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The reformulation race: Driving change in sugar-sweetened beverages

With soda taxes looming, sugar is in the spotlight more than ever. Is the industry on the defensive: or is it, in fact, taking the lead in sugar reduction? 

Canada sugar drinks levy would save 13,000 lives, say researchers

Health organizations in Canada are calling for a sugary drinks levy, with new research suggesting the measure would save 13,000 lives over the next 25 years. But the Canadian Beverage...

Caffeine may protect brain against dementia, study shows

Caffeine could ward off dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions by enhancing the abilities of protective enzymes, say researchers.

Energy drinks still largely unaffordable for most of the world with Egypt being largest untapped market

The market potential for value-priced energy drinks remains largely untapped in much of the world, according to a recent Euromonitor report. 

What's hitting the shelves? Teavana craft iced tea, reformulated Nestea, and new 'Coca-Cola with Stevia'

Coca-Cola has replaced Coca-Cola Life with 'Coca-Cola with Stevia' in Australia; while Nestea has launched a new real-brewed line as part of its brand revamp in the US. From soft...

Post Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax, purchases of levied beverages have fallen 7.6%, says study

Mexico’s sugar tax may have influenced beverage purchase decisions of Mexican households in urban areas, according to a follow up study by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researchers.

Does a soda tax work? Philadelphia gains $5.7m in tax revenue and sees drop in soda drinking

In its first month of existence, the Philadelphia soda tax has brought in $5.7m, more than double its original projection of $2.3m, according to the figures from the city’s revenue...

Ag Committee weighs whether SNAP should pay for sugary drinks

Prohibiting the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages and other “unhealthy” foods and beverages with SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, likely would not discourage their consumption, but would be costly...

Whey out? Could cricket protein rival whey as a sports nutrition and functional drinks ingredient?

Crickets could become a functional protein ingredient to rival casein and whey in nutritional beverages and sports drinks, researchers suggest.

Canadians will have a steep price to pay if sugary drink consumption continues to rise, study finds

Researchers from the University of Waterloo estimate that if Canadians continue the current consumption level of sugary beverages, it will result in 63,000 deaths related to high sugar consumption and...

European soda makers vow to reduce added sugar by further 10%

European soft drink brands, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Orangina and Red Bull, have announced plans to reduce added sugars by an extra 10% by 2020 in Europe.

Prenatal BPA exposure may lead to weight issues later in life: Mice study

A chemical normally used in the canned food industry has been found to interfere with the hormone that controls appetite, raising the prospect of increasing weight gain and obesity. 

The energy drinks market is maturing - and so should brands’ marketing strategies, says XYIENCE

The energy drinks market is maturing and so too is its consumer base, prompting the category to expand its marketing position to better appeal to a slightly older demographic.

ARYA Curcumin+ aims to be turmeric beverage with mainstream appeal

Since partnering with LA Libations, ARYA Curcumin+ has positioned itself as an affordably-priced luxury beverage aiming to solidify its mainstream consumer appeal. 

'Bold' obesity plan in Scotland would see manufacturers suffer, says industry

Scotland needs a “bold approach” to tackle obesity, according to an influential group of politicians. But food industry representatives said tough regulation could present “barriers to business” for the country’s manufacturers....

News in brief

Monster Energy Ultra Citron launches as low calorie energy drinks rise 32%

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new citrus flavor for sugar-free Monster Energy Ultra, seeing a 32% rise in sales of low calorie energy drinks and a shift in...

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....

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...

Can a soda tax discourage ‘go large’?

Discouraging the sale of ‘jumbo sized’ sugary drinks would have both economic and health benefits, according to a UK study led by the University of East Anglia. Policy interventions –...

EverSweet fermented stevia to launch in 2018… if we can reach the right deal with Cargill, says Evolva

Partners Evolva and Cargill have made “solid progress” on EverSweet - their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – but it will not launch until 2018, two years...

New food safety and hygiene course for drinks manufacturers

Appetite Learning has launched a new course, Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Drinks Manufacturers, a course specifically tailored to the beverage industry.

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.

India

FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to...

2016: The year of the sugar tax

Debate around sugar taxes has hit the limelight this year, with the controversial topic grabbing headlines around the globe.  

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....

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