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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'.

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. 


Nitrogen spiking: The loophole jeopardising protein’s podium place

The European sports nutrition industry is calling for a ‘protein spiking’ loophole to be closed, but if there is any Brussels movement it is likely to be slow and this...

‘Huge potential’ in children’s bottled water category

As concerns over childhood obesity continue to grow - and with sugary drinks under particular scrutiny – there’s a big opportunity for children’s bottled water, according to Zenith International.  ...

More calories consumed from alcoholic drinks than soft drinks: Euromonitor

Up to four times more calories are consumed in alcoholic drinks than in soft drinks, according to data released by Euromonitor today. 

PepsiCo sets sugar reduction targets

By 2025, at least two-thirds of PepsiCo’s beverages will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12oz serving, according to targets announced by the company today. 

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Zevia expands beyond soda with cocktail mixers, sparkling water & energy drinks

With the launch of a new line of cocktail mixers, Zevia continues its transformation from a leader specializing in only diet, all-natural soda to a multi-service platform that offers beverages...

A winning formula? Free-from snacks are safest bet for food start-ups

Food and beverage start-ups that bring to market on-the-go snacks or beverages with a ‘free-from’ positioning have the best chance of success, whilst dairy concepts face the greatest risk of...

Big soda sponsoring US health organizations is a conflict of interest: BU study

A study from Boston University says that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo sponsored at least 96 national health organizations from 2011 to 2015, dampening the health groups' support of legislation to reduce...

Sweet success: TINE's nutrition chief on its million-kilo sugar cut

Over the past ten years, Norwegian dairy and cereal manufacturer TINE has cut one million kilos of sugar from its products each year. We spoke to the company's head of...

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5 approaches show coconut water still has room to grow

The coconut water category in the US may be crowded, but it still has room to grow with sales projected to reach $1.97 billion in 2019 -- up from $778...

Wake up to breakfast drinks: Where innovation could take the category next

Australia is the largest market for breakfast drinks, with a current retail value of around A$200m (USD $153m). But when it comes to innovation, the UK can give the Aussies...

2-5 coffees per day shows CVD benefits

Coffee's antioxidant properties can reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates, a report has suggested.

Stealth carrots: How veggies are finding victory in F&B

Carrots might look dull compared to trendy super fruits and leafy vegetables, but the humble vegetable is in demand as a subtle but powerful nutritional boost, as consumers seek to...

Could a shot of orange juice boost brain power for men?

Scientists from PepsiCo and the University of Reading (UK) report that a single glass of flavonoid-rich orange juice may boost cognitive function, compared to placebo.

Entrepreneurs spy ‘root’ into sports & energy drink space

The first production of a new ginger-based sports energy drink is currently underway, after raising over £6,500 (€7515) in pre-orders through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.

Busy Aussies don’t leave breakfast drinks just for brekkie

The meal that is widely considered to be the most important of the day is regularly missed by almost a quarter of Australians—though few have time for breakfast-in-the-bottle alternatives.

Ganeden receives non-GMO verification for its probiotic ingredient

Ganadean has announced that its GanedenBC30  probiotic ingredient has received Non-GMO Project Verification

Vitamin drink slugs double digit growth (without claims)

The EU should “quicken its step” and raise the upper limit of stevia that is permitted in soft drinks, says VitHit’s founder, Gary Lavin, whilst dismissing health claims as “unnecessary” when marketing a vitamin...

Warning labels on soft drinks may affect purchasing decisions of teens: study

Teens are more than 15% less likely to purchase soft drinks or other sugary beverages that have warning labels, according to a new study by researchers from the Center for...

Profit increase can drive sugar reduction: Bayn

More profitable business models are needed for companies committed to healthier products, according to Bayn following the launch of its new Sugar Reduced Community.

Protein boosts muscles but not cycling performance: Study

Protein supplementation during intensive cycle training increases muscle growth and improves heart rate, but does not have a measurable impact on performance, according to a study.

Sirco seeks fresh blood with EU claim-backed juice

Whether “ahead of its time” or just very niche, blood flow beverage brand Sirco is seeking to attract a broader consumer base, with the launch of of two new ‘easy to drink’ products....

Diageo, Brown-Forman & Pernod Ricard help launch new Alcohol Information Partnership

The Alcohol Information Partnership (AIP) has been launched in the UK this week. With Diageo, Brown-Forman and Pernod Ricard among its members, the group aims to ‘ensure the debate around...

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