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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'.

Special edition: Authentic Tea Tastes

What’s next in tea? Functional claims, hot tea pods, and increased attention from Coca-Cola

Major soft drink players are turning their attention to tea as a focal point for innovation and volume growth, delegates at World Tea Expo will hear this week.

VitaminFIZZ seeks to emulate meteoric success of Sparkling ICE in enhanced waters market

VitaminFIZZ – a new zero-calorie enhanced sparkling water backed by former Red Bull executives and other beverage industry veterans – is now available in 1,400+ stores in the US nine...

Matcha green tea market on fire, says report: ‘This is not a passing fad, but a major trend’

US retail sales of Matcha green tea powder surged 54.9%* in 2014, while sales of ready-to-drink products leaped up $253.1% (albeit from a small base), reveals a new report arguing...

“We’ve never seen consumers as confused!” PepsiCo asks what – exactly – is ‘good for you’

PepsiCo faces the challenge of redefining 'good for you', as it sees consumers turn their attention to real sugar, organic, and non-GMO.

Dr Pepper invests $15m in minority stake in Bai Brands

Dr Pepper Snapple Group has invested $15m in a minority stake in Bai Brands, which has generated explosive growth in multiple retail channels with its 'antioxidant infusion' low-calorie Bai5 beverages.

Innocent launches sparkling juice and coconut water: 'It’s like a posh holiday in a can, only without the pesky sand'

Innocent Drinks is stretching beyond its smoothie comfort zone with a sparkling juice variant and blended coconut water to inject life into the health and wellness aisle, it says.

Firing on all flavours: Treatt opens new beverage centre to develop future flavours

The scale of innovation in the beverage industry, coupled with consumers’ constant appetite for something new, is boosting the evolution of flavours, according to Treatt.

Dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

‘What I already drink – but better!’ What can functional beverages offer consumers?

Consumers are keen to learn more about beverage ingredients, which is good news for the functional drink category, suggest beverage entrepreneurs. 

Beverage Bites: news up to April 9, 2015

Bacardi thinks fashion, Heineken cuts water consumption, and more beverage bites

This week international brewer Heineken set itself a new water consumption challenge, while a small UK brewer found itself in a twitter spat with a politician. Read on for more...

Move over fruit, it’s time for dairy! Yazoo sees yogurt smoothies soar as snackification strikes

FrieslandCampina’s milk drink and smoothie brand Yazoo is expanding availability of its on-the-go yogurt smoothies this month, seeing great potential for a ‘snack that provides sustenance.’

Cardiologists put forward energy drink limits for adolescents, following heart health fears

Researchers say the rapid rise in energy drink consumption among adolescents has ‘serious implications’ for cardiac health, as they compile recommendations for consumption limits in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

“Bamboo Water can reach the amazing eco and health conscious movement on our planet”

Not just for pandas: Could Bamboo Water be the next ‘superdrink’?

Bamboo Water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is both healthy and ecologically sustainable, says the co-founder of Bamboo Beverages. 

‘Let’s inform, not mislead:’ Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could see spirits suffer, says Spirits Europe

Calorie labelling on alcoholic beverages could mislead consumers: according to industry body Spirits Europe.

Calorie labelling should be mandatory for alcoholic drinks, say public health MEPs

Calorie content labelling should be made mandatory for alcoholic beverages in the EU as soon as possible, say public health Members of European Parliament (MEPs).

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Researchers explore the functional potential of green coffee beans

There is strong potential for the use of ground green coffee beans to be used directly as a functional ingredient in supplements and foods, say researchers.

dispatches from Food Vision, Cannes

Salty, sour, spicy, bitter: Will soft drinks ever go beyond sweet?

Will ‘sweet’ always be superior in the soft drink category? Or will consumers embrace the whole world of senses and suss out alternative tastes?

Will you get more polyphenols from blueberry-grape juice or a smoothie?

Greater research into the impact of food matrixes on the bioavailability of polyphenols is needed, say researchers comparing grape and blueberry juice to smoothie.

Sabinsa looks to beverage applications with new fully soluble uC3 Clear curcumin ingredient

Curcumin is a compound long on health benefits that comes with formidable formulation challenges because of its inflexible solubility profile.  Sabinsa Corp. has found a way around that with a...

Beer with superfoods: Dr Jekyll's adds twist to the US craft beer market

Ale with gingko leaves, walnut oil, hawthorne berry, and even garlic: a group of Californian entrepreneurs are mixing beer with superfoods in their brand Dr. Jekyll’s. 

Special edition: Joy in juice and smoothies

'A surprisingly good taste': Tropicana files patent to tackle aftertaste in calcium fortified juice

PepsiCo brand Tropicana has developed a method that blends calcium sources to overcome aftertaste issues in fortified juices. 

Bad habits? Frequent drinking becomes more popular in middle age: Study

Teenagers may favor irregular heavy drinking, but frequent drinking becomes more popular during and after middle age, according to a UK study.

Health benefit of sugary drinks tax is ‘a strong claim’, says academic

The Children’s Food Campaign claims a 20p tax on sugary drinks could have major positive impact on health but academics and industry say evidence is lacking.

Irish agri firm Aurivo buys UK sports nutrition player

The Irish agri-business Aurivo Co-operative Society has acquired London-based sports nutrition company My Goodness Ltd in an attempt to gain access to the protein drinks market.

Mark Rampolla: ‘The best time to raise money is when you don’t need it’

ZICO coconut water founder: ‘The first nine years were absolutely brutal…’

What are investors really looking for when they assess a food and beverage business? When it comes to gross margins, is there a magic number? And can you really be...

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