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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.  

PROMISING START FOR BEVERAGE STARTUP ACCELERATOR

DrinkPreneur Live 2014: OOb takes Tesco prize in final shootout

Green-tea based drinks brand OOb took first prize at the inaugural DrinkPreneur event in London yesterday, winning high praise from judges including Tesco soft drinks buying manager David Beardmore.

Nestlé claims credit for ‘major advance’ in beverage powder solubility

Nestlé says its scientists played a central role in developing a new physical mechanism that it is already using to improve the nutritional quality and pleasantness of powdered beverages.

‘Americans discerning juice sugar sources’: Jamba Juice/YouGov poll

Amidst headlines over high sugar levels in juice, 89% of Americans believe the natural sugars therein are good for them, according to a YouGov poll of 2,000 people commissioned by Jamba Juice.

‘Badass’ beverage brand! Rebel Kitchen brings fun to health foods

Rebel Kitchen CEO Tamara Arbib insists she wants to make health food accessible and fun as the coconut milk-based beverage brand wins listings in major UK grocery chains including Waitrose...

‘Suja and BluePrint evangelize nutrition but we walk the walk’: Vital Juice CEO

Vital Juice CEO Edward Balassanian insists the product is outselling larger rivals including Hain Celestial’s BluePrint he says evangelize nutrition in juice that only his brand delivers.

Starbucks takes tea upmarket, but could Teavana spend spell nirvana?

Starbucks bought Teavana for $620m in 2012 and plans to take tea upmarket in the States, but one investor warns the price of success may be depressed margins and earnings.

Patent protection, robust ingredient helps Ganeden push probiotics into coffees, teas

The robust nature of its ingredient, along with a hefty helping of IP proctection, has helped Ganeden Biotech push probiotics into teas and coffees, realms rarely thought of as a...

Welch’s VP slams sugar ‘experts’ who paint ugly picture for juice industry

Wayne Lutomski from Welch’s Foods has hit out at ‘experts’ who describe sugar as a poison and says they don’t know what they’re talking about, as he defends the health...

‘Brands that rubbish other brands...I don’t get it!’: Vita Coco UK CEO Giles Brook

Vita Coco’s UK CEO Giles Brook tells BeverageDaily.com he doesn’t understand ‘brands that rubbish other brands’ following an attack by coconut water rival INVO on his product’s nutritional and health...

VEGEMITE ENERGY, OR PERHAPS JUST A 'BRAIN TONIQ'?

'Up, up and beyond up!' Eye-catching energy drink launches: The BeverageDaily Top 10

Check out our pick of recent eye-catching energy launches, and three picks by industry experts, as drinks move towards caffeine-free energy of a more subtle style, while more launches offer...

CLEVER MARKETING CAN OVERCOME DIFFICULT EFSA SITUATION

Beauty meets the EU energy drinks beast…

Energy drinks that also offer beauty or weight loss benefits have a growing market in the EU despite a difficult health claims environment.

‘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...

News in brief

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.

News in brief

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...

News in brief

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...

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