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Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

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Thai functional beverage firm takes US$4m stake in coconut processor

Thailand functional beverages manufacturer Sappe has taken a 40% stake coconut processor Coconut Factory Co Ltd for US$4 million. 

The future of tea: From hangover cures to tea jellies, Tetley’s top five predictions

From teas enriched with medicines to programmable tea taps, the humble brew could see a dramatic evolution over the coming years, says Tetley. Even the concept of tea consumed as...

Energy drinks linked to cardiac events

A new study of a patient with cardiac arrhythmia and bloody vomit after drinking Monster energy drinks provides new evidence the high-caffeine beverages may cause cardiac problems.

KRā ‘fills a void’ in the sport drinks market, CEO and co-founder says

KRā, a 90-day-old sports drink company started by three business professionals in the Chicago area, says it is filling a void in the sports hydration market with its USDA Certified...

What’s hot in functional beverages? Omega-3s, prebiotics and probiotics

Interest in probiotics is skyrocketing and the friendly bugs are increasingly turning up in functional beverages. But what are the challenges of this delivery system and what are the solutions?

Balancing the binges: We Are Tea ‘everyday good’ range taps into Millennial trends

We Are Tea is the latest functional tea brand to tap into the Millenial generation's search for products that offset eating indulgences, according to an analyst. 

Frankfurt, November 28, 2016

Game on: New conference spills sports nutrition beans beyond 2017

The multi-billion euro sports nutrition sector is changing faster than you can say ‘millennial buy-in’, but is your firm abreast of the game-changing shifts that matter most?

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Ketone esters boost endurance in elite athletes: Study

A ketone ester drink developed by an Oxford University start-up for the US Army has shown benefits to elite endurance athletes by unlocking “greater human metabolic potential.”

BI Nutraceuticals foresees fiber and bitter drinks to be next trends in functional beverages

BI Nutraceuticals predicts that its fiber-rich and bitter-tasting ingredients will become as popular as protein currently is in beverage applications.

Chia seed drinks tap into consumer movement ‘away from all things sugary’

Chia seed based drinks can disrupt the beverage market thanks to two key attributes: around 33% less sugar than fruit juice and an array of functional benefits, according to chia...

Uncle Matt’s probiotic waters further blur line between juice, water and functional beverages

Uncle Matt’s Organic expands its portfolio beyond juice with the launch of its fruit-infused, cold-pressed probiotic waters, which also continue to blur an already fuzzy line between juice, water and...

Guest article

Fads in focus: Coconut oil – panacea or artery clogger?

There is barely a food or beverage category that has not been invaded by coconut in some shape or form, says Euromonitor International contributing analyst, Simone Baroke. But is the world...

NutriBlade offers wheatgrass in a convenient ready-to-drink format that ‘actually tastes good’

Athletes and health conscious consumers who for years have endured the strong taste and off-putting texture of wheatgrass and the mess that comes with juicing it as a tradeoff for...

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Consumer group calls on Monster Energy to stop using claims on its 'dangerous caffeine bombs'

The German arm of consumer group Foodwatch has called on Monster Energy to voluntarily stop using health claims on its drinks following clear recent political calls for change.

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

SPECIAL EDITION: ANTIOXIDANTS, POLYPHENOLS & CAROTENOIDS

Juice maker shares polyphenols venture experience

Massachusetts-based Juice maker Welch’s entered the global ingredients business in 2014 with its polyphenol-loaded Concord grape offerings. We fly at the speed of words inside the grape with global ingredients...

Sports drinks sector unites to fight UK sugar tax

UK sports drink manufacturers have formed a lobby group to win exemption from the UK’s sugar tax – due to be levied in 2018.

ASA ruling

Health claim fail: ASA gives UK smoothie firm rough ride

For the second time in 13 months Juice Garden has been pulled up by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unauthorised health claims.

MEPs vote to veto 4 caffeine health claims

The European Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI) has adopted a last-minute motion that could see four controversial caffeine claims vetoed in a move the energy drink sector warns...

Sector to grow 40% by 2020

The world’s unquenchable thirst for energy drinks

Global sales of energy drinks hit €38.2 billion last year and will be worth €53.4bn in 2020 according to Euromonitor International, even as regulatory winds blow ill beneath the sector's wings. 

Veto motion tabled

MEPs brew final caffeine claims battle as approval beckons

A European Parliament motion to veto the Commission’s approval of four caffeine health claims could prove the final stumbling block on their long road to EU law books.

Yakult’s probiotic fermented milk drink reaching new heights

Yakult was founded in Japan in the 1930s, and the probiotic fermented milk drink has been expanding around the world ever since.

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