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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.

Sensient adds 'mocktails' flavours range

A range of flavours for cocktail-inspired soft drinks has been unveiled by Sensient Flavors Beverage Europe.

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DRY Sparkling to debut Fuji Apple at Target, pushing craft soda trend forward

DRY Sparkling just saw the first production of their latest Fuji Apple flavor run last week, which will be distributed nationwide at Target in April, the company told Beverage Daily.

PureCircle refining stevia product to fit consumer tastes

Stevia is closing in on mainstream acceptance as a non-caloric sweetener, but the product will need additional innovation before it is fully accepted by consumers.

Safety warnings could deter parents from buying sugar-sweetened drinks

Adding warning labels about weight gain, disease and tooth decay to sugar-sweetened beverages, as proposed by several state bills, could deter parents from buying them for their children, a new...

Dispatches from FiE, Paris

Smart combinations: Juices blend fruit and vegetable ingredients for nutritional punch and flavor appeal

Vegetable ingredients may boost the nutritional content of beverages: but when it comes to taste, it’s the fruit flavor that continues to appeal to a mass audience.

Cutting sugar in soft drinks by 40% could prevent 300,000 cases of diabetes: Study

Reducing the amount of sugar in sugar-sweetened beverages by 40% over five years could prevent 300,000 cases of type 2 diabetes in the UK over the next two decades, according...

NutraInterview: Dominique Speleers, Beneo executive board member

Beneo: EFSA forced us to change our strategy

Dominique Speleers is a long-time Beneo man who has seen a lot in his 15 years with the European ingredients giant from back when it was Belgian inulin and chicory player...

Targeting female consumers: Arla Foods Ingredients sees women turn to tailored protein

Women represent a big opportunity for food and beverage manufacturers, says Arla Foods Ingredients, with these consumers becoming increasingly discerning when it comes to protein quality. 

Beverage developers feed the trend of alternative energy drinks

As consumers are increasingly aware of the health problems associated with energy drinks, a Californian brand has spotted an opportunity for alternative energy products as mixers with juice, smoothies or...

FiE 2015: Our best bits

Our teams of journalists were out in force at Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) last week. We’ve picked out some of our highlights from over one thousand exhibitors, a packed conference...

Guest article

Is industry too old-fashioned to connect with living, breathing, sustainability-loving consumers?

At FiE the nutrients and ingredients industry quacked a good game, but can it really walk like a sustainability-loving duck? Or is it a sitting duck for hypocrisy and business...

Day two at FIE - As it happens

It's day two of Food Ingredients Europe and our team of journalists is out in force. Scroll down for the latest on what's trending on social media at #FIEurope.

News in brief

Are you going to this year’s FiE? We are

This week we will be bringing you all there is to know about the latest trends and issues in food and nutrition live from Food Ingredients Europe (FiE).

FiEurope: From the show floor

Carrot, courgette, kale: SVZ launches puree concentrate line to meet soaring demand for vegetables

Asian markets have led demand for vegetable ingredients, but the appetite from US and European markets has increased and this growth is expected to continue gathering pace, according to SVZ.

Sweet Green Fields CEO: We are finally getting close to solving the stevia taste challenge

Not so long ago, pundits were predicting that the high-purity stevia extracts market would be worth a billion dollars as manufacturers ditched artificial sweeteners and embraced ‘all-natural’ alternatives. 

Bright Brewer's Yeast calls for beer ‘wish lists’ as it develops yeast through selective breeding

Bright Brewer's Yeast introduced four premium yeast varieties at Brau Beviale, which have been developed through selective breeding, ahead of a commercial launch in 2016.

Time for candy makers to prepare for FDA added sugar label changes, says consultant

US confectioners should ready themselves to declare percentage daily values for added sugars set at 10% of total calorie intake, which could be a regulatory requirement by 2018, says a...

Transforming acacia gum from invisible ingredient to sustainable superfood

Acacia gum seems to have it all – manufacturers say it’s clean-label, organic, sustainably sourced and provides income in developing countries. So why is industry not doing more to promote this?...

Medical experts and industry slam study linking sugary drinks to heart failure

A study suggesting men consuming two or more sugary drinks per day are more likely to suffer heart failure does not provide conclusive evidence, say medical professionals while industry calls it...

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

Tate & Lyle launch Middle Eastern recipes with a healthier twist

Tate & Lyle launched a menu of Middle Eastern recipes with a healthier twist at Gulfood Manufacturing, in Dubai last week (October 27–29) to tackle the growing number of consumers...

Permeate market will 'explode into life' once Codex standard set: Arla Foods Ingredients

The market for dairy permeate powder will “explode into life” once a Codex Alimenatarius standard is adopted, says Arla Foods Ingredients. 

Cargill continues to expand markets for erythritol with flavor applications

Cargill’s new positioning of its erythritol as a flavor opens up new avenues for the ingredient which up to now has mostly been pigeonholed as a bulk sweetener, the company...

Public Health England report: Key points and reactions

"No single action will be effective in reducing sugar intakes," concludes Public Health England's report which recommends cutting price promotions, junk food advertising and setting a sugar tax. We look at...

SupplySide West 2015

Sugar alternatives evolve but some consumers still want the real thing

In recent years, sugar has replaced fat and sodium as public enemy No. 1 in the nation’s fight against obesity and diabetes – prompting consumers to shun the ingredient and...

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

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