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Better knowledge means better wine: The curious and complex world of wine microorganisms

A €4m ($4.32m) EU project has the potential to identify new and improved strains of wine microorganisms, which could improve future winemaking.

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.

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.

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.

What will EFSA’s caffeine opinion mean for product formulation?

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safe upper limit for caffeine could mean a de facto ban for 80% of UK males, whose average weight would take them over the body weight referenced in the opinion, according to a food law expert.

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of caffeine a day from all sources and single doses of up to 200 mg for adults were not a safety concern. 

Tropical energy. A new kind of category blurring?

Both Red Bull and Lucozade Sport have launched tropical flavours of their sport and energy drinks – something Mintel says is another example of these sectors trying to slurp soft drink market share.

Straw format to help Ganeden deliver probiotics with shelf stable beverages

Probiotics specialist Ganeden has announced a new application, one that straddles the supplement /food divide. The company has partnered with BioGaia to place its Ganeden BC30 into a line of straws that can be packaged with beverages.

EFSA backs erythritol for use in soft drinks

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said erythritol is safe for use in soft drinks at a maximum level of 1.6%, bringing the zero-calorie sweetener a step closer to EU approval for beverages.

Brussels caffeine congress

Caffeine opinion not measuring effect of 5 Red Bulls and a bottle of vodka: EFSA

Accounting for the lifestyle choice of excessive consumption of energy drinks and alcohol was not the point of EFSA's risk assessment on caffeine, the authority has said at a Brussels stakeholder meeting on the draft yesterday.

FOUNDER PLANS TO SHAKE-UP DULL US AMBIENT DAIRY-FREE AISLE

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'

Sometimes entrepreneurs have to take a ‘leap of faith’, says Rebel Kitchen founder Tamara Arbib, as she takes her coconut ‘mylks’ to the US just over a year after an initial UK launch.

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 research published in the British Medical Journal’s publication Heart.

‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’ way.

'ALL MALTA GOYA PRODUCTS MEET FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS'

Goya Foods slams 'outdated, inaccurate' 4-MEI figures in soft drinks study

Goya Foods has hit back at a study on the safety of 4-MEI in soft drinks by John Hopkins researchers, insisting that the team's data on the caramel color byproduct is 'outdated and inaccurate'.

PepsiCo hits back at ‘out-of-date’ cancer risk study

PepsiCo has hit back at a cancer risk study, which linked caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI to ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk.

ABA HITS BACK: 'CARAMEL COLORING HAS BEEN USED FOR DECADES AND IS SAFE'

Study suggests 4-MEI in soft drinks presents 'avoidable and unnecessary' cancer risk

Soft drink consumers are exposed to an ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk through caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI, say the authors of a new US study that found comparatively high levels of the chemical in brands including Malta Goya and several Pepsi products. 

Malt beverage brands must innovate to maintain impressive growth: Canadean

The global malt beverage industry has grown by 42% over just five years, with particularly fast growth in MENA, says market research body Canadean. 

Coca-Cola Enterprises boss: ‘Detractors don’t understand how safe aspartame is’

Coca-Coca Enterprises boss John Brock says detractors ‘don’t understand’ how safe aspartame is, and insists that diet soda sales remain strong – growth for Coke Zero offset a 5.5% full year volume slide for Diet Coke.

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First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

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