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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'.

Hanovia UV eliminates bacteria from water in soft drinks manufacturing process

Hanovia UV has partnered with F&N (Fraser and Neave) Beverages Manufacturing (FNBM) in Malaysia to install a disinfection system at its manufacturing plant in Inanam, Kota Kinabalu.

Sports Nutrition 2015: Winning strategies in foods, drinks, supplements & ingredients

Formulation strikes, marketing makeovers, new ingredients, winning science, regulatory landscapes explained – take your seat for this and more at Sports Nutrition 2015, online and free on October 22.

A post-workout brew: Crafting a protein-packed beer for the fitness crowd

Supplemental Brewing has launched a protein-infused beer for athletes "who don’t want their workouts to get in the way of their weekend."

More than half of consumers eat across a 15-hour span daily, study finds

Consumers end up eating for much longer stretches of the day than they had anticipated with over half of adults eating over a 15-hour span daily, says new research.

Fizzy drink sugar levels vary dramatically between countries, says survey

Research highlighting the variation in soft drink sugar content around the world – a difference of as much as 29g sugar (7 teaspoons) per 330ml for the same brand in...

Cargill: 'This opens up a new space and helps us address a market we can’t get to today from the leaf'

Next generation Reb D + M to debut at Supply Side West: 'It performs exceptionally well in diet soda'

Cargill and Evolva will introduce their hotly-anticipated ‘next-generation’ Reb D and Reb M sweetener – produced via fermentation rather than from the stevia leaf – at the Supply Side West...

ASA ruling

Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ ad doesn’t infer health benefit, says UK watchdog

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint that a Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ advert implied the product was good for overall health.

Guest article: analyst insights

Global market for natural food colors to reach $1.7bn by 2020

The global market for natural food colors is predicted to reach $1.7bn by 2020, with 20% of this market attributed to beverage applications. Analysts Iti Singh and Indu Tyagi, from...

Added sugar in the firing line: Experts call for aggressive efforts to reduce consumption

Consumption of sugary drinks that contain high levels of added sugars can lead to excess weight gain and higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease, says the most comprehensive...

Coffee not associated with onset of atrial fibrillation: study

Coffee does not cause atrial fibrillation, a kind of irregular heartbeat, according to research from a Swedish university.

News in brief

Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

New flavors, delivery platforms keep consumers engaged with tea

Hoping to build on the momentum driving up sales of tea in the US, manufacturers are offering new flavors and delivery platforms that keep consumers engaged. At Expo East, companies...

DuPont blends soy, casein and whey in beverage to ‘challenge industry standards’

DuPont Nutrition and Health is "challenging the norms" of the dairy industry with a concept that blends soy, whey and milk proteins.

Robert Kral: 'People want to build lean muscle without calories'

Protein water hits the mainstream as Protein2o rolls out at Walmart

Protein2o – a rapidly-growing line of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of protein – is rolling out to 750 Walmart stores this month, says the firm, which is...


5 things we learned about appealing to ‘healthy beverage shoppers’

Appealing to health-focused shoppers isn’t always easy. Linda Gilbert, the founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, had some tips to make it easier for the beverage and dairy industries....

Calls mount to evolve EU sports foods regulations

European food bodies have reiterated calls to better regulate the sports food, drink and supplement category to ease uncertainty and inconsistency across the EU’s 28 member states – and boost innovation.

Lifeway taps into 'limited run' flavor trend to bolster market-leading position in kefir category

Lifeway Foods, a manufacturer of kefir beverages, is tapping into an increasing trend toward flavor periodicity to extend its market leading position, said CEO Julie Smolyansky.

Children should be discouraged from consuming sugary beverages – but what should they drink instead?

Researchers suggest milk may be a good alternative to sugary drinks, among young children who are prone to obesity.

Some US consumers turned off by process behind Fairlife: Euromonitor

Some US consumers are turned off by the process behind Coca-Cola’s high-protein, lactose-free Fairlife milk, according to Euromonitor.

Just one coffee affects glucose metabolism in overweight men: Study

Just one cup of coffee is enough to impair glucose metabolism, which can contribute to overweight and obesity, research has found.

‘Digestive health and tea are big markets; putting the two together just makes sense.’ Former Clipper Teas executives launch Daily Cultures

Tea offers a convenient and ‘everyday’ way to take probiotics, say two former Clipper Teas and Tropicana executives as they launch their Daily Cultures tea brand.

‘The consumer has come a long way from vitamins and minerals’ HFactor launches hydrogen-rich water

Savvy consumers now look well beyond classic nutritional attributes such as vitamins and minerals, and are thirsty for functional beverages, says hydrogen-rich water HFactor.

Energy drinks up swimmer performance: Research

Moderate caffeine consumption may help athletes improve performance, finds research with swimmers.

More than 60% of Americans now avoid soda: Gallup

Nearly two-thirds of Americans avoid drinking either diet or regular soda, according to Gallup's annual Consumption Habits poll.

Two workers taken to hospital after Nestlé Poland Spring water ammonia leak

Up to 100 employees were evacuated and two workers were taken to hospital after an ammonia leak at Poland Spring water bottling plant in Poland, Maine, on Thursday (August 6).

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