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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.

New enzyme could save cash for maltose syrup producers, says company

A new enzyme launched by biotech company Novozymes can optimise operations and reduce processing costs for maltose syrups producers, the company said.

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.

Sabinsa looks to beverage applications with new fully soluble uC3 Clear curcumin ingredient

Curcumin is a compound long on health benefits that comes with formidable formulation challenges because of its inflexible solubility profile.  Sabinsa Corp. has found a way around that with a...

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on health but academics and industry say evidence is lacking.

Straw format to help Ganeden deliver probiotics with shelf stable beverages

Probiotics specialist Ganeden has announced a new application, one that straddles the supplement /food divide. The company has partnered with BioGaia to place its Ganeden BC30 into a line of...

‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’...

UK sugar industry sales drop by 14%

Sales dropped to £298m (€338m) in 2014 and coincided with findings that nearly half of British consumers had shied away from sugar that year.

Tate & Lyle unveils Dolcia Prima allulose low-calorie-sugar: ‘We believe this will change the food and beverage landscape forever’

Tate & Lyle is launching a new ultra-low-calorie sugar that is found naturally in jackfruit and raisins, but is being made in commercial quantities via the enzymatic conversion of corn...

Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative

Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar - but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.

Naturex ramps up quillaia production at Chile plant

Ingredient supplier Naturex is consolidating its Chile Botanics acquisition by ramping production of quillaia, one of the division’s locally-sourced ingredients.

Ingredion rolls out quillaja-derived foaming ingredient across Europe

Ingredion has introduced its natural foaming agent for non-alcoholic beverages, fruit syrups and cordials derived from Quillaja saponaria (the soapbark tree) to the European market.

From salted satsuma to Falernum: Sensient Flavors unveils its 2015 flavor trends forecast

Trendwatchers at Sensient Flavors have identified eight up-and-coming flavor trends for 2015 using the company's proprietary ‘Trends to Taste’ program, a predictive process that filters trends from the broad, consumer, macro...

Super vit crit! Researchers challenge drinks with 'extraordinarily high' added micronutrients

There is ‘little evidence’ that consumers benefit from the ‘extraordinarily high levels’ of micronutrients commonly added to novel beverages, according to a study published in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and...

Watching TV linked to unhealthy understanding of nutrition

People who watch more television have a poorer understanding of nutrition that means they tend to eat more unhealthily, say researchers.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

GLG Life Tech unveils new stevia variety with higher natural Reb A content

GLG Life Tech Corporation has announced another milestone in its effort to breed new cultivars of the stevia plant. The company has developed a variety that expresses higher levels of...

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.

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