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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.


Rise and shine! BENEO salutes global ‘liquid breakfast’ opportunity

Jens Böhm, marketing manager, from nutrition business BENEO chats to Ben Bouckley in Munich about the promise he sees for breakfast beverages targeting consumers’ specific nutritional needs.

First omega 3s shot hits market with Oceans Omega's emulsion technology

Omega 3s will be swimming in uncharted waters with the launch of what Oceans Omega believes is the first shot product featuring EPA and DHA from fish oil.

News in brief

Arla claims soft drinks brands can reap protein water rewards

Arla Foods Ingredients will launch a whey protein-based water concept at Food Ingredients Europe (FIE) 2013 that it says promises mainstream appeal and profit for soft drinks firms.

PMMI 2013 Dairy Industry market assessment

Tumbling US milk sales spur processing turn to non-dairy drinks: PMMI

US dairy processors are countering declines in fluid milk consumption by processing non-dairy beverages including iced teas and coffees, almond or soy-based ‘milk’ drinks and even lemonades.


GEA Procomac unveils 'ideal machine' for UHT milk filling caught up with GEA Procomac sales director, Flavio Salvadori, at drinktec 2013 to talk about the company's new ABF aseptic blowing-filling-capping machine, and the factors that make it the "ideal...


Munich Beverage Buzz: 10 Hot New Concepts at DrinkTec 2013

Check out the most interesting beverage concepts on show at DrinkTec 2013, with innovations from key players Döhler, WILD Flavors and BENEO – stretching from ‘liquid breakfast solutions’ to lemon...

WakeUp! ‘Sky’s the limit’ claims award-winning functional drinks brand

The head of an Israeli firm behind a patented functional energy drink WakeUp insists that the ‘sky’s the limit’ if the award-winning drink is accepted by a specific market segment...


Stealing the show: Added value dairy drinks at Drinktec 2013

Ben Bouckley and Mark Astley from and chat about technology and trends at Drinktec 2013, including the show’s growing international focus and the trend towards added-value dairy beverages....

drinktec 2013: live from the show floor

Tate & Lyle has high European hopes for Splenda-based water enhancers

Abigail Storms, global marketing director, sweeteners and beverage, Tate & Lyle, insists Splenda sucralose perfectly suits liquid water enhancers as an emerging European category, against the backdrop of success for...

Drinktec 2013: Live from the show floor

'Lights, Camera, Drinktec TV!' Machine trends and ingredients insight

DrinkTec TV introduces the European Beer Star award winners, discusses 2013 launches for Europe's oldest soft drinks brand, Sinalco, then hones in on ingredients, talking natural colors with Dohler and...

Big Interview: Ben Weiss, founder and CEO of Bai

All-natural and 'responsibly caffeinated'. How Bai hit the sweet spot in the functional beverages market

From four years of navigating the unpredictable terrain of the highly competitive functional beverage market (plus 20 in the coffee business), Ben Weiss, CEO and founder of Princeton, N.J.-based Bai,...


Drinktec 2013: Day One in Pictures with

Relive the action from Day One of Drinktec 2013, as we explore innovations from key beverage movers 'n' shakers including Rexam, BENEO and WILD Flavors...

Nestle launches Nestea 'water enhancer' alongside bottled water brands

Nestle Waters is launching a Nestea range of liquid water enhancers to provide its the taste of the RTD tea in a 'portable, customizable' form, and plans to market the...


‘Nobody Does It Better…than drinktec’: 2013 show director claims

Drinktec exhibition director Petra Westphal insists that no other beverage trade show can rival it for appeal, as she reveals 2013 highlights in Munich including a greater focus on dairy...

Big Interview: Chris Cuvelier, founder/CEO of Zola Fruits of the World

Zola Fruits of the World: The ‘12-year overnight success story’

In the increasingly crowded marketplace of functional beverages, what kind of impact can one more manufacturer of acai juice and coconut water expect to have? 

SOLD! GSK exits drinks market

Glaxo sells Lucozade and Ribena to Suntory for £1.35bn cash

Ever-expanding Japanese beverage behemoth, Suntory, is the new owner of Lucozade and Ribena, which GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has sold for £1.35bn (€1.6bn/$2.11bn) as it admits defeat in its internationalisation plans and...

Big brand sale

UPDATE: Suntory will buy Lucozade and Ribena for ‘sum close to £1bn’; brands won’t work in Asia, says analyst

Sources close to GlaxoSmithKline have confirmed that the sale of its iconic Lucozade and Ribena brands to expanding Japanese beverage giant, Suntory, will proceed for a sum closer to initial...

Winning the rat race: Rodents drink Champagne for better brain health

Kings and royalty swear by it as an expensive luxury and now rats do too, as scientists suggest Champagne may combat memory loss linked to aging and brain disorders like...

‘Unique’ bottled rooibos red tea brand grows US sales 330%

The head of Rooibee Red Tea says the US’s first bottled rooibos red tea brand expects a significant sales lift this year after enjoying 330% growth from 2010-2012.

Energy… minus the caffeine? PepsiCo explores Chinese herbal extracts for fatigue relief, patent application reveals

PepsiCo is exploring the potential of natural energy drinks containing Chinese herbal extracts that can alleviate fatigue and enhance sports performance without a big dose of caffeine, a patent application...

Federal judge dismisses Tetley USA tea fraud claims

Tata Global Beverages subsidiary Tetley USA has succeeded in its effort to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it misleads consumers with ‘antioxidant, nutrient content and health claims’ for tea products.

Caffeine commentary by FDA deputy commissioner called "reasonable and balanced"

The issue of caffeine in foods has gained momentum recently, with calls by political leaders to FDA to address what they consider to be a growing public health risk.  A...

Vivid dreams for Matcha: ‘World’s most powerful green tea’

Vivid Drinks says it see massive potential in matcha as a standalone green tea category following massive industry interest in the UK’s first RTD beverage launch in this category

Australian scientists serve cyclists healthier ‘hydrating’ beer

Australian scientists have created a healthier more hydrating beer by adding electrolytes and lowering the alcohol content to reduce the dangers of drinking.

Tetley ‘Blend of Both’ style NPD can add excitement into tea

Almost a quarter on 16-24 year-olds in the UK drink herbal tea for its functional benefits and healthy attributes whereas older consumers are driven more by habit, according to Mintel.