Sugar & Sweeteners

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

FDA Issues GRAS for SweeGen’s Reb-M Sweetener

03 Mar 2017 --- SweeGen and Ingredion Incorporated have announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) No Objection Letter for BESTEVIA Reb-M stevia sweetener for use as a general purpose sweetener for food and beverage applications in the United States. 

SweeGen Commercializes New Reb-M Stevia Product

22 Feb 2017 --- SweeGen, Inc. have announced the successful commercialization of its Bestevia Reb-M, the company’s non-caloric and high purity stevia sweetener with an unparalleled, clean, sweet taste, which is comparable to regular table sugar. 

German Fruit Juice Producer Uses Stevia as a Natural Sweetener

17 Feb 2017 --- Part of the job at Glockengold Fruchtsaft AG is to taste fruit juice, ice teas, soft drinks and mineral water with around 30 million liters a year leaving the German company after being poured into beverage cartons labeled with a bell logo to signify the old belfry town of Laucha.

Royal Cosun Reports Decline in Sugar

10 Feb 2017 --- Royal Cosun have announced an increase in its profit for 2016 in comparison with 2015. The projected decline in the profit on sugar was offset by firmer results on other activities, especially potatoes. The cooperative will pay €44.15 ($46.98) per ton of quota beet supplied during the 2016 campaign. 

New 3D Sweetener to Hit the Hot Drinks Market

23 Jan 2017 --- Lampados International Ltd. will launch Liteez, a next-gen sweetener, at the ISM show in Cologne, 29.01.2017- 01.02.2017. This dual-purpose meringue kiss sweetener that can melt in your coffee/hot drink as well as be enjoyed as an ultra-low calorie sweet treat.

Bayn Opens for New Business Model with Barentz to Replace Stevia Distribution Contract

16 Jan 2017 --- Bayn Europe and Barentz have mutually agreed upon the termination of their exclusive stevia distribution contract in Europe effective from Sep 2016, a new cooperation model is under discussion. The decision comes after mutual evaluation of market potential and business strategies, and it opens up for Bayn Europe to work also with other solution driven partners to reach more food and beverage companies for healthy sugar reduction in Europe.

Holista Collaborates with Nobel Prize Nominee For World’s First Low-GI Sugar With All-Natural Ingredients

09 Jan 2017 --- Holista CollTech Limited have announced that it has collaborated with 2017 Nobel Prize Nominee and emerging thought leader in carbohydrate chemistry, Daryl Thompson, to file a patent for the world’s first lowGlycemic Index (“GI”) sugar made out of all-natural ingredients. 

Fructose: Fact Versus Fiction

02 Jan 2017 --- In recent years, food and beverage manufacturers have often found themselves caught in the middle of shifting attitudes and consumer confusion surrounding sweeteners. On the one hand, consumers want great taste. It’s the top driver for food and beverage purchase decisions. On the other hand, many consumers worldwide have made reducing sugar and calorie intake a top priority.