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

Ingredients

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.

DuPont launches stabilizer for plant-based beverages

DuPont Nutrition & Health (DuPont) has launched a new ingredient in its Danisco range for manufacturers to produce stable clean-label soy, almond and other plant-based drinks.

News in brief

Bayn to extend sweetener reach in Norway with distribution deal

Swedish supplier Bayn has inked a distribution deal with Norwegian flavour firm Storms for its range of sugar-reducing ingredients.

Isodiol International acquires cannabis-based beverage company

Isodiol International has acquired cannabis-based beverage company Equvest which owns Pot-O-Coffee, Pot-O-Tea, and Pot-O-Coco.

PureCircle develops stevia plant 20 times sweeter than standard plant

Using traditional plant breeding techniques, PureCircle has developed a stevia plant with 20 times more sweet-tasting steviol glycosides than standard stevia, it says.

Consumer demand for natural & low calorie drinks continues to open opportunities for stevia

Today’s health conscious consumers put great emphasis on natural and low calorie: opening up more and more opportunities for stevia, particularly in beverages. But giving consumers confidence will be key...

News in brief

Lampados International launches 3D stevia sweetner

Lampados International’s 3D sweetener for hot drinks, Liteez, has now been launched with stevia instead of sucralose.

Barry Callebaut launches four cocoa powders for beverage and dairy applications

Barry Callebaut has added four new premium cocoa powders to its portfolio targeted for beverage and dairy applications.

Java Me Up snack bars uses coffee grown ‘the way coffee was initially farmed,’ says founder

Coffee Snacks is a company on a mission—it wants to create awareness around shade-grown coffee and its benefits to the environment, says founder Lisa Newmann. It’s starting with coffee snack...

AGRANA Fruit expands into India through acquisition

Austrian fruit ingredient company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has acquired a fruit processing plant from the Indian company Sai Krupa Fruit Processing Pvt. Ltd.

VITAFOODS 2017

“Frutarom in a cup”: Firm showcases functional drink solutions as acquisition integration begins

Frutarom launched a range of functional beverages at Vitafoods in Geneva last week, as it looks to integrate newly acquired businesses into its product portfolio.

Spent coffee grounds: Unlocking a greener biofuel potential

Researchers say the high calorific value of spent coffee grounds could be exploited with a more efficient technique to produce a commercially competitive, greener biofuel.

EFSA: Sucralose is safe and does not cause cancer

Scientific evaluations of sucralose, conducted by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), find no link between the sweetener and cancer.

Safety fears of synthetic colour additives dispelled by IACM studies

The safety of synthetic colour additives used in soft drinks, cereals and baked goods, were confirmed in a trio of studies as findings appear to back up recent EFSA and...

Storm in a teacup? Review deems four coffees a day as safe

Consuming 400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not bad for your health, researchers have said in a systematic review looking into the effects of caffeine on humans.

China direct

High stevia volumes predicted despite low price and limited production

The rapid growth of China’s stevia market has been leading manufacturers to look at ways to capitalise on increasing domestic and global demand. 

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.

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