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Why all the fuss about stevia?

Over the past half year, stevia has been the focus of attention as the search for a perfect natural sweetener continues. But why are the birds circling when the ingredient has not been approved in the two major Western markets - the United States and Europe?

CHS reports 'record' 2007 profits

Grains company CHS has reported strong results for its 2007 fiscal year, on the back of a good performance throughout all segments of its operations.

Rising corn prices are actually falling, states corn industry

Americans are paying proportionally less than any other nation for food, which the corn industry claims is largely a result of efforts to ensure abundant supplies of the crop.

No safety concerns over neotame, says EFSA

Neotame has moved a step closer to being approved for use in the European Union as a sweetener and flavour enhancer, following a positive safety opinion from EFSA.

US firm claims cheap, industrial stevia production

Blue California claims to have developed an economical industrial production process for the 'natural sweetener' stevia, which promises lower prices for manufacturers.

Nutrinova settles Ace-K suit with DMH

Ingredient firm Nutrinova has settled another patent infringement case related to its acesulfame K product, solidifying its position in the US sweetener market.

Organic undersupply stunts market growth, OTA

Unreliable organic supplies are stunting the growth of over half of US organic food manufacturers, according to a new report by the nation's industry association.

Wild launches healthy sweetener logo

Wild said yesterday manufacturers can now use a new logo on products containing its fruit-based sweetener, claiming it would allowing them to promote the health benefits of a natural low glycemic index (GI) sugar alternative.

PureCircle plans flotation to fund Reb-A sweetener supply

Malaysia-based PureCircle is to float on London's AIM in a bid to raise US$50m, which it will use to expand Rebaudioside-A sweetener production from Stevia and secure an advantage in anticipation of an explosion in demand.

Organic becomes mainstream, says Mintel

The organic food market in the US has received a strong push from recent health and food safety concerns, according to a new report by Mintel.

Galam in new deal to handle fructose demand

Fructose supplier Galam has formed a partnership with Tat Nisasta, a Turkish starch, glucose and isoglucose manufacturer, to meet the increasing global demand for fructose.

Ajinomoto sales up for enzymes and flavourings

Japan-based Ajinomoto has experienced an increase in sales and income, particularly for its enzymes and flavour seasonings, according to its interim financial results released today.

ADM profits rise on higher selling prices

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) today reported strong first quarter earnings, boosted by higher selling prices for its products, including sweeteners and starches.

New natural HI sweetener could rival aspartame, sucralose

A new plant-derived high intensity sweetener is set to hit the market worldwide, emerging as what could be the first natural sweetener to rival artificial counterparts such as aspartame and sucralose.

Danisco starts Dulcaden roll-out with Brazilian bakery

European ingredients firm Danisco is introducing a new range of lactitol-based sweeteners for bakery products in the Brazilian market - a strategic decision that indicates an on-going commitment to milk-derived lactitol.

Galam, Atomer, strengthen position in EU fructose market

Israeli fructose supplier Galam Group will take a majority share in the Spanish company Atomer SL, building on the market demand for natural sweeteners with a low Glycemic Index and calorie count.

FIE opens doors in London

Trade show Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) kicks off today in London, attracting 23,000 representatives from across the industry and the latest innovations in ingredients, formulation and processing techniques.

Kid breakfast items remain constant over decades, report

Breakfast products that are quick and easy to prepare remain the most popular items chosen by moms with young children, revealing that certain trends withstand time, according to the NPD Group.

Bunge sees earnings double in Q3

Bunge, a supplier of agricultural and edible oil products to the food industry, today reported that earnings more than doubled in its third quarter on the back of strong market conditions.

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Freedonia: Stevia's potential in an imperfect sweetener market

No sweetener currently available on the market has proven to be a fully satisfactory replacement for sugar, but the emergence of stevia could rekindle hope, according to Freedonia. The analyst examines the sweetener market in the second of a series of exclusive articles contributed to FoodNavigator-USA.com by global market research firms.

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