An emerging trend in the world of sweetness is that of “natural browns.” These predominantly nutritive sweeteners include organic and raw sugars that are less processed and align with health- and eco-friendly concerns as perceived by consumers.
MeliBio raises $5.7 million dollars to scale and commercialize sustainable and nutritious bee-free honey
March 21, 2022
MeliBio, Inc., a food-tech company focused on creating real honey without bees, announced a $5.7M Seed round to scale its proprietary technology of precision fermentation and plant science and launch its first line of commercial products. The round is led by Astanor Ventures, with participation of existing and new investors.
True Source Honey will update certification standards in 2021
January 12, 2021
The updated standards will note that True Source Certified Honey whether imported to North America or purchased directly from North American beekeepers is tested for authenticity by an accredited laboratory at some point in the supply chain using either EA/LC-IRMS and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) profiling or EA/LC-IRMS and High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) analysis. This is in addition to the long-established pollen analysis requirements for shipments of honey from countries identified as high-risk.
In 2020 consumer survey, honey surpasses white sugar for the first time
November 19, 2020
The National Honey Board Consumer Attitudes & Usage Study 2020 asked consumers to choose their favorite sweetener from several common ones, including white sugar, brown sugar, several non-calorie sweeteners, raw sugar, monkfruit, and maple syrup. Honey came out on top for the first time.
Winning brands included Pepperidge Farm, Simple Mills, Godiva, Teakoe and Green Bee
September 10, 2020
The National Honey Board’s annual Queen’s Choice Awards results are in, and brands small and large took home honors as the best food and beverage products made with honey in the last year. Winning brands included Pepperidge Farm, Simple Mills, Godiva, Teakoe, Green Bee and more.
The 2019 International Food Information Council (IFIC) Food and Health Survey reported that limiting or reducing sugar in the diet, along with eating more fruits and vegetables, topped the dietary changes consumers were making.
Prepared Foods talks sugar reduction and sweeteners with Elizabeth Sisel, manager of taste modulation at Imbibe Inc. Imbibe is a Niles, Ill., beverage development company focused on the formulation, customization and commercialization of cutting-edge beverage products.
Honey offers functional benefits, natural sweetening in new generation of functional drinks
April 7, 2020
Many functional beverages use ingredients that are great for you—but may lack appealing taste. Not only does honey mask the unpleasant flavor of these ingredients, but it also brings familiarity to functional products that people may otherwise be unfamiliar with.