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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...

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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.

‘Corn sugar’ LA hearing: Who are the defendants in HFCS lawsuit?

Attorneys for the Sugar Association and the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) went head to head at federal judge Consuelo Marshall's courtroom in Los Angeles at noon today as the dispute...

Monk fruit sweetener firm: ‘We hear daily that people are looking for alternatives to stevia’

It might not have garnered as much publicity as stevia, but monk fruit (luo han guo) “has found a niche within the all-natural market but will hit mass market sooner...

Steviol glycosides are not ‘all-natural’, says new class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit filed in California this week argues that steviol glycosides should not be considered natural, owing to the "chemical processing" sometimes used to extract them from the...

ABA attacks study linking sugar-sweetened drinks to heart disease

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has questioned the validity of a new US study suggesting that guzzling drinks flavoured with sugar could have an adverse effect upon heart disease risk.

General Mills files motion to dismiss fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We never said they were healthful and nutritious’

General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing it of presenting products that were “little better than candy” as “healthful and nutritious”.

Start-up ‘surprised and pleased’ by reaction to novel natural sweetener from oats

Industry reaction to a novel natural sweetener from oats has been extremely encouraging, says a start-up firm dedicated to bringing it to market.

‘Natural’: The most meaningless word on your food label?

Consumers, the marketers all tell us, want foods that are ‘wholesome’, ‘authentic’, and above all ‘natural’, although few of them can articulate what this means.

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