Sugar vs HFCS: What's in a name?
28-Jan-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
A consumer group has accused the Sugar Association of playing “confusing word games” in pursuit of a narrow commercial agenda.
Heartland vows to defend natural sweetener claims
25-Jan-2010 By Guy Montague-Jones
Heartland Sweeteners has promised to fight an advertising watchdog ruling recommending the removal of natural claims from its Ideal sweetener.
Merisant exits bankruptcy
13-Jan-2010 By Mike Stones
Sweetener company Merisant has completed its financial restructuring and emerged from bankruptcy after one year, having slashed its debt and interest expense.
Sweetness enhancer is Reb C, says Redpoint
12-Jan-2010 By Jess Halliday
Redpoint Bio has revealed that is RP44 sweetness enhancer is in fact Reb-C, a component of stevia and a side stream of Reb-A production. It could be used in conjunction with Reb-A and sugar to lower calorie levels further than previously possible.
Fenchem to introduce stevia sweetener in US
07-Jan-2010 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Chinese ingredients supplier Fenchem has said it intends to make its stevia-based Reb A sweetener available in the United States.
05-Jan-2010 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
There is no evidence that sugar-addictive behaviors suggested by animal studies exist for humans, claims the author of a new scientific review published in Clinical Nutrition.
Olam takes 20 percent stake in PureCircle
18-Dec-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Olam has increased its stake in stevia company PureCircle to 20 percent, citing strong growth prospects for the company, and making PureCircle an associated company of Olam.
Merisant expects to exit bankruptcy in January
17-Dec-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Tabletop sweetener company Merisant has had its plan of reorganization approved, which should pave the way for it to emerge from bankruptcy in the coming weeks, the company has said.
Lactic acid improves stevia flavor, says Purac
15-Dec-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Purac has become the latest company to release a natural flavor masker to help drinks makers deal with the reported bitter or licorice-like aftertaste sometimes experienced with stevia sweeteners.
11-Dec-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Stevia could help ready-to-eat cereal manufacturers reduce the sugar content in their products without affecting taste, according to stevia-derived sweetener manufacturer PureCircle.
Sucralose safe from natural trend, says JK
25-Nov-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The strong trend toward natural products is unlikely to encroach significantly on the market for artificial sweeteners, according to sucralose manufacturer JK Sucralose.
PureCircle raises $67.18m for stevia investment
18-Nov-2009 By Mike Stones
Sweetener company PureCircle has raised $67.18m through share placing to invest in the development of its natural sweetener products made from stevia leaves.
GLG and Weider row over Sweet Naturals contract
12-Nov-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Stevia supplier GLG Life Tech has filed a statement of defense against allegations from Weider Global Nutrition that it had breached conditions of their joint stevia business by setting up its own sales team.
Fructose sweeteners may promote Syndrome X
09-Nov-2009 By Stephen Daniells
‘Moderate’ consumption of fructose-containing sweeteners may produce ‘modest but significant changes’ that may contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome, says a new rat study.
Senomyx calorie-cutting sucrose enhancer gets FEMA GRAS
27-Oct-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Senomyx has received notification from the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association (FEMA) that its new sucrose enhancing flavor ingredient is GRAS (generally recognized as safe).
PepsiCo launches stevia drink under natural health product rules
15-Oct-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
PepsiCo’s Aquafina Plus Vitamins 10 Cal has become the first mainstream stevia-sweetened beverage to be launched on the Canadian market by using natural health product rules, the company said.
New ad campaign to tackle ‘viral urban myths’ about HFCS
01-Oct-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has launched a new advertising campaign in an effort to dispel consumer misconceptions about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Sugar and stevia industries unite
30-Sep-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The sugar industry has engaged with stevia supplier PureCircle at the World Sugar Trade Conference in Singapore this week in order to explore ways in which sugar and stevia can work together.
Finding the perfect stevia blend – natural or not
22-Sep-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The first stevia-sweetened products have begun to emerge, but until the sweetener blend is perfected, they could potentially harm consumers’ interest in stevia, said a senior analyst at Mintel.
Sweetening the perception of HFCS
18-Sep-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The Corn Refiners Association has said it is very pleased that Dr Barry Popkin has revoked an earlier theory about high fructose corn syrup’s link to obesity – but how much can industry do to mend its reputation?
Cost still an issue for Reb A, claims Rabobank
08-Sep-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Cost issues remain for stevia-derived sweetener Reb A although annual sales are likely to reach $700m over the next five years, according to a new report on the US stevia market from Rabobank.
US and Mexico sweetener dispute yields $58m for HFCS damages
19-Aug-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Corn Products International’s Mexican affiliate CP Ingredientes has been awarded $58.386m in damages by a NAFTA tribunal after Mexico placed discriminatory taxes on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Consumer case reopened against Snapple’s ‘all-natural’ labels
14-Aug-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
A US Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has reopened a consumer-fraud case against Dr Pepper Snapple alleging that Snapple’s ‘all-natural’ label claim is misleading as the drink contains an artificial sweetener.
BASF partners with Brazilian researchers for higher yield sugarcane
05-Aug-2009 By Guy Montague-Jones
BASF has entered into partnership with a Brazilian research centre to develop genetically modified sugarcane with higher yields and greater tolerance to drought.
Stevia market needs flavor focus, says Blue California chief
04-Aug-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Industry-wide focus on flavor issues is crucial to the long term success of stevia-derived sweeteners, says the executive vice president of Reb A supplier Blue California.
