Nucane listed as one of top 3 global sugar solutions
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Though companies have come up with various sugar substitutes over time, none have overthrown the king (and those substitutes might create their own problems). If you can’t beat ’em, you may as well use science to get down on the molecular level and join ’em.

Companies around the world are using various techniques not to replace sugar, but to change the way the substance is made or processed in the hopes of creating a better type of sugar. One that can be incorporated into the products we know, love, and crave, but doesn’t require as much of the sweet stuff.

Quartz has a story out today on DouxMatok, an Israeli startup that is combining sugar with food-grade silica to create a “sweeter sugar.” Evidently, sugar isn’t very good at hitting our taste buds, so food makers cram products full of it to attain their desired level of sweetness. A straightforward reduction in the amount of sugar in a product, then, is difficult to do without sacrificing taste.

DouxMatok gets around this by leveraging silica, which has lots of nooks and crannies that sugar molecules can fill. The sugar-packed silica diffuses more efficiently on our tongues, so food companies can use 40 percent less sugar in their products, without sacrificing the taste. The Quartz piece included a metaphor to help explain: 

“Imagine 100 people in a house, each one holding a spoonful of sugar. If you ask them to go from room to room and then deposit the sugar into a jar, some will inevitably drop and spill sugar along the way. This is essentially what happens when you bite into a slice of normal cake. Now imagine one person in the house holding a sealed plastic bag containing the same amount of sugar. They’ll likely get to the jar without spilling any of it. The silica DouxMatok uses operates like the plastic bag.”

The startup just announced a partnership with European sugar company, Südzucker, to manufacture and commercialize Doxmatok’s sugar reduction process.

But Douxmatok isn’t the only company noodling with sugar molecules. Earlier this year, Nestlé unveiled a new sugar reduction technology of its own. They created a process of spraying sugar, powdered milk and water into hot air, which made the sugar develop microscopic holes. When this hole-y sugar hits your tongue, it still tastes as sweet — but all the holes means there’s less of it.

Nestlé debuted the new sugar structure in the Milkybar Wowsome (only available in Europe), which had 30 percent less sugar than comparable bars. The company said back in March that if it catches on (read: fools people well enough), the company will expand the technology into more chocolate brands. 

Nutrition Innovation, on the other hand, is taking less of an atomic approach when making its traditional sugar replacement: Nucane. Instead, the company applies near-infrared scanning to raw sugar cane coming into a mill to alter the processing of it (crushing, washing, drying, etc.). 

The result of these altered processing techniques is Nucane, which keeps minerals like calcium and potassium, which occur naturally in sugar, but has a lower glycemic index than traditional white refined sugar. Nutrition Innovation says Nucane provides more sustained energy after consumption compared to a sugar spike. Bonus: it can be swapped into existing recipes 1 for 1.

Nutrition Innovation entered into an agreement with Australia’s Sunshine Sugar to sell its Nucane to industrial sugar buyers, and the product is currently being tested by different companies around the world.

Ideally, these new scientific approaches to sugar will live up to their promises and spur even more innovation and investment. If we’re able to enjoy all the sweets with less sugar, the result would be pretty sweet.

By Chris Albrecht for thespoon.tech

Link to original Article: https://thespoon.tech/no-substitute-three-ways-science-is-putting-a-new-and-improved-spin-on-sugar/

 

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Nucane Founder solves the obesity debate at Food SA Summit
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Held on 11 July at the Adelaide Oval, the 2018 Food South Australia Summit took the theme of ‘the next big thing’, to examine innovations in food, consumer trends and business models. 

Dr. David Kannar, Founder and Chairman of the Nutrition Innovation Group, delivered a key speech at this 8th Summit, titled “the BIG Sugar Revolution”, exploring new trends in carbohydrates and the benefits of ‘Nucane - the good sugar’®.

To find out more about the annual summit visit: http://foodsouthaustralia.com.au/events/summit.  Click here to view a PDF of Dr. Kannar’s presentation.

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2GB Sydney Radio Interview - Aussie scientist may have discovered the answer to the world’s obesity problem

2GB Radio’s Michael McLaren, interviews Nucane™ inventor, Dr. David Kannar on Sydney breakfast radio. 

