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Sweetening is an innovative corner of beverage formulation. Drinks firms are on the lookout for sweeteners that satisfy demand for products that are healthier, tastier and more natural. At the moment, stevia is the most talked about discovery in the search for the sweetening holy grail.

PROF JEFFREY BLUMBERG NOTES 'SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE' IN TEA SCIENCE

Turning over a new leaf in 2013: The year tea turned hot...

In 2013 Unilever called tea the 'hottest beverage in the world' and recent research on its health benefits presents opportunities for industry innovation, with drinks like Lipton Natural Energy already...

5 Booms to Shake the Beverage Room in 2014!

Here are five global beverage trends that could shake up everything from soda to smoothies in 2014, as tea goes glam and consumers grow more cynical and health conscious.

Dynamism in Drinks: BeverageDaily.com Personality of the Year 2013

Click through the nominees for the inaugural BeverageDaily.com Beverage Personality of the Year, then vote to tell us who you think should triumph!

EXCLUSIVE: 150TH ANNIVERSARY FACTORY VISIT

Perrier site manager salutes ‘huge’ US slim can success

Perrier factory manager Bernard Rouger insists that Nestlé Waters’ brand’s new 250ml slim can format has been a huge success in the US and Canada, and will be launched in...

DANISH 7-ELEVEN LAUNCH WAS HUGE SUCCESS

Arla’s Danish ‘bubble latte’ launch sees Dohler look beyond tea

The launch of Arla’s Bubble Latte beverage range in Denmark this summer shows future for bubbles as a dairy product addition beyond the short-lived bubble tea craze, according to Dohler....

Danone to 'Brogurt': New directions in functional dairy 2013

We cast an eye over key dairy NPD in 2013, as Powerful Yogurt flexes its ‘brogurt’ muscles and one startup hopes its German-style quark can sweat a new US dairy category.

BEN WEISS, CEO: 'YOU HAVE TO SHOW THE CONSUMER YOUR SOUL'

‘I’m a Bai-liever!’ Dr Pepper backed brand Bai 5 scores $20m sales

The CEO of breakthrough coffee fruit-based soft drinks brand Bai 5 reveals his brand grew 400% in the past year but says he worries less about case sales than converting ‘Bai-lievers’.

Cardiologist warns coffee heart health study doesn't apply to energy drinks

Eminent cardiologist Gordon Tomaselli has warned against applying the results of a small study linking caffeinated coffee with better blood vessel function to other products such as energy drinks.

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Dispatches from #FIE2013

Protein has a big ‘ordinary’ future, says Glanbia

Irish dairy ingredients specialist Glanbia Nutritionals once filled its sights almost exclusively with the sports nutrition sector, but the explosion of interest in protein means the ‘ordinary’ mainstream food industry...

BRAND CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF COKE INVESTMENT

‘We're selling the sex appeal of vitality’: Coke-backed dairy drinks brand Core Power

The CEO of Core Power – the first US dairy brand Coke invested in directly – says his firm is selling the ‘sex appeal of vitality’ with its high protein...

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Boulder Brands spends $8.8m on Suja juice: ‘One of the hottest Whole Foods brands’

Boulder Brands believes the future is bright for high pressure processing (HPP) treated fruit juice after snapping up an $8.8m stake in Californian juice brand Suja.

'Wriggle room' for trendy coconut water despite rising nut prices – Mintel

Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth believes that trendy coconut water brands – Vita Coco, Zico, O.N.E etc. – have quite a lot of cost management ‘wriggle room’ due to their high...

‘Gene genie’: Coke CTO predicts personalized beverages using genomics

Coca-Cola Company chief technology officer, Guy Wollaert, believes that beverages tailored to our individual genetic makeup will be available in the near future.

Innovation at FIE: New product sneak preview

The FIE show is set to open its doors in just a couple of weeks, bringing together more than 1,300 suppliers - so what are the hottest new products to...

Lycopene-rich berry goes where tomato can't: Smoothies, sweet food applications

Despite a growing pile of research linking lycopene to benefits ranging from heart, cardiovascular, prostate and bone health to prevention of certain cancers, the market share for this carotenoid remains...

Placing beverage bets: Killer concepts for 2014

Adomas Pranevicius from MyDrink Beverages touts digestive health, weight management and heart health as three top trends in drinks for 2014. But what else is flashing on his radar?

NOVEL US CLASS ACTION TARGETS HIGH PRESSURE PROCESSING

Pressure situation! Hain Celestial faces $5m+ juice court claim over HPP

Hain Celestial Group is facing a US lawsuit seeking millions in damages for alleged false claims its BluePrint fruit and vegetable juices are ‘unpasteurized’ and ‘100% raw’, due to use...

Volac’s upbeat way to battle obesity

Ingredients supplier Volac’s first foray into the retail market with high protein juice drink Upbeat has helped the dairy sector deliver on its voluntary pledge to tackle health issues –...

Arla sees protein drink sales soar in Scandinavian C-Stores

Arla Food Ingredients believes that beverages with added protein have huge growth prospects across Europe, and notes the recent explosion of such SKUs in Scandinavian C-Stores.

Wells Fargo: The c-store sector is entering a ‘new era of growth and sophistication’; serves as great incubator for new products

The US convenience store sector is poised for continued growth driven by the growing number of Hispanic consumers (heavy users of c-stores), and increased demand for ‘grab n go’ convenience,...

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European regulators authorise modified gum arabic as food additive

US hydrocolloids firm TIC Gums has received European approval for its modified gum arabic emulsifier, to create higher oil products.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: TAKE-HOME TRENDS FROM THE SHOW

‘Fusion Energy Drinks’ fire new consumption occasions: WILD Flavors

Tanja Krüger from WILD Flavors notes the emerging trend in energy drinks towards ‘fusion energy’ - products that pair energy with other global success stories including tea and malt-based ingredients....

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: INNOVA MARKET INSIGHTS, PART 1

Retro soda meets spice: Innova’s top drinks trends in Americas, Europe

Innova Market Insights mined its datasets for Anuga to lend unique insight into what’s on trend in drinks across key world regions - here Europe and The Americas.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: WE HIT THE SHOW FLOOR

Stealing the show! Hot beverage concepts at Anuga 2013

Orang-Utan themed drinks for kids with a high fruit juice content, malted non-alcoholic beverages sold under the Tiger Beer brand? Here's what tickled the jury's tastebuds at the 'Anuga Taste...