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Makers of artificial sweeteners upgrade textures to better mimic sugar

BY Jenna Duncan

LAKELAND, Fla. Producers of sweetening alternatives have been making greater strides as of late to assure that their products can imitate the melt-in-your-mouth texture of natural sugar, Internet reports said.

One example is Taste Advantage, a company that manufactures flavorings for alcoholic and ready-to-drink beverages. Taste Advantage has told reporters that its goal is to recreate the weight and texture that consumers of artificial sweeteners often have said they miss about sugar.

The company has been working on a closer-to-sugar sugar alternative for about two to three, reports said. Users have also reported that some sweeteners, have bitter or burning-like aftertastes, another dilemma for sweetener development.

Representatives from Taste Advantage have said that within the year they are set to release new, naturally-derived sweeteners that will more closely resemble the taste, texture and weight of real sugar.

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U.S. shoppers pulling way back on spending

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK The financial crisis is not just hitting Wall Street hard, it is greatly impacting the way Americans spend their money on everyday shopping trips, The New York Times today reported.

According to figures released from corporations, as well as interviews, Americans are spending less on dining out, automobile sales, airfare and other non-essentials. Reports have said that for the first time in about 20 years total sales for the third quarter 2008 will not show growth, but instead a drop by about 3 percent, and a “consumer-driven recession” could be just around the quarter.

Reports have said that consumer spending, which comprises about two-thirds of the U.S. economy, grew overall for the year, but dropped in July and August. The Times reported that as Americans see savings for things like retirement and vacations dwindling, they have lost their buying confidence and spending has become more conservative nationwide.

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Brookshire Grocery announces launch of Fresh store

BY Michael Johnsen

TYLER, Texas Brookshire Grocery on Thursday announced it will break ground in January on a new concept store called Fresh, according to a local daily.

The new store concept, which will anchor a strip center at the Ridge at Oak Hills, is expected to be open by the end of next year. Details as to what services would be available at the new store concept were not available.

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