The interview titled “Aussie scientists may have discovered the solution to obesity," investigates the rising incidence of obesity and diabetes and the role of Nucane™.

Listen to the interview at: https://omny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/david-kannar-nucane.

For the article visit: https://www.2gb.com/aussie-scientists-may-have-discovered-the-solution-to-obesity.

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Nucane™ now available on retail shelves in Australia

Sunshine Sugar’s Low GI Sugar is now ready to hit the shelves around the country, as the first line of the new retail product was produced over the weekend.

Sunshine Sugar is the first in the world to install the technology to produce Nucane™ – the good sugar®, a wholesome cane sugar that is rich in antioxidants with a low glycemic index.

Mr Chris Connors, CEO of Sunshine Sugar commented; “The NSW sugar industry is focussed on delivering a range of new products that meet the demands of consumers and give returns to our growers. With a worldwide focus on health concerns such as obesity and diabetes, Nucane™ offers our business the opportunity to manufacture a healthier cane sugar on a scale that makes it widely available and affordable.”

Sunshine Sugar’s Low GI sugar is made using the Nucane™ process, which was developed in Australia. The brainchild of Dr David Kannar of the Nutrition Innovation Group, this technology applies advanced production methodologies at the sugar milling stage to consistently produce a sugar that retains naturally occurring and beneficial antioxidants. Nucane™ is a 100% natural, low GI cane sugar that is more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised – resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood glucose.

Sunshine Sugar is the only 100% Bonsucro certified and Australian owned sugar operation in the world and is proud to be an Australian company leading the way in this initiative. Australian industry magazine, Food and Drink Business, reports on this latest development online at: http://www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/news/low-gi-sugar-soon-to-hit-the-shelves

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Nucane™ offers a field of opportunity
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In the June edition of Australian industry magazine - Food & Drink Business, editor Amanda Bryan reports on the Nucane™ opportunity, interviewing Sunshine Sugar CEO - Chris Connors, Schneider Electric APAC Director - Craig Roseman and our Australia and New Zealand Country Manager – Andrew Higgs.

For a copy of this ‘special report’ visit http://www.foodanddrinkbusiness.com.au/special-report-plant-design/nucane-offers-a-field-of-opportunity or click here for a PDF copy.

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Nutrition Innovation meets with Singapore Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat at FIA Summit in Singapore

Nutrition Innovation participated in the the inaugural FIA Industry Summit in Singapore as one of 10 selected showcase innovators. The summit is a platform for learning. sharing and showcasing leadership in food. Nutrition Innovation sampled new innovation including low glycemic sugar and up to 50% sugar reduction samples as part of the growing family of innovations from the Nucane brand.

The Minister was also present to speak to Singapore's leadership in food tech and announce a new initiative called "FoodInnovate"

"FoodInnovate aims to harness the collective capabilities of companies large and small, food science experts, industry associations, market channels and government regulations to drive co-innovation efforts," said Minister Heng at the Food Industry Asia Food for the Future Summit held on Thursday May 21st 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Singapore.

The summit brought together big names in the food industry - such as Coca-Cola, Danone and Unilever - to discuss issues affecting the industry's future.

 

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NUTRITION INNOVATION A GROUND-BREAKING GLOBAL FOOD SERVICE START-UP APPOINTS ANDREW HIGGS AS COUNTRY MANAGER - ANZ
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Nutrition Innovation, a Singapore based Global Food Science start-up, announces the appointment of Andrew Higgs as Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Higgs was previously an executive for international Dutch firm Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the world’s largest pure-play coffee company, after roles with health and wellness firm - Blackmores and pharmaceutical company – GlaxoSmithKline.

Mr. Higgs’ objective is to launch the company’s revolutionary product Nucane, a clinically proven low-GI cane sugar with the potential to transform the food and beverage industry. Nucane is aimed at combatting the global obesity and diabetes epidemic via partnerships between sugar mills and brands to increase healthier options for consumers worldwide.

