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Health and Wellness

People are increasingly living by the old adage that you are what you eat (and drink). In beverage this concern for health and wellness is leading to drinks with more functional “good for you” ingredients and new sweetening concepts.

MINTEL'S 'BIG CONVERSATION': ORGANIZED DISRUPTION, SOFT DRINKS INNOVATION

Dessert drinks to CSDs with jelly: Mintel urges ‘global drinks disruption’

Beverage brands can blur the lines both within the category and steal outside cues to create novel products such as beer-flavored ice cream that arrest the consumer’s attention, according to...

Juice Products Association: Yes, fruit juice contains sugar… but let’s stop comparing it with soda

As the focus has switched from fat to sugar as public enemy #1 in the battle against obesity and diabetes, juice - once promoted as a healthy alternative to soda...

From Red Bull to Big Red: Beverage industry veteran talks energy, classic soda and why Sparkling Ice should inspire us all

The energy drinks market has become more segmented in recent years, but relentlessly negative PR, a flurry of lawsuits and an FDA-probe have not dampened consumers’ enthusiasm for the original...

Evaporated cane juice lawsuit on ice as FDA weighs in. But what does this mean for industry?

A class action lawsuit accusing Coca-Cola subsidiary Odwalla of misleading consumers and misbranding its products by using the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ (ECJ) on labels has been put on ice...

Diet drinks may be linked to heart trouble in older women

Postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to new research.

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

An Israeli company that has released a range of coffee alternatives made from roasted date kernel, says the waste material has potential as a sustainable food and drink ingredient stretching far...

FOODEX 2014: LIVE FROM THE SHOW FLOOR

‘America sneezes - we catch a cold!’: Serving sizes and the UK war on sugar

A food industry panel chaired by former UK cabinet minister Michael Portillo has warned that the UK drive to cut sugar and salt levels in food and drink risks being...

Shaken Udder to SIG Combibloc! Foodex 2014 captured on camera

Relive the action at Foodex 2014 in Birmingham, UK, as we rub shoulders with the likes of SIG Combibloc, Ishida and Berry White not Barry White!

News in brief

Sidel launches Matrix hot fill machine

Sidel has launched a new modular hotfill machine that can fill sensitive beverages with pulp or fruit pieces.

ASEPTIC PROCESSING PRESERVES BREWED TEA NATURALNESS - TETRA PAK

‘Not their cup of tea!’ Tetra Pak VP warns brands must meet consumer needs

Tetra Pak’s US and Canada VP of marketing and product management is warning tea brands that the ‘acid plus sugar’ production method will not satisfy the region's growing need for...

COKE HITS BACK AT 'MERITLESS LAWSUITS' AND LAWYERS

US class action slams ‘chemical Coke’ for phosphoric acid use

A US lawsuit insists Coke made false, deceptive claims that its eponymous brand was ‘healthy and natural’ in the wake of a ‘Category 5’ consumer hurricane that saw soda sales...

'The first such patented drinks ever been made in the world': Hydro One CEO Sammy Nasrollahi

Diabetes busting cinnamon: Hydro One drinks score US patent triumph

Hydro One Beverages has won a US patent for healthy soft drinks line REVd that uses a special cinnamon extract to tackle problems associated with high blood sugar such as...

FORMER HEINEKEN EXECUTIVE BACKS POST-EXERCISE RECOVERY BREW

Drink like an Egyptian! ‘Authentic desert beer’ Dune Surfer draws healthy line in sand

Greyhound Drinks will launch novel post-exercise recovery beer Dune Surfer in the UK this summer and founder John Hunt tells BeverageDaily.com why it’s such a ‘forward-looking new-age drink'.

Tea company leverages Whole Foods partnership for new product launch

The makers of Third Street Chai have leveraged their partnership with Whole Foods Markets into a new line of ready-to-drink teas that will launch nationwide with the natural foods retailer...

GEA PROCOMAC, AVURE, COCA-COLA HELLENIC, REFRESCO-GERBER

Beverage & Dairy Treatment 2014: Free Online Event!

Join us on March 20 for a free online event devoted to filling technologies including aseptic, ESL and high pressure processing (HPP) that also teases out their packaging and branding implications

‘Hedonic Expectations’: How to drive healthy drinks sales in China

The Chinese place more trust in big beverage brands to deliver safe products, link ‘naturalness’ to single-flavor varieties and are increasingly willing to pay more for quality, safety and nutrition.

Senomyx rapped over knuckles by FDA over wording of GRAS press release on sweet taste modifier

Flavor expert Senomyx - which is collaborating with PepsiCo over sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617) - has been rapped over the knuckles by the FDA for implying that the agency...

The FoodNavigator Forum

How does sugar affect health? Find out at FoodNavigator’s Sugar Debate: Separating Fact from Fiction

Sugar – at least in excess – has been blamed for everything from heart disease to obesity and cancers in recent months. But is it as bad as all that?

News in brief

Thai firm makes ‘bold move’ with nation’s fastest aseptic line

Thai newcomer General Beverage has bought a high-speed aseptic line from Sidel and has ambitious plans to sell high fiber nutritional drinks.

Senomyx secures GRAS for sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617); PepsiCo has exclusive rights to use it in soft drinks

Senomyx has got the thumbs up to take its sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617) to market with partners PepsiCo and Firmenich.

Heat and spice are two things nice: Treatt talks soft drinks trends

Stronger and bolder flavor combinations are emerging in soft drinks with higher heat and spice levels, while vegetable-based beverages are on the rise, according to Treatt.

WHO recommends halving sugar intake advice

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised halving sugar intake advice from 10% of total calories to 5% of total calories in a new dietary guideline proposal.

$800k+ sales and counting: Charbrew plots ‘quirky’ tea triumph with Tesco

UK tea brand Charbrew now has annual sales of £500,000 and says its new push into retail giant Tesco will establish it as a ‘recognized force’ for innovation in the...

OBESE ADULTS REPLACE LOST CALORIES WITH EVEN MORE SOLID FOOD - ACADEMICS FIND

Diet drinks alone can't bear US obesity burden, and may even worsen it...

Obese US adults drink ‘significantly more’ solid food and consume more calories than obese peers favoring sugar-sweetened drinks, says a large-scale study questioning the impact of diet drinks on weight...

MOVE FOLLOWS RECENT UAE STEP TO BAN SUPERSIZE SODAS

Red Bull 'surprised' by Saudi Arabia energy drinks advertising ban

Saudi Arabia has banned energy drink advertising altogether and will limit their distribution and sale, while brands including Red Bull will now be forced to carry health warnings.