Health and Wellness

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.’

Harmless Harvest will use $30m investment to increase and optimize its sustainable production capacity in Thailand, raising brand awareness, and expanding geographic distribution.

Harmless Harvest secures $30m led by Danone investment venture arm

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Harmless Harvest, a US refrigerated premium coconut water brand, has secured $30m in growth capital from Danone Manifesto Ventures and others to support expansion plans of its organic portfolio with an emphasis on meeting sustainable quality standards.

The UK uses units to indicate the amount of alcohol per serve, but this is useless unless put in the context of government drinking guidelines, says the RSPH. Pic:iStock

Call for cigarette-style health warnings on alcohol

By Rachel Arthur

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for the introduction of new labeling regulations – such as cigarette-style health warnings, drink drive warnings, and calorie content – on alcoholic drinks in the UK.

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.

Unlike the city of Seattle soda tax, the statewide proposed bill would tax diet drinks as well. ©GettyImages/Kwangmoozaa

Seattle sweetened beverage tax could spread statewide

By Mary Ellen Shoup

A bill from February 2017 has been reintroduced to the Washington State Legislature, calling for a two-cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages throughout the state.

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