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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.  

Healthy innovation from British start-ups: Cauliflower porridge, cinnamon water and quark

Is cinnamon water set to steal coconut water's crown, can quark ever rival Greek yoghurt and will cauliflower rice really replace oats for a healthy breakfast porridge? FoodNavigator met up...

Want to live longer? Drink coffee, Harvard study says

Coffee drinkers may be less likely to suffer from some illnesses and premature death, according to a recent study from Harvard.

Probi files 13.5 health claim: 'Lactobacillus plantarum 299v increases non-heme iron absorption.'

Iron absorption probiotic marks ‘new approach’

Swedish company Probi has put its full weight behind a new probiotic product targeting iron absorption with a health claim application and the publication of promising study results.

The curious case of energy drinks & hypokalemia

The medical case study of a man rushed to intensive care with severe potassium deficiency has brought the issue of energy drinks and hypokalemia back into the spotlight.

Cargill continues to expand markets for erythritol with flavor applications

Cargill’s new positioning of its erythritol as a flavor opens up new avenues for the ingredient which up to now has mostly been pigeonholed as a bulk sweetener, the company...

'RTD is a fast-growing, key category' Nestlé boosts RTD Milo and Nescafé with Malaysia factory

Traditional versions of products like Nescafé and Milo still account for the lion’s share of the business: but ready-to-drink (RTD) varieties are a fast-growing category, especially in Malaysia, says Nestlé...

Crazy about craft, or excited about energy drinks? Take a look at our 2016 special editions

BeverageDaily runs a series of special edition newsletters each year – putting the spotlight on an innovative industry sector – and we’re looking ahead to our 2016 subjects. 

UK Moringa-based beauty drink overcomes 'horrible' taste

A herbal nutricosmetic drink is being launched in the UK utilising the amino acid-rich Himalyan herb, Moringa oleifeira, with the company involved saying it has overcome the 'horrible' taste of moringa....

Energy shot based on hemp juice poised to hit market

Another shot competitor seeks to take 5 Hour Energy’s title, this time based on the benefits of “hemp juice.”

Beetroot juice can battle altitude sickness: Himalayan study

Consumption of nitrate-rich beetroot juice may restore reduced blood vessel function in healthy subjects at altitude, researchers have said.

A post-workout brew: Crafting a protein-packed beer for the fitness crowd

Supplemental Brewing has launched a protein-infused beer for athletes "who don’t want their workouts to get in the way of their weekend."

ASA ruling

Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ ad doesn’t infer health benefit, says UK watchdog

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint that a Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ advert implied the product was good for overall health.


5 things we learned about appealing to ‘healthy beverage shoppers’

Appealing to health-focused shoppers isn’t always easy. Linda Gilbert, the founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, had some tips to make it easier for the beverage and dairy industries....

ESSNA: Specific sports food laws would ‘hurt rather than help’ in Europe

Europe’s peak sports nutrition trade group has affirmed broad support for better and more relevant sports food, drink and supplement regulation across Europe, but emphasised not all parties agree on...

Calls mount to evolve EU sports foods regulations

European food bodies have reiterated calls to better regulate the sports food, drink and supplement category to ease uncertainty and inconsistency across the EU’s 28 member states – and boost innovation.

Lifeway taps into 'limited run' flavor trend to bolster market-leading position in kefir category

Lifeway Foods, a manufacturer of kefir beverages, is tapping into an increasing trend toward flavor periodicity to extend its market leading position, said CEO Julie Smolyansky.

Some US consumers turned off by process behind Fairlife: Euromonitor

Some US consumers are turned off by the process behind Coca-Cola’s high-protein, lactose-free Fairlife milk, according to Euromonitor.

Guest article

Back to school – but not for Ribena as retailer rings sugary drink recess

Return to school can be an abundant time for food and drink makers, but stakeholder actions are rupturing market safeholds as health concerns rise, says Euromonitor analyst Lauren Bandy in...

‘Digestive health and tea are big markets; putting the two together just makes sense.’ Former Clipper Teas executives launch Daily Cultures

Tea offers a convenient and ‘everyday’ way to take probiotics, say two former Clipper Teas and Tropicana executives as they launch their Daily Cultures tea brand.

Canadian company claims its liposomal delivery massively boosts CBD bioavailability

Despite the regulatory haze that clouds the picture of hemp ingredients, innovation continues at an unrestrained pace. In the latest development, early stage company Lexaria says it has developed a...

‘The consumer has come a long way from vitamins and minerals’ HFactor launches hydrogen-rich water

Savvy consumers now look well beyond classic nutritional attributes such as vitamins and minerals, and are thirsty for functional beverages, says hydrogen-rich water HFactor.

‘We would hate to have stupid money in the business!’ Beverage start-up Akuō on finding the right investor for the brand

The vision, values and wisdom of an investor are just as important as the money, says beverage start-up brand Akuō. And it believes it has found the perfect fit for...

Energizing Zest Tea charts high-octane growth

Many a tea lover has settled for coffee or an energy drink when desperate for an energy fix. But Zest Tea hopes to change that with its high-caffeine brewed teas. ...

Rumbling into the US: ‘Supershake’ maker Rumble looks to start small, grow big

Rumble, a company that produces an all-natural “supershake” drink, is launching its brand in the US after ramping up business across Canada.

Breaking news: ‘We knew that if we could pull this off we could change hydration forever’

Oil and water do mix: FATwater launched by Bulletproof CEO for ‘extreme hydration’

FATwater, a beverage which fuses water with nanoparticles of oil, has been launched by Bulletproof Coffee creator Dave Asprey. 

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