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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.

US: PureCircle forecasts 80% jump in H1 sales

7 Jan 2013

PureCircle, a producer of stevia ingredients, expects first-half sales to surge as food and beverage companies sign up for the natural sweetener.

CANADA: Stevia gets Canada approval

3 Dec 2012

Canada has become the latest country to approve the use of stevia in food and beverages.

UPDATE: UK: PureCircle sees stevia as "mass volume" commodity

11 Sep 2012

PureCircle has said it expects stevia to become a "mass volume commodity sweetener" like sugar as the take-up rate from food and beverage companies ramps up.

UK: Stevia firm PureCircle upbeat despite bigger FY loss

11 Sep 2012

Stevia supplier PureCircle today (11 September) insisted it was still confident about the future of the natural sweetener despite its losses widening in the last 12 months.

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.

US: PureCircle says H1 sales on target

12 Jan 2012

Stevia sweetener maker PureCircle has said that it forecasts first-half sales to be in line with expectations, boosted by growth in Latin America, Asia Pacific and some initial uptake in Europe.

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.

In the spotlight: Stevia set for sweet success in Europe

28 Nov 2011

Stevia, the plant-based intense sweetener, was approved for use in foods and beverages in the EU this month. Ben Cooper looks at what stevia has to offer and just why people are so excited about its potential in Europe.

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.

EUROPE: EU approves stevia sweetener use

11 Nov 2011

The European Commission has formally approved stevia sweeteners for use within the European Union for the first time.

EUROPE: PureCircle expects EU stevia approval in 2011

3 Nov 2011

PureCircle expects stevia-based sweeteners to be cleared for use in the European Union within the next two months, and the company is gearing up to meet demand.

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

26 Sep 2011

Tesco this week announced plans to cut GBP500m (US$773.6m) from the price of thousands of items in the UK in a revamp of its promotional strategy. Suppliers and rival retailers will be weighing up the impact on their businesses and the move comes at a difficult time for online retailer Ocado, which has a high-profile price-matching campaign aimed at Tesco and has seen its shares fall this week. Elsewhere, Kerry Group boosted its ingredients business with a move to buy Cargill's flavours arm while one deal that will not happen is ConAgra Foods' bid to buy Ralcorp Holdings, which again refused to talk to its suitor.

Comment: PureCircle results cause misgivings over stevia

19 Sep 2011

After stevia producer PureCircle today (19 September) reported an annual loss, industry observers may question whether the alternative sweetener is living up to the hype.

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.

GLOBAL: Codex ruling to open new markets for stevia - PureCircle

8 Jul 2011

Stevia supplier PureCircle has argued that new "important" markets will open for the high-intensity sweetener after a positive ruling global food standards body Codex.

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.

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

8 Jul 2011

This week, it was revealed that Nestle is in talks with Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi, while on the retail front, South Africa's Pick n Pay revealed plans to make more than 3,000 people redundant. The fight over control of Brazilian retailer CBD continued with Casino, Carrefour and the Diniz Group all trading barbs. Here's the best of what was said this week:

UK: PureCircle forecasts H2 sales growth

6 Jul 2011

PureCircle, the UK-listed supplier of the sweetener stevia, has said that it expects its second-half sales to be 70% ahead of last year.

EU: Suppliers upbeat as EU stevia approval nears

5 Jul 2011

Suppliers of stevia today (5 July) lined up to welcome a ruling within the EU that brings full regulatory backing for the intense sweetener a step nearer.

UK: PureCircle shares slide on weak H1

21 Mar 2011

Stevia sweetener manufacturer PureCircle has seen its share price dive today (21 March) as it recorded a loss in its first half.

US: PureCircle extends Merisant agreement

16 Mar 2011

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

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