The Australian non-alcoholic beverage industry has been urged to ‘shift gears’ and up the ante in order to hit its 2025 sugar reduction pledge targets after its latest progress report revealed a ‘significant’ 7% reduction overall.
Consumer interest in sugar and calorie reduction is growing in the Middle East, but manufacturers are faced with the double challenge of maintaining sweetness and compensating for the loss of mouthfeel.
The combination of regulatory pressure in the form of taxes and greater health consciousness among consumers are driving global brands to adopt natural sweeteners, including stevia, according to PureCircle.
Nestle Australia is set to launch its new cane sugar-free Milo 30% Less Added Sugar next month after over two years of development – but consumers will getting less beverage for their buck due to higher production costs.
Coca-Cola Amatil has reported positive half-year 2018 volume sales in Australia led by its Coca-Cola No Sugar product, a feat its top official has attributed to the ongoing sugar reduction trend in the region.
Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has launched the ‘Fat, Sugar and Salt reduction Initiative in Qatar” to cut such content in food and beverages – both locally manufactured goods and those imported.
Global food and beverage manufacturers such as Kellogg's Arabia, Mars Saudi Arabia and Nestlé Middle East have signed a voluntary pledge with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) that seeks to reduce sugar, salt and fat content in their products....