, stevia 3.0 is all about ‘re-inventing the regular’, says PureCircle

Food manufacturers are increasingly seeing stevia as a way to “reinvent the regular” by helping them deliver incremental calorie reductions in everyday foods, rather than simply serving as a replacement...

Special edition: Natural sweeteners

Quality of stevia products ‘assured’, says new analysis

The addition of steviol glycosides to a variety of food does not alter the quality or shelf-life of the products, says a new study.

Evaporated cane juice lawsuit latest: Chobani’s ‘no sugar added’ assurances violate federal law, says complaint

Californian plaintiff Katie Kane has filed her second amended complaint against Greek yogurt giant Chobani accusing it of violating federal law by claiming its yogurts have “no sugar added” despite...

Unilever outlines new open innovation ‘challenges and wants’

Unilever has added new ‘challenges and wants’ to its open innovation platform, this time seeking help with a stable natural red colour for fruit and dairy, and technologies to reduce...

What's the next stevia? Senomyx evaluates novel natural sweeteners

San-Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx is screening a series of novel plant-based high-potency natural sweetening compounds in a bid to find the next stevia, monk-fruit or monatin.

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Monk Fruit In The Raw takes on Nectresse in tabletop sweetener battle

Cumberland Packing Corp is going head to head with McNeil Nutritionals’ new Nectresse tabletop sweetener with the launch of zero-calorie natural sweetener Monk Fruit In The Raw.