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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...

Cranberry beverage fared better than placebo in latest study on UTIs

Delving deeper into a popular remedy that has lacked solid scientific backing, a new placebo-controlled study found that cranberry juice consumption lowered clinical urinary tract infection (UTI) episodes in women...

IARC's declassification of coffee 'does not happen often,' ISIC secretary general says

A recent review published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found no clear association between coffee intake and cancer, and in some cases, found evidence that drinking...

Diet Pepsi brings back aspartame with launch of Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend

Last year PepsiCo ditched aspartame from Diet Pepsi in the US, having seen it fall out of favor with some consumers. Now it has announced it will launch an aspartame-sweetened...

Coconut Beach competes on quality and price with ¢99 coconut water

Coconut Beach is aiming to break down the perception that coconut-based beverages have to retail at a higher price point by selling products across its entire beverage line for $0.99. 

Asi Tea taps into yerba mate drinker market with ‘less bitter’ RTD tea

Founder of Asi Tea Company, Lou Thomann, describes tea brewed from the Yaupon tree as a “local version of mate” and believes it can capture an even broader consumer audience. ...

Special Edition: Antioxidants, polyphenols & carotenoids

Pint of polyphenols? Culture shift needed to find value in brewery waste

The EU has offered up big money for a project to get high value polyphenol compounds from brewing industry waste. Yet the leader of the project says a business culture...

SPECIAL EDITION: ANTIOXIDANTS, POLYPHENOLS & CAROTENOIDS

Juice maker shares polyphenols venture experience

Massachusetts-based Juice maker Welch’s entered the global ingredients business in 2014 with its polyphenol-loaded Concord grape offerings. We fly at the speed of words inside the grape with global ingredients...

Could Hawaiian māmaki be the new super leaf? Shaka Tea shakes things up with RTD tea line

Hawaii-based Shaka Tea aims to bring the taste and health benefits of the māmaki plant to the rest of the US with its line of shelf-stable RTD herbal tea.

Sports drinks sector unites to fight UK sugar tax

UK sports drink manufacturers have formed a lobby group to win exemption from the UK’s sugar tax – due to be levied in 2018.

‘Great-tasting’ coffee starts with the water, Taza Agua founders say

Don Nesbit and Francini Retana Rodriquez have launched Taza Agua to provide consumers with a premium bottled water specifically made for brewing tea and drip coffee.

Food and drink industry ‘delaying’ UK obesity plans

Food and drink manufacturers have “delayed and eroded” government plans to tackle obesity, claimed the lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS), after the publication of a new report by the Obesity...

Prik & Tik launch BPA-free PetainerCooler for water ‘amid growing health concerns’

Prik & Tik has partnered with Petainer to launch a BPA-free (bisphenol A) reusable PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) water cooler with Evidel (Ginstberg Brand).

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown. 

ASA ruling

Health claim fail: ASA gives UK smoothie firm rough ride

For the second time in 13 months Juice Garden has been pulled up by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unauthorised health claims.

MEPs vote to veto 4 caffeine health claims

The European Parliament’s Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI) has adopted a last-minute motion that could see four controversial caffeine claims vetoed in a move the energy drink sector warns...

Veto motion tabled

MEPs brew final caffeine claims battle as approval beckons

A European Parliament motion to veto the Commission’s approval of four caffeine health claims could prove the final stumbling block on their long road to EU law books.

US consumers seek hydration over energy from RTD teas, Mintel analyst says

Roughly half of consumers wanted a tea that was healthy and hydrating compared to just 26% of consumers who wanted an energizing tea, when asked to create their ideal RTD...

Leicester City signs sports supplements deal

Welsh firm Pro Athlete Supplementation (PAS) has signed a deal that makes it the exclusive sports supplements supplier to reigning English Premier League (EPL) champions Leicester City Football Club.

More water and less fizzy drinks lead to ‘unprecedented calorie reduction’ in US diet, market study says

As US bottled water consumption increased, “trillions of calories from [the] American diet” were cut, a new study by the Beverage Marketing Corporation has found. But is there still space for other...

Price, size, and consumer audience led to failure of Keurig Kold, Euromonitor analyst says

Keurig Green Mountain has discontinued Keurig Kold, an in-home soft drinks machine because it “failed to deliver on consumer expectations,” the company said.

News in brief

Bitten: Long-awaited sugar replacement tooth claim enters EU law books

Almost three years after winning a positive EFSA opinion linking sugar replacement and tooth health, the claim has been written into EU law books.

‘A key part of our expansion is the reach to universities’: Naka’s ‘drink to think’ approach

Swedish functional beverage brand Naka (formerly Akuō) is dubbed as a ‘drink to think’, and its reach to universities has been one of the keys to its success so far....

New sugar labeling a boon for alternative sweeteners

The added sugars portion of the newly revamped nutrition facts labels for food products will provide a significant opportunity for purveyors of alternative sweeteners, an industry expert says.

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