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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.  

Innocent launches sparkling juice and coconut water: 'It’s like a posh holiday in a can, only without the pesky sand'

Innocent Drinks is stretching beyond its smoothie comfort zone with a sparkling juice variant and blended coconut water to inject life into the health and wellness aisle, it says.

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‘What I already drink – but better!’ What can functional beverages offer consumers?

Consumers are keen to learn more about beverage ingredients, which is good news for the functional drink category, suggest beverage entrepreneurs. 

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

There is strong potential for the use of ground green coffee beans to be used directly as a functional ingredient in supplements and foods, say researchers.

Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Friend or foe: Can big beverage brands and small start-ups work together?

Big beverage companies now recognise the speed and energy of start-ups, but corporations maintain the might and muscle when it comes to distribution. So could both worlds work together?

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.

Sabinsa looks to beverage applications with new fully soluble uC3 Clear curcumin ingredient

Curcumin is a compound long on health benefits that comes with formidable formulation challenges because of its inflexible solubility profile.  Sabinsa Corp. has found a way around that with a...

Beer with superfoods: Dr Jekyll's adds twist to the US craft beer market

Ale with gingko leaves, walnut oil, hawthorne berry, and even garlic: a group of Californian entrepreneurs are mixing beer with superfoods in their brand Dr. Jekyll’s. 

Irish agri firm Aurivo buys UK sports nutrition player

The Irish agri-business Aurivo Co-operative Society has acquired London-based sports nutrition company My Goodness Ltd in an attempt to gain access to the protein drinks market.

What will EFSA’s caffeine opinion mean for product formulation?

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safe upper limit for caffeine could mean a de facto ban for 80% of UK males, whose average weight would take them over the...

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of...

Straw format to help Ganeden deliver probiotics with shelf stable beverages

Probiotics specialist Ganeden has announced a new application, one that straddles the supplement /food divide. The company has partnered with BioGaia to place its Ganeden BC30 into a line of...

3-5 cups of coffee a day may help keep artery blockages away

People who consume between three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of coronary artery calcium build-up, which can lead to artery blockages, according to...

‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’...

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First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

BEVERAGEDAILY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2014, LUKAS VON GREBMER

Akuō blasts ‘burnout society': BeverageDaily Personality 2014 Lukas von Grebmer’s Zenlike focus…

BeverageDaily.com Personality of 2014 Lukas von Grebmer is a man on a mission – to combat our ‘burnout society’ as co-founder of Akuō, a healthy drink that blends green tea,...

‘Fairlife in every fridge in America!’ CEO predicts rebirth of US milk

Fairlife CEO Steve Jones believes his company’s new premium milk distributed through the Coca-Cola system can contribute to the ‘rebirth of milk’ in America as consumption levels slide.

Sports nutrition specialists eye 'Big Energy' with formula innovations

Specialist sports nutrition firms are using sector knowledge to compete in the energy drinks space that is dominated by the 'Big Energy' beverage giants.

sugar-free sports drinks

‘A lucrative opportunity:’ Can Aussie sports drinks wrestle sales from soft drinks?

The Australian sports drinks market will continue to grow: but sugar-free versions present an opportunity to shake up the sector, according to research firm TechNavio. 

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BeverageDaily Personality of the Year 2014! Lukas von Grebmer, Six Beverages

The virtual hustings are over, the voting is done and dusted, and we’re thrilled to announce that Lukas von Grebmer from Six Beverages is BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2014!...

Researchers find key mechanism in green tea anti-cancer properties

Green tea and apple compound epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) may trigger a process which sees oral cancer cells killed while healthy cells are left untouched, according to US researchers.

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