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Beer: Low in sugar and carbs, but myths and misinformation abound, says report

Beer is low in sugar compared to other alcoholic drinks but misinformation about the beverage abounds, according to a report released this week.

Product strategy expert says palatinose's 'time has come'

As consumer knowledge about blood sugar level management builds, low-glycaemic sweetener Palatinose could be about to enjoy its day in the sun, according to author and marketing guru Julian Mellentin. ...

Bird's-eye vine view could show stresses in wider Aussie agriculture

A project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region has brought remote sensors and aerial imagery to maximise irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine growing areas.

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From self-heating packaging to hand-painted grocery bags, the world of food packaging is seeing some exciting trends

‘Consumer expectations are getting higher and higher,” according to Justin Shimek, chief technology officer at Mattson, based near San Francisco, US.

Kids avoid sugary drinks when water and dairy are available: Study

Overweight children decreased their consumption of sugary drinks when additional water or milk was added to their diet, a study has discovered.

Deep-ocean mineral water may be a better hydrator than mountain spring water, study finds

Researchers from the University of Arizona hypothesized that deep-ocean mineral water drawn from 3,000 feet underwater off the coast of Kona in Hawaii may enhance recovery of hydration and exercise performance.

Flavor simplicity, functional ingredients & clean label: Imbibe on beverage trends

Consumer demands are trending towards simplicity and authenticity in flavors, packaging, and ingredients, according to Andy Dratt, executive vice president of Illinois-based Imbibe (a full-service beverage development company). 

'The wine industry has been slow to innovate beyond the glass bottle and cork'

‘An end to the red versus white battle’: Could smart wine bottle herald a new way to drink wine?

Smart wine bottle Kuvée says the success of craft beer proves that today’s consumers seek variety, convenience and authentic products, which is what it hopes to offer consumers when it...

Mother’s high-fructose diet may lead to foetal metabolic disorders: Study

A high-fructose diet during pregnancy may lead to the foetus developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and obesity in later life, a study reports.

This week Down Under

First gluten-free barley beer ships out of Australia to Germany

A science-based Aussie invention has succeeded in taking the world's first gluten-free barley beer to German supermarkets.

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

News in brief

Berry drink shows skin benefits

A polyphenol-rich red and black currant berry drink has shown significant anti-wrinkle and skin smoothing benefits in a 12-week French study.

From scientists to shelves: developing technology from the University of Queensland

PERKii pledges to shake up the probiotic beverage aisle

Probiotic water PERKii is launching in Australia, using patented technology developed by scientists at The University of Queensland that claims to ensure the delivery of live probiotics to the digestive...

Red wine may offer heart protection by altering gut microbiome: Study

A compound found in red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by changing the gut microbiome, according to a study.

80% of surveyed products don't pass WHO nutrient profile

Survey blasts industry & EU for allowing unhealthy foods to make health claims

What’s the difference between a chocolate bar and an apple? Not much if you go by the misuse of health claims on food in Germany and the Netherlands says campaign...

How sweet is sweet? Valiber technology eyes up opportunities in era of personalization

Israeli start-up Valiber, which has developed technology that measures how sweet a drink is, sees huge opportunities in an era of personalization and health awareness. It aims to extend its...

A splendid or stormy future: Could climate change weather shocks dampen the promise of UK wine?

With climate change affecting wine regions around the world, the UK is in the spotlight as a growing wine-making area. But researchers from the University of East Anglia warn that...

Cocktail of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit beverages

A trio of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit based beverages that have an increased nutritional value yet are low in sugar, say Danish researchers. 

Beverage categories are getting blurrier, Mintel report suggests

A recent Mintel report shows cross-category beverages have become increasingly popular as manufacturers look to cater for consumers’ health and wellness demands, as well as their cravings for new flavor...

Nescafé Coffee Center opens in China

Nestlé has opened its Nescafé Coffee Center in Yunnan, China, which will focus on research and development as well as providing training opportunities. 

The factory of the future: Coca-Cola Enterprises sets out a vision for sustainable manufacturing

Emerging technology, big data, and innovations like smart labels and smart kitchens can help transform the food and drink industry for a sustainable future, according to a Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE)...

Chicago-based Café Racer makes small-batch carbonated cold brew

A young Chicago chef jumps into the ready-to-drink scene in a category that is still mostly uncharted territory: carbonated coffee.

Kolé functional drink promises cognitive performance improvement

A brain scientist was challenged by his wife to create a functional drink that benefits the brain. Fast forward two years, the scientist is ready to launch his Kolé Food...

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Scientists find way to make sweetest sweetener taste sweeter

Japanese researchers have devised a method to make one of the sweetest natural sweeteners even sweeter in a development that will be seen as a breakthrough at a time when...

Don’t rub it in, drink it up: UVO sun protective drink

After spending years researching alternative forms of sun protection, dermatologist Bobby Awadalla has launched an orange and peach flavored 'sun protective drink' called UVO.

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