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Concerns raised by sorbitol weight loss reports

Excessive intake of sorbitol, a widely used sweetener in "sugar-free" products such as chewing gum and sweets, may lead to weight loss and diarrhoea, German doctors report.

GLG ramps up stevia production for Rebiana supply

Ingredient firm GLG Life Tech Corporation will construct two new stevia processing plants in China, in a bid to meet the supply demands of Coca-Cola and Cargill.

PureCircle secures sweet new deal for stevia

PureCircle has secured an extension to its agreement with Cargill to supply its stevia-derived Reb-A until mid-2010, helping to ensure availability for what is tipped to be the next big thing in sweeteners.

Cargill, Coca-Cola prepare to bring stevia to global markets

Coca-Cola and Cargill will move to introduce their stevia sweetener product in countries where the ingredient is already approved, the firms have confirmed.

New natural sweetener claims 1:1 sugar replacement

A new 'all natural' sweetener blend for baked goods claims to be able to replace sugar on a one to one basis without compromising the sweetness or structure of a product.

Report examines label reading priorities and obstacles

Freshness dates, nutrition facts panels and ingredients lists are priorities for most consumers when reading product labels, according to a new report.

Genencor invests in carb processing

Enzyme and biotechnology firm Genencor said it plans to build a new Applications and Training Center for carbohydrate processing.

Kosher tops list of 2007 product launches, Mintel

'Kosher' was the most frequently used claim on new products launched in the US during 2007, while 'All Natural' and 'No Additives or Preservatives' were amongst the other most popular claims used on new products, reveals data from Mintel's Global New Products Database (GNPD).

Ingredients M&A round-up: 2007

2007 has seen a slate of mergers and acquisitions across the food ingredients sector. presents a round-up of who now owns what.

PureCircle signs Korean deal for stevia-made Sweta

PureCircle has forged an exclusive supply agreement with an undisclosed Korean company to supply its commodity Sweta sweetener on an exclusive basis - a deal it expects to deliver good growth prospects for its stevia-based portfolio.

Sugar, sweetener sales slide, reveals Mintel

Sales of sugar and sweeteners have slowed in recent years and are expected to decline slightly going ahead, according to a new report by Mintel.

USDA predicts more commodity price rises

US wheat stocks will fall to their lowest level in 60 years, which will contribute to a sharp rise in prices, according to US Department of Agriculture projections.

HFCS drinks no different to sucrose, milk for satiety

Beverages sweetened by high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) do not affect energy levels or appetite-related hormone levels any more than milk or drinks sweetened with sucrose, reports a new study from the Netherlands.

Danisco expansion boosts xylose production

Danisco has opened the doors to its expanded xylose factory in Austria, which will increase production by 50 per cent while increasing sustainability.

Ethanol not to blame for food price hikes, says report

There is little connection between corn ethanol production and food price inflation, according to a statistical analysis by Informa Economics.

Splenda marketing lawsuit to go ahead, says judge

A lawsuit regarding claims of false advertising for the artificial sweetener Splenda is set to go ahead as planned, after a federal court rejected a request for summary judgment.

Gadot launches low GI, tooth-friendly sweetener

Gadot Biochemical is introducing a sweetener that is suitable for diabetics because of its low glycemic index (GI), while also prolonging energy levels and avoiding tooth enamel erosion.

Whirlwind around stevia could also include DNA protection

Stevia, the natural sweetener causing a whirlwind of interest around the globe, could also be a rich source of antioxidants and may protect against DNA damage and cancer, says a study from India published yesterday.

Tate & Lyle cuts carbon footprint with pioneering biomass boiler

A new biomass boiler in Tate & Lyle's East London refinery, considered a first for the UK food and drink industry, will slash carbon emissions from energy use by 25 per cent in less than two years.

Sucrose, fructose link to pancreatic cancer, study

High intakes of sucrose and fructose may contribute to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, suggest data from a cohort study, but the researchers say insulin resistance could also play a part.

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