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Coffee that helps you sleep?! 'This brand can explode,' says Counting Sheep Coffee

A Vancouver startup believes it’s on the brink of exploding into mainstream success with its 40 winks coffee – a coffee blended with a herbal sedative, allowing it to be...

Red sky at night: Coca-Cola lambasted for London Eye sponsorship

Public health campaigners have criticised Coca-Cola's sponsorship of tourist attraction the London Eye, saying this could exacerbate sugar consumption and related health issues. 

EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe

400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not a safety concern, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in a long-awaited caffeine risk assessment. 

Government backing of Asda sugar target 'sad day for public health'

Asda’s promise to reduce added sugar in some of its own brand drinks this year is a positive step forward – but it also reveals the chaotic approach to sugar...

Healthy beverage innovation

Chameleon Cold-Brew produces consistent coffee for consistent sales

Consistency born from thoughtful attention to detail and hiring specialists before they were needed helped start-up Chameleon Cold-Brew rapidly expand distribution by three to four times, launch a new line...

Watching TV linked to unhealthy understanding of nutrition

People who watch more television have a poorer understanding of nutrition that means they tend to eat more unhealthily, say researchers.

News in brief

Zenith International has 'Thirst for Change' with 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress

Zenith International's 2015 Global Soft Drinks Congress has the theme 'Thirst for Change', and its program includes leading players such as Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Talking Rain and the American Beverage Association.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

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‘The purest water would be completely uninteresting to drink’: MD of fine waters brand Iskilde

The MD of Danish ‘fine waters’ brand Iskilde insists that such products cannot be both ubiquitous and exclusive and believes that ‘less pure’ waters are often the most interesting.

No juice brand is an island: UK firms must see export markets as more than ‘side’ business

Exports of UK fruit and vegetable juice have increased by about 40% since 2010 - but the country must shake its island mentality if it wants this growth to continue,...

Hear from Honest Tea, KonaRed, KeVita, Bolthouse Farms, Core Power, 7-Eleven...

What's hot, what's not, what's next? Introducing the FoodNavigator-USA & BeverageDaily Beverage Innovation Summit

Diet soda is in a funk, while 'real sugar' is back in vogue. Energy is hot, but caffeine is still controversial. Maple water is bang-on-trend, but will it really become...

Canadean top trends for 2015

Brands in danger of fading into the background on supermarket shelves

Canadean research organisation has released its top trends for 2015 claiming due to the large number of products available on the supermarket shelves many brands are in danger of fading...

Analysts suggest Coke could prosper from plant-based beverage tie-up with WhiteWave Foods

Wells Fargo Securities analysts say plant-based beverages are a ‘unique growth opportunity’ and believe a partnership with WhiteWave Foods would bring Coke several important strategic benefits.

Soft drinks linked to depressive symptoms among Chinese adults: Study

Higher consumption of soft drinks correlates with higher prevalence of depressive symptoms, according to a cross-sectional study of the Chinese adult population.

In-depth on carbonates with Euromonitor International

Want your fizz back? Get into the water aisle, go retro and hit new day parts, say experts

Carbonates will never return to the buzz of the 80s but beverage makers can inject life back into the category from side-stepping into the water aisle to bottling up retro-style...

Health Ingredients Europe

Top food trends for 2015: the full list

Insect proteins and fruit-sweetened confectionery are two emerging trends food manufacturers should monitor, according to a list of top 10 food trends for 2015, revealed at the Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) event.

'Excite and hydrate consumers', BeverageDaily tells Premium Waters conference

Premium bottled water producers must excite as well as hydrate consumers, delegates at the Zenith International Premium Waters conference heard last week.

Dispatches from Hi Europe, Amsterdam

Trendspotter: ‘Naturally healthy' to overtake fortified and functional foods

There has been huge growth in functional and fortified food and drinks in recent years, but experts suggest that the next few years could see industry take a ‘naturally healthy’...

Brighter outlook for CSDs but diet versions continue to lose fizz, says analyst

Executives at the top carbonated soft drink firms are more positive on the future of the category in the US, but the decline of diet drinks shows no sign of...

White tea packs antioxidant punch against colon cancer: Study

White tea could slow the spread of colon cancer cells thanks to its antioxidant properties, claim researchers.

CSPI asks FDA to ban powdered caffeine sold as a dietary supplement

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has sent a petition to federal regulators seeking the ban of pure, powdered caffeine that is packaged and sold as a...

‘We have some good customers, but sweetener price is an issue’: Stevia Natura

The CEO of Stevia Natura tells us why the French company is winning with customers including one high-profile dairy-based drinks brand, but admits high ingredient quality carries a cost.

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‘Big brands commoditize water, and hydration is boring!’ – FineWaters connoisseur

Waters connoisseur Michael Mascha believes hydration alone is boring and believes that premium water brands should push their epicurean credentials to emphasize distinctive terroir and taste.

Scientists shine light on ‘aerated’ dairy drink with satiety potential

Nottingham University scientists claim to have shone new light on the intra-gastric behaviour of ‘aerated’ drinks with enhanced satiating properties that they say could be used to fight obesity.

PREMIUM WATERS 2014, ZENITH INTERNATIONAL, DUBAI, DECEMBER 8-9

Agthia Group: Water faces challenge to dethrone CSDs as UAE’s ‘natural rehydrator’

Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage giant Agthia Group says the bottled waters industry faces a challenge to persuade UAE consumers to swop soft drinks for water as a ‘natural rehydrator’.

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