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Latest beverage ingredients trends from stevia to aspartame, functional beverage ingredients

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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.

Glanbia's patent-pending powder process removes need for lecithin in drinks

Glanbia has developed BevEdge, a patent-pending technology that allows manufacturers to remove lecithin from protein powders and beverages, cleaning up the ingredient list and removing a potential allergen.

Proprietary energy blends may cause heightened effects

Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

The consumption of caffeinated energy drinks results in significant changes to heart function and blood pressure when compared to other drinks containing the same caffeine content.

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily may increase the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who consumed this drink less than once a week.

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

Craft Brewers Conference 2017

Hopsteiner sees craft brewers’ thirst for new flavors balance with an economical mindset

Hopsteiner debuted new “experimental” hop varieties at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington D.C., to answer craft brewers’ need for flavor innovation at an economical price point.

Portion limit strategies no guarantee in reducing sugar drink intake

Providing smaller drink sizes to consumers with unlimited refills increases individual consumption of sugary drinks. However the opposite was true when the consumer had to get their own refill. 

Wilmar announces partnership to end labour violations in palm oil supply chain

The world’s number one palm oil supplier Wilmar International has announced a new initiative to combat "systemic labour issues" occurring in its supply chain.

Market update

Adverse weather drives Sri Lankan tea prices higher

Prices for Sri Lankan high-grown, fanning-grade tea peaked in early February and remain up on 2016 by 32%. 

Chinese winery sets sights on ‘feeding own market’ with Aussie grapes

China’s third biggest wine company could soon become the first ever to vertically integrate its production between Australian vineyards and its home market.

Allulose low-cal sweetener credentials boosted as glucose control is highlighted

Allulose, a low-calorie, natural sugar could help regulate blood glucose levels as preliminary animal studies have highlighted this rare sugar’s ability to also manage weight gain.

Clean-label SweetSense developed during ‘critical time’ for beverage industry

Beverage development company Imbibe has launched SweetSense, a clean-label ingredient designed to optimize sweetness perception in beverages.

Somerville Brewing Company spoons in Cap’n Crunch cereal into latest beer recipe

Somerville Brewing Company of Massachusetts is set to release its new Belgian-style ale featuring an unexpected ingredient: Cap’n Crunch Berries breakfast cereal. 

Stevia & fibre blend promises to slash sugar by 100% with no loss in taste or bulk

Food tech start-up Unavoo has launched a natural, stevia- and prebiotic fibre-based sweetener that can replace sugar like-for-like in dairy, bakery and beverage products.

SugarSin to launch rosé wine gummies

SugarSin ‘gourmet confectionery for adults’ is extending its Prosecco and Cocktail Gummy range with the launch of rosé gummies this month.

Study says stevia on par with sugar in drinks satisfaction, but finds fibre fouls feelings

Drinks sweetened with high-Reb A stevia may have similar or higher satisfaction ratings than sucrose drinks, but added fibre lowers scores, according to a new sensory and sensation-focused study.

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Novozymes wins landmark case for biotech patent in alcohol beverages

In a rare landmark case on the validity of patents covering biotech innovations, the Supreme People’s Court of China has decided in favor of Novozymes, in a trial against two...

‘Orange aid’: IFU to measure color of blood orange juice

IFU (the international fruit and vegetable juice association) has developed an analytical method for testing the concentration of blood orange juice.

Ethnicity not found to affect GI beverage response in Asia

The glycaemic response (GR) to beverages does not vary depending on Asian ethnicity, with Chinese, Indian and Malay displaying similar responses, a first of its kind study has established.

ProSweets 2017

Döhler Cactus Pear-Kiwi functional gummie equivalent to one-and-a-half cups of espresso

Döhler has launched a range of gummies and jellies based on 100% ingredients from fruit such as pectin from apple, juice concentrate, and fruit sugars instead of sucrose or glucose...

Pinkster launches Gin Jam from left-over berries

British gin brand Pinkster has launched a Gin Jam, described as ‘mildly alcoholic’ and ‘ideal for putting the tipple in your teatime’.

Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour modifier matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-modifying ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says the...

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Meringue kiss 3D sweetener melts in hot drinks

Lampados International has launched a next-gen meringue kiss sweetener called Liteez.

Polyphenols specialist Artemis rebrands core line, branches out into purple tea

Polyphenols specialist Artemis International is rebranding its core berry-based product line and is branching out into other dark-colored botanicals including a unique purple tea. The company is also starting to develop...

Consumer group calls on Dutch parliament for tougher salt measures

A study by the Dutch Consumentebond has found exceedingly higher levels of salt in private label supermarket foods than their name brand counterparts and are calling on the government to...

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