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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'.

UK obesity plan attacks sugar – but calculating sugar in yogurt and dairy beverages is tough

The UK government has published its Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action paper.

How will milk drinks be affected by UK sugar tax?

Milk-based drinks are to be excluded from the UK sugar tax, given their nutritional value. And yet some milk-based drinks contain considerable amounts of added sugar. So how can the...

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. ...

Government reticence on sugar tax and obesity policy leaves everything to play for in bitter battle

The UK food industry, the government and health campaigners are locked in a bitter battle to determine the country’s plan to tackle obesity. At its heart is the proposed sugar...

The future of tea: From hangover cures to tea jellies, Tetley’s top five predictions

From teas enriched with medicines to programmable tea taps, the humble brew could see a dramatic evolution over the coming years, says Tetley. Even the concept of tea consumed as...

DRINKmaple taps into conventional market with DRINKmelon watermelon water

DRINKmelon co-founder Kate Weiler’s primary goal is to make healthy hydration as accessible as possible in the beverage category with the launch of the watermelon water brand last week....

China

Demand for plant-protein drinks spurs boom for healthy sweeteners

After a golden decade for China’s beverage industry came to a close in 2012 —a period during which it saw consistent 20% growth—just one mainstream drinks segment currently stands out,...

KRā ‘fills a void’ in the sport drinks market, CEO and co-founder says

KRā, a 90-day-old sports drink company started by three business professionals in the Chicago area, says it is filling a void in the sports hydration market with its USDA Certified...

Balancing the binges: We Are Tea ‘everyday good’ range taps into Millennial trends

We Are Tea is the latest functional tea brand to tap into the Millenial generation's search for products that offset eating indulgences, according to an analyst. 

Frankfurt, November 28, 2016

Game on: New conference spills sports nutrition beans beyond 2017

The multi-billion euro sports nutrition sector is changing faster than you can say ‘millennial buy-in’, but is your firm abreast of the game-changing shifts that matter most?

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Ketone esters boost endurance in elite athletes: Study

A ketone ester drink developed by an Oxford University start-up for the US Army has shown benefits to elite endurance athletes by unlocking “greater human metabolic potential.”

It's time to put whey and casein back together, exec says

Cutting milk proteins apart has been all the rage in recent years. But Benoit Turpin of Milk Specialities Global said the market is now starting to come around to the...

Hard water can boost sweetness and cut costs: study

Using certain types of water could allow drinks manufacturers to cut back on sweeteners, according to a new study.

Suja sales up 80% YoY says CEO, as brand gears up for drinking vinegar launch

Suja Juice is tapping into the trend for all things fermented with the launch of organic probiotic-infused drinking vinegars targeting Millennials, says the San Diego-based firm, which has seen retail...

News in brief

Highland Spring Group starts work on factory expansion

Highland Spring Group has broken ground on a factory extension at its Blackford site in Perthshire, as it sees continued increased demand for bottled water in the UK.  

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

Chia seed drinks tap into consumer movement ‘away from all things sugary’

Chia seed based drinks can disrupt the beverage market thanks to two key attributes: around 33% less sugar than fruit juice and an array of functional benefits, according to chia...

Guest article

Fads in focus: Coconut oil – panacea or artery clogger?

There is barely a food or beverage category that has not been invaded by coconut in some shape or form, says Euromonitor International contributing analyst, Simone Baroke. But is the world...

NutriBlade offers wheatgrass in a convenient ready-to-drink format that ‘actually tastes good’

Athletes and health conscious consumers who for years have endured the strong taste and off-putting texture of wheatgrass and the mess that comes with juicing it as a tradeoff for...

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Consumer group calls on Monster Energy to stop using claims on its 'dangerous caffeine bombs'

The German arm of consumer group Foodwatch has called on Monster Energy to voluntarily stop using health claims on its drinks following clear recent political calls for change.

Meal replacement drinks by Chimp Food imitate the diet of our primate brethren

Florida-based Chimp Food distinguishes itself from other health beverage manufacturers by mimicking the diet of the human species’ closest living relative: chimpanzees.

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

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Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco...

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