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Three-quarters of Europeans say they would be willing to pay a higher price for products made with recognisable or trusted ingredients. Pic: GettyImages/monkeybusinessimages

The shifting definitions of clean label

By Gill Hyslop

Traditionally, manufacturers focused on creating simpler and shorter ingredients lists to answer the consumer demand for clean label, but this is giving way towards formulating products that are perceived as inherently ‘natural’, writes Saquib Ramday,...

Luo han means monk in Chinese and guo means fruit. © iStock/breath10

Chinese supplier Layn to bring monk fruit to Europe

By Niamh Michail

Chinese supplier Guilin Layn Natural Ingredients wants to be the first firm to sell monk fruit in Europe, and has submitted a request for a scientific opinion to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Naturex' Brad Meyers: “Not a single state in the country has obesity prevalence of less than one in five. Why? A lot of theories are pointing to sugar consumption in soft drinks. Whether or not it’s fair to blame the sugar industry, that’s the world we are operating in.”

Insights from IFT Wellness 2014

How should the industry tackle sugar reduction?

By Maggie Hennessy

Attending a series of sessions on sugar reduction during the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2014 Wellness conference, a few common themes kept resurfacing: that obesity remains a big problem, and that—like it or not—the sugar industry is assuming...

Coca-Cola to launch stevia-based brands in EU in early 2012

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Coca-Cola to expand stevia offering in EU; no plans to drop aspartame

By Jane Byrne

Coca-Cola said it has no reason to drop the artificial sweetener aspartame from its low or zero calorie beverage brands in the European market as it welcomes last week’s approval by the European Commission for the use of the natural sweetener stevia in...

EFSA may reassess proposed use levels for stevia in EU

Special Edition: Stevia

Is a re-assessment of EU stevia usage on the cards?

By Jane Byrne

Post-market monitoring of stevia use levels in food and drink products could see the European Commission broaden the current authorised food categories, claims a stevia trade body.

Why all the fuss about stevia?

Weekly comment

Why all the fuss about stevia?

Over the past half year, stevia has been the focus of attention as
the search for a perfect natural sweetener continues. But why
are the birds circling when the ingredient has not been approved in
the two major Western markets -...

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