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Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive...

Could coffee protect DNA from damage?

Regular consumption of coffee may reduce DNA damage and reduce energy intake and body fat, according to two new studies from Europe.

Nestlé claims credit for ‘major advance’ in beverage powder solubility

Nestlé says its scientists played a central role in developing a new physical mechanism that it is already using to improve the nutritional quality and pleasantness of powdered beverages.

‘Americans discerning juice sugar sources’: Jamba Juice/YouGov poll

Amidst headlines over high sugar levels in juice, 89% of Americans believe the natural sugars therein are good for them, according to a YouGov poll of 2,000 people commissioned by Jamba Juice.

‘Badass’ beverage brand! Rebel Kitchen brings fun to health foods

Rebel Kitchen CEO Tamara Arbib insists she wants to make health food accessible and fun as the coconut milk-based beverage brand wins listings in major UK grocery chains including Waitrose...

‘Suja and BluePrint evangelize nutrition but we walk the walk’: Vital Juice CEO

Vital Juice CEO Edward Balassanian insists the product is outselling larger rivals including Hain Celestial’s BluePrint he says evangelize nutrition in juice that only his brand delivers.

Starbucks takes tea upmarket, but could Teavana spend spell nirvana?

Starbucks bought Teavana for $620m in 2012 and plans to take tea upmarket in the States, but one investor warns the price of success may be depressed margins and earnings.

Tate & Lyle profits hit by fall in sweetener price

Tate & Lyle has reported a fall in profits as a result of an increasingly competitive sweetener market and a decline in beverage sales.

Welch’s VP slams sugar ‘experts’ who paint ugly picture for juice industry

Wayne Lutomski from Welch’s Foods has hit out at ‘experts’ who describe sugar as a poison and says they don’t know what they’re talking about, as he defends the health...

Cargill: Ongoing sugar scrutiny has beverage formulators seeking alternatives

The healthy beverage segment continues to steal market share from sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diet soda, as consumers’ perception of the role of beverage in their diets evolves alongside changing...

‘Brands that rubbish other brands...I don’t get it!’: Vita Coco UK CEO Giles Brook

Vita Coco’s UK CEO Giles Brook tells BeverageDaily.com he doesn’t understand ‘brands that rubbish other brands’ following an attack by coconut water rival INVO on his product’s nutritional and health...

VEGEMITE ENERGY, OR PERHAPS JUST A 'BRAIN TONIQ'?

'Up, up and beyond up!' Eye-catching energy drink launches: The BeverageDaily Top 10

Check out our pick of recent eye-catching energy launches, and three picks by industry experts, as drinks move towards caffeine-free energy of a more subtle style, while more launches offer...

BRANDS MAY HAVE TO 'REFORMULATE AND REMOVE' FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS - ANALYST WARNS

Safety fears could slow energy drink drive into liquid water enhancers

Despite the presence of MIO Energy, Mintel warns that energy drinks brands could face problems if they try to conquer new territory in the US liquid water enhancer space due...

CLEVER MARKETING CAN OVERCOME DIFFICULT EFSA SITUATION

Beauty meets the EU energy drinks beast…

Energy drinks that also offer beauty or weight loss benefits have a growing market in the EU despite a difficult health claims environment.

New Zealand

Study finding water fluoridation does not lower IQ sparks fierce row

Adding fluoride to water does not lower one’s IQ, according to controversial new research from Otago University in New Zealand.

‘No better than the average sports drink’: Rival INVO justifies Vita Coco coconut water attack

Premium coconut water brand INVO has justified its ‘slight attack’ on UK market leader Vita Coco and other rivals' nutritional and health benefits, insisting it needs to educate people on...

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Naturex doubles US food & beverage operations with Vegetable Juices Inc acquisition

Naturex has announced the acquisition of Chicago-based Vegetable Juices Inc., a move which sees the French botanical giant double the size of its US food and beverage operations.

ASA: “Our referrals to Trading Standards are a clear warning to those who won’t stick to the rules that they face the prospect of legal sanctions. And these are just the first referrals"

Getting heavy: ASA refers health claim abusers to Trading Standards for first time

The UK advertising watchdog has referred two UK supplement makers to enforcement authorities for, “persistent misleading advertising health claims in breach of the Advertising Code.” More are set to follow, it said,...

Red Coke wins the rat race, doesn’t damage rodent testicles

Male rats who drank Coca-Cola for six months experienced no changes in testosterone production and intake did not damage their testes, says a study that also reveals a rodent preference...

‘Good beverage entrepreneurs? Give me paranoid overachievers!’ Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

“One question I like to ask an entrepreneur – usually when they’re really tired after presenting for an hour and a half, is ‘what keeps you awake at night?’ A...

ZENITH INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS 2014, LISBON

‘Coke, Pepsi…These guys aren’t cracking beverage innovation’: Eric Melloul, Verlinvest

The executive director of one of Europe’s biggest investment funds managing $1bn in assets insists that big brands like Pepsi and Coke are not cracking innovation and lag behind young...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Emotional brain food for madam, and the caffeine source for you sir

When it comes to cognitive health products, women look for emotional ‘brain food’, while men look for caffeine sources, according to a survey of German students.

INNOBEV GLOBAL SOFT DRINKS CONGRESS, LISBON

‘Everything starts with the consumer!’ WILD Flavors MD's top tips for healthy beverage innovation

Consumers are the ‘most important, complex constructs’ beverage brands must understand when launching successful healthy innovations, WILD Flavors’ EMEA MD insists.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Old age and HEALTHY old age, there’s a difference industry should address: Euromonitor

In 2012 there were over 577 million people aged over 65 globally, but there remains a 7-year gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

News in brief

SWALLOW OR SLING? Oatworks Fruit Smoothie, Pomegranate Blueberry

This new BeverageDaily.com slot sees us scour the supermarket shelves for exciting NPD, with drinks scored for taste, texture, packaging, branding and price. Oatworks Oat-Powered Fruit Smoothies are first in...

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