Sugar processor Tongaat Hulett to report 15% drop in profits

SOUTH AFRICA - Tongaat Hulett, the agricultural and agri-processing business has said that it expects operating profit to fall by at least 15% for the full year compared to year ended March 31, 2017 reports Business Day. According to the company, the decline was a result of higher than expected sugar imports in South Africa.…

Nigeria to adopt standards on sugar and allied products

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is considering adopting African and developing new standards on sugar and sugar products such as glucose and sucrose to improve intra-African trade as well as promote harmonisation of standards across the continent. The standards will be considered for cane sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, glucose and sucrose,…

Britvic launches range of sparkling waters below the new sugar levy threshold

UK - Britvic, Hemel Hempstead based producer of soft drinks has unveiled a line of new sparkling water, Aqua Libra, a range which falls way below the new sugar levy threshold. The company said all the new flavors contain no added sugar or artificial flavourings, in line with the recently enacted sugar levy legislation in…

Coca-Cola India expands its zero-sugar range with a new No Sugar Variant

INDIA - Coca-Cola India has announced the launch of Thums Up Charged No Sugar, a new no sugar home-grown brand that the company says does not compromise on either taste or flavor. The flavor promotes moderation and offers customers a variety to choose from, that is regular, low-sugar and no-sugar options. The company said it…

Bayn’s e-sensory technology to replace human sensory in sugar-reduced bread

UK - Bayn Europe, an independent formulation developer of cutting edge and healthy sugar reduction solutions is performing research on an e-sensory technology set to replace human sensory panels used in sugar-reduced bread recipes. The new technology can be used in food and beverage applications just like human sensory measures sensory properties and translate results…

Granarolo partners with ENEA to create a low-sugar, lactose-free milk

ITALY - Italian dairy company Granarolo Group has collaborated with ENEA – the Italian national agency for new technologies – to create a new low-sugar, lactose-free milk product. Granarolo claims the new G+ Milk has 30% less sugar than whole milk, and is easier to digest than conventional milk products. G+ Milk was created using…

High refined sugar prices grow Dangote Sugar’s revenue by 20%

NIGERIA - Dangote Sugar, the Nigerian refined sugar manufacturer grew its revenue by 20.44% to US$568.28 million in its full year ended December 31, 2017 attributed to high prices of refined sugar. The company posted a profit before tax of US$149m, a 173% increase from US$54.52million recorded in the corresponding period of last year. According…

South Africa’s sugar tax starts operation, joins UK and Ireland

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s sugar tax billed as a new health-promotion levy has started operation, requiring consumers to pay 2.1 cents per gram of added sugar or other sweetening matter that exceeds four grams per 100ml. On the other hand, sugar-sweetened drinks of which the sugar content is not disclosed on the packaging would…

PureCircle debuts new plant-based, Non-GMO stevia sweeteners

ASIA - PureCircle is expanding its portfolio of sweeteners made from stevia with new plant-based, non-GMO, GRAS approved range even as stevia application in the food and beverage sector continue to rise as high as 10% in 2017. The recent advances boost production to help meet demand for stevia, a sugar substitute containing many sweetener…

UK and Ireland to enforce sugar tax starting April

UK - The UK and Ireland governments’ separate proposed sugar tax policy on soda and fizzy drinks is set to be effected April, termed as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in the UK. According to the two governments, a number of products that will be exempted from the tax include dairy drinks with at least…