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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.

Novozymes wins landmark case for biotech patent in alcohol beverages

In a rare landmark case on the validity of patents covering biotech innovations, the Supreme People’s Court of China has decided in favor of Novozymes, in a trial against two...

‘Orange aid’: IFU to measure color of blood orange juice

IFU (the international fruit and vegetable juice association) has developed an analytical method for testing the concentration of blood orange juice.

Ethnicity not found to affect GI beverage response in Asia

The glycaemic response (GR) to beverages does not vary depending on Asian ethnicity, with Chinese, Indian and Malay displaying similar responses, a first of its kind study has established.

ProSweets 2017

Döhler Cactus Pear-Kiwi functional gummie equivalent to one-and-a-half cups of espresso

Döhler has launched a range of gummies and jellies based on 100% ingredients from fruit such as pectin from apple, juice concentrate, and fruit sugars instead of sucrose or glucose...

Pinkster launches Gin Jam from left-over berries

British gin brand Pinkster has launched a Gin Jam, described as ‘mildly alcoholic’ and ‘ideal for putting the tipple in your teatime’.

Smarter than a sweetener? Flavour enhancer matches sugar's mouthfeel & sweetness

OmegaSweet is a natural, flavour-enhancing ingredient that not only replaces sugar's sweetness but mimics its mouthfeel in beverages - a smarter way to reduce sugar ahead of the UK's sugar tax, says...

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Meringue kiss 3D sweetener melts in hot drinks

Lampados International has launched a next-gen meringue kiss sweetener called Liteez.

Polyphenols specialist Artemis rebrands core line, branches out into purple tea

Polyphenols specialist Artemis International is rebranding its core berry-based product line and is branching out into other dark-colored botanicals including a unique purple tea. The company is also starting to develop...

Consumer group calls on Dutch parliament for tougher salt measures

A study by the Dutch Consumentebond has found exceedingly higher levels of salt in private label supermarket foods than their name brand counterparts and are calling on the government to...

Boom and bust in the orange market: Brazil's crop plummets whilst Tunisia's reaches record high

As climate crisis decimates Brazil’s orange crop, Tunisia is graced with a record yield. How will the European market be affected and can the crises resolve one another?

Olam flexes its ‘soft power’ through approach to certification

The world of produce certification has shifted considerably in recent years, with a raft of new sustainability marks entering the market and “raising the benchmark of what is happening on...

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...

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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...

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