"Andrew has the leadership track record and skills that can help accelerate Nutrition Innovation's success and growth”, stated CEO of Nutrition Innovation, Matthew Godfrey. “Our purpose is to make the world a healthier place and sugar is a major focus of the global health debate”.

"The world is ready for Nucane, a proud Australian innovation” said Mr. Higgs. "What our founder Dr. David Kannar has invented, is a potential game changer for world health. Nucane can be used in all forms of food & beverages including retail, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, baked goods & quick service restaurants”.

Nucane is currently being used in product applications by food manufactures in four countries and Nutrition Innovation expects to have the first consumer products to market in Q3 2018. It is poised to be an incredibly important part of the global health solution and help revolutionize a US$100 Billion market.

For more information, visit www.nutritioninnovationgroup.com

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Press contact: Andrew Higgs – Country Manager ANZ

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Agriculture Minister Impressed by Local Sugar Industry
  Photo L to R: Chris Connors, CEO of Sunshine Sugar; Kevin Hogan, Member for Page, holding a bowl of locally produced Low GI sugar; David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture.

Photo L to R: Chris Connors, CEO of Sunshine Sugar; Kevin Hogan, Member for Page, holding a bowl of locally produced Low GI sugar; David Littleproud, Minister for Agriculture.

Sunshine Sugar welcomed the Federal Agriculture Minister, Mr David Littleproud along with local member for Page, Kevin Hogan, to its Harwood Mill and Refinery this week.

Sunshine Sugar CEO, Mr Chris Connors, hosted the delegation and said; “Mr Littleproud clearly has a good understanding of the Australian agricultural sector. This visit was a great opportunity for us to share our specific industry concerns and plans directly with him; with particular focus on our diversification projects such as Low GI sugar.”

This Low GI sugar is made using the nucane process.  An Australian technology, it applies an algorithm throughout the sugar milling stage to retain naturally occurring and beneficial antioxidants. Low GI sugar is a wholesome sugar that is more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised – allowing for a lower and slower rise in blood glucose. It is a 100% natural cane sugar that can be used in any food or beverage recipe.

The Agriculture Minister welcomed this innovation and shared his opposition to the introduction of a sugar tax, saying that he supported people’s right to make their own decisions around personal matters such as food and beverage consumption. With a background in agribusiness and politics, Mr Littleproud certainly has the credentials to serve rural and regional Australia. He is passionate in his belief that farmers are too often overlooked as custodians of the land and that more needs to be done to educate the nation about where and how our foods and fibres are made. As a supporter of the decentralisation of some government agencies, he also believes that moving jobs into regional centres is important and that every additional job in a regional area has a noticeable, positive impact on that local economy. 

Mr Littleproud congratulated the Sunshine Sugar team on the development of their new Low-GI sugar and commitment to sustainable practice, and stands ready to support the NSW sugar industry in his role as Minister for Agriculture.

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Sweet! Nucane Reduces Refinement to Try and Improve Sugar

From TheSpoon.tech:

Though it sounds like a hardcore street narcotic in some rain-soaked cyberpunk noir story (apologies, I’ve been binging Altered Carbon), Nucane, a new sugar product, is actually quite sweet. And if it works as promised, the sweetest part could be a new industrial approach to making sugar… I don’t want to say “healthier,” but at least less bad for you.

Nucane is a product of Nutrition Innovation, a startup that works with sugar mills to change the way they refine sugar. The big problem with sugar, Nutrition Innovation CEO, Matthew Godfrey told me, is how it is processed and turned into the white sugar we are all familiar with.

Continue Reading on TheSpoon.tech >>

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Nucane in Production at Sunshine Sugar

Founder David Kannar at the Condong Mill in Northern NSW talking about our less processed, less refined, low GI, more natural sugar brand Nucane designed to be a white refined sugar replacement. Originally aired on Feb 26th on the Today Show. Our thanks to Channel 9 Australia for the footage.

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Nutrition Innovation selected as one of the top 10 start-ups by FI Europe 2017

Frankfurt: Germany. FI Europe held "The Start-Up Innovation Challenge" to find the most exciting innovations in food & beverages. Vaucluse Provence Attractivité and UBM, joined forces to launch the Challenge aimed at the promotion of international innovative projects on ingredients, during Food Ingredients Europe 2017.

