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SodaStream: More than a one-off gift?

When pushing a new product into the already-crowded beverage market, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. SodaStream’s US President John Sheppard said the company’s biggest challenge...

Coca-Cola president: ‘I don’t see sugar going away’

The president and chief operating officer of the Coca-Cola Company says sugar will not be ‘going away’ as an ingredient, despite obesity and diabetes concerns.

Special edition: Food for kids

No thirst for water promotion among kids’ TV makers

TV is a ‘missed opportunity’ to promote healthy hydration messages to children, with fizzy drinks dominating screen time, according to new research.

Exclusive interview with FAO’s director for nutrition

The fat after the famine: Obesity the next challenge facing Africa, says FAO boss

After years of battling undernutrition, Africa is now facing an emerging threat of obesity and the two must be considered simultaneously, according to the director of nutrition at the UN’s Food...

News in brief

Start-up incorporates microgel technology in probiotic drink

A Queensland start-up is testing the market for a non-dairy, low-kilojoule probiotic in selected stores in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

PepsiCo on healthy vending and 2016 launch of organic Gatorade

PepsiCo is looking to drive a healthier portfolio via new health-friendly vending machines and a 2016 launch of organic Gatorade.

Taurine-like chemical removes Alzheimer’s plaques in mice

Korean scientists have discovered a small molecule that destroys the protein plaques that build up in the brain of those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  

EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the...

Moderate alcohol consumption could reduce risk of death from dementia: Study

Moderate drinking could reduce the risk of death for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.  

‘Highly stressed’ people may benefit from grape juice’s brain boosting abilities

Including a glass of grape juice in the daily diet may boost memory function and performance particularly for those who lead a stressful lifestyle such as working mothers, suggests a...

TWE to begin listing calorie information for wine

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced it will voluntarily start providing calorie information for its wine.

Maple water company sees 1800% sales growth, expands internationally

After seeing an 1800% growth in sales in the year since its founding, a maple drink company will expand further nationally and internationally.

Sugary beverages rise in low and middle income countries, fall in high-income regions

While sugar-sweetened beverages have seen a decrease in popularity in regions such as North America and Western Europe, they are on the rise in most low- and middle-income countries. But...

Some sugary drinks can help improve endurance: Study

Having more energy for exercise may be as simple as adding sugar to a drink, according to a recent study.

FiEurope: From the show floor

Carrot, courgette, kale: SVZ launches puree concentrate line to meet soaring demand for vegetables

Asian markets have led demand for vegetable ingredients, but the appetite from US and European markets has increased and this growth is expected to continue gathering pace, according to SVZ.

Healthy innovation from British start-ups: Cauliflower porridge, cinnamon water and quark

Is cinnamon water set to steal coconut water's crown, can quark ever rival Greek yoghurt and will cauliflower rice really replace oats for a healthy breakfast porridge? FoodNavigator met up...

Diet soda: A key to weight loss?

Low energy sweeteners commonly used in diet sodas may help with weight loss, says a University of Bristol study, adding that confusion among consumers between sweeteners and sugar needs to be...

Want to live longer? Drink coffee, Harvard study says

Coffee drinkers may be less likely to suffer from some illnesses and premature death, according to a recent study from Harvard.

Probi files 13.5 health claim: 'Lactobacillus plantarum 299v increases non-heme iron absorption.'

Iron absorption probiotic marks ‘new approach’

Swedish company Probi has put its full weight behind a new probiotic product targeting iron absorption with a health claim application and the publication of promising study results.

Time for candy makers to prepare for FDA added sugar label changes, says consultant

US confectioners should ready themselves to declare percentage daily values for added sugars set at 10% of total calorie intake, which could be a regulatory requirement by 2018, says a...

Junk food not the biggest culprit for obesity: Study

While many people have snacks, sugar and sodas pinned as the bad guys in the war against obesity, one recent study found little to no correlation between consumption of junk...

The curious case of energy drinks & hypokalemia

The medical case study of a man rushed to intensive care with severe potassium deficiency has brought the issue of energy drinks and hypokalemia back into the spotlight.

Cutting Canadian calories: Product innovation and marketing efforts

The strengths of product innovation and vast distribution networks from beverage companies will help drive a pledge to cut non-alcoholic beverage calories by 20% over the next 10 years, says...

Cargill continues to expand markets for erythritol with flavor applications

Cargill’s new positioning of its erythritol as a flavor opens up new avenues for the ingredient which up to now has mostly been pigeonholed as a bulk sweetener, the company...

Bamboo beverages can shoot to stardom with sustainability credentials, says bamboo leaf tea brand

Bamboo-based beverages have the potential to reach the heady heights of coconut and plant waters, thanks to the sustainability credentials of the grass, says bamboo leaf tea IGZU. 

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