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New DEHP water limit will not cost consumers: FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists its new maximum allowable levels for the chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in bottled water will not raise costs for consumers.

Sugar-free drinks may generate ‘false security’ on tooth decay, study finds

Acidic flavourings and preservatives added to sugar-free beverages and confectionery may pose a ‘dental health risk’ to consumers who believe such products don’t cause tooth decay.

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200% guar gum demand spike drives replacement demand, TIC Gums

A 200% rise in demand for guar gum over the past 12 months is driving demand within the beverage industry for effective replacements, according to US firm TIC Gums, which...

GLG seeks damages from bottler after ‘substandard’ product losses

GLG Life Tech Corporation (GLG) claims it has made a ‘strong impact’ on the ready-to-drink (RTD) tea market in China, despite serious production issues in the third quarter of 2011...

Tooth ‘disfigurement’ law suit without merit: Nestlé Waters

A law suit has been filed against US drinks giants Nestlé USA, Nestlé Waters and the Gerber Products Company, after a young girl claimed that fluoride in their products severely...

Green tea compound blocks weight gain: Mouse study

The green tea extract epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) may slow weight gain by limiting fat absorption, according to new research.

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Check in to the myth-busting Food Hospital

Personalised nutrition is set to receive a boost with the broadcast of a new primetime Channel 4 TV series this autumn.

Fruit juice and health drink sales boom despite health concerns, Key Note

UK consumers slashed spending on fruit juice and health drinks during the recession, but sales are booming again despite growing health concerns, according to research firm Key Note.

Hot drinks play Cinderella as soft drinks drive innovation, Euromonitor

Beverage industry innovation is led by hot rather than soft drinks, with the latter significantly more profitable and associated with an increased interest in new product forms, according to Euromonitor.

Coffee lowers depression risk in women up to 20%: 10-year study

The risk of depression lowers by up to 20% with increased caffeinated coffee consumption, a study of more than 50,000 US women has found.

Diet soft drinks risk ‘rosy self-deception’ on obesity, Euromonitor suggests

Consumers of diet soft drinks risk the “rosy self-deception” that such products ‘cancel out’ excess calories consumed through food, while they could also encourage over-eating, Euromonitor International has suggested.

‘We’ve learnt our lesson’, says Alkalized water firm after ASA sanction

Alkalized water firm Balance Water says it has “learnt its lesson” after the UK Advertising Standards Authority ruled yesterday that its advertised health claims were unsubstantiated.

If at first you don't succeed... Could it be 3rd time lucky for PepsiCo in mid-cal beverage market?

Early feedback from trials of Pepsi Next - PepsiCo’s third attempt to create a successful mid-calorie cola - has been “very favorable”, bosses have revealed.

Red wine in moderation may lead to weight loss: study

Light consumption of red wine in particular may protect against weight gain, according to a recently published review study from Spanish academics at the University of Navarra.

Interview: Mark Gottsacker, president, Global Bottling Partners

Smoothly does it. The secret to success in protein beverages

Protein beverages can have mass market appeal if firms get the formulation right, keep calories down and refocus marketing efforts on the people that are actually drinking their products, rather...

UK watchdog censors alkaline diet cancer claims

Claims that an ‘alkaline diet’ based around consumption of vegetable and grain powdered beverages could benefit cancer sufferers and diabetics have been rapped by the UK advertising watchdog.

Drink-size guidelines in schools present market opportunity for mini-can, says Ball

Ball Corp said its 8oz ‘Trim’ can will help brand owners tap into a potential growth market likely to emerge in the wake of a new anti-obesity drive for children...

Coca-Cola VitaminWater mediation to be rescheduled

Mediation between Coca-Cola and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) over legal challenges to Coca-Cola’s VitaminWater range has been delayed following the launch of a new 'copycat’...

Natural colours drive Chr Hansen Q3 results; probiotic uncertainty continues

The newly renamed Natural Colors Division was the star performer in Danish ingredients supplier Chr Hansen’s Q3 results, showing 34% organic sales growth for the quarter, compared to 5% for...

Valio: EFSA ignored peer-reviewed data in probiotic claim rejection

Frustrated Finnish dairy and ingredients firm Valio says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of its probiotic claim contradicted or ignored peer reviewed data in its dossier that included...

Lingonberry juice may help ‘normalise’ blood vessel function: Study

Long-term intake of phenol-rich lingonberry, but not cranberry or blackcurrant juice, improves and normalises the functioning of blood vessels in rats with hypertension, according to new research.

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government...

UK company to fight ASA antioxidant water ad ban

The UK company behind a high pH, electrolysed water product says it fully expected the advertising watchdog to rule against its cancer, ageing and other claims, and will appeal.

Probiotic academic: ‘Just add water to probiotic health claims’

A leading probiotics researcher says the ongoing uncertainty about endpoints and biomarkers in European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim evaluations, means the best chance for probiotic products to make...

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