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What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

There is strong potential for the use of ground green coffee beans to be used directly as a functional ingredient in supplements and foods, say researchers.

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Nestlé opens CHF80m coffee plant in Vietnam

Nestlé has opened a production factory in Vietnam to meet rising consumer demand for decaffeinated coffee, it said.

Nestlé Spain invests €102m in energy efficient Nescafé line to lower resource consumption

Nestlé Spain will boost production of Nescafé soluble coffee at its factory in Girona by 30%, with an investment of €102m ($110m) on an energy efficient line. 

Australia

Sydney overtaking Melbourne as Australia’s coffee king capital

Melbourne might be famous for being the starting point for Australia’s coffee revolution a decade ago, it is now being challenged by Sydney to become the country’s most caffeine-crazed city....

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on health but academics and industry say evidence is lacking.

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Innovia Films partners with Carrington Company to launch a line of teas using NatureFlex packaging

Carrington Tea has launched its organics tea line using Innovia Films NatureFlex packaging film.

Science short

Daily coffee polyphenols can reduce diabetes risk, say Japanese researchers

Japanese researchers have found coffee polyphenols can reduce type 2 diabetes risk via an insulin-regulating intestinal peptide.

3-5 cups of coffee a day may help keep artery blockages away

People who consume between three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of coronary artery calcium build-up, which can lead to artery blockages, according to...

Red Espresso hopes to capitalise on European coffee capsule explosion – with tea

‘We're not a commodity, we're a niche!’ Red Espresso puts rooibos tea in ‘coffee’ capsules

Red Espresso is launching its rooibos tea capsules in Europe, eyeing up a continent with an ingrained coffee culture and obsession with health, convenience, and coffee pods.  

Nestlé Pure Life ‘growth engine’ keeps waters business ticking over

Nestlé CFO Wan Ling Martello says Nestlé Pure Life remains a key growth engine for the company’s Nestlé Waters business, with especially strong growth in North America, UK and emerging...

‘Regular black tea may be relevant for cardiovascular protection’: Unilever study

Black tea may help lower blood pressure for people with elevated levels, says a new study from Unilever R&D that adds to the potential health benefits of the beverage and...

Wake up and smell the coffee pods: Coffee shop culture leads to sales boom

Coffee pods are driving growth in the ground coffee sector, says FMCG market and shopper intelligence firm IRI, thanks to cheaper coffee machines and the popularity of the coffee shop...

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

Companies crave category leadership, but Euromonitor warns against 'war is won' illusion

Companies crave category leadership but too much market share risks stymying food and beverage innovation within large firms, as well as the illusion that ‘war is won’, a Euromonitor analyst...

BeverageDaily Personality of the Year 2014! Lukas von Grebmer, Six Beverages

The virtual hustings are over, the voting is done and dusted, and we’re thrilled to announce that Lukas von Grebmer from Six Beverages is BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!...

Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties

Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

Coffee is the new sunscreen? Study links consumption to reduced melanoma risk

Researchers suggest drinking four or more cups of coffee a day could decrease the risk of melanoma by 20%, saying it is possible that the drink has a ‘protective role’...

Green tea extract may boost ‘metabolic efficiency’ and help endurance training: Human data

Supplements of green tea extract may enhance performance in active men by improving metabolic efficiency and economy, says a new study.

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2015, DAVOS, SWITZERLAND

Nestlé CEO talks Nespresso: ‘We wouldn’t have a healthy coffee business if we exploited suppliers’

Nestlé boss Paul Bulcke declines to reveal how much coffee farmers servicing its Nespresso platform receive for every little plastic pod sold, but insists the brand creates real shared value for...

BEVERAGE BITES: 19/01/15-23/01/15

Refresco Gerber under hammer for $1.7bn, Coke splashes cash on London Eye

Here’s what made the headlines during the working week commencing Monday January 19 2015, in our new section Beverage Bites, which brings you the best bite-sized beverage news.

‘Our RTD tea will taste of tea. Not sugar. Not malic acid!’ Ex-Coke exec says it’s time for Tg…

Former Coca-Cola executive Sophia Nadur insists the UK market is ready for her low calorie whole leaf RTD tea brand Tg, which she says is markedly different from what she...

PATENT WATCH

Mars functional beverage capsule patent application hints at new single-serve trend?

Mars recently applied to patent a special single-serve beverage capsule it said would give more consistent dosing and less wastage of functional ingredients – from flavonoids and vitamins to minerals, antioxidants.

ASK THE EXPERT: FOCUS ON JAPAN

Zen and the Art of Japanese Beverage Packaging...

As EP Resources reports on a changing Japanese beverage landscape marked by a C-store surge, report author Stuart Hoggard talks trends including taller, slimmer bottles, and a willingness among global...

NESPRESSO 'CONFIDENT' IT HAS NOT INFRINGED PATENT

Coffee capsule maker sues Nestlé Nespresso for €150m

A manufacturer of third-party capsules designed to work on Nestlé’s Nespresso coffee machines today sued the firm for €150m in a French court claiming patent infringement and damages.

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