New series helps manufacturers harness stevia

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Ingredion Video Series Helps Manufacturers Harness Stevia to Reduce Sugar in Plant-Based Foods

Ingredion has launched a five-part video series to help food and beverage manufacturers harness stevia in order to reduce the sugar content of their products. The series explores how stevia provides a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners, meeting consumer demands for healthy foods and enabling claims such as “plant-based” on product packaging. It also explains how the discovery of new steviol glycosides allows for a more balanced, sugar-like sweetness without bitter off-notes. Additionally, the videos describe how ingredients such as polyols and soluble corn fibre — both offered by Ingredion — can replace the bulking and texture properties of sugar. The increasing affordability of premium stevia molecules, driven by new innovations, is also discussed. Ingredion’s stevia and sweetener brand, PureCircle, offers solutions for numerous applications …


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Odyssey Wellness Completes $6.3M Series A Private Equity Funding

Odyssey to Exhibit at Natural Products Expo West in Booth N842 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Odyssey Wellness (Odyssey), makers of Odyssey Elixir, the first sparkling energy drink infused with functional mushrooms, announced today that it has completed a $6.3M series A capital raise bringing the total funding since inception to $8.3M. The funding will enable the acceleration of Odyssey’s growth across all distribution channels. Odyssey is disrupting the energy beverage category and is meeting a demand for consumers seeking better options, a burgeoning trend on a global scale. Odyssey is exhibiting March 8-10 at the largest natural products industry trade show in Anaheim, CA at Booth N842. “We appreciate the infusion of capital and trust from our investors who bring incredible expertise and will be valuable …



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Elo Life Systems Closes $24.5M in Series A for Zero-Calorie Sweetener Made from Watermelons

Ingredients company Elo Life Systems announces the completion of its Series A financing round, which raised a total of $24.5M. The funding will enable the company to accelerate development of its fruit-derived sweeteners by advancing US regulatory approvals, building pilot-scale processing capabilities, and begin market-testing its sweetener with consumers.  Described as a next-generation ingredients company, Elo uses molecular farming (similar to precision fermentation) to produce commercially valuable ingredients that are traditionally difficult to source and extract. Through its processes, Elo says it can make these ingredients more readily available, sustainable and affordable. One of its first innovations, a plant-based sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar with no calories, has the potential to become more popular than Stevia, Elo states, and can be used …