Agricultural biotech company Stevia First Corp has developed a combined processing method for sugarcane and stevia leaf, aimed at lowering the barriers to entry into steviol processing.
A natural fruit juice made from monk fruit, a small Chinese melon, is being touted as a natural way to reduce sugar in everyday foods and beverages such as cereals, yoghurts and juices, without compromising flavour.
Given the increasing noise around sugar's ill effects on health, one would expect the sugar-free confectionery market to be booming. But this isn't the case: sugar-free lines accounted for less than 7% of global confectionery launches in 2014.
According to a report published by Canadean, consumers love the idea of natural sweeteners, but our taste buds are still adjusting.
NutraSweet has announced it will shut down its aspartame and L-phenylalanine production plant by the end of 2014 as part of a move to exit the aspartame segment of its business.
The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing.
Connell Brothers offers a specialised range of ingredients to the food industry including: antioxidants, brewer's yeast extracts, carotenoids, cake aeration and whipped topping systems, fat powders, flavours, lipids, natural mould inhibitors, omega, resistant starches, sour doughs, textured wheat protein, TG-based meat binders and vitamins.The company also offers Benecarb and a range of enzymes.
Sugar Research Australia has announced a five-year strategic plan to strengthen the sugar industry. The plan includes efficient plant breeding, minimising pests and disease, optimising farming systems and production techniques and developing economically viable alternative uses for sugar cane.
Naturally occurring compounds in strawberries can boost the perception of a product's sweetness regardless of actual sugar levels, a new study has shown. These compounds could be a way to make processed foods taste sweeter without sugar.
Despite fructose frequently being blamed for obesity, researchers have found no benefit in replacing fructose with glucose in commercially prepared foods.
As traditional sweeteners such as aspartame fall from grace, stevia has been quietly gaining popularity with consumers. Stevia has been valued at US$110 million in 2013, but is predicted to rise to US$275 by 2017.
PureCircle's Rebaudioside M (Reb M) has been classified as GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe) by the FDA. The FDA has issued a No Objection letter for the use of Reb M as a general sweetener for foods and beverages in the United States.
Consumers' taste for aspartame has soured, new data from Canadean shows. Overall, sweetener consumption is changing across the globe, with increasing positive sentiment towards all-natural sweetness and clean label products.
Following pressure from an Oxfam campaign, Coca-Cola has announced it will take steps to stamp out the practice of land grabs among its suppliers.
Oxfam has taken aim at some of the biggest names in the food and beverage industry - including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo - for their lack of action on land grabs and conflicts throughout their supply chains.