With consumers desiring more premium options, White Plains, N.Y.-based HEINEKEN USA took its expertise as a global brewer of major brands, including Heineken and Dos Equis, to embark on a journey to give consumers the premium beer tastes from the diverse sources that they desire.
Although many consumers might be looking to live healthier lifestyles, they’re still looking for products that satisfy their sweet tooth. Looking for the best of both worlds, consumers are demanding great-tasting sweetened products that do not contain sugar.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Nutrition Facts label, in conjunction with continued consumer demand for transparency, less sugar and clean-label products, have resulted in an increased demand for natural, non-caloric, high-intensity sweeteners (HIS), like stevia, monk fruit and erythritol.
When the U.S. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines were released earlier this year, one of the key recommendations for a healthy eating pattern stated that individuals should consume less than 10 percent of calories a day from added sugars.
Health concerns are a major issue for many people. The United States’ first lady Michelle Obama has headed up the Let’s Move program to educate consumers about “America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids.” Her efforts also have led to trying to get more adults and children involved in healthier food and beverage choices.
Coca-Cola subsidiary also revamps Honest Fizz line
February 24, 2015
Honest Tea, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., is expanding its zero-calorie beverage offerings this year with three new varieties: two unsweetened, caffeine-free herbal iced teas and a zero-calorie organic soda. All will be for sale in natural food stores and the natural food aisles of mainstream grocers starting in March. In addition to the new product launches, the company is following through on its commitment to convert all varieties of its Honest Fizz line to organic certification, a goal set since the zero-calorie sodas were first introduced in early 2013.
Sweetening agent combines SteviaSweet, monk fruit extract, erythritol
December 16, 2014
Steviva Ingredients announced its MonkSweet plus, a natural sweetening solution that combines three branded ingredients — SteviaSweet 95-60, monk fruit extract and Erysweet Erythritol — in a proprietary blend.