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.
Aspartame has been accused of causing a seemingly endless list of health conditions. However, a recent assessment by the EFSA suggests that the sweetener is not toxic at current levels of exposure.
Sweet Green Fields has been granted a patent in Japan for its proprietary high-purity stevia extraction process, the Fast Precipitation Process (FPP).
To boost self-control, gargle sugar water. According to a University of Georgia professor of psychology, a mouth rinse with glucose improves self-control.
PureCircle has received a Notice of Allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for its plant patent application for a new high-yield variety of stevia.
A Belgian study has found younger consumers are more accepting of stevia-sweetened ice-creams than older consumers.
75% of Australia's sugar crushing capacity will be owned by offshore investors (up from just 16% in 2010) if Mitr Phol's offer for Maryborough Sugar Factory is successful and a 6 million tonne sugar surplus for 2011/12 is predicted by Rabobank in its latest report.
Givaudan is expanding its TasteSolutions health and wellness program by increasing investment and resources in taste technology to address food manufacturers’ sweetness challenges. The company continues to grow its discovery program to develop natural ingredients from botanical sources and biotechnology. Givaudan also has a pipeline of artificial molecules and USA GRAS regulatory approval for a new sweetness modifier to add to its existing flavour ingredients’ palette to help create sweetness and mouthfeel solutions for sugar reduction.
Beneo-Palatinit presented tooth-friendly beverage applications with Palatinose at this year’s Drinktec in Munich.
With heightened health concerns around traditional sweeteners and increased rates of Type II diabetes in western economies, many food manufacturers have offered alternatives using high-intensity artificial sweeteners. However, these artificial sweeteners themselves have not been without controversy.