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Check in here for seismic moves by the big boys Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Dr Pepper, in sweetening systems - whether they involve stevia, sucralose or aspartame - as well as the latest on natural colors, flavors and functional ingredients for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

CSPI asks FDA to ban powdered caffeine sold as a dietary supplement

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has sent a petition to federal regulators seeking the ban of pure, powdered caffeine that is packaged and sold as a...

‘We have some good customers, but sweetener price is an issue’: Stevia Natura

The CEO of Stevia Natura tells us why the French company is winning with customers including one high-profile dairy-based drinks brand, but admits high ingredient quality carries a cost.

Ganeden probiotic may boost post-exercise recovery: Pilot data

Consuming Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GanedenBC30) in combination with protein may blunt muscle damage after intense exercise and boost recovery, according to findings from a pilot study.

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

Stevia sweetness + new health benefits: Mintel analyst sees future potential

Mintel says the presence of nutritionally beneficial compounds could see stevia-based sweeteners of the future that combine functional benefits as well as calorie-free sweetness.

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

PureCircle claims ‘huge step forward’ with first category specific stevia launch for dairy

PureCircle has launched a new stevia blend called Sigma-D to target non-fermented, sweetened dairy drinks and other dairy products in what it says is a breakthrough category specific launch.

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

BioVittoria CEO cites Zevia, claims a ‘lot of interest’ in monk fruit, stevia blends

David Thorrold, CEO of the world’s largest monk fruit extract supplier BioVittoria insists the sweetener can complement rival stevia to achieve a better-tasting product – as the experience of successful...

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

‘Europe’s been particularly victimised by poor quality stevia, but that’s changing!’: Almendra

Almendra says Europe’s beverage industry has been ‘particularly victimized’ by poor quality stevia to date as the company works to rewrite the narrative dismissing Reb A alone as a crude...

Sensient’s ultra-purified natural colours target flavour off-notes

Sensient Colors has developed new purification technologies that it says eliminate undesirable flavours and odours in a range of natural colours.

BRAU BEVIALE 2014: FOCUS ON...GLUTEN-FREE BEER

DSM claims craft brewer interest in gluten-free beer enzyme

DSM Food Specialities claims that, far from being cautious, craft brewers are embracing the possibilities its enzyme to create gluten-free beer offers.

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing 2014

Tate & Lyle is scaling up its presence in MENA targeting the Arab nation’s sweet tooth

Tate & Lyle is taking advantage of the Arab nation’s penchant for sweet treats by scaling up its presence in MENA with its Splenda Sucralose.

‘Healthy’ children’s juices and smoothies slammed for high sugar content

Fruit juices and smoothies touted as healthy for children contain high amounts of sugar and should not count towards fruit and vegetable intakes, says UK-based campaign group Action on Sugar.

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

Ganeden gets foreign ingredient approvals to boost growth

Probiotic ingredient supplier Ganeden Biotech is expanding its horizons, and is looking to foreign markers for additional growth.

'Disturbing' study findings underpin Friesland Campina call for sustainable fruit juice supply

Dutch juice manufacturer Friesland Campina Riedel says more should be done to regulate tropical fruit supply chains, as it works to support Brazilian orange growers who supply its Appelsientje brand.

‘Everything is possible in energy drinks: There’s no fear!’ WILD Flavors

Helene Möller, product manager for ingredients at WILD Flavors, tells BeverageDaily.com that energy drinks is the category with the most possibilities for innovation.

Insights from SupplySide West

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

Ingredient supplier Compound Solutions has introduced a nature identical version of theacrine branded as TeaCrine. The ingredient offers benefits over caffeine, the mainstay of energy formulations, the company says.

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

Demand rising rapidly for beetroot as ingredient's sports nutrition benefits are proven and popularized

The benefits of beetroot juice for sports nutrition got a big public relations boost recently with the news the Auburn University football team drinks the juice before its games.  As...

ABC article says climate change is impacting quality of Chinese tea; whether botanicals in other regions are affected is less clear

Global climate change is affecting the quality of tea harvested in southwestern China, both in terms of taste and content of bioactive chemicals, according to a recent article in Herbalgram, the publication...

News in brief

Finlays buys Casa Fuentes to secure ‘highly sought’ tea extract supplies

Tea-focused agribusiness Finlays has bought Argentina’s largest tea estate company Casa Fuentes to guarantee supplies of black teas it says are highly sought after by US RTD tea brands.

Industry reformulation is the only route to better nutrition, says expert

Food producers should look at the current obesity crisis as an opportunity to do good business and do good for public health through the reformulation of mass-market products, says one...

Cognition & colours among DSM targets at 2-day Swiss open innovation event

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) wants to engage with commercial, government and academic entities at a 2-day open innovation (OI) summit with selected participants in December.

Age is just a number: Huge potential for protein in aging market, says DuPont

The rising aging population in the US presents an underexploited opportunity for food and beverage marketers—particularly in the already massive protein market, as older consumers are just as desperate for...

News in brief

Senator pushes for guidelines on safe energy drink use by young athletes

US senator for New Jersey Bob Menendez has introduced a bill into Congress to ‘promote youth athletic safety’ that includes a call for government guidelines on use of energy drinks...

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: FOCUS ON CREATINE SCIENCE

‘Get ripped like Rambo and smart like Picasso!’ VPX rips up sports drink rulebook

VPX/Redline CEO Jack Owoc tells Sports Nutrition 2014 delegates how to create a creatine-based sports/energy drink that’s 'omnipresent enough to crush Red Bull, Powerade and Monster'.