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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.

EverSweet fermented stevia to launch in 2018… if we can reach the right deal with Cargill, says Evolva

Partners Evolva and Cargill have made “solid progress” on EverSweet - their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – but it will not launch until 2018, two years...

From farm to fork: How much do you know about where Europe's food comes from?

Eurostat, the official statistics bureau of the European Union, has published data report on Europe's farms, fisheries and food supply. How much do you know about where your food comes from?...

Soylent unveils new products, says TerraVia squabble will have 'no impact' on business

Soylent – which had a rocky few months at the end of 2016 marred by recalls of its powdered beverage and food bar and a public squabble with a supplier...

Sugar-free drinks no better for weight control, argue researchers

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) do not contribute to weight loss and may even be part of the overall obesity problem, researchers claim. 

Kids start the day with big sugar-kick; breakfast cereals highlighted

Children in England consume almost three cubes of sugar at breakfast, according to new research that puts cereal brands in the spotlight once again.

Consumers willing to pay 75% more for known ingredients: Survey

Branding ingredients has a mixed record of success but a survey reveals worldwide demand for recognisable ingredients.

Cacao pulp sweetens Suavva’s smoothies without added sugar, packs nutritional punch

Cacao is best known for its antioxidant-rich nut that is used to make chocolate, but the fruit has more to offer -- including a sweet white pulp that helps set...

China direct

Chinese sweetener prices rising at last after spate of plant closures

After a year-long race to the bottom by Chinese manufacturers, acesulfame-K sweetener prices have grown steadily since May, with analysts expecting further increases then stabilisation as suppliers, including segment giant...

Mind, body and spirit: The holistic tea trend

Food Matters Live in London played host to a range of food and beverage makers all eager to show off the flavours and unique ingredients, which they think will continue...

Unilever extols the virtues of flavonoids in tea

Unilever spoke about flavonoids (dietary compounds) found in tea, wine, cocoa, fruits and vegetables at Journées Francophones de Nutrition (JFN) tradeshow in Montpellier, France, last week (November 30-December 2).

Applied Food Sciences fills gap in natural and functional beverage space with new soluble organic extracts

For beverage companies looking to stay purely organic, Applied Food Sciences (AFS) is introducing two organic, water-soluble extracts: PurGinger and Pur-C. 

‘My grandmother always told me: ‘Don’t peel your apple, the best part is in the skin’

Smoothies turn to seeds to boost natural positioning

In an effort for products to appear as close to natural as possible, beverage producers are turning more and more to ingredients complete with skin, seeds and fruit flesh. 

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

Where there’s a will…iced coffee concept makes whey protein cool

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed an on-trend whey protein iced coffee concept that it is confident will be “on the market and available to consumers very soon”, but can it dispel...

DSM prepares to bring fermented stevia to EU market

Ingredient supplier DSM has asked EFSA scientists to complete a scientific opinion for its fermentation-derived stevia.

News in brief

New Ingredion launch taps into the Asian non-sugar sweetener market

Ingredion is introducing its range of Sweetis sweeteners, which has been designed to create sucrose-like taste profiles and the mouthfeel of sugar, across Asia-Pacific. 

Arla Foods Ingredients launches new whey solution for RTD products

Arla Food Ingredients says that, with sales of RTD beverages growing, dairy processors and soft drinks manufacturers can exploit the potential of high-protein RTD beverages with its new ingredient solution,...

India

Arjuna launches Ayurveda-based clean-label preservative

Kerala-based botanicals major Arjuna Natural Extracts will launch a range of preservatives that the company says will appeal to the clean-label food fixation of millennials by combining herbal extracts with...

Forbidden Root pushes the ‘anti-establishment’ boundaries of craft beer with botanical brews

Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood in a former 103-year-old movie theatre is Forbidden Root, a brewery focused on providing a full sensory experience not only with its signature roster...

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

Reishi reigns! Mushroom products continue impressive growth in food and beverage space

From teas to powdered lemonade mixes and protein shakes, products formulated with mushrooms are springing up all over the place, with reishi leading the pack.

South Asia radius

Hydrocolloids gain from FSSAI’s new additives standards

DuPont India has launched new fruit beverage stabilisers to take advantage of the decision late last year by the food regulator to allow the use of hydrocolloids in fruit drinks.

What farmers want: Stability and investment for long-term future

Farming methods in Poland have improved considerably over the last ten years, helped by the country's membership of the EU. Now, what the farmers want most are long term contracts...

Foodwatch launches campaign against undeclared use of gelatine in fruit juice

Juice manufacturers that use gelatine as a processing aid without declaring it on-pack may not be breaking EU law but are deceiving consumers, says campaign group Foodwatch.

'Miracle berry' could reduce sugar content of sour drinks, say scientists

Does the 'miracle berry' have potential for sweet success in reducing the sugar content of sour drinks, as Brazilian researchers suggest, or like its name is it too good to...

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