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Sugar reduction

Sugar reduction

Obesity remains a massive problem worldwide, and - like it or not - the sugar industry is assuming a lot of the blame. But taste remains the number-one factor for consumers when choosing a product. So how should food processors tackle sugar reduction? Stevia usage continues to grow, with promising fermentation-derived technology aiming to better cost-in-use. Natural and artificial sweeteners continue to improve, and many manufacturers are using blends to achieve the best possible taste profile. But growing interest in clean label has others trying to shorten ingredient lists. 

Barnana raises $5.3m, prepares to unveil new line of banana-fueled snacks in March

A $5.3m injection of capital will help Barnana support a new line of organic snacks debuting in March, move into more retail channels, and ramp up its marketing, according to...

‘Striking’ rise in consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners stokes debate about their health impact

A “striking” increase in the consumption of no- and low-calorie sweeteners over 13 years combined with conflicting data on their connection to obesity, diabetes and other health issues escalates the...

Chobani notched up double-digit US growth in 2016, has ‘no plan’ to head back to Europe right now

While growth in the US yogurt category fell into negative territory in 2016, Chobani's US operation notched up double-digit sales and volume growth last year, driven by a strong performances...

Where next for snacks? Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Innovation Summit

If 50% of eating occasions are now snacks,* do we have to rethink what a snack is? An occasional treat or an everyday healthy indulgence? A fresh mini-meal? A quick...

Relief for PureCircle as Chinese stevia held at US border released

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has released shipments of refined stevia from PureCircle coming in from China that had been held at the border based on allegations that they...

EverSweet fermented stevia to launch in 2018… if we can reach the right deal with Cargill, says Evolva

Partners Evolva and Cargill have made “solid progress” on EverSweet - their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – but it will not launch until 2018, two years...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Global cuisine will rise in 2017 along with complex nutrition claims

Despite a rising nationalism in the US born out of the contentious presidential election cycle, Americans remain open to global cuisine and as such, in 2017, international flavors and cultures...

Confused about added sugar? FDA issues draft guidance on Nutrition Facts changes

The FDA has attempted to clear up some of the confusion over defining and calculating added sugar, in new draft guidance designed to help firms get to grips with the...

2016: The year of the sugar tax

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

Companies, retailers must do more to make the healthy choice the easy choice, CSPI says

Consumer interest in healthy eating is at an all-time high, and in many ways food and beverage manufacturers are rising to meet this demand by cutting calories from across their...

Food industry should be ‘praised’ not ‘pilloried’ for sugar-reducing efforts

The food industry should not be pilloried for making food safe, affordable and enjoyable, according to the chairman of food consultancy Zenith International.

Beverage trendwatching at BevNET Live.. from personalization to probiotics

From fruit- and herb-infused apple cider vinegar to bitter melon & green tea combos, and collagen-laced waters, new beverage concepts are hitting the market every week. But which emerging trends...

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Nestlé develops natural method to cut sugar in chocolate by 40%

Nestlé plans to introduce a faster-dissolving sugar across some of its confectionery range from 2018.

Consumers seek ‘low-sugar’ claims, but remain confused & distrustful of nutrition labeling

Too much sugar remains a top consumer concern, but confusion about how to read product labels and general distrust of their accuracy means many Americans are at a loss as...

Bai Brands & KeVita snapped up as Dr Pepper & PepsiCo expand low-cal, functional beverage platforms

As widely rumored, two major players in the functional beverages space are to change hands, with PepsiCo to acquire KeVita for an undisclosed sum and Dr Pepper Snapple Group to...

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Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Expanding cranberries’ appeal beyond the holidays & to a new generation

For most Americans cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but it isn’t the dish everyone clamors for -- which the fruit’s industry stakeholders hope to change with aggressive marketing campaigns,...

Baby and toddler snacks often fall short on nutrition while marketing misleads parents, review reveals

Food manufacturers should voluntarily expand the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative for improving food advertising to children to include marketing of baby and toddler food and drinks, the Rudd...

Dr Marion Nestle: Food safety, sustainability, nutrition not high on Trump's priority list

Four US cities vote for soda taxes: 'This is an astonishing repudiation of Big Soda'

Voters in the Bay Area cities of Albany, Oakland, and San Francisco, as well as Boulder, CO, have voted to levy a tax on soda and sugary drinks, while four...

Wink frozen desserts offer one-two punch of allergen-friendly and better-for-you, founder says

Consumers with food sensitivities often face an unenviable choice in the frozen dessert aisle: Buy something that could trigger a reaction, or opt for an allergy-friendly product loaded with more...

Sugar is sneaking up on preservatives & chemicals as most troublesome ingredient, CivicScience finds

Consumers appear to becoming more sophisticated and specific about which ingredients or characteristics they find most troublesome in packaged foods and beverages, new research from CivicScience suggests. 

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

Living Intentions’ new packaging communicates values, moves away from “raw” & expands into popcorn

Breakfast and snack food maker Living Intentions is overhauling its packaging and streamlining its portfolio to help products better “pop” from the shelf and more effectively communicate its “roots” in...

Trendspotting at FNCE: Watermelon, peanut butter, dried fruit & veggie bowls grab attention

At the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston this week, emerging and maturing trends showcased on the show floor included more watermelon-based products, variations on peanut butter and...

SupplySide West 2016

Ingredion reduces sugar by 30% in baked goods with prebiotic fiber

Illinois-based ingredients supplier, Ingredion, has launched a soluble prebiotic fiber that provides fiber and prebiotic benefits and supports sugar and calories reduction efforts for bakeries, while allowing formulators to keep...

PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

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