Natural sweeteners

Rachel Cheatham: “At the end of the day, @Susan is impacting how many of our customers see an ingredient like stevia. On some level, this person is an influencer.

Insights from IFT Wellness 2014

Why should we care about what @Susan thinks of stevia?

By Maggie Hennessy

Despite a trend toward reduced sugar consumption in the US, many Americans are still getting far too much added sugar in their diets. But how do consumers really feel about sugar? And how should manufacturers address sugar and sugar reduction efforts...

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

Energy drinks on fire, but diet soda still in a funk, says Wells Fargo as Coke and Pepsi battle to 'reinvent' cola

By Elaine Watson

Diet soda sales remain in a funk according to the latest Nielsen data, with dollar sales in the four weeks to March 15 plunging 7.3%. Regular soda fared somewhat better (+ 0.6%), while energy drinks (+8.3%) and sparkling water (+26.2%) continued to steam...

Stevia has seen a rapid rise in its market share

Sugar concerns spark market gains for sweeteners

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The market for high intensity sweeteners is growing rapidly, with plant-derived stevia providing the fastest growth, according to a new report from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.

PureCircle and Coke get OK from FDA for Reb M stevia

PureCircle and Coke get OK from FDA for Reb M stevia

By Maggie Hennessy

PureCircle has received a GRAS (generally regarded as safe) letter from the US Food and Drug Administration for its high-purity Rebaudioside M sweetener (also known as Reb M or Reb X), clearing the way for PureCircle to use the sweetener in soft drinks...

Sugar limits should be halved to protect teeth: Study

Sugar limits should be halved to protect teeth: Study

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations for added sugar intake should be halved to protect teeth from dental caries, suggests a review published in the Journal of Dental Research.

IBIE 2013 Educational Sessions: What not to miss

IBIE teaser: You’re never too old, or big, to learn…

By Kacey Culliney

IBIE 2013 has a fantastic educational program lined up from tips for gluten-free and whole grain use, to insight on food safety regulations and labeling laws. BakeryandSnacks takes a look at ‘what not to miss’…

Reb-D has a “better sugar character and more desirable taste” than Reb-A in many beverage applications, but is difficult to use because of its low solubility in water at room temperature, says PepsiCo. Picture: Cargill

Stevia innovation: PepsiCo tackles Reb-D solubility challenge

By Elaine WATSON

A patent application filed by PepsiCo describes methods of enhancing the solubility of steviol glycoside Reb-D such that it can be used in higher amounts in beverages and beverage concentrates, overcoming a key formulation challenge.

ADM: Dry honey, molasses easier to use than liquid counterparts

Special Edition: Sweeteners

ADM: Dry honey, molasses easier to use than liquid counterparts

By Maggie Hennessy

Honey, molasses and malt extract have long been incorporated into food products for many other reasons besides their natural sweetening abilities—among them color, aroma, browning, texture, better moisture retention and improved shelf life. 

Infographic: The facts behind low calorie sweetener consumption

Infographic: The facts behind low calorie sweetener consumption

By Nathan Gray

Sweeteners are widely used to replace sugar in diet and low calorie products within the food and beverage industry. However, many consumers are still worried about these ingredients. So, what are the facts behind low calorie sweeteners?

Stevia First is working on methods of high yield, mechanized production of stevia in California.

Special Edition: Sweeteners

Stevia First bets on US-based production, technical innovation

By Hank Schultz

Stevia First, an early stage company based in Yuba City, CA, has built its business model on bringing stevia production onshore in the US.  Supply chain transparency and technical innovation are the two pillars on which the company is built, said CEO...

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