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Caliwater cactus drink founder: ‘We’re where Zico was 10 years ago’

Longtime friends and film and television industry colleagues Matt McKee and Melissa Reed’s plans for a locally sourced juice bar in downtown Los Angeles morphed into a beverage company whose flagship product is ready-to-drink prickly pear cactus water sourced from their own backyard. 

Putting the joy back in US juice: Mintel’s top trends for $15.5bn market

Tropical flavors may help US juice brands stem sales losses, according to Mintel, which notes a raft of recent launches using tastes popular in exotic destinations where some consumers have roots.

INNOBEV SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: MOMS FEAR 'CRASHES AND SPIKES'

'Working moms have hidden energy drink habit', BENEO warns

Working moms are ‘hidden’ heavy users of energy drinks but are a group that would rush to buy healthier products providing sustained energy without spikes and crashes, BENEO says.

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: THE FUTURE FOR WATER ENHANCERS

Squash to smoothie enhancers: DreamPak scans horizon in $400m market

DreamPak’s international sales director tells Ben Bouckley that brands must differentiate to grow in a crowded US beverage enhancers fixture and tips tea, coffee and smoothies to lead the charge.

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Rhubarb, Lavender, cucumber… and significantly less sugar. It’s time soda got sophisticated, says DRY Soda

There’s a reason why soda is generally sweet and comes in three flavors (cola, lemon & lime and root beer), because that’s what sells, right? Wrong, says DRY Soda founder and CEO Sharelle Klaus, whose best-selling flavors include lavender, rhubarb and cucumber. 

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS: FINAL THOUGHTS

‘Functional beverage belief is back’: Zenith International chair

Zenith International chairman Richard Hall tells BeverageDaily.com that he thinks the beverage industry is regaining its faith in functional products. 

Finns and Norwegians partner on probiotic juice

Finnish dairy and ingredients giant Valio has inked a deal with major Norwegian food and drink maker Tine to license its LGG probiotic strain in Tine’s Biola juice range.

Sweetened beverages again linked to stroke risk, and effects could be dose-related, says new study

Increased intakes of sweetened beverages may increase the risk of stroke, says a new study from Sweden.

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Pepsi explores salt flavor modifiers with Senomyx; plans new 'made with real sugar' colas

San Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx has entered into a collaborative agreement with PepsiCo to identify flavors with "modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt".

MINTEL'S BIG CONVERSATION: MILLENNIALS DON'T CARE FOR TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES

Alien soft drinks could invade! Sales fizz for Kirin cola with fibre

Beverage concepts that seem wacky or weird right now could sparkle in the future, says Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth, who notes strong sales for Kirin’s fiber-fortified cola in Japan since 2012.

Scientists SUGGEST USING COFFEE AS 'THERAPEUTIC AGENT'

Two cups of coffee a day keep deadly liver cirrhosis at bay

Scientists say coffee could be used to treat liver cirrhosis, after finding that drinking two or more cups per day cut death risk by 66% among Chinese subjects when the disease was caused by non-viral hepatitis.

Insights from IFT Wellness 2014

Why should we care about what @Susan thinks of stevia?

Despite a trend toward reduced sugar consumption in the US, many Americans are still getting far too much added sugar in their diets. But how do consumers really feel about sugar? And how should manufacturers address sugar and sugar reduction efforts on labels? A communication strategist and marketing industry vet shared some insights during the recent IFT Wellness show in Chicago. 

Straight Dope: Canna Energy hemp oil drink scores sales high

Canna Energy says it has sold around 150,000 cans of its hemp oil infused energy drink in its first 100 days and is hot on the heels of Red Bull and Monster in terms of sell-through in many Colorado locations.

MINTEL'S 'BIG CONVERSATION': ORGANIZED DISRUPTION, SOFT DRINKS INNOVATION

Dessert drinks to CSDs with jelly: Mintel urges ‘global drinks disruption’

Beverage brands can blur the lines both within the category and steal outside cues to create novel products such as beer-flavored ice cream that arrest the consumer’s attention, according to Mintel.

Evaporated cane juice lawsuit on ice as FDA weighs in. But what does this mean for industry?

A class action lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla of misleading consumers and misbranding its products by using the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) on labels has been put on ice by a California judge following the FDA's decision to look again at the controversial term.

Diet drinks may be linked to heart trouble in older women

Postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to new research.

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

An Israeli company that has released a range of coffee alternatives made from roasted date kernel, says the waste material has potential as a sustainable food and drink ingredient stretching far beyond this initial creation.

FOODEX 2014: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

‘America sneezes - we catch a cold!’: Serving sizes and the UK war on sugar

A food industry panel chaired by former UK cabinet minister Michael Portillo has warned that the UK drive to cut sugar and salt levels in food and drink risks being undermined by larger portion sizes.

Shaken Udder to SIG Combibloc! Foodex 2014 captured on camera

Relive the action at Foodex 2014 in Birmingham, UK, as we rub shoulders with the likes of SIG Combibloc, Ishida and Berry White not Barry White!

News in brief

Tipping salt into Cabernet Sauvignon improves taste

Adding a pinch of salt to red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon can radically improve the taste, according to Microsoft’s former COO Nathan Myhrvold.

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