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Stevia gets clearance for use in India

25 Nov 2015

Food and drink products on sale in India can contain high-intensity sweetener stevia after the country's regulator approved the use of the ingredient.

Stevia - analysing the market's potential

30 Mar 2012

The natural and zero-calorie stevia has been dubbed the holy grail of intense sweeteners and suppliers argue food and drink manufacturers will increasingly turn to the ingredient, not least now it can be used in the EU following regulatory approval last year. In part one of this month's just-food briefing, Jonathan Thomas looks at stevia's potential.

Stevia - application spotlight turns to food

30 Mar 2012

Stevia has been widely used - with some success - in carbonated soft drinks and table-top sweeteners containing the ingredient continue to be launched. However, suppliers are increasingly looking at how to use the sweetener in food, particularly categories like dairy and confectionery. Jonathan Thomas reports.

Stevia - taste, quality could hinder development

30 Mar 2012

For all the talk of stevia's potential, there are concerns over the ingredient, not least in the quality of supplies and the taste of products that contain the sweetener.

Stevia - the suppliers: from Cargill to PureCircle

30 Mar 2012

A number of major suppliers have built a significant presence in the stevia sector, with new entrants emerging. Jonathan Thomas looks at the major players in the industry - Cargill and PureCircle - and other companies supplying the intense sweetener.

UK: Stevia firm PureCircle sees shares sour

29 Mar 2012

Shares in PureCircle dropped today (29 March) after the UK-listed stevia supplier reported widening half-year losses and said it would not be until next year that it achieved "strong" sales growth.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

5 Dec 2011

India's plan to relax restrictions on foreign investment in its retail sector continued to generate fierce debate this week. Two other contentious issues - the EU health claims process and the true potential of intense sweetener stevia - were also covered on just-food this week, as was the latest attempt by Nestle to eradicate child labour in cocoa production.

EU: Merisant targets UK, Italy with stevia sweeteners

16 Nov 2011

Sweetener producer Merisant is targeting the UK and Italy, by launching stevia-based tabletop sweeteners Pure Via and Canderel Green across Europe.

FRANCE: Tereos and PureCircle form JV in wake of EU stevia approval

15 Nov 2011

French sugar firm Tereos has formed a partnership with PureCircle to develop stevia products following the European Commission's approval of the plant-based sweetener.

Best bits: EU approves stevia; Russia set to join WTO

14 Nov 2011

Two potentially significant policy developments emerged last week - the EU approved the use of the sweetener stevia in food and drink products, while Russia moved nearer to finally joining the WTO.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

14 Nov 2011

Another week dominated by results, notably Marks and Spencers, Associated British Foods and Barry Callebaut. A story that broke late this week and could have severe repercussions is the approval of sweetener stevia for use in the EU. Meanwhile, floods hit food producers in Thailand and the death toll sadly continues to rise in the US listeria outbreak. Click on the headlines for more.

UK: Stevia supplier PureCircle posts annual loss

19 Sep 2011

Stevia producer PureCircle swung into the red in its last financial year, hurt by a move to scale back production.

UK: Prinova to handle PureCircle stevia products

7 Sep 2011

Ingredients firm Prinova has signed a deal to distribute PureCircle's stevia products in the UK once the EU gives the all-clear for lines made with the sweetener to go on sale.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

8 Jul 2011

The tussle over Brazil's largest retailer rumbled on this week, while Nestle's interest in Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi gave industry watchers something to chew over. Meanwhile, away from the emerging markets, a key EU vote brought new food labelling laws a step closer.

US: PureCircle extends Merisant agreement

16 Mar 2011

Stevia firm PureCircle has expanded its agreement to supply sweetener maker Merisant.

just the facts - stevia

24 Sep 2010

Stevia is seen as the new kid on the block in the market for sweeteners, particularly in the US and Europe. Here, with data from The Global Stevia Institute and Leatherhead Food Research, we present some key facts on the ingredient.

MALAYSIA/GERMANY: Nordzucker teams up with PureCircle

23 Sep 2010

Nordzucker has become the latest sugar supplier to join forces with stevia firm PureCircle, with the two sides today (23 September) announcing a venture to develop low-calorie sweeteners.

MALAYSIA: PureCircle profits slump on sales strategy switch

22 Sep 2010

Stevia firm PureCircle today (22 September) posted plunging annual profits after a year of "tough decisions" when it switched all sales solely to end users.

FRANCE/MALAYSIA: Tereos, PureCircle form stevia venture

22 Sep 2010

French sugar giant Tereos and stevia supplier PureCircle are to team up to develop low-calorie sweeteners for markets in Europe and Brazil.

GLOBAL: Stevia firm PureCircle launches consumer campaign

3 Aug 2010

Stevia supplier PureCircle has today (3 August) launched a global campaign in a bid to boost awareness of the natural sweetener among consumers.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

30 Jul 2010

Two UK household food brands found new owners this week, with the sales of the Rachel's organic dairy business and canned tuna maker John West. In France, frozen-food retailer Picard was snapped in another deal involving private equity. just-food this week carried three major interviews with senior directors at Uniq, Danisco and stevia supplier PureCircle.

just the answer - William Mitchell, PureCircle

30 Jul 2010

The food industry is paying increasing attention to stevia, a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that its suppliers claim can help manufacturers meet growing demand for healthier products. Stevia suppliers like UK-listed PureCircle are securing contracts with more of the food industry's leading names and today (30 July) the company's CFO William Mitchell talked to Dean Best about the development and potential of the ingredient.

US: PureCircle appoints VP global sales and marketing

26 Jul 2010

Stevia sweetener producer PureCircle has appointed Jordi Ferre as corporate vice president of global sales and marketing.

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