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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?

PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

PureCircle has requested a safety opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for glucosylated stevia as it hopes to bring the enzymatically modified sweetener to the European market in 2018.

New insights reveal how stevia controls blood sugar levels

How stevia controls blood sugar levels has remained a mystery until now as researchers think they have unravelled the natural, no-calorie sweetener's action that results in its observed health benefits.

DSM opens new Dutch biotechnology centre

Global food and nutritional ingredients supplier DSM continues its €100 million investment in R&D with the opening of a new biotechnology facility near its Delft HQ for food.

The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

Sugar, salt and fat taxes are 'very positive', says Health Commissioner

The EU Health Commissioner has said that taxation on certain ingredients and products can be a “very powerful” tool for tackling health issues, including obesity. Campaigners have welcomed his comments but food...

Allulose low-cal sweetener credentials boosted as glucose control is highlighted

Allulose, a low-calorie, natural sugar could help regulate blood glucose levels as preliminary animal studies have highlighted this rare sugar’s ability to also manage weight gain.

Stevia & fibre blend promises to slash sugar by 100% with no loss in taste or bulk

Food tech start-up Unavoo has launched a natural, stevia- and prebiotic fibre-based sweetener that can replace sugar like-for-like in dairy, bakery and beverage products.

PureCircle cleared of 'forced prison labour' accusations

Stevia maker PureCircle today (Tuesday) said it would “leave all the options open” as to whether it would seek compensation after it was “cleared” following a dispute with the US...

SCIENCE SHORT

Stevia’s stability affected by light

The stability of stevia’s sweet-tasting molecule rebaudioside A is adversely affected by light exposure, say researchers, but light-protective packaging could be the answer.

Study says stevia on par with sugar in drinks satisfaction, but finds fibre fouls feelings

Drinks sweetened with high-Reb A stevia may have similar or higher satisfaction ratings than sucrose drinks, but added fibre lowers scores, according to a new sensory and sensation-focused study.

European soda makers vow to reduce added sugar by further 10%

European soft drink brands, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Orangina and Red Bull, have announced plans to reduce added sugars by an extra 10% by 2020 in Europe.

Finding the sweet spot: Balancing low-cal with sugar taste

The increase in low-calorie sweetener (LCS) consumption in US adults and kids has once again placed a question mark over their long-term use and effects on health.

Bayn seeks partners as it ends exclusive Barentz stevia contract

Swedish supplier Bayn is looking for strategic partners for the supply and distribution of its stevia ingredients as it ends its four-year exclusive deal with Dutch distributor Barentz. 

Carrot biscuits, beetroot yoghurt and coconut sugar: A look at Europe's low sugar innovations

Natural sweeteners, such as agave and stevia, are in higher demand than artificial sweeteners as Europe cracks down on sugar.

‘Health benefits of UK’s sugar tax will depend on industry’: Lancet study

The impact on public health of the UK's sugar tax will depend on industry's response to it, according to the authors of a Lancet study. If firms choose to cut...

Food Navigator exclusive

Consumer sugar awareness ‘quite limited’: Cargill survey

Despite the drive to reduce sugar content in foods, consumers are still bewildered as to which type of sugar alternative is the healthiest.

Europe sweetens its NPD with low sugar launches

From soft drinks to yoghurts, snack bars to jams, the low sugar and sugar-free drive is spreading across categories in Europe. We take a look at some of the stand-out...

Study shows how stevia may harness additional commercial benefits

A new study has highlighted some of the lesser-known properties in stevia - one of which has anti-obesity potential - that could provide extra commercial benefits in addition to its...

DSM prepares to bring fermented stevia to EU market

Ingredient supplier DSM has asked EFSA scientists to complete a scientific opinion for its fermentation-derived stevia.

FOODNAVIGATOR EXCLUSIVE

Cargill invests €35m to broaden European sweetener choices

Ingredients giant Cargill will invest €35m to expand its sweetener options throughout Europe in anticipation of strict sugar production quotas that will end in 2017. 

Mintel's top European trends for 2017 - and the firms already following them

Mintel has picked out its top trends for 2017 - a must for food and drink manufacturers wishing to stay ahead of the curve. FoodNavigator takes a look at some them....

Law applies from 3 November 2016

Stevia sector says imminent EU law changes will sweeten NPD

An amendment to the EU food additives regulation has removed the requirement for stevia blends to contain at least 75% stevioside or reb A, giving food and beverage manufacturers scope...

Sweet success: TINE's nutrition chief on its million-kilo sugar cut

Over the past ten years, Norwegian dairy and cereal manufacturer TINE has cut one million kilos of sugar from its products each year. We spoke to the company's head of...

Counterfeit stevia on the rise but spectroscopy could be the solution: Study

Handheld spectroscopy devices could be used for on-the-spot detection of counterfeit stevia, scientists have found.

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

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