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Energy drinks trigger ‘life threatening’ heart activity, study suggests

The consumption of caffeinated energy drinks results in significant changes to heart function and blood pressure when compared to other drinks containing the same caffeine content.

Artificial sweeteners raise stroke and dementia risk, study claims

Drinking at least one artificially sweetened beverage daily may increase the risk of developing stroke or dementia compared to those who consumed this drink less than once a week.

New insights reveal how stevia controls blood sugar levels

How stevia controls blood sugar levels has remained a mystery until now as researchers think they have unravelled the natural, no-calorie sweetener's action that results in its observed health benefits.

Portion limit strategies no guarantee in reducing sugar drink intake

Providing smaller drink sizes to consumers with unlimited refills increases individual consumption of sugary drinks. However the opposite was true when the consumer had to get their own refill. 

AkzoNobel pilot project to track bio-based raw materials

‘Despite growing attention for sustainability, we still cannot track bio-based raw materials’

AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. (ABT) and EY, have launched an online tool that can track the use of bio-based raw materials in products.

Top beverage firms want 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030

Döhler, FrieslandCampina Riedel, Refresco and Verbruggen Juice Trading Sustainable Products have signed an agreement to supply 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030.

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Police investigating counterfeit spirit claims

An online auctioneer has uncovered fraud involving the refilling of old bottles of whisky, rum and other spirits with cheaper and younger liquids.

SugarSin to launch rosé wine gummies

SugarSin ‘gourmet confectionery for adults’ is extending its Prosecco and Cocktail Gummy range with the launch of rosé gummies this month.

Coca-Cola HBC reports good growth led by Nigeria and Romania

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC), a bottler of The Coca-Cola Company, has reported its financial results for the full year ended 31, December 2016.

Novozymes wins landmark case for biotech patent in alcohol beverages

In a rare landmark case on the validity of patents covering biotech innovations, the Supreme People’s Court of China has decided in favor of Novozymes, in a trial against two competitors accused of infringing its enzyme patent.

‘Orange aid’: IFU to measure color of blood orange juice

IFU (the international fruit and vegetable juice association) has developed an analytical method for testing the concentration of blood orange juice.

ProSweets 2017

Döhler Cactus Pear-Kiwi functional gummie equivalent to one-and-a-half cups of espresso

Döhler has launched a range of gummies and jellies based on 100% ingredients from fruit such as pectin from apple, juice concentrate, and fruit sugars instead of sucrose or glucose syrup.

Pinkster launches Gin Jam from left-over berries

British gin brand Pinkster has launched a Gin Jam, described as ‘mildly alcoholic’ and ‘ideal for putting the tipple in your teatime’.

Sweet and spicy flavours add beverage calories, study notes

Individuals are piling on excess calories by sweetening or adding spice to their coffee or tea, according to a study from the US.

Students given ‘300 coffees’ worth of caffeine in experimental error

A British University has been fined after a bungled nutritional experiment led to students consuming caffeine quantities equivalent to '300 cups of coffee.'

Does caffeine keep you younger for longer? Stanford study thinks so

The anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine may be why coffee drinkers live longer, says a Nature study, in which its research team provide proof for the compound’s role in heart health.

Boom and bust in the orange market: Brazil's crop plummets whilst Tunisia's reaches record high

As climate crisis decimates Brazil’s orange crop, Tunisia is graced with a record yield. How will the European market be affected and can the crises resolve one another?

Cap winner? Reusable seals offer healthy beverage options

Cap-based nutrient delivery systems have been around for several years but have not won widespread uptake on-shelf. A reusable cap featured at the recent Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) trade show in Frankfurt offers home-use options.

What are the key trends of the Chinese beverage market in 2017?

Several market research firms have predicted key trends that might be observed in the Chinese beverage market this year, including natural and energy ingredients.

Sugar-free drinks no better for weight control, argue researchers

Artificially-sweetened beverages (ASB) do not contribute to weight loss and may even be part of the overall obesity problem, researchers claim. 

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