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Can ultra-sweet proteins found in exotic fruits be manufactured more cost effectively via microbial fermentation? Image credit: GettyImages-Artis777

Sweet proteins… finally ready for prime time?

By Elaine Watson

From thaumatin to brazzein, we’ve been told for years that ultra-sweet proteins found in tiny quantities in some fruits could be the next big thing in natural sweeteners, if we can just find a way to produce them more cost effectively from microbial hosts....

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Blueberries show cognitive benefits in study

By Hank Schultz

A new study has suggested that whole blueberry powder provided cognitive benefits in older individuals with insulin resistance and a heightened risk of future dementia.

Dutch innovators develop biotech alternative to nitrites / Pic: GettyImages-apomares

Vaess develops biotech solution for nitrite-free bacon

By Katy Askew

Dutch food engineers at Vaess have developed an innovative biotech solution that can replace the controversial use of nitrites in meat products like bacon, while maintaining a stable pink appearance.

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Brave Robot says report shows 72% emissions reduction compared to dairy

By Jim Cornall

Brave Robot, the animal-free dairy ice cream brand launched by The Urgent Company, has released research findings it said show a substantial reduction in consumption of natural resources when compared with ice cream made through conventional dairy production.

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SPINS: Which sweeteners are resonating with consumers?

By Mary Ellen Shoup

While consumers may be searching for ways to reduce their sugar intake, products that provide a sense of sweetness are still in high-demand, positioning certain natural sweeteners for continued success, says SPINS.

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