Will India further extend its sugar export window?

In response to delays caused by monsoon rains, India’s government announced a two-week extension of the 2021/22 export window in the first week of July. A reported 800,000 MT of sugar remained to be exported out of an export quota of 10 MMT announced [...]

Stevia, a natural sugar substitute

Stevia is a sugar substitute that is about 100 to 300 times sweeter than conventional table sugar. As a high-intensity sweetener, stevia is used in very small quantities and therefore doesn’t add calories to food or beverages containing it. It is derived from the [...]

Trending products: Plant-based beverages

Growing consumer awareness and demand for plant-based products have prompted beverage makers to jump into the trend. According to Fior Markets, the plant-based beverage market is set to jump from $14.46 billion in 2019 to $24.30 billion by 2027, and North America currently dominates [...]

Yerba mate, an herb from the gods into a drink in your hand

Yerba mate is native to parts of South America and has been historically linked to the Indigenous people of that continent. Often referred to as an herb “from the gods,” it was associated with warrior and nomadic lifestyles due to acting as a natural [...]

Ginger root, not only spicy but healthy

Ginger is a plant that originates from Southeast Asia and belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. Its root is a versatile ingredient, from food to drinks. Ginger-based beverages in the U.S. market have evolved far beyond ginger ale. Not only can ginger add a spicy [...]

U.S. sugar use down in 2020/21, sugar deliveries for food use up modestly

USDA published figures for sugar demand during the 2020/21 market year. Based on this data, the agency sees all 2020/21 domestic deliveries for food use at 12.109 million STRV, down nearly 1 percent from 2019/20 deliveries of 12.246 million STRV. (Note that this figure [...]

CBD pricing steady month on month

As of Oct. 21, average U.S. CBD isolate pricing was steady month on month, remaining 3 percent below prices seen in early August and 13 percent below the calendar-year high in January. To better understand public health issues around CBD and other cannabinoids, FDA [...]

Forewarned is forearmed…with Halloween candy!

Pent-up Halloween spirit (and spirits?) may elevate candy purchasing this month to a record $3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey. The CDC is cool with trick-or-treating this year (with the caveat, of course, to respect local regulations), and 66 [...]

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