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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'.

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...

What will EFSA’s caffeine opinion mean for product formulation?

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safe upper limit for caffeine could mean a de facto ban for 80% of UK males, whose average weight would take them over the...

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of...

Tropical energy. A new kind of category blurring?

Both Red Bull and Lucozade Sport have launched tropical flavours of their sport and energy drinks – something Mintel says is another example of these sectors trying to slurp soft...

All Coke is equal: Coca-Cola GB shifts Life, Zero, and Diet to centre stage in new ‘one brand’ strategy

Coca-Cola Great Britain is rebranding its portfolio to integrate Coca-Cola Life, Coca-Cola Zero, and Diet Coke with its full calorie drink, seeking to spread the ‘enduring appeal’ of its flagship...

FOUNDER PLANS TO SHAKE-UP DULL US AMBIENT DAIRY-FREE AISLE

‘People think we’re insane!’ UK coconut mylk brand Rebel Kitchen braves US 'beast'

Sometimes entrepreneurs have to take a ‘leap of faith’, says Rebel Kitchen founder Tamara Arbib, as she takes her coconut ‘mylks’ to the US just over a year after an...

3-5 cups of coffee a day may help keep artery blockages away

People who consume between three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of coronary artery calcium build-up, which can lead to artery blockages, according to...

'As close to raw juice as possible': Fruitapeel Juice invests $3.5m in HPP

Fruitapeel Juice is investing £2.3m ($3.5m) in HPP technology, and says the processing technique will help meet consumers’ enthusiasm for natural, nutrient-rich juices and smoothies. 

‘Mood balancing beverages’: Sensient Flavors eyes growth market with new concepts

Sensient Flavors has developed new beverage concepts that it says respond to rising demand for food and drink that affects and balances our emotional states in a ‘gentle and natural’...

Red Espresso hopes to capitalise on European coffee capsule explosion – with tea

‘We're not a commodity, we're a niche!’ Red Espresso puts rooibos tea in ‘coffee’ capsules

Red Espresso is launching its rooibos tea capsules in Europe, eyeing up a continent with an ingrained coffee culture and obsession with health, convenience, and coffee pods.  

PepsiCo hits back at ‘out-of-date’ cancer risk study

PepsiCo has hit back at a cancer risk study, which linked caramel coloring byproduct 4-MEI to ‘avoidable and unnecessary’ cancer risk.

Nestlé Pure Life ‘growth engine’ keeps waters business ticking over

Nestlé CFO Wan Ling Martello says Nestlé Pure Life remains a key growth engine for the company’s Nestlé Waters business, with especially strong growth in North America, UK and emerging...

Special edition: Botanicals

Huge potential for botanicals in energy drinks

Consumers are looking for alternatives to artificial caffeine, meaning even greater opportunities for botanicals in the energy drink market, with small start-ups leading the way.

Malt beverage brands must innovate to maintain impressive growth: Canadean

The global malt beverage industry has grown by 42% over just five years, with particularly fast growth in MENA, says market research body Canadean. 

Coca-Cola Enterprises boss: ‘Detractors don’t understand how safe aspartame is’

Coca-Coca Enterprises boss John Brock says detractors ‘don’t understand’ how safe aspartame is, and insists that diet soda sales remain strong – growth for Coke Zero offset a 5.5% full...

Red wine compound may help prevent memory loss

A compound found in red wine could help prevent age-related decline in memory, according to a study in the journal Scientific Reports. 

Dr Pepper Snapple Group: FY2014

Dicey ground for diet drinks, but Dr Pepper Snapple bullish on low-calorie TEN platform

Dr Pepper Snapple Group says it is battling headwinds against carbonated soft drinks – particularly diets – something it expects to see continue into 2015. But it remains upbeat about...

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