Sugar consumption is an escalating concern among Australian and UK consumers, and sweeteners with natural credentials are benefiting from this trend, according to a new report from independent business analyst Datamonitor.
Many British consumers still regard sweeteners with suspicion, although in practice, very few actively avoid products that contain them, according to research commissioned by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).
Danisco has charged an internal task force with identifying new applications for xylitol, as the sweetener continues to blight its otherwise positive financial results – but has reduced production in the meantime.
More than half of consumers say they are willing to switch to
sugar-free versions of traditional confectionery lines, which
suggests that sweeteners are no longer considered a 'niche'
ingredient in sweets, claims Beneo Palatinit.
Private equity fund 3i yesterday announced its purchase of a
minority stake in Futaste, the leading Xylitol producer in the Asia
Pacific region, as the company aims to expand its presence in the
global sweetener market.
Opportunities are rife for the manufacturers of functional and
sugar-free gums, as consumer analysts predict that these items will
far outstrip chocolate and sugar confectionery in terms of value