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Butter, portion control, tart cherries and stevia. Welcome to 2012

Forget goji berries and noni juice. Tart cherries, blueberries and other more familiar fruits are likely to trump their exotic cousins in 2012 as shoppers tire of Orac-tastic superfruits, according...

Better knowledge of natural sugars could lead to ‘designer sweeteners’, say researchers

Better defining the relationship between chemical structure and digestibility of under-used natural sugars could help industry to produce a new generation of “designer” sweeteners, say researchers.

Tax food makers' caloric sweetener use to reduce consumption, study suggests

Taxing food manufacturers on caloric sweeteners added to foods would be more effective for reducing their consumption than taxing finished sugary foods and drinks, according to new research published in...

Is dairy ready to steal some of the stevia limelight from beverage?

Cargill is looking beyond beverage to dairy as it flags up pending product launches for Truvia in both table-top and as an ingredient on the EU market next year.

GLG Life Tech signs Reb C supply agreement with IFF

GLG Life Tech has signed an exclusive five-year supply agreement with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) for its rebaudioside C (Reb C) stevia extract, the company has said.

GLG denies allegations, shares fall to new low

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has denied that it failed to disclose certain information required under federal securities laws, after a New York-based national law firm announced it was investigating...

Sugar industry amends complaint against HFCS industry

Sugar growers have amended a lawsuit against the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), claiming that some members of the association have conspired to engage in false advertising – an accusation the...

Special Edition: Stevia

Getting a handle on flavour, bulking and bitter blocker systems key to stevia formulation

In-depth understanding of how stevia works with different flavour systems, bulking agents, and other ingredients is required to optimise NPD or reformulation of existing food and drinks using the natural...

Stevia aftertaste problems contribute to plummeting GLG sales

Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech saw sales plummet 92% in the third quarter, after end customers complained about aftertaste problems when formulating with the sweetener, the company said.

Cargill launches pan-European roll-out of Truvia as EC gives stevia the green light

Cargill has embarked on a pan-European roll-out of its stevia-based sweetener Truvia after the European Commission finally issued the green light for the sale of steviol glycosides in Europe from...

Brenner pharma/food: Stevia market is turning into the ‘wild wild West’

The stevia market is “turning quickly into the wild wild West” as more firms enter the fray in a bid to cash in on growing demand for the all-natural sweetener,...

POLL results: We need a clearer definition of natural... and the FDA should come up with it

We need a formal definition of ‘natural’ to ensure it is used more consistently in food labeling and marketing– and the FDA should provide it - according to the results...

Poll: Do we need a clearer definition of ‘natural’?

In the world of food marketing, perception is everything. Consumers want foods that sound wholesome, friendly, and above all “natural” – although they are rarely able to articulate what this means.

Consumer group calls HFCS corn sugar campaign ‘food identity theft’

Non-profit consumer group Citizens for Health is the latest organization to oppose the Corn Refiners Association’s petition to allow ‘corn sugar’ as an alternative label declaration for high fructose corn...

Industry should develop working definition of ‘natural’ if FDA won’t, expert

A co-ordinated industry-led effort to produce a working definition of the term ‘natural’ on food packaging would help firms navigate one of the most contentious areas of food marketing, according...

Study shows stevia-derived rebiana has greater potency when cold

Stevia plant derived Rebiana is significantly more potent in cold water, finds a US based team who flag up their findings as critical for developers of low-calorie products to get...

‘Corn sugar’ lawsuit attempts to shut down free speech, claims CRA

A lawsuit that claims it is misleading to market high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as ‘corn sugar’ and ‘natural’ has been allowed to go ahead – but the Corn Refiners...

Pepsi mulls broader rollout for Pepsi NEXT in Q1 2012

PepsiCo is gearing up for a possible roll-out of its new mid-calorie cola Pepsi NEXT in the first quarter of next year.

PepsiCo on Trop50: ‘We’re selling everything we can make’

Stevia-sweetened fruit drink Trop50 has been the runaway success story in PepsiCo’s US beverages business this year with volumes of the mid-calorie beverage up 50% in the third quarter, PepsiCo...

PureCircle sales fall, awaiting EU stevia approval

PureCircle said that a “delay” in regulatory approval for stevia in the EU was a factor contributing to lower-than-expected sales for the year.

PureCircle introduces new stevia sweetener for deeper calorie reductions

Stevia supplier PureCircle has introduced a new stevia-derived sweetener, which it claims has fewer of the taste problems previously associated with stevia, allowing deeper calorie reductions in a wide range...

Stevia market share to explode in 2011, says report

Use of stevia is predicted to rise at an astonishing rate this year, taking the natural sweetener's share of the total US sugars and sweeteners market from 1.8% in 2010...

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.