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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.  

Whey growth factor extract fails to increase muscle strength in experienced resistance trainers: RCT

Consumption of whey growth factor extract (WGFE) in addition to whey protein isolate offers few benefits to men who are not new to resistance exercise training, according to a study...

Making tea trendy: How can the category appeal to millennials?

Functional teas, specialty teas, and indulgent products will help the tea category appeal to millennials against a backdrop of overall falling tea volumes, according to Mintel. 

Bio-tiful Dairy kefir ad falls foul of ASA

A poster for UK kefir company Bio-tiful Dairy’s Kefir drink has been found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to be in breach of advertising rules.

Could malformed mushrooms be the next big sports nutrition ingredient?

Mushrooms have been hailed as the perfect ingredient for new sports drinks, with researchers in Australia claiming they could be key to refuelling after a workout.

Kombucha manufacturers must improve labeling compliance to reach full sales potential

Growing demand for products that support gut health is fueling rapid growth in sales of fermented beverages, but for kombucha to hold on to its pole position in the category...

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‘Consumers will not compromise on taste,’ says FlavorHealth

FlavorHealth has found that most consumers will pick an indulgent beverage over a better-for-you option when given the choice, even when they say trends like sugar reduction are among their...

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Aquamin to expand beverage applications as it digs into magnesium research

Aquamin, a multi-mineral marine ingredient created by Marigot Ltd., plans to add to its range of beverage applications while meeting consumer clean label and sustainability standards. 

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Ganeden taps functional shelf stable beverage market with probiotic-derived Staimune

Ganeden has developed an immune health ingredient, Staimune, from its patented probiotic strain GanedenBC30 for use in functional shelf-stable beverages to be released later this summer.

Could coffee curb cognitive disorders?

Drinking between one and two cups of coffee per day could help prevent cognitive disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers.

Caffeine aids weight loss in mice...but at equivalent of 30 cups of coffee a day for humans

Caffeine helped obese mice lose weight by suppressing appetites and increasing energy exposure — but one academic has argued an equivalent dose in humans is likely to lead to severe caffeine toxicity and...

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Avitae launches low-calorie energy drink to expand c-store footprint

Caffeinated water brand Avitae plans to drive sales in convenience stores by launching XR energy drink later this month. 

Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA Food Innovation Forum in partnership with FOOD VISION USA 2017

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products (and can 'Big Food' still innovate)?

What’s the secret to developing winning food and beverage products? Hard data and insight… or intuition and stardust?  And can ‘Big Food’ still create winners, or should it throw in...

Heart health and weight management: Which fruit juices offer the most benefits?

The types of fruit juices that appear to offer the most help in tackling cardiovascular disease and aiding weight management have been highlighted in a new academic review.

Healthy and handcrafted beverages add to appeal of fast casual dining

Fast casual restaurants are tapping into the increasingly time-crunched, yet health-focused schedule of consumers, by providing healthy, guilt-free beverage options while satisfying their desire for occasional indulgence. 

Functional foods gain traction as alternative to OTC digestive remedies

At the crossroad of Americans’ increasingly sedentary work- and lifestyles and their demand for decadent food is a growing need for digestive remedies and an opportunity for supplements and fortified...

Trend watching in tea & coffee: New varieties, artisanal products and functional attributes

The tea and coffee categories are evolving: particularly with the rise of a variety of RTD products that appeal to the all-important millennial consumer group. From functional products to new...

Watermelon-pomegranate juice shows athletic benefits: Study

Watermelon juice enriched with l-citrulline combined with pomegranate extracts may reduce muscle soreness and markers of muscle damage following exercise, says a new study from Spain.

Prune drink’s double deal: Juice lowers cholesterol and improves gut microbiota

Consuming prune essence concentrate lowered cholesterol levels and improves the gut microbiota, according to a new trial. 

Berner Food and Beverage triples production space to offer ‘endless’ RTD beverage capabilities

Berner Food and Beverage has expanded its ready-to-drink beverage manufacturing capabilities with an investment of over $100m, adding 200,000 additional square feet to its production warehouse in Dakota, Illinois. 

New launches: May 2017

What’s hitting the shelves? New product launches: May

From chia energy drinks to limited edition IPAs, we take a look at some of the new products launching around the globe.

Functional beverages in Asia: Start-ups need to 'redress the health balance'

Functional beverage start-ups in Asia should not get fixated on making and securing official health and efficacy claims before launching, and could look instead to “wrap up” products alongside more...

Lavazza mirrors global coffee market targeting North America, but it must look to Asia for future growth

Volume sales of coffee are expected to grow 0.2% from 2013 to 2021 in Italy, making the country's No. 1 coffee brand (in volume sales), Lavazza, needing to turn to...

Cannabis tea sales rise in US driven by women, says BDS Analytics

Cannabis-infused tea products sales have more than tripled in US states where recreational cannabis use is legal (Colorado, Washington, and Oregon), according to BDS Analytics.

Winners and losers in non-alcoholic drinks: Mintel

With consumers concerned about the sugar content of their drinks, bottled water is a clear winner in today’s UK non-alcoholic beverage market. But what other drinks are doing well -...

Yakult adjusts ten-year plan

In 2011, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. formulated a long-term business management vision “Yakult Vision 2020,” which it split into three phases. The company has just released its Phase III Plan...

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