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PepsiCo and Starbucks join forces in Latin American RTD coffee market

PepsiCo and Starbucks are partnering to distribute RTD coffee and energy drinks from Starbucks in Latin America, eyeing up a market worth $4bn and projected to grow by 22% over...

Beverage bites: News up to July 24, 2015

Heat threatens craft beer hops, Nestlé’s naked baristas, and more beverage bites

Several big beverage players released quarterly results this week, while hot weather was identified as a concern in hop growing regions. Meanwhile, Nestlé’s latest campaign features ‘actors wearing little more...

Breaking news: ‘We knew that if we could pull this off we could change hydration forever’

Oil and water do mix: FATwater launched by Bulletproof CEO for ‘extreme hydration’

FATwater, a beverage which fuses water with nanoparticles of oil, has been launched by Bulletproof Coffee creator Dave Asprey. 

Sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity: Meta analysis

Sugary drinks may cause type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity – and artificially-sweetened drinks or fruit juice are not necessarily healthier alternatives, according to new research.

New product launches

What's hitting the shelves? A wine monster, pineapple vodka and more

Heineken, Nestlé, Beam Suntory and Diageo all have launches in our round up of beverages springing onto shelves across the globe. 

Ball’s bid for Rexam hits EU competition hurdle

Ball Corporation’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) proposed deal for Rexam is to be investigated by the European Commission after the agency said it had concerns it may reduce competition in the beverage...

UK ketones firm contacted by pro cycling teams

Ketones get rough ride at Tour de France

The use of potentially performance enhancing ketones at the Tour de France cycling race has raised questions about their efficacy, legality and scale of usage.

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food...

Brain health drinks could be as big as energy drinks

Demand for psychoactive drinks for adults is exploding, following new research showing the cognitive health benefits of various natural products, a leading analyst has claimed.

Energy drink launches based on branded ingredient message

A new energy drink product has launched based on the science behind two branded ingredients, Cognizin citicoline from Kyowa Hakko, and PurEnergy, a caffeine/pterostilbine crystalline combination manufactured by ChromaDex.

Energy drinks ride out tough economic times

Different flavours, artificial caffeine alternatives and a place in everyday life give energy drinks the staying power to survive the recession, says a Canadean report.

Sales of energy shots slump as consumers reach for drinks instead

Sales of energy shots are slumping as their medicinal taste and less favorable position as a supplement drive consumers to reach for energy drinks, which many shoppers consider safer, according...

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

Forget extreme sports – it’s about extreme parenting! Energy drinks may market to millennials but parents’ consumption is on the rise

The pressures of raising children, juggling work and home life, and other daily responsibilities mean older millennials are increasingly turning to energy drinks, according to a report from Mintel. 

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe, Geneva

Europe’s energy drink market needs a shot of energy: Nergia

Energy shots are a big market in the US, but the potential in Europe is yet to be realized, says America’s Naturals.

Beverage bites: news up to May 29, 2015

Suntory goes shopping, Lipton launches festival, and more beverage bites

This week PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi was ranked #15 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list; while research said teens are ditching beer in favour of energy drinks. Meanwhile, Lipton is preparing...

News in brief

BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

With the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) caffeine safety opinion finally published yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has called now for the ‘obvious conclusions’ to be drawn....

Product launches in the beverage aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Ginger Ninja juice, vodka for women, Twix shakes and more

M&M’s peanut thick shakes, sweet and spicy Ginger Nija juice, and art-inspired vodka: just some of the beverages springing onto shelves across the globe.

Dispatches from Vitafoods, Geneva

Vitafoods 2015: Browsing the beverages

Vitafoods Europe - a global nutraceutical event - and Finished Products Europe are in full swing in Geneva this week. And beverages are well represented.

Algatech to launch soluble astaxanthin powder using Virun's technology at Vitafoods

The competition in the astaxanthin space to extend this the ingredient to new dosage forms and product matrices continues to heat up with the announcement of an encapsulated offering from...

Rexam sees volume growth in Europe, with energy drinks boosting beverage cans

Beverage can manufacturer Rexam has seen strong volume growth in Europe, including Russia, it said in a trading update this morning. 

Science agency affirms safety at 400 mg daily for adults

EFSA adopts caffeine opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted its opinion on the safe consumption of caffeine with little change to its controversial draft after a heated debate period.

KonaRed ends first year as public company with revenues, costs and losses all on rise

KonaRed, the Hawaii-based manufacturer of supplements and functional beverages, reported a 39% net sales rise for 2014.  Sales rose to $1.3 million.

Sidel on Share a Coke, beverage personalisation, and adaptable printing runs

Consumers want product personalisation: How must packaging processes adapt?

Beverage brands are constantly looking for ways to personalise products for consumers – placing new demands on packaging, says Sidel.

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