Coco Pops’ sugar content cut

Kellogg’s has revealed that it is to reduce the amount of sugar in its Coco Pops breakfast cereal, saying it has ‘listened to mums’. “We have listened to mums and they want a balance – lower sugar cereals which children will still eat,” explains Greg Peterson, managing director of Kellogg’s UK. “We have invested millions […]

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Tate & Lyle sells sugar business to US

Tate & Lyle has sold its historic sugar business, which includes the iconic Golden Syrup brand, to American Sugar Refining in a £211 million (€256m) deal. The sale of its EU Sugar Refining operations is part of the food group’s new strategy to focus on its fast-growing food ingredients business. “Sugar refining has enjoyed a […]

EFSA approval for stevia-based sweeteners

Stevia suppliers have welcomed the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) positive opinion on the safety of steviol glycosides – the sweet components of the stevia leaf – as food additives after the European Stevia Association (Eustas), Cargill and Japanese firm Morita all filed petitions seeking regulatory approval. EFSA said that stevia-based sweeteners were ‘not genotoxic, […]

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PureCircle’s half-year sales rise

Stevia sweetener maker PureCircle has reported rising half-year sales and earnings as the company’s client base continues to grow. The London-listed firm, which supplies ingredients to the likes of Nestle, Danone and PepsiCo, booked operating profit of £1.7million (£1.9m) for the six months to the end of December, up from £1.4m (£1.5m) a year earlier.

EU approval for Neotame

NutraSweet’s zero calorie sweetener Neotame has just been approved for use in the EU, following official authorisation by the European Commission. The sweetener developed by US company is a derivative of aspartame, and is said to be around 8,000 times sweeter than sugar and 30 to 60 times sweeter than aspartame (depending on the application) […]

Danisco ups 2010 earnings target

Food ingredients group Danisco has upped its earnings target for 2010 after enjoying a 27% jump in first-quarter profits. Danisco revenues rose 7% to DKK3.5bn, although on an organic basis, sales growth was slower at 2%. Sales from Danisco’s cultures division rose 11% and were up 6% in Genencor. The company admitted, however, that ‘weak’ […]

Why the US could be sweet on Reb A

Rebaudioside A (Reb A), a non-caloric sweetener derived from the stevia plant, could fill a sweet spot in the American food and beverage market, according to a new Rabobank report. The report, entitled Stevia and the U.S. Market, says the growing demand for products with greater perceived health benefits could help the sweetener grow in […]


Sweet news for honey lovers

French researchers have developed a test to distinguish 100 per cent natural honeys from fake products adulterated with other substances, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The high price and limited availability of honey has led some unscrupulous beekeepers and food processors to sell impure honey containing inexpensive sweeteners, such as corn […]

EFSA re-confirms aspartame safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said there is no indication that aspartame causes cancer, following its assessment of a study that linked regular intake of the sweetener with an increased risk of certain cancers. EFSA’s panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked by the European Commission for […]

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Cargill shelves omega-3 offering

Cargill has stopped work on its nascent fish oil-sourced omega-3 offering less than two years after its high-profile launch. According to a spokesman for the company, the unbranded ingredient is no longer under development as Cargill is focusing its healthy nutrient efforts on some of its other offerings such as phytosterols, inulin, alternative sweeteners and […]


INGREDIENTS: Sweet like candy

LycoRed Israel has launched a new line of slow release ingredients that help confectionery manufacturers retain taste in gum products for longer. Chewing gum and chewy candies typically maintain their taste for less than five minutes, which means that manufacturers are often looking for ways to prolong flavour release. Following the ever increasingly popular trend […]

Syral acquires five Tate & Lyle plants

Syral, Tereos’ starch subsidiary, has finalised the acquisition of five Tate & Lyle production facilities. Syral now owns six production sites – Marckolsheim and Nesle in France, Greenwich, UK, Saragossa in Spain and Saluzzo, Italy, which has been converting three million tonnes of cereal into 1,500,000 tonnes of starch products and 115,000 m3 of alcohol. […]

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NUTRA NEWS: Fully functional omega-3

Frutarom has launched omega-3 preparations for dairy products. The latest technology incorporates the health-promoting fatty acids into recipes without imparting any unpleasant aftertaste. Essential omega-3 fatty acids have long been added to a wide variety of foods – yet their processing remains a great challenge for the manufacturer. This is because commercially available isolated omega-3 […]


Tate & Lyle invests £4.5m in research

Tate & Lyle has announced that it will contribute £4.5 million over a five-year period to King’s College London to set up a new centre for research into the link between nutrition and health. Collaboration between the company and the university dates back to the 1970s when research by scientists from King’s College London and […]

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