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Ever since the European Commission's approval of stevia sweeteners in late 2011, suppliers and manufacturers have been working on new products to take advantage of its natural, zero-calorie positioning. Can they overcome early taste concerns? And can stevia ever compete with other sweeteners on cost?

Evolva and Cargill publish patent application for ‘next generation’ fermented sweeteners

A new patent application that covers the efficient and sustainable production of sweeteners including Rebaudioside M (Reb M) using fermentation technology has been published by Evolva and Cargill.

‘Sin taxes’ are regressive and impose middle class values on the working class: Economist

‘Sin taxes’ as a strategy to curb consumption of foods high in salt, fats and sugar are regressive and disproportionately costly for businesses and consumers, according to an economist from...

Coca-Cola Company won’t ditch stevia in the UK

Sugar reduction campaigners have praised the Coca-Cola Company’s (CCC’s) refusal to drop the natural sweetener stevia in its Glaceau Vitaminwater in the UK, as it has done in the US....

DSM Food Specialties on its fermentation-derived stevia: High purity and cost-in-use will be better

Steviol glycosides produced through fermentation will be cost-effective, high purity, and sustainable, but they are about 18 months away, says DSM Food Specialties as it announces its new sweetener platform...

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Wrigley launches its first stevia-sweetened product

Wrigley has introduced Extra Professional Mints containing stevia rebaudiana across Europe, marking the first time it has used stevia in a product globally.

Fermented stevia: Cargill and Evolva hit ‘technical milestone’

Cargill and Evolva Holding SA have announced the achievement of a technical milestone in their joint development program of fermentation-based minor steviol glycosides - the compounds responsible for the sweet...

Have you considered inulin in your chocolate?

Leading Dutch supplier Sensus is pushing inulin as a sugar and sweetener replacer with minimal taste and texture tariffs.

UK confectionery market poised for sugar free transition, predicts Sulá

Sugar free candies only account for 5% of the UK sweets market but the dynamic could be changing, according to German confectioner Sulá.

A sweet tooth is just as genetic as asthma, says researcher

About 50% of our preference for sweet food and drinks can be attributed to genetics, about the same level of heritability as certain personality traits and asthma, according to a...

Small changes are the way to go (and that’s not an industry cop out!): Obesity expert

Obesity should be tackled in small steps, acknowledging where people are and not where public health officials wish they were, according to a US scientist.

dispatches from ISA conference 2014

Simplicity, not science, rules sweetener coverage

The average consumer’s desire for simplicity and the average journalist’s desire for a good headline is driving public perception of sweeteners, according to participants of a debate in Brussels....

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Voices from the International Sweeteners Association Conference in Brussels

What role could sweeteners play in weight and diabetes management? Should we be 'curing' obesity or preventing it? Who tells us what to eat and why do we listen to...

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Stevia expert PureCircle posts much-reduced net loss ($1.9m) in H1, 2014; Sales surge 32% to $34.9m

Leading stevia supplier PureCircle posted a (much reduced) net loss of $1.9m in the six months to Dec 31, 2013, while sales surged 32% to $34.9m over the same period....

Groundbreaking stevia launch opens up completely new territory for formulators with sugar reductions of “50, 60, 75 and in some cases 100%”, says Cargill

The word ‘game-changer’ is used so liberally these days that Cargill has not given in to the temptation to employ it here. But ViaTech - its new range of stevia-based...

Stevia boosts reduced sugar drinks category

Stevia-derived sweeteners have given the reduced sugar beverage category a boost, as manufacturers look to appeal to consumers looking for fewer calories without artificial sweeteners, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

Sweeteners in the water supply? Stevia gains funding on environmental grounds

The Swedish government has supported a stevia project led by Bayn Europe and Barentz based on concerns that non-biodegradable sweeteners may have adverse effects on water supplies.

Health and wellness: Don’t mention the ‘D’ word (diet!)

Diet is becoming a dirty word, consumers prefer health and wellness, says Leatherhead.

Sugar concerns spark market gains for sweeteners

The market for high intensity sweeteners is growing rapidly, with plant-derived stevia providing the fastest growth, according to a new report from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research.

Stevia, sucralose and aspartame: Which has the sweetest reputation?

While stevia's reputation remains sweet, sucralose and aspartame are slipping behind. Canadean looks at which sweeteners receive the best and worst press.

Stevia companies target half-sugar soft drinks

The taste of stevia-derived sweeteners has come a long way in just a few short years, and the major stevia suppliers are now focusing on cutting sugar by half in...

Stevia sees ‘exponential growth’ in Europe

Stevia sweeteners have appeared in about 1200 new products in Europe in the past two years – and 700 of those were launched in 2013, according to Cargill’s business development...

Sensus develops computer model to tackle dairy stevia aftertaste issues

Sensus has developed a computer model that it claims can identify the “ideal combination” of stevia and oligofructose for the replacement of sugar in dairy products.

Four trends propelling the dairy market

An ageing population, new EFSA health claims, protein perceptions and a focus on sugar as opposed to fat are some key considerations that are or should be driving the dairy...

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Tate & Lyle profits fall on lower US beverage demand

Tate & Lyle has reported lower profits in the first half of the year, citing poor demand for soft drinks in the United States.