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Big Interview: Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and CEO, Ingredion

Ingredion CEO: ‘Some manufacturers are outsourcing NPD to their suppliers’

With R&D departments at some food manufacturers pared down to the bone as bosses slash overheads to control costs, open innovation has moved from a hot topic on the conference...

Mintel: stevia-containing products show “significant uplift” in number

The number of new products sweetened with stevia extracts in the EU shows a “significant uplift” on last year according to David Jago, Mintel director of innovation and insight.

PureCircle: High purity stevia volumes up 20% plus

High purity stevia volume sales at PureCircle have increased by more than 20% year-on-year, PureCircle reported in a pre-close update for the second half of its financial year.

Dispatches from IFT 2012 Las Vegas

IFT 2012 new product round-up: Sweeteners

A wealth of new sweetener blends are being showcased by exhibitors at IFT 2012 in Las Vegas, with a major focus on natural sources.

IFT 2012: Day two in pictures. From whole algalin flour to the next generation of hot flavors

Day two of the IFT annual meeting and expo in Las Vegas, and the FoodNavigator-USA team was still standing (just about), roaming the aisles in search of innovation, inspiration (and...

Sugar debate: Fructose may be healthy after all

A new review of the scientific evidence suggests that fructose may not be as bad as some research has suggested, and may even provide some health benefits.

Sweet and sour: Social media reveals consumer perceptions of sweeteners

Which sweeteners are consumers discussing on social media? And is the conversation positive or negative? The rise of social media is giving marketers access to an honest snapshot of consumer...

Sugar attorney: Jury in corn sugar lawsuit will draw same conclusion as FDA on HFCS

The fact that the FDA does not regard ‘corn sugar’ as a suitable alternate name for 'high fructose corn syrup' on food labels will add more weight to a false...

Taste receptor discovery could help industry ease the bitter taste of stevia

The discovery of a taste receptor that controls the bitter flavour notes associated with stevia could lead industry to new ways to improve the taste of the natural sweetener, suggest...

Coke, McDonald’s blast Bloomberg’s ‘misguided’ crackdown on super-size sodas

McDonald's and Coke have blasted New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s radical bid to ban sales of super-sized sodas from foodservice outlets as “misguided”, while supporters have hailed it as...

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FDA denies corn sugar petition: ‘We are not persuaded by the argument’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a petition by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) urging it recognize 'corn sugar' as an alternate name for high fructose corn syrup...

ConAgra switches back to HFCS in Hunt’s ketchup citing lackluster demand

ConAgra has reverted back to using high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in its Hunt’s ketchup less than two years after replacing the much-maligned sweetener with sugar.

Sugar becomes new bogeyman as fats take a back seat in new consumer survey

While consumer concerns about fats appear to have waned somewhat, the percentage of Americans blaming sugars for their expanding waistlines has almost doubled since last year, according to new research.

Euromonitor analyst: Monk fruit on the road to mainstream success – but still a long way to go

Monk fruit extract may be set to become a mainstream natural sweetener alongside stevia, but price remains a barrier, according to a Euromonitor industry analyst.

Could it be second time lucky for low-cal bulk sweetener Tagatose?

Belgian firm Nutrilab NV is preparing to introduce low-calorie, low glycemic bulk sweetener Tagatose to North and South America later this year, six years after dairy giant Arla Foods pulled...

Dispatches from the 6th Annual Food Technology & Innovation Forum, 2012, Chicago

Mintel: Health and quality key to next generation of on-the-go foods

Foods with ‘on-the-go’ claims represent a small - but rapidly growing - proportion of global new product launches, but firms that want to cash in need to think about health...

Coke takes ‘natural’ mid-calorie carbonate plunge in Pepsi NEXT wake with stevia-based trials

The Coca-Cola Company is poised to test its own mid-calorie sodas in the US using Sprite and Fanta using natural sweeteners including Cargill's stevia brand, hot on the heels of...

Special edition: Where next for natural sweeteners?

From stevia to monk fruit, oats, agave nectar and coconut palm sugar.  In the second of our spring special editions, we look at what’s next for natural sweeteners.  ...

GLG Life Tech receives cease trade order

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has stopped trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it received a full cease trade order from the British Columbia Securities Commission, due to delayed...

April in pictures: Pepsi NEXT, T&L back in action in Alabama, hot new flavor trends - and the pink slime fightback

While pink slime continued to garner column inches, April also saw the re-opening of Tate & Lyle’s sucralose plant in Alabama, the first hints that Pepsi’s latest attempt to corner...

News in brief

Sweet Green Fields plants first commercial stevia crops in North Carolina and Georgia

Sweet Green Fields has scored another industry first with the planting of the first commercial stevia crops in the Southeast United States.

Pepsi NEXT lures new consumers into cola category as sales exceed expectations

Sales of new mid-calorie cola Pepsi NEXT are ahead of expectations, while early feedback suggests it is attracting new consumers - as well as lapsed cola drinkers - into the...

The clean label hierarchy: Xanthan gum? No chance. Guar gum? Borderline. Sugar? Bring it on…

What’s in a name? Everything, when it comes to ‘cleaning’ up ingredients declarations, says National Starch/Corn Products International, which has launched an online hub at to collate the latest...

Interview, James Blunt, senior VP, product management and marketing, Tate & Lyle

Finding the sweet spot: Sucralose in an evolving sweeteners market

It’s not as sexy as stevia, and not as cheap as aspartame, but sucralose continues to press food formulators’ buttons, and demand is still growing – fast - says market...

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Cargill launches stevia/sugar blend for bakery under Truvia brand

Cargill has launched Truvia Baking Blend, a combination of its Truvia-branded stevia high intensity sweetener and sugar with 75% fewer calories than sugar.

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