Coca-Cola to test stevia-sweetened cola outside the US next year

USA - Coca-Cola will test a cola recipe sweetened with stevia instead of sugar outside the U.S. next year, as it is becoming a popular sugar alternative to consumers. The beverage giant already uses the natural sweetener in its Coca-Cola Life drink, and unlike that product, which is made with stevia and sugar; the new…

SweeGen, Ingredion announce Mexico’s approval of Reb M stevia product

MEXICO - SweeGen and Ingredion have announced that Mexico’s federal sanitary agency has approved SweeGen's latest generation sweetener, Reb M, derived from the stevia leaf for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides. The approval by the Federal Commission of Protection of Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) comes after the review of the…

PureCircle completes sequencing of stevia plant genome

USA – Lead scientists from PureCircle Stevia Institute and KeyGene have completed the sequencing of the stevia plant genome, unveiling a major breakthrough in research showing the annotated genome sequences of three cultivars of the plant. According to PureCircle, its non-GMO agriculture programme has been strengthened by these findings, as the research may help facilitate…