Sugar & Sweeteners

DouxMatok & Südzucker commercialize “breakthrough” sugar reduction technology in Europe

31 Jul 2018 --- European sugar producer, Südzucker, and DouxMatok, a developer of targeted flavor delivery technology, have announced a partnership to commercialize DouxMatok’s “breakthrough” sugar reduction solution across Europe to support the food industry’s efforts to reduce sugar content. According to the company, DouxMatok sugar, which is compliant with European and US regulations, can reduce up to 40 percent of the sugar content in various food products while maintaining the same sugar sensory profile.

Sweet survey: Who are the world’s biggest sugar consumers?

17 Jul 2018 --- As governments around the world work to curb sugar intake, drive down obesity and health issues by introducing sugar taxes, one survey has collated data to show which countries have the highest intake of the sweet stuff. UK insurance provider Protectivity has analyzed data on human sugar consumption figures to discover which countries are consuming the most sugar per capita.

Reb M capacity increase: PureCircle expands production of its Starleaf stevia

16 Jul 2018 --- Producer of stevia sweeteners, PureCircle, has expanded its capacity to supply significantly more Reb M to global beverage and food companies. Using beverage sweetening as an equivalized example, PureCircle can now supply enough Reb M to sweeten approximately 500 million cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks. The company continues to build production capacity and estimates that three years from now, it could supply enough Reb M to sweeten 1 billion cases of zero-calorie carbonated soft drinks or the equivalent in beverages and foods using Reb M as the sweetener.

Advanced sugar reduction: DSM to launch new Reb M sweetener at IFT

13 Jul 2108 --- DSM is set to showcase its new generation sweetener Avansya Reb M at this year’s IFT, in Chicago. Avansya is DSM’s new brand for sustainably produced, non-artificial sweeteners that answers the need for advanced, flexible sugar reduction in a wide range of foods and beverages. The first product in this range is Avansya Reb M (Rebaudioside M), a calorie-free steviol glycoside with a pure and clean taste, according to the company, which is sustainably produced by fermentation.

HB Natural Ingredients eyes opportunities in stevia and licorice extracts

11 Jul 2018 --- Plant-based ingredients manufacturer HB Natural Ingredients is eyeing opportunities in stevia and licorice extracts to achieve their reformulation and NPD objectives. The company’s next generation, modified stevia extracts are planned for near-term launch. Currently, HB Natural Ingredients’ technology-driven portfolio includes a comprehensive range of stevia extracts, such as Rebaudioside D and licorice root extracts, such as MAG (Mono-Ammonium Glycyrrhizinate).

Chile sugar levy success: Could others “take heart”?

04 Jul 2018 --- Four years after the introduction of Chile’s sugar tax, research claims that the levy has driven down the consumption of sugary drinks. And researchers believe that other countries could “take heart” from the findings because they show that the sugar tax incentive does not need to be high in order to have an impact. But there are doubts about its impact on socioeconomic inequalities in diet-related health, like obesity, leading to claims that it may be a “bittersweet success.” 

Allulose potential: German start-up develops “real sugar without calories”

27 Jun 2018 --- German start-up Savanna Ingredients GmbH is producing initial quantities of allulose monosaccharide, also known as allulose, which is a rare but up and coming natural sugar that it positions as “real sugar without calories.” Allulose exists in very small quantities in nature. It can be found in foods such as figs, raisins, molasses and maple syrup.

Independent panel advising WHO silent on sugar taxes, opinions split over levies

04 Jun 2018 --- A new report from an independent panel advising the World Health Organization (WHO) does not endorse sugar taxes on soft drinks as a way of cutting obesity. Released last Friday in Geneva, the report entitled Time to Deliver does not specifically include a sugar tax among its recommendations to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – illness like cancer, heart conditions, breathing problems and obesity that are not caused by infections and are not passed on from person to person.

Correction: Holista CollTech Limited patent story

26 Apr 2018 --- On January 9, 2017, FoodIngredientsFirst reported that Holista CollTech Limited had filed a patent for the world’s first low Glycemic Index (“GI”) sugar made out of all-natural ingredients based around a claim made in a submitted press release.

