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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'.

‘Soda declines look a lot like those seen for cigarettes’: Analyst

Soda sales trends in the US look quite similar to those seen for cigarettes, according to one analyst, but she warns that the industry can’t rely on the same pricing...

Canadean predicts US fizzy water sales will soar at expense of CSDs

Canadean predicts that US carbonated water sales will grow 12% in 2014 as health-conscious consumers embrace the category's health halo in preference to carbonated soft drinks.

Coffee genome sequenced: Researchers drink to greater caffeine control

Reducing, enhancing or even eliminating caffeine content in coffee plants will be possible in the near future researchers are saying after completing the genomic map of the coffee plant Coffea canephora....

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: A STARK WARNING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against established brands such as Red Bull and Coca-Cola without some kind of ‘silo vertical’ protection is...

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EFSA extends consultation on ‘Open EFSA’

The European Food Safety Authority has extended the period of public consultation on its discussion paper ‘Transformation to an Open EFSA’ by a month.

Arla Food Ingredients: High protein Greek-style smoothie ‘unique’

Arla Food Ingredients tells BeverageDaily.com its new Greek-style smoothie product concept is unique in marrying high protein and fruit levels with a lack of viscosity.

FTC levies $3.5 million fine against green coffee bean extract supplier

Applied Food Sciences, a Texas-based ingredient supplier, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a complaint brought by the Federal Trade Commission over what the FTC said was a...

Caffeine may have positive effects on Alzheimer’s-related tau deposits, says study

Caffeine could help ease the cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s disease German-French research has shown.

Sweeteners flat line in EU and US as consumers turn backs on soft drinks

The global market for high intensity sweeteners is flat lining in Europe and North America as consumers drink fewer soft drinks, according to a market report from IHS.

SODA GIANT DITCHES 'TRIED AND TESTED' GDA LABELING RIVAL

Coke passes green for 'Go!' with UK traffic light nutrition labeling

Coca-Cola Enterprises today pulled a U-turn by adopting the UK Government’s voluntary front-of-pack ‘traffic light’ nutrition labeling scheme – ditching the EU-wide GDA system it had praised as ‘tried and...

Juncker European Commission line-up leaked

Lithuanian politician Vytenis Andriukaitis has been earmarked as the next commissioner for health and food safety in a leaked Juncker line-up, but officials remain tight lipped.

Patent watch

Patent watch: PepsiCo explores how to make juice as nutritious as whole fruit

PepsiCo is seeking to patent a method of adding fiber- and polyphenol-rich co-products from fruit and veg juice extraction back to juices and other beverages in a bid to improve...

Health claims law trips up tea firm

A company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU's nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Personalised nutrition expected to blossom in the UK, says Canadean

DNA-based nutrition is set to grow in the UK as 10.3% of food consumption is motivated by a desire for personalised products, according to a Canadean survey.

'We are looking to be more disruptive at retail'

Vita Coco CEO on ‘owning the coconut’, staying independent, and class action lawsuits: ‘Things have got totally out of hand’

When Coca-Cola & PepsiCo invested in Zico and O.N.E. in 2009; Vita Coco CEO and co-founder Michael Kirban admits he became a little nervous as pundits predicted he’d get sidelined...

News in brief

Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

Nebraska Cultures joins rush to put probiotics into food with GRAS status on bacillus coagulans ingredient

Nebraska Cultures has joined the ranks of probiotics suppliers competing in the functional food realm with spore-forming bacterial ingredients with the announcement of GRAS status on its ProDura Bacillus coagulans ingredient....

NEW PRODUCT GALLERY: SIX HEINEKEN 2014 INNOVATIONS

‘We’re less afraid of failure!’ Heineken exec on UK innovation

Heineken UK marketing director Jacco van der Linden insists the company has changed its culture to be less afraid of failure and more realistic in its volume and value expectations...

Pure Via labels will be amended, but 'natural' claim will stay

What is natural, and who decides? Pure Via latest stevia brand to settle class action suit over ‘natural’ claims in $1.65m deal

10 months after Cargill agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it was misleading shoppers by marketing consumer products under the Truvia brand as ‘natural’, the firms behind rival...

Survata is 'democratizing' consumer insights, says CEO

Consumer insights are no longer a luxury only big brands can afford, says online survey expert

Until pretty recently, food marketers looking to test new product ideas, brand names or pack designs could look to friends, family, and colleagues for cheap - though notoriously unreliable -...

Senomyx expects PepsiCo or Firmenich to commercialize sweet taste modifier S617 in 2014

Senoymx says it expects either PepsiCo or flavor house Firmenich to commercialize proprietary sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx S617 in 2014 but is tight-lipped over who will be first to market.

News in brief

Almond milk accounts for almost 70% of sales in plant-based beverage category, says WhiteWave Foods

Almond milk now accounts for almost 70% of sales in the US plant-based beverage category compared with 55% this time last year, says WhiteWave Foods.

Coffee consumption lowers tinnitus incidence in women: 25-year study

Caffeine intake may be associated with lower incidence of ear ringing in women, an American study has found.

New labels would highlights calories, include 'added sugars'

Special edition - Nutrition Facts revamp: Radical overhaul or a missed opportunity?

UPDATED: Significant changes to the Nutrition Facts panel on foods & beverages have been proposed in the US and Canada, with the plan to include ‘added sugars’ tweak rules on...

'One swallow could make a digestive soda summer', Mintel Canada suggests

Over forty per cent of Canadian consumers would be interested in carbonated soft drinks such as Coca-Cola if they aided digestive health, according to Mintel.

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