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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.  

‘No better than the average sports drink’: Rival INVO justifies Vita Coco coconut water attack

Premium coconut water brand INVO has justified its ‘slight attack’ on UK market leader Vita Coco and other rivals' nutritional and health benefits, insisting it needs to educate people on...

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Naturex doubles US food & beverage operations with Vegetable Juices Inc acquisition

Naturex has announced the acquisition of Chicago-based Vegetable Juices Inc., a move which sees the French botanical giant double the size of its US food and beverage operations.

ASA: “Our referrals to Trading Standards are a clear warning to those who won’t stick to the rules that they face the prospect of legal sanctions. And these are just the first referrals"

Getting heavy: ASA refers health claim abusers to Trading Standards for first time

The UK advertising watchdog has referred two UK supplement makers to enforcement authorities for, “persistent misleading advertising health claims in breach of the Advertising Code.” More are set to follow, it said,...

‘Good beverage entrepreneurs? Give me paranoid overachievers!’ Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

“One question I like to ask an entrepreneur – usually when they’re really tired after presenting for an hour and a half, is ‘what keeps you awake at night?’ A...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014, LISBON

‘Coke, Pepsi…These guys aren’t cracking beverage innovation’: Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

The executive director of one of Europe’s biggest investment funds managing $1bn in assets insists that big brands like Pepsi and Coke are not cracking innovation and lag behind young...

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS, LISBON

‘Everything starts with the consumer!’ WILD Flavors MD's top tips for healthy beverage innovation

Consumers are the ‘most important, complex constructs’ beverage brands must understand when launching successful healthy innovations, WILD Flavors’ EMEA MD insists.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Old age and HEALTHY old age, there’s a difference industry should address: Euromonitor

In 2012 there were over 577 million people aged over 65 globally, but there remains a 7-year gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

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SWALLOW OR SLING? Oatworks Fruit Smoothie, Pomegranate Blueberry

This new BeverageDaily.com slot sees us scour the supermarket shelves for exciting NPD, with drinks scored for taste, texture, packaging, branding and price. Oatworks Oat-Powered Fruit Smoothies are first in...

NHCR enforcement

Ribena claim ban leaves ‘little margin for flexibility’: Legal expert

Last week’s UK ruling that health claims made on Ribena’s website were ‘exaggerated’ suggests there is not as much flexibility as the industry might have hoped when it comes to...

INDUSTRY VOICES

'This is what I do!' Annette Higgins, DuPont Nutrition & Health

Annette Higgins, director of strategy and business development for protein solutions at DuPont Nutrition & Health, tells BeverageDaily.com about the 'endless possibilities' she sees for protein beverages and her experience...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL & BSDA UK SOFT DRINKS CONFERENCE, MAY 7

Innocent Drinks CEO promises science-based strike against 'alarmist' junk juice headlines

Innocent Drinks CEO Douglas Lamont says the Coke-owned brand’s ‘biggest fear’ is that alarmist headlines claiming that 100% juices and smoothies are unhealthy due to sugar levels could affect government...

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Ganeden secures patent protection for ultra-stable Bacillus coagulans probiotics in coffee, tea, cereal

Ganeden Biotech - the Ohio-based company behind ultra-resilient probiotic BC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) - has announced the issuance of a US patent covering the use of all Bacillus coagulans strains (including BC30)...

JUNE 11, HOLIDAY INN, CAMDEN, LONDON

‘Beverage Entrepreneurs: Start your engines…It’s Drinkpreneur Live 2014!’

Drinkpreneur Live – the world’s first event devoted to unearthing the next generation of beverage industry entrepreneurs – will launch at a live event in London, UK on June 11.

BEVERAGEDAILY.COM SCORE: 88.75% - 'ZENITH HITS TOP GEAR'

Was it worth it? InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress 2014

We're starting up a new slot at BeverageDaily.com called 'Was it worth it?' to review beverage conferences and trade shows. First up is Zenith International's Innobev Global Soft Drinks Congress...

Bacchus is back! Moderate wine worship could help kidneys

Moderate wine consumption could help keep the kidneys healthy and may protect the heart in patients with kidney disease, according to University of Colorado researchers.

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014

RTD coffee the next big thing? ‘We’ve heard that quite a few times before!’

Zenith International chairman Richard Hall has expressed skepticism over RTD coffee’s credentials as the ‘next big thing’, despite impressive growth since 2003.

Active duty Marine's energy shot packs mega doses of vitamins

Battlefield experience in Afghanistan gave Marine Corps Maj. Robert Dyer a good idea of what he wanted in a supplement.  And surving the stress of being a forward air controller...

INDUSTRY VOICES: WHAT DO YOU DO?

‘This is what I do!’ Celia Holt, Food Director, Food Innovation Solutions

Celia Holt tells BeverageDaily.com that she lives and breathes innovation, having previously worked as head of innovation at the UK's largest food manufacturer, 2 Sisters Food Group, and taking a...

Beverage Industry Voices: ‘What do you do?’

We’re in the business of telling stories, in the best possible sense. So if you have one to tell us about your job in the beverage industry – please get...

'One and a half more cups of coffee for the non-diabetic road'

One and a half cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by 11% according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.

Special Edition: Sports Nutrition

Swisse Wellness on US sports nutrition sector: ‘We think there’s an opportunity in this space to make a big impact’

Changing consumer attitudes to health and similar consumption levels in the US and Australia give Swisse Wellness an opportunity to excite consumers with a new sports nutrition range that is...

Special edition: Healthy beverage trends

Caliwater cactus drink founder: ‘We’re where Zico was 10 years ago’

Longtime friends and film and television industry colleagues Matt McKee and Melissa Reed’s plans for a locally sourced juice bar in downtown Los Angeles morphed into a beverage company whose...

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett...

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Retail stars in our eyes! Zenith’s UK soft drinks conference

Zenith International says that 19 supermarket and other retail buyers have registered to attend its 2014 UK Soft Drinks Conference slated for May 7 in Central London.

GILES BROOK EXCITED BY COCONUT WATER, MILK & COFFEE HYBRID, COCO CAFE

Vita Coco CEO: ‘Strong UK rival can help us build £250m coconut water category’

Vita Coco’s UK CEO Giles Brook says he would welcome a strong rival to accelerate growth in coconut water and predicts £75m sales for his brand in 2014.

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