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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'.

Coca-Cola Amatil eyes up potential of Coca-Cola No Sugar

Coca-Cola Amatil says it has been a ‘challenging’ first half for its Australian business, but highlights the potential of new products such as Coca-Cola No Sugar.

Beverage giants pledge to limit sugar content of drinks in Singapore

Major drinks companies in Singapore - including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé - have agreed to limit the sugar content of their drinks, committing to a maximum sugar content of 12%...

Making tea trendy: How can the category appeal to millennials?

Functional teas, specialty teas, and indulgent products will help the tea category appeal to millennials against a backdrop of overall falling tea volumes, according to Mintel. 

UK targets calories in next phase of childhood obesity plan

The UK has set its sights on foods with a high calorie count as it updates the country’s childhood obesity plan, which previously focused on sugar reduction.

FrieslandCampina agrees to sell Riedel to Standard Investment

FrieslandCampina has agreed to sell Riedel to Dutch investment company Standard Investment, with the deal to be completed before the end of the year.

Jin+Ja projects revenues of $4.5m in 2017, unveils new Super Greens powder

Canada Enterprises LLC - the company behind spicy ginger beverage Jin + Ja - is on course to more than double revenues in 2017 to approach $4.5m as it explores...

Sweetener combos in food result in irrational metabolic response: Yale study

A greater metabolic response to a sweet-tasting, lower-calorie drink could explain the link between artificial sweetener use and diabetes, according to Yale University scientists.

NEWS IN BRIEF

Tickle Water enters adult beverage market positioned as cocktail mixer

Tickle Water, a flavored sparkling water brands for kids, has expanded its distribution to wine and spirits stores to capture an adult audience after the company noticed an organic evolution...

EWG tap water database reveals full list of contaminants in US drinking water supply

A new tap water database by EWG (Environmental Working Group) aims to inform Americans about their drinking water and create a higher safety standard for tap water quality based more...

News in brief

Lucozade Sport expands flavor range with Lemon & Lime

Lucozade Sport has launched Lucozade Sport Lemon & Lime in 500ml £1 price-marked packs.

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice eyes West Coast expansion

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company has maintained its image as a family-owned, minimally-processed Florida juice company since 1990 while also innovating through revamped packaging and new flavor launches like its...

Cook County soda tax due to take effect today

A penny-per-ounce Sweetened Beverage Tax in Cook County, Illinois, goes into effect today after a temporary restraining order on the levy was dismissed in Cook County Circuit Court. However, retailers...

Heineken celebrates ‘early success’ for non-alcoholic Heineken 0.0

Heineken says its Heineken 0.0 brand is already enjoying early success, as the non-alcoholic beverage goes after new consumption occasions in Europe.

Green tea polyphenol EGCG counteracts obesity and cognitive decline caused by Western diet

There is "compelling evidence" that EGCG from green tea could improve memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity caused by a high-fat and high-fructose diet, researchers have claimed....

Coca-Cola accelerates global expansion of low & no sugar sparkling soft drinks

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar launches in the US

Coca-Cola is launching Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the US: giving Coca-Cola Zero a 'new name, new look and improved real Coca-Cola taste’. The launch comes as the company accelerates global...

Should soda with non-caloric sweeteners be taxed too? In Philadelphia and Cook County, that’s the case

Proponents of sin taxes say that putting a levy on sugar-sweetened drinks may play a pivotal role in fighting obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. But two of the eight US...

Sugary drink options on kids’ menus fall as low-fat milk and water availability grows

The availability of sugar-sweetened beverages on children’s menus at the top 50 US restaurant chains has decreased from 93% in 2008 to 74% in 2016, according to the Center for...

Bestherbs Coffee recall after undeclared ingredient similar to Viagra

Bestherbs Coffee has issued a voluntary recall of its New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found it contained undeclared active pharmaceutical...

NEWS IN BRIEF

Koia ‘positioned to become category leader’ in plant-based beverages with $7.5m investment

Koia, a refrigerated RTD plant-based protein beverage company, has secured a $7.5m funding round led by private investment firm KarpReilly and existing investor AccelFoods.

Andes Mountains ‘healing water’ WanKu to launch in the US

Founders of beverage startup WanKu are aiming to bring a local Ecuadorian herbal infusion drink - traditionally known as a 'healing water' - to the US in 2017.

Bevi aims to make bottles and cans obsolete through data-driven beverage dispenser

Custom beverage machine startup Bevi has raised $16.5m in funding to launch its counter-top beverage dispenser model and expand its North American footprint with the ultimate goal of making packaged...

Kefir the key ingredient for a dairy-based sports drink that cancer survivors can stomach

Kefir could be a beneficial dairy-based sports nutrition ingredient for cancer survivors who may be wary of trying products containing milk due to concerns about stomach upsets.

Coffee could ward off death and disease, researchers claim

Drinking three coffees a day is the optimal for lowering risk of all-cause death, says a study, which also found drinking higher levels increased risks for certain populations.

IFT 2017

Mintel talks trends in sugar and sweeteners

Sugar reduction is a trend among most consumers (84%), with millennials leading the charge citing more reasons than older consumers for following the health trend, according Mintel.

ROAR KIDS debuts featuring Marvel heroes, as brand seeks to engage with younger consumers

The launch of ROAR KIDS, a new line of water-based beverages from ROAR Beverages, is targeting a younger, “crucial” demographic by featuring Marvel characters on its packaging while still meeting...

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