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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.

Coke unfazed by recent Chinese sales slump, stretches sparkling lead over PepsiCo

The Coca-Cola Company insists it remains confident in the long-term resilience of its Chinese business, despite a 4% slump in volume sales during the last quarter of 2012.

'Death by Caffeine': 354 cans of red Coke would kill this journalist

It would take 354 cans of classic Coke to kill me, or alternatively 174 cans of Pepsi Max, according to a 'death by caffeine' calculator hosted on an intriguing US website.

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GSK not A-OK with Ribena, Lucozade? Strategic review begins…

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has launched a strategic review of its Lucozade and Ribena brands, hinting that the western-facing brands do not fit its increased focus on emerging markets such as China...

Dangerous drug-laced ‘Brazilian slimming coffee’ brand still sold in US

Despite a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that a sibutramine-laced ‘Brazilian Slimming Coffee’ may pose a 'significant risk' to some US consumers, the product is still widely available online.

Heineken’s Finnish arm claims EU first with stevia-sweetened booze

Heineken’s Finnish business Hartwall claims to have launched the EU’s first alcoholic beverage sweetened with stevia onto the nation’s market this month in the form of a ‘light long’ RTD....

The Apple Tree of Life? Adding leaves to juice boosts health potential: Study

Adding apple tree leaves to cloudy apple juice to boost polyphenol content could prove a reliable and cheap way for manufacturers to produce functional beverages with disease-preventing potential, according to...

Nestlé Waters enrages US shock jock Glenn Beck

Nestlé Waters North America is under fire from high-profile US shock jock Glenn Beck, who rubbished the company’s Pure Life water and its PET bottle on his radio show Monday....

Coke and Pepsi shifting bottling assets to build brands in 2013: Rabobank analyst

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo are looking to shift bottling assets onto strong franchise partners in order to refocus in house efforts on brand building and marketing.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Draws Advocacy Fire

Coke stresses US health ‘mission’ after AND draws advocacy fire

The Coca-Cola Company tells BeverageDaily.com it is fully committed to improving US health by partnering groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), after an advocacy report claimed...

Steviva Brands: New stevia syrup is ‘magic bullet’ beverage sweetener

Steviva Brands has launched a new stevia-based syrup blend designed to replace high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in beverages, and claims it is a no added sugar ‘magic bullet’ for...

PepsiCo cuts flame retardant BVO from US Gatorade but not Mountain Dew

A 16-year-old student is claiming victory after PepsiCo announced it will remove emulsifier Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) from Gatorade in the US, but the firm says it will continue to...

Dr Pepper ‘stands by’ Mott’s for Tots immune support claims despite legal action

Dr Pepper Snapple Group says it ‘stands by’ immune support claims made on packaging for its Mott’s for Tots beverage brand, after a US-wide class action was launched against it...

Danone juice JV with Chiquita dogged by ‘mismanagement’: Industry source

With rumors emerging that Danone is selling its 51% stake in its fruit juice JV with Chuiquita Brands International, one industry source told BeverageDaily.com that the French firm was likely...

PepsiCo outstripping Coke in UK sugar-free cola sales share?

PepsiCo is significantly ahead of Coke in terms of the share of its UK cola sales in low or no calorie versions, the latest figures sent to BeverageDaily.com suggest.

IMPORTANT TRADE BODY ATTACKS VIDEO FOR 'INACCURACIES' IN OPEN LETTER

IBWA hits back at 'factually incorrect' video attacking bottled water

After BeverageDaily.com published a story from a US pressure group this morning alleging that high US bottled water consumption had a hidden cost, we received the following response from the...

News in brief

Bayn Europe and Barentz Group sign stevia agreement

Bayn Europe and the Barentz Group have signed a long-term cooperation agreement for the supply and distribution of Eureba-brand stevia extract blends.

Dairy proteins will be ‘major pillar of growth’ in 2013 - Volac

Dairy proteins will be a “major pillar of growth” in 2013 as consumers seek out more convenient ways to consume protein, British dairy nutrition giant Volac has claimed.

‘Stand and deliver’ Dick Durbin and co. tell Red Bull, Rockstar, Monster...

Three crusading US politicians are demanding that top energy drinks and shots brands such as 5-Hour Energy, Monster, Rockstar and Red Bull provide them with data on ingredients and marketing...

Big interview: Scott Lerner, founder and CEO Solixir

Solixir CEO: The secret to a successful start-up, slapping consumers in the face, and the rule of six…

If you’ve trudged around any industry trade shows recently, you’ve probably seen your fair share of prototype product concepts targeting the key ‘need states’ created by ‘modern life’: Wake up!...

Unique beverage Gizmo ‘transcends technology’: CEO

The co-founder of Gizmo Closures boldly claims that his company’s patented closure and ingredient delivery system ‘transcends’ technology, as it stands poised to enter the US market.

Dr Pepper extends TEN calorie crusade in ‘uncharted’ US soda space

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) is extending its TEN soda platform by introducing low calorie versions of five of its top soft drinks brands this month, and insists that Dr Pepper...

Virun secures ‘significant’ equity stakes in beverage brands

The CEO of Californian biotech company Virun has revealed to BeverageDaily.com that his firm has sealed two novel equity deals that involve it taking significant equity stakes in beverage brands,...

‘We’ve launched world’s first probiotic coffee’: Tipton Mills

Tipton Mills claims to have launched the world’s first probiotic coffee, which uses a new probiotic developed by Ganeden Biotech, and says one serving contains 10 times as many cultures...

EFSA opens public consultation on aspartame review

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has opened a public consultation on its safety assessment of aspartame and has found no safety concern at current intake levels, following studies that...

POSITIVE HEALTH NEWS FOR CARBONATES

Not gettin’ far with that gastric bezoar? Grab a Coke…

Coke drinking is an effective first-line treatment to dissolve ‘gastric bezoars’ or indigestible masses that form in the stomach after foreign material accumulates there, according to a new Greek study.