Stevia: The holy grail of sweeteners?
27-Jul-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The FDA’s non-objection in December that the stevia-derived sweetener Reb A was generally recognized as safe (GRAS) was greeted with much fanfare – but how has it been received so far by industry and consumers?
06-Jul-2009 By Stephen Daniells
With over 300m obese adults worldwide, it is no wonder that the food industry is keen to offer tasty possibilities to consumers looking to lose weight, and keep it off. The trend is now becoming 'unstoppable', say industry executives.
Honey flavors to cut reliance on uncertain honey market
06-Jul-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Bell Flavors and Fragrances has developed a range of honey replacers to respond to uncertainties on the global honey market as colony collapse disorder (CCD) has diminished bee colonies around the world.
Cerilliant releases new Reb A reference standards
02-Jul-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Cerilliant has introduced two new certified reference standards for assessing the purity of Reb A, the high intensity all-natural sweetener from the leaves of the stevia plant.
Focus on sweeteners among Mintel taste test winners
Sweeteners old and new were in the spotlight as Mintel announced the products that won its taste test from last month’s IFT trade show in Anaheim.
Sweetness perception could vary with ethnicity: Study
26-Jun-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Researchers claim to have discovered a particular gene variant that could affect sweetness perception among different ethnic groups, raising the possibility of more targeted flavor profiling of foods.
Dispatches from IFT
At the IFT trade show in Anaheim, Caroline Scott-Thomas followed the naturally sourced trend tour, and caught up with some of the companies highlighting natural products at the show.
Sensient offers flavor solution for stevia-sweetened beverages
15-May-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Sensient Flavors has added its flavor masking technology to the raft of products that companies are offering to deal with potential off-notes associated with stevia-derived sweeteners.
Stevia’s organic potential is not limited, claims PureCircle
12-May-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Major Reb A supplier PureCircle has disputed recent suggestions that stevia’s potential for use in organic foods could be limited, although it agrees that certification poses problems.
Wild Flavors seeks external stevia safety stamp
11-May-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Wild Flavors has said it is aggressively working toward external safety assessment of its stevia extracts as it becomes the latest company to announce the launch of a stevia flavor solutions range.
PureCircle quadruples stevia extract production in Jiangxi
29-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Major Reb A supplier PureCircle has quadrupled production capacity of stevia extracts at its Jiangxi plant in China as interest in stevia-derived sweeteners continues to grow.
Cargill develops flavor solutions for stevia
28-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
There are now even more options for food manufacturers seeking to reformulate with stevia-derived sweeteners, as Cargill becomes the latest to launch a flavor range to deal with their potentially problematic aftertaste.
Reb A could face organic market challenges
24-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The potential of stevia-derived sweeteners for use in organic foods could be limited because of the plant’s diversified cultivation and Reb A’s processed nature, according to Euromonitor International.
FDA GRAS for sucromalt will widen market appeal, says Cargill
23-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Cargill has claimed that the market for its sucromalt sweetener will widen after acheiving FDA generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status last week, and as consumers increasingly demand healthier foods.
22-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Stevia’s expense compared to other sweeteners is a major market limitation, according to a new paper on the stevia market, although industry players say they are working to bring its price down.
Obama administration upholds GM sugarbeet deregulation
01-Apr-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
The USDA has chosen not to change laws on genetically engineered sugarbeets in a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice requesting a review of deregulation for the beets last month.
European stevia firm to build Paraguay plant
24-Mar-2009 By Sarah Hills
Granular, a European stevia producer, has entered into a joint partnership to build a refinery for the natural sweetener in South America which it said will be environmentally neutral.
Comax releases stevia-masking ‘problem solver’
17-Mar-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Comax Flavors has released a natural masking flavor to mask the bitter aftertaste associated with stevia-derived sweetener Reb A.
Sugar could be shedding its bad boy image to take a surprise spot on the public’s list of trusted ingredients, as manufacturers look to appeal to more savvy consumers.
Dr Pepper Snapple announces first major Reb A-sweetened sports drink
12-Mar-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Reb A is moving into the sports drink market as Dr Pepper Snapple becomes the first of the big three soft drinks manufacturers to release a zero-calorie sports drink sweetened with Reb A, the natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the stevia plant.
Snapple prioritizes taste in HFCS-free tea
11-Mar-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Dr Pepper Snapple has released an all-natural version of its iced tea which uses high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) instead of sugar, but has denied that it was driven by trends for natural ingredients or any consumer choice to avoid HFCS.
PureCircle partners with Cerilliant for Reb A quality testing
03-Mar-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
PureCircle has announced it has entered into a partnership with Cerilliant to develop and supply certified reference materials for its stevia-derived sweeteners, responding to demand for high quality Reb A.
Partnership to speed stevia-sweetened product development
13-Feb-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
A new partnership between a stevia supplier and a flavors and ingredients firm will speed the process of bringing low-calorie stevia-sweetened products to market, the companies claim.
Stevia’s bitter taste receptors discovered, claims Givaudan
12-Feb-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Givaudan has claimed it has discovered the bitter taste receptors triggered by Reb-A, the natural, high intensity sweetener derived from the leaves of the stevia plant.
Obama and financial crisis drive new consumer values, says report
03-Feb-2009 By Caroline Scott-Thomas
Food manufacturers need to better understand consumer tactics for dealing with the economic crisis and employ palatable strategies to answer to a fresh set of values, according to a report from Packaged Facts.