Irish sugar tax: EU clears the way for levy to start on May 1

26 Apr 2018 --- A few weeks after the UK began to enforce its much-debated sugar tax policy, Ireland is now implementing the measures in a bid to encourage consumers to opt for healthier alternatives and tackle the growing obesity problems facing the population. As consumers in Britain are adapting to the levy on sugar-sweetened drinks (imposed on April 6), Ireland is days from starting its sugar-sweetened tax after the European Union cleared the way for the levy to come into effect next week.

PureCircle innovation efforts help boost stevia production

03 Apr 2018 --- PureCircle has announced that its recent advances now enable it to significantly boost production of the stevia sweeteners which it says "have the most sugar-like taste and which are most sought after by beverage and food companies."

Cargill starts production of optimized stevia extract

20 Mar 2018 --- Cargill has officially started producing EverSweet,  a zero-calorie, next-generation sweetener made with two of the best tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf, Reb M and Reb D.

Next-generation stevia: A new wave of extracts

13 Mar 2018 --- Natural sweeteners, including stevia, have been trending amid the clean label boom. With 2018 set to be a big year for sugar reduction and with sugar taxes coming into effect in the UK and Ireland, many ingredients suppliers are looking to innovate even further in the space of sugar reduction with new and emerging sweeteners, including stevia extracts.

Sugar reduction tops reformulation agenda as UK sugar tax beckons

06 Mar 2018 --- In recent years, a trend for healthier lifestyles has emerged and consumers have become increasingly aware of the ingredients in their food and drinks. As EU sugar consumption figures reach nearly 32kg per person per year, sugar reduction has become the health trend under the spotlight. In fact, one month from today (April 6, 2018), the much-debated sugar tax will come into effect in the UK.

Save the bee: EU-wide protection plan set out to save at-risk populations

02 Mar 2018 --- MEPs are to set out a Pan-European long-term survival strategy that involves potential bans on all harmful pesticides, tightening up checks to eliminate fake honey imports and promoting the health benefits of honey.

Layn opens European office to support global growth in natural sweeteners

22 Nov 2017 --- Layn Corp., has announced the opening of its European office in Savona, on the northwest coast of Italy. “Our new European office and logistics center places us in a strategic location as we expand globally, and continue to drive sweetener innovation and uphold our commitments to sustainability in monk fruit and stevia production,” says Luca Pennestri, president of Layn Europe.

Tereos introduces first “connected” sugar beet

21 Nov 2017 --- With the first post-quota sugar beet campaign in full swing, Tereos has introduced what is claims is the first connected sugar beet. Developed jointly by Tereos' New Technologies team and Agronomic Department, this technology allows digging machine settings to be refined in order to maintain the quality of the harvest and therefore its preservation. It is a major challenge in the context of the extension of the campaigns.

Bayn Europe signs framework agreement to enter sugar reduction market in China

20 Nov 2017 --- Bayn Europe AB has signed a strategic framework agreement with Kong Wua Group in China, outlining the establishment of an R&D center for sugar reduction and production of sugar replacer solutions. Through the outlined agreement, Bayn and Kong Wua will bring sugar replacer solution to the market to help tackle the sugar overconsumption social problems. 

FDA issues GRAS No Objection Letter for Reb D sweetener

17 Nov 2017 --- SweeGen, Inc., a nature-based sweetener company, and Ingredion have jointly announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) No Objection Letter for BESTEVIA Rebaudioside D stevia leaf sweetener for use as a general-purpose, non-nutritive sweetener for foods and beverages.

SweeGen & Ingredion bring latest generation of stevia to Mexico

03 Nov 2017 --- SweeGen and Ingredion have announced that the Mexican Federal Commission of Protection of Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), directed by Julio Sánchez and Tepoz, has approved SweeGen's latest generation sweetener, Reb M, derived from the stevia leaf for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides.