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‘Functional water is predicted to grow very fast’: Euromonitor on functional beverage trends

Energy drinks, sports drinks, and functional bottled water are among the functional and fortified beverage categories to watch, according to Euromonitor International.

Bella Berry beauty drink on finding the right retailers and investors

Beauty drink Bella Berry launched in the UK last year with a mission to bring beauty drinks to a mass market. One of the key lessons for the brand has...

Probiotic punch: ‘Consumers are realizing they can get probiotics in beverages they already consume and love’

Cold-pressed juices, cashew-milk smoothies, energy drinks, water and even cold-brew coffee: probiotics are making their mark across on-trend beverages.

New look and new horizons: NOA Relax & Focus

Inspired by the wilderness of the Swedish archipelago, NOA Relax & Focus has now set its sights on 30 markets worldwide. One lesson learned so far was the need for...

The latest drink innovation – in pictures

Drink innovation has been at the forefront of product development over the last month.

Consumers crazy about coconut, but are they nuts?

Whilst sales data from market intelligence provider IRI shows that UK consumers can’t get enough of coconut products, a leading dietician brands coconut “an expensive con with no authorised health claims”....

'Green Beans M Java Monster' canned

You’ve got fax: Monster mashed in EU trademark battle

Monster Energy Company has lost a trademark battle with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the wording ‘Green Beans’ following a three year argument over a lost fax.

Australia

Lab-developed PERKii probiotic readies for sale after VC backing

A lactose-free probiotic fruit drink developed by scientists in Australia has managed to secure sufficient investment for it to be launched across the country's beverage market.

WellWell founder: Cold pressed juices can be the future of sport drinks

The month-old organic beverage brand has won the hearts of New York City’s health and wellness enthusiasts, but founder Sagan Schultz is confident that his product can expand well beyond...

ROAR Beverages CEO: ‘We’re not trying to be another Gatorade’

Looking to bridge the gap between sports and functional drinks, ROAR Beverages created a line of performance drinks using coconut water and packaged it with bold designs to cater towards...

Do fermented foods contain probiotics? Not necessarily, says Ganeden

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi and yogurts containing ‘live and active cultures’ are healthy and tasty, but they are not necessarily packed with probiotics, says Ganeden Inc, the...

What to watch in functional beverages

Functional beverages are tapping into consumer interest in health and wellness, but consumers are increasingly discerning and demand drinks deliver on their promises. 

Coconut and kefir: Rhythm's fermented drinks

The ‘next generation’ of digestive health drinks? Rhythm tunes into consumer trends

Rhythm Health believes its coconut-based kefir beverages and snacks can be the ‘natural successor’ to the current drinks for digestive health on shelves, because its products also tap into consumer...

High Brew Coffee sees ‘hyper-growth’ of cold-brew drinks helped by $4m investment

High Brew Coffee, a ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee manufacturer, is set to expand its distribution to several major markets including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Austin, and Houston, thanks to a...

Deep-ocean mineral water may be a better hydrator than mountain spring water, study finds

Researchers from the University of Arizona hypothesized that deep-ocean mineral water drawn from 3,000 feet underwater off the coast of Kona in Hawaii may enhance recovery of hydration and exercise performance.

This week Down Under

First gluten-free barley beer ships out of Australia to Germany

A science-based Aussie invention has succeeded in taking the world's first gluten-free barley beer to German supermarkets.

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

News in brief

Berry drink shows skin benefits

A polyphenol-rich red and black currant berry drink has shown significant anti-wrinkle and skin smoothing benefits in a 12-week French study.

From scientists to shelves: developing technology from the University of Queensland

PERKii pledges to shake up the probiotic beverage aisle

Probiotic water PERKii is launching in Australia, using patented technology developed by scientists at The University of Queensland that claims to ensure the delivery of live probiotics to the digestive...

Chocolate tea: Taking craft to the next level

The entrepreneurs behind MiCacao, a US start-up which makes an organic ‘tea’ from cacao shells, say their product is ready to tap into a craft movement which is stretching beyond...

PET bottle or glass? Study compares nutritional changes in fortified, bottled beverages

French researchers observe the changes of ascorbic acid, B-carotene, and A-tocopherols in fortified beverages bottled in both PET bottles and glass. After 97 days, they found significant changes for all...

Cocktail of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit beverages

A trio of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit based beverages that have an increased nutritional value yet are low in sugar, say Danish researchers. 

Beverage categories are getting blurrier, Mintel report suggests

A recent Mintel report shows cross-category beverages have become increasingly popular as manufacturers look to cater for consumers’ health and wellness demands, as well as their cravings for new flavor...

Restoring 'natural exposure': Firm seeks approval for novel food bacterium

A UK health drinks firm has applied for novel food approval for Mycobacterium Aurum – a bacterium found in the gut and untreated drinking water.

Singapore

University-developed eucheuma drinks prepare for market debut

A new range of beverages based on eucheuma are being readied for launch following a collaboration between food scientists from the National University of Singapore and a local food manufacturer. ...

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