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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.

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.

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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,...

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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...

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

There is strong potential for the use of ground green coffee beans to be used directly as a functional ingredient in supplements and foods, say researchers.

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.

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