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“The authorisation of these claims would see a major boost for sports men and women”

European sports nutrition sector backs EFSA caffeine opinion

The European sports nutrition sector says the recent EFSA opinion that backed daily caffeine intakes up to 400 mg per day, will lift the sector – if it makes it into EU law books.

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.

Ingredion rolls out quillaja-derived foaming ingredient across Europe

Ingredion has introduced its natural foaming agent for non-alcoholic beverages, fruit syrups and cordials derived from Quillaja saponaria (the soapbark tree) to the European market.

STUDY TRACKED 5,500 US GIRLS FROM 1996-2001

Sugar-sweetened drinks linked to earlier period onset in teen girls and thus higher breast cancer risk

Harvard researchers say that teenage girls who regularly quaff drinks with added sugars tend to start their menstrual periods earlier in life than those who don’t, which increases their later breast cancer risk.

Mid-calorie soda gamble: Pepsi True hits test markets in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C

PepsiCo is rolling out its mid-calorie cola Pepsi True at selected retailers in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. following a soft launch on Amazon to assess demand.

From salted satsuma to Falernum: Sensient Flavors unveils its 2015 flavor trends forecast

Trendwatchers at Sensient Flavors have identified eight up-and-coming flavor trends for 2015 using the company's proprietary ‘Trends to Taste’ program, a predictive process that filters trends from the broad, consumer, macro level down to finished concepts that best demonstrate each flavor profile.

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Will Pepsi True & Coca-Cola Life revitalize the cola market, or are today’s more demanding and sophisticated consumers looking for more than refreshment and ‘no-artificial’ claims from their beverage calories these days?

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 ‘upstream’ suppliers.

PepsiCo's new Mountain Dew Kickstart flavors target ‘cross-cultural millennial males’

PepsiCo brand Mountain Dew Kickstart tells us its two new flavor lines with higher juice content, coconut water and slightly less caffeine are targeted at a core ‘cross cultural millennial male’ consumer.

Williams and Warburton case shows sports nutrition brands must do more to reduce the ‘spectre’ of doping; Cambridge issues statement

UK sports nutrition brand Science Fitness has challenged firms to ramp up quality control (QC) measures to reduce the risk of sector-wide implication in doping cases via contamination.

‘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 dubs 'tea-flavored sodas'.

Suja Juice predicts revenues of $70-80m in 2015 as super-premium juice category explodes

There is room for new players in the burgeoning super-premium juice category, but the barriers to entry are pretty high, says San Diego-based Suja Juice, which exploded onto the scene in 2012, generated revenues of $18m in 2013, $45m in 2014 and is forecasting $70-80m in 2015.  

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.

High blood pressure? Just beet it! Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure in UK study

Drinking a cup of beetroot juice every day can ‘significantly lower blood pressure’ among patients with high blood pressure, according to a study in the journal Hypertension.

Opinion

On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids got into their blood streams via contaminated sports drink powders. But is the sector really to blame?

Beauty and that beast of a beverage market…Bella Berry targets UK launch

London-based startup Bella Berry tells BeverageDaily.com that it is negotiating with buyers with a view to launching the UK’s first mass market collagen-based ‘beauty drink’ by spring 2015.

Cambridge Commodities: “There was no contamination in any of the tested products or ingredients.”

Mountain Fuel drink maker says ‘doped’ products tested clean

The third party manufacturer of the Mountain Fuel sports drink that has been blamed in a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) independent panel ruling for the ‘inadvertent’ steroid doping of two Welsh track Olympians, says the products were tested after the UKAD adverse finding and found to be contaminant free.

Coffee that helps you sleep?! 'This brand can explode,' says Counting Sheep Coffee

A Vancouver startup believes it’s on the brink of exploding into mainstream success with its 40 winks coffee – a coffee blended with a herbal sedative, allowing it to be drunk as an evening or bedtime drink. 

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

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