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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'.

Consumers see smoothies as the best vehicle for health and functional benefit customization, says Imbibe

A recent roundup of seven smoothie trends identified by beverage innovation center, Imbibe, shows that consumers are prioritizing health and wellness but with their own personalized spin. 

PACK’D frozen Smoothie Kits owner wins Young Entrepreneur Award

Luke Johnstone, founder of PACK’D frozen Smoothie Kits, has won Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 18th annual national Amazon Growing Business Awards.

Mind, body and spirit: The holistic tea trend

Food Matters Live in London played host to a range of food and beverage makers all eager to show off the flavours and unique ingredients, which they think will continue...

Unilever extols the virtues of flavonoids in tea

Unilever spoke about flavonoids (dietary compounds) found in tea, wine, cocoa, fruits and vegetables at Journées Francophones de Nutrition (JFN) tradeshow in Montpellier, France, last week (November 30-December 2).

Asia Pacific proves a boon for global sparkling water market

The Asia Pacific market currently accounts for 15.25% global sparkling water market, and Technavio projects it will grow at a CAGR of 3.67% through 2020, the fastest rate compared to...

Habitual caffeine intake may protect against age-related cognitive decline, report finds

A report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) suggests that moderate coffee consumption could reduce age-related cognitive decline in adults.

‘My grandmother always told me: ‘Don’t peel your apple, the best part is in the skin’

Smoothies turn to seeds to boost natural positioning

In an effort for products to appear as close to natural as possible, beverage producers are turning more and more to ingredients complete with skin, seeds and fruit flesh. 

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

Where there’s a will…iced coffee concept makes whey protein cool

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed an on-trend whey protein iced coffee concept that it is confident will be “on the market and available to consumers very soon”, but can it dispel...

Dr Pepper Snapple to acquire Bai Brands for $1.7bn

Dr Pepper Snapple Group is to acquire Bai Brands, a US company known for its antioxidant-infused beverages, for $1.7bn. 

Industry call: Maastricht Uni researchers hungry for satiety trial funding

Maastricht University researchers are seeking sponsors – preferably from a drink or shot maker – for a weight management trial exploring ‘intestinal brakes’ that has showed promising phase 1 results.

News in brief

Coca-Cola Life launches in the United Arab Emirates

Coca-Cola has launched its stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Gearing up for its new brand identity, Nestea aims to be key player in ‘evolution of tea’

Nestea is in the midst of a major brand overhaul, which will be officially launched in 2017. 

Goal! English football giant backs high-dose omega-3 for recovery

London-based English Premier League (EPL) football club Tottenham Hotspur has inked a deal with Norwegian firm Smartfish to supply high-dose omega-3 products for player recovery.

Tesco reduces sugar in own brand soft drinks

UK supermarket giant Tesco has reduced the sugar content in its own brand soft drink portfolio, with the reformulated beverages hitting the shelves this week. 

News in brief

AOAC backs methodology for ethanol levels in kombucha

A testing methodology for alcohol levels in kombucha tea has been approved by the AOAC.

Americans are buying fewer beverages, but what purchases do they still make?

The number of purchased beverages per person in the US is down, but Americans are still choosing to spend their money on coffee, soft drinks, iced tea, or bottled water...

JAMA rejects cranberry for UTI; industry says Yale study infected with fault

The cranberry industry and academics have rubbished a cranberry-UTI study and accompanying commentary published in JAMA in the past week, saying the research is “misleading” and “suffering from fatal flaws.”...

Energy drinks are in the spotlight again after man develops acute hepatitis after excessive consumption

The health and safety of energy drinks and shots could come under the microscope again after a man developed acute hepatitis after excessive daily consumption of such a product, as...

‘A cola that’s one of your 5-a-day? Absolutely!’ Juicy Fuel Cola

Juicy Fuel Cola – a sparkling cola made from fruit juice without added sugar or sweeteners – believes the drink can appeal to anyone who has become disillusioned with the...

Law applies from 3 November 2016

Stevia sector says imminent EU law changes will sweeten NPD

An amendment to the EU food additives regulation has removed the requirement for stevia blends to contain at least 75% stevioside or reb A, giving food and beverage manufacturers scope...

Cargill believes it has passed stevia taste test just in time for new nutrition labels

Consumer research leads Cargill to believe that it has finally rounded the stevia taste bend, just in time for the revamp of nutrition labeling phases in over the next several...

Nothing But Real’s Oat Chocolate & Protein pushes free-from trend into protein shake category

On a mission to “take back” food from the chemical industry which “hijacked” it, CPG manufacturer Nothing But Real is launching its debut product: Oat Chocolate & Protein – a...

Reishi reigns! Mushroom products continue impressive growth in food and beverage space

From teas to powdered lemonade mixes and protein shakes, products formulated with mushrooms are springing up all over the place, with reishi leading the pack.

A couple of sugary drinks daily ‘doubles diabetes risk,’ study shows

The choice between artificially sweetened and sugared soft drinks does not seem to make a difference in the onset of chronic conditions such as diabetes, according to Swedish research. 

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