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Energy Drinks & Beyond

Energy drinks are a multi-billion dollar industry, and no category is more controversial. Although pressure from health professionals, politicians and lobbyists hasn't slowed the trajectory for brands like Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar, brands are adapting to new consumer needs - with healthy, diet and natural energy at the top of the agenda.

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Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with alcohol after new research found the practice can turn a few quick drinks...

Sparkling Ice, Monster and Lipton Tea: US C-Store winners in 2014

Bottled water, energy and iced tea are expected to win big in 2014 as C-store operators predict a ‘banner year’ in packaged beverages led by brands including Sparkling Ice, Monster...

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Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk?

Is diet soda in the doldrums because shoppers are suspicious of aspartame, or because they are just bored of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi? And will naturally-sweetened products such as...

‘What we haven’t offered until today is taste, and taste is king!’ ADM boss justifies $3.1bn appetite for WILD Flavors

Archer Daniels Midland CEO Patricia Woertz insists that WILD Flavors' beverage and taste expertise complement her firm’s expertise in food ingredients and know-how in texture, function and nutrition.

Archer Daniels Midland buys WILD Flavors for $3.1bn

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will buy WILD Flavors for €2.3bn citing fast-growing demand for natural food and beverage flavors and ingredients as the rationale.

Insights from IFT 2014

The sky’s the limit for malleable energy category: Mintel

The concept of “energy” is a multifaceted one, to be sure: it can come in bursts or slowly; via beverages, shots, biscuits or bars; with appeal that spans sports nutrition,...

CSPI calls for warning letters on energy drinks, but are the numbers accurate?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require warning labels on energy drink containers notifying consumers of the risk of...

What’s the next coconut water? Find out at the FoodNavigator-USA Beverage Entrepreneurs Forum

Will Keurig Cold really turn the soft drinks market on its head? Can natural sweeteners pull diet soda out of its funk? And what’s the next coconut water? 

Physiological responses to caffeine may increase with age: Study

The potentially negative effects of caffeine consumption on the heart significantly increase as young people reach adolescence, research has suggested. 

HEALTHY BEVERAGE EXPO 2014: BRANDS CAN SCORE WITH C-STORES

‘Dollar motivation’ risks damaging healthy beverage definition: expert

Industry expert Jim Tonkin insists the Healthy Beverage Expo raises the bar in terms of what counts as a ‘healthy beverage’ and is a welcome antidote to the ‘dollar motivation’...

Functional foods forum participant says the move toward organic is an unstoppable groundswell

Natural and organic is the future of functional food and food in general, according to MetaBrandCEO Eric Schnell.  Schnell is a panelist in an upcoming NutraIngredients-USA online forum title "Trends...

Energy supplement hangs hat on dopamine-boosting properties

A new energy supplement is betting on the benefits of Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens, which provides a precursor to the neurotransmitter dopamine, to stand out in a crowed category.

An energy drink that echoes in eternity? Coca-Cola Hellenic launches Gladiator in Russia

Check out these eye-catching 2013 launches from Coke’s second-largest bottler Coca-Cola Hellenic, including budget Russian energy offering Gladiator and Monster Rehab in Switzerland.

Move over yerba maté! Guayusa is the next big thing in ‘clean energy’, say Runa founders

It’s not as well-known as yerba maté or guarana, yet, but another natural source of caffeine - the Amazonian leaf guayusa - is about to give them both a serious...

‘Savvy’ promo pricing sees Coke take CSD share from Pepsi, DPS

Coke's ‘savvy’ pricing strategy has helped it take share from Dr Pepper Snapple and PepsiCo in 2014 to date but analysts warn the policy may not be in the brand’s...

Energy drinks in US suffer Easter hiccup not seismic slowdown

Energy drink sales growth in the US slowed to its lowest in over a year in the month ending May 10 but the ‘Easter shift’ may be the main reason...

VEGEMITE ENERGY, OR PERHAPS JUST A 'BRAIN TONIQ'?

'Up, up and beyond up!' Eye-catching energy drink launches: The BeverageDaily Top 10

Check out our pick of recent eye-catching energy launches, and three picks by industry experts, as drinks move towards caffeine-free energy of a more subtle style, while more launches offer...

BRANDS MAY HAVE TO 'REFORMULATE AND REMOVE' FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS - ANALYST WARNS

Safety fears could slow energy drink drive into liquid water enhancers

Despite the presence of MIO Energy, Mintel warns that energy drinks brands could face problems if they try to conquer new territory in the US liquid water enhancer space due...

CLEVER MARKETING CAN OVERCOME DIFFICULT EFSA SITUATION

Beauty meets the EU energy drinks beast…

Energy drinks that also offer beauty or weight loss benefits have a growing market in the EU despite a difficult health claims environment.

Applied Food Science anticipates demand with organic caffeine for energy beverages

Applied Food Sciences has debuted an all-natural caffeine ingredient for energy beverage formulations.  The ingredient will a boon in a market crowded with synthetic ingredients, the company said.

News in brief

Astronomical shipping charges! Japanese sports drink eyes moon landing

Most beverage brands are probably content to work on their distribution on plain old planet Earth but a Japanese sports drinks brand is set to become the first commercial delivery...

‘Good beverage entrepreneurs? Give me paranoid overachievers!’ Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

“One question I like to ask an entrepreneur – usually when they’re really tired after presenting for an hour and a half, is ‘what keeps you awake at night?’ A...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014, LISBON

‘Coke, Pepsi…These guys aren’t cracking beverage innovation’: Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

The executive director of one of Europe’s biggest investment funds managing $1bn in assets insists that big brands like Pepsi and Coke are not cracking innovation and lag behind young...

News in brief

SWALLOW OR SLING? Oatworks Fruit Smoothie, Pomegranate Blueberry

This new BeverageDaily.com slot sees us scour the supermarket shelves for exciting NPD, with drinks scored for taste, texture, packaging, branding and price. Oatworks Oat-Powered Fruit Smoothies are first in...

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM SCORE: 88.75% - 'ZENITH HITS TOP GEAR'

Was it worth it? InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress 2014

We're starting up a new slot at BeverageDaily.com called 'Was it worth it?' to review beverage conferences and trade shows. First up is Zenith International's Innobev Global Soft Drinks Congress...

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