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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.

New smartphone app measures water stress of grapevines

Grapegrowers in Australia are trialling a new smartphone app that helps them measure the water status of their vines. 

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....

Lower calorie sugar types may not make a difference to health: Rat study

Switching to a ‘healthier’ low calorie sugar may not lessen the risk of developing health conditions as trials comparing two common sugars found other factors involved in long-term health risks.

Patented sugar reduction molecule will be on shelves next year, says DouxMatok

Sugar reduction specialist DouxMatok is in advanced talks with multinational food manufacturers and says its patented flavour-carrying particle will be on shelves in Europe by 2018.

Citrus flavanones boost endothelial function and heart health

Polyphenols from citrus fruit may counter the detrimental effects of high fat meals on cardiovascular health, report scientists from the University of Reading and PepsiCo.

Australia invests $5.3m in R&D projects on Shiraz terroir

Wine Australia has today announced a six year, $5.3m AUD ($4m USD) R&D investment that will look at Australia’s unique terroirs and how they influence wine style and quality. ...

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Harnessing yeast’s natural biodiversity to help fuel innovation in craft brewing

Yeast, the humblest and most fundamental of beer ingredients, is back in the spotlight and ready to play a starring role in the new world of beer, write Zachari Turgeon...

AB InBev and Keurig announce R&D joint venture for in-home alcohol drink system

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig Green Mountain are partnering to create an in-home alcohol drink system, covering a range of alcoholic beverages. 

Pernod Ricard announces ‘world’s first connected cocktail library’

Pernod Ricard has turned its attention to the rise of ‘hometainment’ - consumers turning to their homes for new social experiences alongside the concept of the smart home - and...

Microalgae looks to sustainably grow into beverage space with funding from Food4Future

The future is looking bright for microalgae in the beverage space as Algatechnolgies (Algatech), manufacturer of non-GMO astaxanthin, was chosen as the sole algae player of the pan-European Food4Future initiative....

Sugar tax divides the industry, campaigners claim

The UK’s food and drink industry might not be as fiercely opposed to a tax on sugary beverages as industry representatives claim, according to a new survey.

Habitual caffeine intake may protect against age-related cognitive decline, report finds

A report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) suggests that moderate coffee consumption could reduce age-related cognitive decline in adults.

Michigan craft brewery first to use 100-year-old barley in limited-edition lager

New Holland Brewing Co. will be Michigan’s first craft brewer to revive the use of Spartan barley, a relic grain that has just started sprouting up in the state after...

Industry call: Maastricht Uni researchers hungry for satiety trial funding

Maastricht University researchers are seeking sponsors – preferably from a drink or shot maker – for a weight management trial exploring ‘intestinal brakes’ that has showed promising phase 1 results.

Feature: Virtual reality

How virtual reality is helping create today's beverages

Virtual reality can be a bit of fun for consumers: offering bonus content via a 3D experience. But behind the scenes in the F&B industry, it has important roles to...

Most soft drinks on sale exceed daily sugar limit, warns study

Over half of the soft drinks available in supermarkets exceed the recommended daily amount for an adult’s sugar consumption, as a study identifies ginger beer as containing the most sugar....

Energy drinks are in the spotlight again after man develops acute hepatitis after excessive consumption

The health and safety of energy drinks and shots could come under the microscope again after a man developed acute hepatitis after excessive daily consumption of such a product, as...

JAMA rejects cranberry for UTI; industry says Yale study infected with fault

The cranberry industry and academics have rubbished a cranberry-UTI study and accompanying commentary published in JAMA in the past week, saying the research is “misleading” and “suffering from fatal flaws.”...

Coffee flour may be gluten-free answer to reduce environmental impact of green coffee production

A new concept from a US company provides additional benefits that go beyond the drive to improve gluten-free products.

Cargill pairs with start-up to make spirulina from malt waste

Cargill has partnered with a French start-up to turn waste water and CO2 from one of its malt production plants into spirulina production ‘fuel’.

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JBT trials coil heat exchanger on apple puree

JBT has carried out trials on a coil heat exchanger in aseptic systems, to sterilize fruit and vegetable puree and concentrate.

Water sourced from plants: Premium in Australia; precious in India

AquaBotanical – a water sourced entirely from fruit and vegetables – is currently sold as a premium brand in Australia. But the brand’s potential is much greater, according to its...

PepsiCo & TB Alliance partner to improve tuberculosis drug taste

PepsiCo and TB Alliance are partnering to improve the bitter and unpleasant taste of today’s tuberculosis (TB) treatments - important in the treatment of children.

Anheuser-Busch completes ‘world’s first commercial shipment by self-driving truck’

Anheuser-Busch and Otto have used a self-driving truck to haul a trailer of Budweiser across 120 miles (193 km), heralding it as a milestone for the transportation industry.  

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