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Health and Wellness

Complaints about caffeine in energy drinks, consumer concerns over artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, fears of childhood obesity due to sugar in soft drinks. The beverage industry is under massive pressure to reformulate old favorites (enter Coca-Cola Life, Pepsi NEXT) and launch natural, healthier-for-you products with fewer calories and no 'nasties'.

Tampico Beverages says juice still hits a sweet spot for value consumers

While many health-conscious consumers are ditching fruit juice due to concerns over high sugar content, Tampico Beverages has still maintained its core consumer: value-conscious shoppers. 

The reformulation race: Driving change in sugar-sweetened beverages

With soda taxes looming, sugar is in the spotlight more than ever. Is the industry on the defensive: or is it, in fact, taking the lead in sugar reduction? 

Kombucha Brewers International aims to set standards for kombucha industry

Kombucha Brewers International (KBI) is working to connect the relatively small but burgeoning kombucha industry by providing common resources and testing standards. 

Canada sugar drinks levy would save 13,000 lives, say researchers

Health organizations in Canada are calling for a sugary drinks levy, with new research suggesting the measure would save 13,000 lives over the next 25 years. But the Canadian Beverage...

Tea drinking slashes the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease: Singapore population-based analysis

Tea consumption halves the risk of cognitive impairment for people 55 years old and above, and also dramatically reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among those at greater genetic risk.

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Storming growth for energy, water and tea in functional beverages

Functional beverages are set to boom with projected 8% annual growth, with energy drinks, waters and teas strong performers – but are consumers growing weary of gimmicks.

Natural Products Expo West

Shatavari is rising star in herbal tea, although turmeric & matcha still reign supreme, Pukka exec says

After years of struggling to balance energy drinks and sleep aids, Americans are beginning to turn to adaptogens in herbal teas to help meet and “harmonize” their bodies’ needs, according...

Clean-label SweetSense developed during ‘critical time’ for beverage industry

Beverage development company Imbibe has launched SweetSense, a clean-label ingredient designed to optimize sweetness perception in beverages.

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Alcohol nutrition & ingredients labelling: Can the industry rise to the challenge?

Should your bottle of wine tell you how many calories you are consuming? Should your beer list its ingredients? Given consumers’ increased scrutiny over what they eat – and drink...

Bottled water surpasses soda in consumption with 86% purchase rate among Americans

Americans are drinking more bottled water than any other packaged beverage, outselling carbonated soft drinks by volume for the first time, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) and International...

European Commission report on consumer information on alcoholic beverages

Drinks industry invited to create self-regulatory proposal for nutrition & ingredients labelling on alcohol in Europe

The European Commission is inviting the alcoholic beverage industry to develop a self-regulatory proposal that provides information on ingredients and nutrition on all alcoholic beverages. 

Feature: From India to the world - a tea entrepreneur's journey

From tea bag technology to speedy shipping: Start-up’s mission to provide the best fresh tea

Teabox – an Indian premium tea e-commerce start-up – has made it its mission to deliver ‘the freshest cup of tea’ to consumers worldwide. From the technology behind the tea...

New product launches in the tea aisle

What’s hitting the shelves? Spotlight on tea

Tea: a category full of innovation with new flavors and formats hitting the shelves around the world. We take a look at some of the new products launched so far...

RTD tea: A ‘star performer’ with high growth trajectory predicted to continue

The global ready-to-drink tea market reached 37 billion liters in 2016: up 40% since 2011. And F&B market consultancy Zenith Global predicts this impressive growth is set to continue with...

Farmhouse Culture raises $6.5m in financing round led by Gen Mills 301 INC, unveils new sparkling probiotic line

A $6.5m funding round led by General Mills’ 301 INC arm will help Farmhouse Culture - which specializes in fresh organic sauerkraut, sauerkraut chips and fermented 'gut shots' – expand...

‘Modernized soft drinks’: PepsiCo launches IZZE Fusions & Lemon Lemon

PepsiCo says it is eyeing up the ‘next generation’ of soda – which it describes as ‘modernized soft drinks with bubbles, unique flavors and lower calorie counts’ – as it...

‘Bitter is better’ in growing fermented beverage market, Imbibe says

Vegetable-based, fermented, and animal-based beverages are all rising players in the savory drinks category as consumers look for simpler, more convenient ways to achieve their nutrition goals.

Nestlé & Coca-Cola end RTD tea joint venture

Nestlé and The Coca-Cola Company have agreed to dissolve their Beverage Partners Worldwide joint venture, a 50/50 RTD tea partnership which includes the Nestea brand. 

AquaBall maker raises $3.6m to fuel its expansion plans

True Drinks Holdings – the firm behind kids’ flavored water brand AquaBall – has raised $3.6m to help it expand its reach into mainstream grocery and convenience store channels.

Baby water boom? This could be the next untapped market for firms in China’s infant nutrition space

There are “huge opportunities” for sales of baby water products to soar in China, with consumers extremely concerned about mixing infant formula with polluted tap water, analysts say.

AQUAhydrate targets 'everyday warriors' as premium pH segment continues to grow

Celebrity-backed AQUAhydrate has doubled its distribution over the past 18 months from around 30,000 to 60,000 outlets by appealing to a broad set of ‘everyday warriors’ it claims are seeking...

Does a soda tax work? Philadelphia gains $5.7m in tax revenue and sees drop in soda drinking

In its first month of existence, the Philadelphia soda tax has brought in $5.7m, more than double its original projection of $2.3m, according to the figures from the city’s revenue...

PepsiCo: ‘We listened to the CSPI out of concern for our consumers’

PepsiCo to revise Naked Juice labels in settlement

PepsiCo will make several modifications to the way it labels and markets Naked Juice, in an agreement that ends litigation filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest...

Six Japan food, nutrition and consumer trends set to shape 2017

We pinpoint six of the must-know food, nutrition and consumer trends taking shape in Japan, from superfoods to sports nutrition, ahead of one of the country's biggest trade shows, FoodEx...

Canadians will have a steep price to pay if sugary drink consumption continues to rise, study finds

Researchers from the University of Waterloo estimate that if Canadians continue the current consumption level of sugary beverages, it will result in 63,000 deaths related to high sugar consumption and...

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