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Functional Beverages

Once upon a time, hydration was enough. Now people want functional hydration and more. From 'beauty beverages' with collagen to cinnamon extracts in soft drinks to tackle diabetes or Omega-3s for heart health. Functional drinks are exciting, but regulators such as EFSA and the FDA keep a close eye on product safety and health claims.  

In-depth on carbonates with Euromonitor International

Want your fizz back? Get into the water aisle, go retro and hit new day parts, say experts

Carbonates will never return to the buzz of the 80s but beverage makers can inject life back into the category from side-stepping into the water aisle to bottling up retro-style...

White tea packs antioxidant punch against colon cancer: Study

White tea could slow the spread of colon cancer cells thanks to its antioxidant properties, claim researchers.

DYNAMISM IN DRINKS: WHO WINS YOUR 2014 VOTE?

Liquid Luminaries: Vote for your BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!

Read through our shortlist of 10 nominees and then vote for your BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

‘Big brands commoditize water, and hydration is boring!’ – FineWaters connoisseur

Waters connoisseur Michael Mascha believes hydration alone is boring and believes that premium water brands should push their epicurean credentials to emphasize distinctive terroir and taste.

Scientists shine light on ‘aerated’ dairy drink with satiety potential

Nottingham University scientists claim to have shone new light on the intra-gastric behaviour of ‘aerated’ drinks with enhanced satiating properties that they say could be used to fight obesity.

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

Agthia Group: Water faces challenge to dethrone CSDs as UAE’s ‘natural rehydrator’

Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage giant Agthia Group says the bottled waters industry faces a challenge to persuade UAE consumers to swop soft drinks for water as a ‘natural rehydrator’.

Gen Z, culinary cannabis, and tea: Top 10 trends for 2015 in specialty foods

The Specialty Food Association has released its Top 10 trends for 2015, with some eyebrow raising predictions on the list. 

Ganeden probiotic may boost post-exercise recovery: Pilot data

Consuming Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GanedenBC30) in combination with protein may blunt muscle damage after intense exercise and boost recovery, according to findings from a pilot study.

DALIESQUE DRINKS HEADLINES OF THE YEAR

Doggie beer to vampire fear! BeverageDaily's Top 10 surreal stories of 2014

From Bowser Beer for dogs and a Japanese sports drink targeting a moon landing, to CSDs with jelly and China’s ban on ‘vampire drinks’ – 2014’s seen its fair share...

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

Stevia sweetness + new health benefits: Mintel analyst sees future potential

Mintel says the presence of nutritionally beneficial compounds could see stevia-based sweeteners of the future that combine functional benefits as well as calorie-free sweetness.

KNOW AN INDUSTRY VISIONARY? NOMINATE THEM NOW!

Celebrating Beverage Brilliance! Personality of the Year 2014 open for entries

The global beverage sector is thriving - driven by dynamic and creative individuals around the world. But do you or a colleague have what it takes to be recognized by...

Birch tree water brand Sibberi promises first UK launch in December 2014

Sibberi tells BeverageDaily.com it has plans to launch the first UK-based birch water brand online in December 2014 and says preservation difficulties have slowed the segment’s take-off to date.

Sales of loose and bagged tea up 5.9% in 2013, hitting $1.8 billion, ABC report finds

Sales of herbal and other teas increased by 5.9% in the United States in 2013, capping off a decade of solid growth, according to a market report by the American...

Special edition: Functional Foods

What's driving functional food and beverage growth? Snacking, convenience, and consumer behavior

With sales of $176.7 billion this year functional foods are a hot growth sector. But which ingredients, sectors and countries are the best bets for product launches?

Reed's CEO: Mainstream supermarkets are embracing kombucha now

While mainstream food retailers discovered kombucha later than their counterparts in the ‘natural’ channel, they are playing catch-up now, says natural soda maker Reed’s, which entered the market in 2012...

BEN WEISS PREDICTS 'BIG YEAR FOR BAI' IN 2015

Bai Brands CEO: ‘Sales will hit $50m in 2014, but there were ‘unsexy’ years’

Bai Brands CEO Ben Weiss says the Dr Pepper allied brand will hit $50m in sales this year and puts this down to a focus on ‘distribution at the expense...

Action in Images! Show floor at Brau Beviale 2014

Can't make it to Brau Beviale this year? Here's a taste of the action with innovations and news form KHS, GEA, SACMI and WILD Flavors.

Brain health drinks gaining global traction: Canadean

Drinks boating polyphenols and other ingredients that boost brain health are winning over more adult consumers, according to market analyst, Canadean.

PACK EXPO 2014: PODCAST WITH BRIAN KENNELL, TETRA PAK

Functional fancy…Tetra Pak US CEO targets high-value beverage growth

Tetra Pak’s new CEO and president for USA and Canada tells BeverageDaily.com that the firm sees rich regional growth potential in added-value functional beverages.

Green tea extract may boost short term memory: Pilot study data

Extracts from green tea may boost a range of cognitive functions, with particular benefits observed for short term memory, report researchers from Japan.

Launching a baobab brand is about educating consumers and telling a story, says drink startup

Consumers need to be taught what the ‘unknown’ baobab fruit is, according to beverage newbie Matahi.

Hangover beverage debuts in Las Vegas

A new energy drink is seeking a middle path in the sphere, trying to find space between the shot market and bigger serving size cans. Called Last Shot, the product...

‘We want to democratise spirulina’, says blue water start-up

Start-up firm Springwave says it wants to bring spirulina to the masses with its blue bottled water.

Report card: French laud nutrivigilance success

France’s nutrivigilence work – launched in 2010 to ensure safety in food supplements and some foodstuffs – has improved the quality of the food supply, the country’s food safety agency...

Grapefruit juice may block weight gain from high-fat diet: Mouse data

Consumption of grapefruit juice may block weight gain from a high-fat diet by improving metabolic markers, according to research in mice.