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Roughly 80% of PureCircle's 2018 planted stevia will be its StarLeaf stevia launched last year, the company said. ©GettyImages/y-studio

PureCircle to bump up stevia planting by 200% in 2018

By Mary Ellen Shoup

PureCircle is set to plant nearly 16,000 tons of stevia in 2018 - a 200% increase from the year before - to meet increasing global industry demand for a zero-calorie sweetener that tastes ‘the most sugar-like.’

“The supermarket is quickly becoming the place to buy wine,” Private Label Manufacturers Association's president said. ©GettyImages/nd3000

Consumers turning to private label wine more often, thanks to supermarkets

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Private label wine is building momentum in the US, thanks to national supermarket chains such as Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods taking on the identity as trusted wine vendors, says Brian Sharoff, president of Private Label Manufacturers Association...

Open Gate Pure Brew is currently available in Dublin and will roll out to the rest of the Ireland in March. Pic: Guinness/YouTube

Guinness launches non-alcoholic lager in Ireland

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Diageo-owned Guinness has released a 'full-flavored, non-alcoholic' lager, Open Gate Pure Brew, created after two years of experimentation by brewers at St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland.

The tea leaves are sourced from China's Shaanxi province on the Daba Mountain where they grow at high altitudes. ©GettyImages/start0

Tea importer strikes deal to bring rare Chinese tea to US

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Cha Gardens has introduced a low-yield high-end tea, grown at an altitude of 2,100 to 2,300 meters in China’s Daba Mountain region, to the US market: available in select fine dining restaurants and online.

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