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Coffee does not cause rapid heartbeat: Study

Regular consumption of caffeine does not cause additional, rapid heartbeats, according to a recent study from the University of California-San Francisco.

Wine and tea may decrease risk of erectile dysfunction: Study

Wine, tea and other flavonoid-rich beverages and foods may help reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a recent study.

Latvia to ban energy drink sales to under 18s

Latvia will follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour by banning the sale of energy drinks to under 18s – something the country’s advertising association has called anti-EU.

‘Artificial sweeteners are dinosaurs’: Food and beverage analyst discusses 2016 trends

Health is reigning supreme in the beverage market in 2016, but are the right companies taking advantage of this consumer demand?

Sonoma Cider releases sarsaparilla-inspired cider

California-based Sonoma Cider is adding a new cider with elements of sarsaparilla and vanilla to its year-round mix.

PureCircle refining stevia product to fit consumer tastes

Stevia is closing in on mainstream acceptance as a non-caloric sweetener, but the product will need additional innovation before it is fully accepted by consumers.

Stevia may benefit from consumer desire for natural claims: Mintel

While stevia, a natural sweetener, is not yet widely known in the US, the product may benefit from consumers demanding healthier products.

Sugar-sweetened beverages increase visceral belly fat, diet drinks don’t: Study

A daily intake of sugary drinks can lead to high levels of visceral belly fat, according to a recent study from the American Heart Association.

Upcoming EU sports nutrition law revamp – a win for industry?

The way sports foods are regulated in the EU is set to change. But how? Craig Simpson, EU food law expert with Steptoe & Johnson in the UK, gives his view likely outcomes and industry impacts.

What are the key beverage trends - and companies - to watch in 2016?

What distinguishes the winners from the losers in the ultra-competitive beverages market?

Habitual tea consumption may help reduce arterial stiffness

A recent study has found that habitual consumption of tea may help reduce arterial stiffness.

DRY Sparkling gets non-GMO certification, will expand to food store channel

DRY Sparkling, one of America’s fastest-growing soda brands, has been certified as non-GMO and will expand to larger stores this year.

Winemaking waste shows antioxidant and anti-cholesterol benefits: Study

Researchers say polyphenols from winemaking by-product red grape pomice has potential as a functional ingredient in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. 

CIDER Act to cut key taxes in cider market

The CIDER Act, which will update various tax definitions of cider, was passed into law with the end-of-year US tax package.

‘A Starbucks quality latte for $0.67’: Liquid concentrate and enhancer market may grow to $1bn by 2020

The liquid concentrate and enhancer market may see a huge expansion in the next five years, according to an industry executive.

ASA ruling

Hare today, gone tomorrow: Nestlé boots Nesquik healthy bunny claims after UK challenge

Nesquik is no longer "a great start to the day" after the UK advertising authority ruled the product too high in sugar to bear health claims. 

Nestlé scientists developing slow-release coffee

Scientists at Nestlé are working on a new formula for slow-release coffee, something that could conceivably spread the effects of caffeine out over a longer period of time.

Study: High dose omega-3 protein juice shows muscle wasting benefits

An omega-3, protein and vitamin juice formulated by Norwegian biotech firm Smartfish has become the first nutrition product to demonstrate a positive effect on the disease related wasting syndrome cachexia.

SodaStream: More than a one-off gift?

When pushing a new product into the already-crowded beverage market, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. SodaStream’s US President John Sheppard said the company’s biggest challenge is to be seen as more than just a kitschy gift item.

Coca-Cola president: ‘I don’t see sugar going away’

The president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company says sugar will not be ‘going away’ as an ingredient, despite obesity and diabetes concerns.

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