Sugar & Sweeteners

PureCircle Launch First-Ever Commercially Viable Stevia Antioxidant Product

27 Jun 2017 --- PureCircle claims it has developed the first commercially viable stevia antioxidant product which can provide food and beverage companies new access to health and wellness ingredients for their consumers. 

Strong Sugar and Starch Segments Support EBITA Increase for AGRANA

21 Jun 2017 --- Good prices of ethanol in the starch segment plus a strong sugar segment contributed to improved first quarter results for international food company Agrana which has just published its earnings before tax for March 1 to May 31.
Over the first quarter, AGRANA’s EBIT increased  from €47.0 million in Q1 2016/17 to €69.8 million. Revenues during the three months also rose slightly, from €665.5 million to €684.2 million.

PureCircle's Breakthrough Stevia Extract Has High Degree of Sugar-Like Taste

09 Jun 2017 --- PureCircle has announced the successful production of the first stevia leaf extract from the new, breakthrough, proprietary stevia leaf – StarLeaf stevia.

Lampados Launch 3D Stevia Sweetener

08 Jun 2017 --- Lampados International, Ltd., have launched Liteez, its new, 3D stevia sweetener for hot drinks. This “free-from” meringue kiss addresses the growing demand for sugar reduction in beverages.

Mexico Strikes a Deal on Sugar Trade Agreement

07 Jun 2017 --- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has issued a statement regarding a new agreement between the United States and Mexico regarding the importation of Mexican sugar.  

Steviana Launch High Purity Stevia Product Viana

05 Jun 2017 --- Founded in 2016, Steviana Bioscience is now commercializing its global patented extraction, purification and crystallization processes to produce the worlds cleanest tasting Stevia products.  

Canadian Approval for Ajinomoto’s Advantame Sweetener

27 Apr 2017 --- Ajinomoto’s zero-calorie sweetener, Advantame, has been approved in Canada following the green light already being given by a whole host of other countries. Advantame has a clean, sugar-like taste, functionality and cost effectiveness, and can be used to replace caloric sweeteners and other high-potency sweeteners in foods and beverages while maintaining or enhancing the flavor profile.

NHS and Leading Suppliers Vow to Reduce Sales of Sugary Drinks

24 Apr 2017 --- The UK National Health Service (NHS) has announced it is “stepping up the battle against obesity, diabetes and tooth decay” by declaring that sugary drinks will be banned in hospital shops from next year unless suppliers voluntarily take decisive action to cut their sales over the next 12 months. 

Special Report: An Industry Update on Sugar Taxes

24 Apr 2017 --- The soft drinks industry at large has been facing the sugar tax challenge for several years now against a backdrop of consumer demand for reduced-sugar products and increasing calls for governments to legislate on the issue. Reformulating a much-loved product by removing or replacing the sugar, while maintaining the familiar taste is a challenge for most companies. But that has not stopped the majority of key players from adding a wealth of no- or low-sugar lines to their portfolios.

Study Linking Diet Drinks With Stroke and Dementia Disputed Over Mechanism

21 Apr 2017 --- A long-term observational study has shown that drinking one or more artificially sweetened beverages on a daily basis is linked to almost three times the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who drank them less than once a week. However, claims that the observational study includes a number of limitations have come to light, with the ISA stating the study “provides no convincing evidence and no plausible mechanism for a causal relationship between diet drinks’ consumption and health indices, in this case stroke and dementia.”

Sugar Sweetens Associated British Foods Profits

20 Apr 2017 --- Associated British Foods (ABF) has published its interim first-half results which sees pre-tax profits at the food and fashion group jump to £624 million (US$800 million) by 35% in the 24 weeks to March 4. And revenues at the British multinational food processing and retailing company went up by 19% to £7.3 billion (US$9.3 billion).

Sweeteners are a Safe Sugar Alternative: UK Health Body

10 Apr 2017 --- In a report published on 30 March, Public Health England (PHE) has acknowledged that low calorie sweeteners can play a useful role in calorie and sugar reduction and in food reformulation. In the report, the UK health agency also sets out guidelines for how the food industry can cut 200,000 tons of sugar from their products per year by 2020.

Evolva and Cargill in “Next Generation” Stevia Deal

03 Apr 2017 --- Evolva and Cargill are teaming up to produce the “next generation of stevia sweetener” with a 2018 launched planned for EverSweet. The announcement has lead to sweetener maker Evolva shares increasing more than 10% in early trading today (Apr 3). 

UK Food Industry Gets 20% Sugar Reduction Guidelines

31 Mar 2017 --- The UK government has unveiled guidelines on how the food industry can cut sugar by 20% across a range of everyday categories including biscuits, breakfast cereals and yogurts, as part of its drive to significantly reduce obesity rates amongst Britain’s adults and kids. 

Key Interview: Cargill Targets New Routes in Sugar Reduction

27 Mar 2017 --- Clean label and sugar reduction are high on the agenda for many of today’s food manufacturers. Oliggo-Fiber chicory root fiber, from Cargill, is one potential solution to help food & beverage manufacturers capitalize on these key consumer trends. This ingredient is a naturally-sourced fructan, which is extracted from the chicory root. The versatile solution offers many functional product development benefits, as well as providing benefits to human health.

20% Sugar Reduction is “Impossible”, Says UK Food and Drink Trade Body

23 Mar 2017 --- An executive of the UK’s Food and Drink Federation has warned how the government’s 20% sugar reduction drive - a program to seriously reduce the amount of sugar across British food and beverages - is not “technically” possible and, on top of that, will not be accepted by consumers. 

Tate & Lyle Launches Crystalline Allulose, Their Latest Sugar Reduction Solution

23 Mar 2017 --- Tate & Lyle PLC have announced a line extension to DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose, a low-calorie sweetening solution that provides the full taste and enjoyment of sugar, but without all the calories. The new DOLCIA PRIMA Crystalline Allulose offers all of the same benefits as DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose Syrup, and opens up new categories and applications such as tabletop sweeteners, dry beverage and meal replacement mixes, fat-based creams and chocolate confectionery.

ADM Launches New Sweeteners Made with Stevia and Monk Fruit

17 Mar 2017 --- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is bringing two new sweetener brands, SweetRight stevia and VerySweet monk fruit, to the market. These two new additions to the ADM portfolio, sourced through ADM’s partnership with GLG Life Tech Corporation, offer food and beverage product developers all the benefits of stevia and monk fruit, as well as access to ADM’s extensive ingredient portfolio, formulations expertise and blending capabilities. ADM’s global distribution network provides the added assurance that these ingredients are readily available. 

Tate & Lyle and Sweet Green Fields Announce Distribution Partnership for Stevia Solutions

17 Mar 2017 --- Tate & Lyle PLC and Sweet Green Fields, one of the largest privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies, have announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership to deliver innovative stevia ingredients and solutions to customers around the world.