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.
Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has announced that it is looking to develop agricultural and extraction facilities for stevia in India, as well as market its stevia extracts in the...
Stevia supplier PureCircle has entered into a deal with S&W Seed Company to trial new varieties of stevia plants that could be grown in California in the near future, the...
Stevia supplier PureCircle has signed an agreement with Michigan State University for research and breeding of new stevia plant varieties for greater concentration of sweet components.
Patents filed by PepsiCo and Cargill reveal they are exploring new sources of natural sweeteners from oats and monatin, a naturally-occurring substance found in a plant grown in South Africa.
Natural sweeteners may account for up to a quarter of the global intense sweeteners market by the middle of the next decade, according to a new report from Leatherhead International.
Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has announced collaborative agreements in two key markets for the plant-derived sweetener: Australasia and South America.
Kraft Foods is expanding its range of products that are naturally sweetened with stevia with the launch of a low-calorie fitness beverage.
GLG Life Tech has reported a 323 percent increase in revenue during 2009 as food and drink manufacturers continue to develop and launch new products containing its stevia-derived sweeteners.
GLG Life Tech and Weider Global Nutrition have agreed to drop lawsuits against each other and continue selling their stevia-derived sweeteners separately, dissolving their Sweet Naturals partnership.
A rat study from Princeton University has claimed that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption could play a major role in ballooning obesity rates – but some have challenged the...
Consuming low-calorie sweetened beverages may not lead to eating more as compensation for the lower calorie load, according to the results of a new human trial.
PureCircle and Imperial Sugar have launched a joint venture to offer sugar and stevia combinations to the food and beverage industry as it looks to meet consumer demand for natural...
BioVittoria has received an FDA letter of no objection that its fruit-derived zero-calorie Fruit-Sweetness sweetener is GRAS (generally recognized as safe), the company said on Monday.
A consumer group has accused the Sugar Association of playing “confusing word games” in pursuit of a narrow commercial agenda.
Heartland Sweeteners has promised to fight an advertising watchdog ruling recommending the removal of natural claims from its Ideal sweetener.
Sweetener company Merisant has completed its financial restructuring and emerged from bankruptcy after one year, having slashed its debt and interest expense.
Redpoint Bio has revealed that is RP44 sweetness enhancer is in fact Reb-C, a component of stevia and a side stream of Reb-A production. It could be used in conjunction...
Chinese ingredients supplier Fenchem has said it intends to make its stevia-based Reb A sweetener available in the United States.
There is no evidence that sugar-addictive behaviors suggested by animal studies exist for humans, claims the author of a new scientific review published in Clinical Nutrition.
Olam has increased its stake in stevia company PureCircle to 20 percent, citing strong growth prospects for the company, and making PureCircle an associated company of Olam.
Tabletop sweetener company Merisant has had its plan of reorganization approved, which should pave the way for it to emerge from bankruptcy in the coming weeks, the company has said.
Purac has become the latest company to release a natural flavor masker to help drinks makers deal with the reported bitter or licorice-like aftertaste sometimes experienced with stevia sweeteners.
Stevia could help ready-to-eat cereal manufacturers reduce the sugar content in their products without affecting taste, according to stevia-derived sweetener manufacturer PureCircle.
The strong trend toward natural products is unlikely to encroach significantly on the market for artificial sweeteners, according to sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose.
Sweetener company PureCircle has raised $67.18m through share placing to invest in the development of its natural sweetener products made from stevia leaves.