Nutrition Innovation was selected to participate at this world-class event and showcase our revolutionary product, Nucane. As part of this, Nutrition Innovation has been recognised as one of the most exciting start-ups in the food and beverage industry in 2017.

Watch below our presentation at the "Future of Nutrition" summit at FI Europe 2017.

For more information on the Start-Up Innovation Challenge:

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HEALTHY SUGAR A REALITY WITH NEW LOW-GI SUGAR
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SUNSHINE SUGAR
T/A MANILDRA HARWOOD SUGARS
ABN 27 193 549 446
Corporate Office: Suite 1 Level 1
Cnr River & Martin Streets Ballina NSW 2478
T: +61 2 6681 2700   F: +61 2 6681 2799
E: ballina@sunshinesugar.com.au

MEDIA RELEASE
25th September 2017

The NSW Sugar Industry is looking to become the leading Australian producer of nucane™, a Low-GI Sugar, with Sunshine Sugar having signed a license agreement with food technology innovator, Nutrition Innovation.

Nutrition Innovation has developed a patented technology and algorithm to retain naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium in the production of cane sugar which has been certified as Low-GI to World Health Organisation Standards.

Sunshine Sugar will be the first in the world to install the technology to produce nucane - a sugar that is rich in antioxidants with a low glycemic index. It is specifically designed for industrial customers who require a precise and consistent, but healthier specification for sugar to use in their existing brands and recipes.  

"The world is ready for nucane." Says CEO of Nutrition Innovation, Matthew Godfrey. "What the team here have invented is a potential game changer for world health. nucane is aimed at helping to combat the global obesity and diabetes epidemic via partnerships between sugar mills and brands to increase healthier options for consumers worldwide. It can be used in all forms of food and beverages.”

Sunshine Sugar is currently preparing its Condong mill which is a food grade sugar mill to manufacture nucane.

CEO, Chris Connors commented; “With a worldwide focus on health concerns such as obesity and diabetes, nucane offers an opportunity for sugar producers such as Sunshine Sugar to manufacture a healthier cane sugar on a scale that makes it widely available and affordable.

“Sunshine Sugar is in fact the only 100% Bonsucro certified and Australian owned sugar operations in the world and is proud to be an Australian company leading the way in this initiative.”

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More Information:          Vivien Miller   |   Communications Manager, Sunshine Sugar   |    +61 2 458 477 474

Media Comment:            Chris Connors   |   CEO, Sunshine Sugar  

Media Comment:            Matthew Godfrey   |   CEO, Nutrition Innovation  

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NUTRITION INNOVATION A GROUND-BREAKING GLOBAL FOOD SERVICE START-UP APPOINTS MATTHEW GODFREY AS CEO
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Nutrition Innovation, a Singapore based Global Food Science start-up, announces the appointment of Matthew Godfrey as Chief Executive Officer. Godfrey was previously the Asia President of Global communication company Y&R, part of the world's largest communication group, WPP.

Godfrey’s objective is to launch the company’s revolutionary product Nucane, a patent-pending, clinically proven low GI sugar derived from sugar cane with the potential to transform the food and beverage industry. Nucane is aimed at combatting the global obesity and diabetes epidemic via partnerships between sugar mills and brands to increase healthier options for consumers worldwide.

"Matthew has the leadership track record and skills that can help accelerate Nutrition Innovation's success and growth,” stated Founder & Chairman of Nutrition Innovation Dr. David Kannar.  “Our purpose is to make the world a healthier place and sugar is a major focus of the global health debate.”

"The world is ready for Nucane." said Godfrey. "What David has invented is a potential game changer for world health.”

Nucane can be used in all forms of food & beverages including retail, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, baked goods & quick service restaurants. Nucane is poised to be an incredibly important part of the global health solution and help revolutionize a US$100 Billion market.

For more information, visit www.nutritioninnovationgroup,com

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Press contact: Lisa Vega / Lisa Vega Group                                               1.213.247.4075 / lisa@lisavegagroup                                                                           Twitter @lisavegagrp

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