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Natural sweeteners

Natural sweeteners

If Reb-A was once the only game in town, the stevia market is now becoming much more interesting, with novel blends of steviol glycosides gaining momentum and attention moving beyond zero-calorie formulations to more gradual sugar reductions.  But stevia is facing some stiff competition from monk fruit (pictured), while the science is also building around monatin and brazzein. Meanwhile, novel natural sweeteners from oats are also gaining momentum.

In this special section of FoodNavigator-USA, we keep you up to date with all the developments in the natural sweeteners market.

Dispatches from the ISA conference

‘No artificial’ claims are undermining confidence: ISA chair

Food and drink manufacturers are ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ by continually advertising products with ‘no artificial’ labels, says Hans Heezen, chairman of the International Sweetener Association.

Major league sugar players join ‘corn sugar’ lawsuit

Five companies and two trade organizations have joined a lawsuit against members of the corn refining industry in an attempt to stop them from claiming that high fructose corn syrup...

Domino Foods enters stevia market in collaboration with Sunwin and Wild

Domino Foods, Wild Flavors and Sunwin International have entered a collaborative agreement to produce naturally-derived sweeteners and sweetening systems, the companies have said.

GLG Life Tech widens Q1 loss on higher costs

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has reported a wider loss in the first quarter of 2011 on higher costs, the company has said.

‘Forgotten molecules’ may have potential in sweetener research: Review

Previously discovered sweetener molecules which have been ‘lost or forgotten’ in the scientific literature may have a place in the future of sweet taste research, according to a new review.

ISC program aims to calibrate stevia purity testing methods

The International Stevia Council has launched a new, independent proficiency testing program (PTP) for stevia products, which is intended as a benchmark to ensure analytical methods used to determine...

Sugar industry members sue over corn sugar advertising

A group of sugar farmers and refiners has filed a lawsuit against members of the corn refining industry in an attempt to stop them from claiming that high fructose corn...

Tate & Lyle enters exclusive monk fruit sweetener deal with BioVittoria

Tate & Lyle today announced that it has entered a five-year exclusive global marketing and distribution agreement for BioVittoria’s zero-calorie monk fruit sweetener, the company told FoodNavigator-USA.

Sugar policy reform bills attract industry support

Sugar policy reform is back on the US legislative agenda, as two new bills that aim to end the sugar price support program have attracted broad food industry support.

Monk fruit sweetener starts to attract big guns in US food market

A raft of new food and drink products containing an intense natural sweetener from monk fruit (luo han guo) could hit shelves in the United States this year, according to...

Cheaper steviol glycosides by fermentation on the horizon

Steviol glycosides produced by fermentation could be on the market in the coming years due to advances made by Swiss company Evolva and Californian R&D partner Abunda Nutrition, which it...

Asia and US lead stevia prospects, high hopes for Europe

Rising health concerns, all-natural credentials and growing regulatory approval are all driving stevia’s rapid market growth, finds a new report from Zenith International, which forecasts worldwide sales will more than...

News in brief

GLG and IFF partner for stevia-derived flavor modulator

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has partnered with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) to extract and supply Rebaudioside C (Reb C) for use by IFF as a flavor modulator, the...

Home-grown stevia crop hits US market

Sweet Green Fields (SGF) has announced its first successful, commercial harvest of stevia grown in the US, which it claims can compete effectively on cost with China.

GLG says Chinese demand could help boost 2011 business by up to 60%

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has said its business is likely to increase by 50 to 60 percent in 2011 compared to a year earlier, mainly due to increased demand in China.

Wild gains Toothfriendly approval for Sunwin Stevia

Wild has obtained “Toothfriendly” certification for its Sunwin Stevia product – the first stevia ingredient to obtain the endorsement.

GLG Life Tech enters JV for ‘largely untapped’ Chinese market

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has entered into a joint venture with China Agriculture and Healthy Foods Company Limited (CAHFC) for the sale and distribution of stevia-sweetened foods and drinks,...

Coca-Cola inks flavor innovation deal for sweetness enhancers

The Coca-Cola Company has announced a collaboration with Chromocell Corporation on flavor innovation research, targeting sweetness enhancers, natural sweeteners and other flavor ingredients.

PureCircle receives new patents for stevia production methods

PureCircle has announced that it has been granted three new patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office for the methods it uses to produce its stevia-derived sweetener ingredients.

Senomyx and Firmenich to partner on natural sweetness enhancers

Senomyx has expanded its collaboration with Firmenich to include the discovery, development and commercialization of natural sweetness enhancers to work with sucrose, fructose and stevia, the company has said.

Study supports stevia stability and safety in carbonated beverages

Sweetening carbonated beverages with stevia, and reb A in particular, does not produce any steviol aglycone, a potentially toxic compound, says a new study which supports the safety and stability...

Dispatches from HiE

Opening up the applications for stevia sweeteners

It started with beverages, but with intense work being carried out by the food industry on other applications for stevia sweeteners novel products are coming to market in the US,...

Chinese stevia sales drive profits higher at GLG Life Tech

GLG Life Tech has posted higher third quarter profits, driven by increased stevia sales in China, growing demand for natural products in North America and global health concerns, the company...

Synergy tackles flavour challenges in high protein stevia drinks

Synergy has launched a range of new flavours which it claims will “tackle the flavouring challenges” in drinks posed by whey protein and natural sweetener stevia-sweetened beverages.

Research firm GIA predicts polyols could soon outsell artificial sweeteners

Safety concerns over artificial sweeteners and the expiry of patents mean that sales volumes could soon be overtaken by polyols, says a leading market research firm.

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