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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.

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.

Pyure Brands to offer organic stevia

Private label stevia supplier Pyure Brands has introduced a line of organic stevia extracts with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status, the company has said.

Two global stevia trade associations launched this week

Suppliers and stakeholders in the stevia industry are organising to maintain standards and pursue scientific enquiry into the use of stevia sweeteners. But two trade organisations have been announced this...

GLG finalizes Indian and Middle Eastern stevia agreement

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has finalized a joint venture with Global Agrisystem Private Limited (Global Agri), a Katra Group company, to commercialize its stevia extracts in India and the...

Wisdom Natural Brands opens new stevia processing facility

Stevia-based ingredient producer Wisdom Natural Brands is opening a new plant processing facility in Chile that it says will increase its output fivefold.

Special Edition: Asia

Facing the challenges of Chinese ingredient sourcing

China’s reputation as an ingredient supplier has suffered from a spate of food safety problems – but the food industry should not paint all China-based companies with the same broad...

PureCircle and Tereos target Europe and Brazil for sugar/stevia blends

PureCircle has launched a joint venture with the sugar company Tereos to provide sugar/stevia blends to the European market and gain a stronger international presence through Tereos’ Brazilian facilities.

GLG taps into Chinese demand for stevia; helps plug sugar shortfall

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has signed an exclusive supply agreement with Fengyang Xiaogangcun Yongkang Foods High Tech Co. Ltd. (FXY) for distribution of its stevia products in China.

GLG gets FDA GRAS for stevia sweetener

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has become the latest company to receive a letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saying that its stevia sweetener is...

PureCircle gets patent approval for stevia extraction process

Stevia supplier PureCircle has received a US Notice of Allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the production process of its stevia-derived sweeteners, the company has said.

S&W Seed reports sales surge in 2010

S&W Seed Company, which entered into an agreement to supply domestically grown stevia to PureCircle in May, has reported a 36 percent surge in revenue during fiscal 2010.

Heartland should withdraw ‘99% natural’ sweetener claim, says review board

A National Advertising Review Board panel has recommended that Heartland Sweeteners should stop advertising its Ideal-brand sweetener as ‘more than 99 percent natural’, saying the statement could mislead consumers.

GLG’s profits boosted as proprietary stevia leaf comes on line

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech’s gross profits increased 126 percent in the first half of 2010, and revenue grew 35 percent, to C$18.7m, boosted by development of its proprietary stevia...

Stevia pioneer recounts first encounter

Jim May of SweetLeaf tells how he came across the sweet leaves from Paraguay almost three decades before they captured the imagination of the mainstream food industry.

Competition and collaboration in the stevia industry

Representatives of stevia suppliers PureCircle, GLG Life Tech and Blue California spoke with FoodNavigator-USA.com at IFT about areas in which members of the stevia industry can work together - even...

PureCircle-S&W Seed deal aims to scale up domestic stevia supply

PureCircle has said it is a step closer to providing US-grown stevia on a scale necessary to meet growing demand from American food and beverage companies, as it signed a...

PureCircle gains FDA GRAS for Reb D and F

Major stevia player PureCircle has won a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) letter of no objection from the Food and Drug Administration for a blend it is aiming at products...

DISPATCHES FROM IFT

GLG’s stevia blends achieve self-affirmed GRAS

GLG Life Tech announced the commercial launch of its BlendSure range of stevia-derived sweeteners at IFT on Monday, following attainment of self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status late last...

How stevia reshaped a family business

In an interview with FoodNavigator-USA.com, Dr. Luke Zhang explains why he thinks the future looks sweet for stevia - and for his company, GLG Life Tech, one of the world's...

GLG Life Tech finalizes Sugar Australia deal

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has signed a five-year deal with Sugar Australia for distribution and marketing of its stevia-derived sweeteners for the Australian and New Zealand food and beverage...

Redpoint Bio and IFF sign deal for Reb-C sweetness enhancer

Redpoint Bio has signed a 5 year exclusive license with IFF for the further development and commercialisation of its Reb C sweetness enhancer, which could enable the development of...

Stevia organization calls for simplified stevia terminology

The newly established Global Stevia Institute has called for industry to simplify the terminology it uses to communicate with consumers about stevia and its extracts in an effort to avoid...

Senomyx and PepsiCo negotiating sweet taste technology deal

California-based flavor firm Senomyx has signed a letter agreement with PepsiCo to negotiate a deal for the development and commercialization of new sweet taste technology, Senomyx said on Thursday.