Malta Guinness Herbs Lite wins innovation and creativity award

NIGERIA - Malta Guinness Herbs Lite, a malt brand from the stables of Guinness Nigeria Plc has won the ‘Fair Competition and Creativity Nigeria Awards’ (FCCNA) for its innovation and creativity. The award ceremony which took place on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry was organized by the Consumer…

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…

Nordic Sugar invests US$22.7m in new silo at its sugar factory

SWEDEN - Swedish-based Nordic Sugar has invested US$22.7 million in a new silo to increase capacity and also increase the efficiency at its sugar factory in Örtofta. The new silo can store up to 80,000 tonnes of sugar and will increase the efficiency of the entire production chain from production to energy consumption and logistics.…

Sale of State sugar firms resumes after court case flops

KENYA - Five State-owned sugar millers are up for sale again after the  High Court dismissed a petition filed by western Kenya political leaders to block the transaction. Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, the Council of Governors, Migori and Bungoma counties had in the petition claimed the national government has no authority…

DSM publishes report on consumer concerns about sugar consumption

NETHERLANDS - DSM has published a new report in its Global Insight Series focusing on consumer attitudes and behaviour around the labeling of sugar content and its consumption. The report, based on an international survey, showed that concern about sugar is on the rise globally, with nearly half of all consumers saying they are more…

Brazil’s sugar exports to hit record high, despite China duty hike

BRAZIL - Brazilian sugar exports will hit a record high, boosted by increased production expectations, and despite a slump in shipments to China after Beijing raised tariffs on imports of the sweetener. Brazil's sugar exports will rise by 1.1m tonnes to 29.6m tonnes in 2017-18, on an April-to-March basis, the US Department of Agriculture's Brasilia…

Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar and cancer

BELGIUM - A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer,…