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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.

“Our aim with this cooperation is to get food products made with ‘algility’ microalgae into consumers’ hands faster.”

Roquette boosts algae project with beverage partner

French supplier Roquette has inked a deal with a food and beverage innovator it met at the SIAL food industry trade show last year to develop products for its nascent...

Fatty and sugary foods linked to lower cognitive functions: Mouse data

A diet rich in fat and sugar could cause changes in the make up of our gut bacteria, which in turn lead to losses of cognitive functions, suggest researchers.

Do consumers prefer low sugar or no sugar? It depends on the product…

Almost two-thirds of global consumers are concerned about sugar intake – but the choice between low-sugar and sugar-free depends on the food or drink category, according to a new report...

Milk price recovery 'unlikely to emerge' until late 2015: Rabobank

Supply continues to outweigh demand in the global milk market, although the imbalance looks set to be corrected in the second half of 2015, says Rabobank.

Coffee drinkers beware: Brazil’s coffee harvest set to decline again

Brazilian coffee growers will collect just 44.28m sacks (60kg) of coffee in 2015, the second lackluster harvest in a row for the world’s largest coffee producer and exporter.

Special edition: Fizzing up carbonates

Cola goes craft: Gusto confronts preconceptions with organic, Fairtrade and low calorie craft brand

Gusto Cola says it can overcome mainstream preconceptions about cola with its craft brand, offering something that ‘pushes the right buttons’ with consumers.

Monk Fruit Corp doubles capacity as more US firms add monk fruit to sugar reduction toolkit

BioVittoria and Guilin GFS Bio-Tech Co have doubled their monk fruit supply and significantly boosted production capacity following a multi-million-dollar investment leading to the formation of a new company -...

Sugar reformulation failure like slow poisoning of nation, says UK health chief

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) CEO says failing to reformulate products to reduce added sugars would be like slow food poisoning of the nation.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe, Geneva

Offering consumers information is essential for hemp juice success, says Sana

Telling a story is important for any brand – even more so when trying to market hemp juice and overcome pre-conceptions about cannabis, according to Sana Hemp Juice. 

Fructose in the firing line: Study warns of weight gain and increased body fat compared to glucose

When compared to the same amount of glucose, consuming fructose could cause ‘significant’ weight gain, physical inactivity, and body fat deposition, say researchers.

Friend or foe: What is the evidence on zero-calorie sweeteners and obesity?

While swapping out calorific sugars for a zero-calorie sweetener may seem like a common sense public health policy, some recent reports have suggested that the reverse may be true. We...

Celebrating biodiversity with certified herbal teas

The first certified herbal teas in a biodiversity partnership have gone in sale in Germany this month.

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

The taste test: How do you make a probiotic drink taste good?

Probiotic fruit drinks face different challenges to their dairy counterparts - but both face the same requirement to taste good.

News in brief

Cargill and Evolva prepare for commercial launch of fermentation-derived stevia in 2016

Swiss fermentation specialist Evolva and sweeteners expert Cargill have agreed to start engineering work so they can produce next-generation stevia sweeteners via fermentation at a Cargill biofuel and corn milling...

Link of green tea extracts to liver injury raises age old question: How much of a good thing is too much?

Botanical ingredient experts are not surprised by a recent report on the association of green tea extracts with liver toxicity. It’s consistent with recent literature and could serve as a...

Coffee by-products may have prebiotic, antimicrobial and antioxidant potential

More than 2 billion tons of coffee by-products that are currently thrown away could have applications in the food and nutrition sector, say researchers.

Algatech to launch soluble astaxanthin powder using Virun's technology at Vitafoods

The competition in the astaxanthin space to extend this the ingredient to new dosage forms and product matrices continues to heat up with the announcement of an encapsulated offering from...

Special edition: Authentic Tea Tastes

The next kale? Carela conquers bitter melon with beverages for sugar-conscious consumers

Tea and beverage company Carela says it has taken the ‘horrendous’ taste of Asian bitter melon and turned it into attractive beverages for millions of Americans who are worried about...

Sustainability standards in the spotlight: ‘Still taking baby steps’

A single, unifying sustainability standard would be helpful for consumers – but it’s a long way off, says Organic Monitor president and founder Amarjit Sahota.

Tate & Lyle faces £125M in costs for restructure

Tate & Lyle has announced a restructure of its international ingredients business, which focuses it on its Speciality Food Ingredients (SFI) division in Europe and will cost £125M.

Sugar reduces stress more than aspartame, say scientists

Sugar-sweetened drinks may reduce stress levels and therefore be harder to reduce than aspartame say scientists - but campaigners are still calling on industry to reduce both.

Fibersol-2 may boost satiety: Human RCT data

Adding soluble fiber to a tea that is consumed along with a meal can increase satiety hormones and decrease hunger in health men and women, say results of randomized, double-blind,...

News in brief

IMCD and DSM expand food enzymes partnership

DSM and ingredients distribution firm IMCD N.V. have expanded their food enzymes partnership to include Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Southeast Europe, Nordics, Turkey and UK & Ireland....

Tate & Lyle maintains forecast following profit warnings

Tate & Lyle said there was no change to its full year guidance in a trading update on Thursday morning.

Not just for hippies: Hemp's rising superfood status

Bursting with nutrients and boasting an impressive growth rate, the future of hemp seed is bright– but what’s the best way for manufacturers to cash in on a product that...

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