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Sen. Lugar tours Indiana to rally support for sugar reform bill

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been touring Indiana as part of a campaign calling for reform of US sugar policy, which he says keeps sugar prices artificially high and costs...

Wild develops taste modifier to match Reb 60 with Reb 95

Wild Flavors has developed a sweet taste modifier specifically for use with Reb A 60 that can match its flavor to that of higher purity stevia extracts, the company has claimed.

GLG Life Tech downgrades expectations, sees share price fall to year-low

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has slashed its revenue expectations for 2011 and has seen its share price slip to a year low, as it reported its second quarter results.

Senators: HFCS is being ‘significantly mischaracterized’

A group of US senators has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in support of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) petition to allow food manufacturers to label high...

Danisco buy-out fails to dent DuPont Q2 earnings

Dupont, which earlier in the year warned that its May $6.49bn acquisition of Danisco would dent its yearly profits, has defied expectations in second quarter results published today.

GLG granted Stevia patent in China

A fully owned subsidiary of GLG Life Tech Corp has been granted a patent in China for its stevia extraction process.

Beverage brand loyalty in freefall as consumers turn 'super fickle'

With brand loyalty in the beverage aisles “in freefall” manufacturers have to work harder to excite consumers with new ideas from retro-style acid phosphates to drinking vinegar and Horchata, according...

PureCircle-Firmenich agreement aims to accelerate flavor commercialization

Stevia player PureCircle, has agreed a multi-year global distribution agreement with Firmenich to accelerate commercialization of the company’s new natural flavor, NSF-02.

Now Health gets FDA GRAS for enzyme-modified stevia

Now Health Group has received a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) letter of no objection that its enzyme-modified organic stevia ingredient is generally recognized as safe (GRAS), the company has...

Stevia: Moving beyond the ‘holy grail’ hype

Hype about the promise of stevia created inflated expectations – but the market has evolved in response, according to stevia supplier PureCircle’s vice president of global marketing Jason Hecker.

PureCircle introduces flavor modifier for sweetness enhancement

Stevia supplier PureCircle has developed a natural flavor modifier that enhances the sweetness of stevia, sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to allow larger calorie reductions, the company has...

Chengdu Wagott to more than double stevia capacity

Botanical extract manufacturer Chengdu Wagott is to open its second stevia facility in China, which it says will boost its Reb A capacity from 200 tons per year to 500 tons.

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...

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