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Health and Wellness

Complaints about caffeine in energy drinks, consumer concerns over artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, fears of childhood obesity due to sugar in soft drinks. The beverage industry is under massive pressure to reformulate old favorites (enter Coca-Cola Life, Pepsi NEXT) and launch natural, healthier-for-you products with fewer calories and no 'nasties'.

Hain Celestial targeted in unusual false advertising lawsuit over ‘100% natural’ teas allegedly containing pesticide residues above legal thresholds

Hain Celestial has been targeted in a first-if-its-kind putative class action lawsuit alleging that it falsely advertised Celestial Seasoning teas as 100% natural when they in fact contain “potentially dangerous”...

BUT CONSUMER EDGE INSIGHT SURVEY SHOWS CHALLENGES FOR BEER

The Bud Light Lime-a-Rita effect: Fruit-flavored beers woo women

The US beer market is losing ground to spirits and wine among its core consumer groups but fruit-flavored brands such as AB InBev’s Bud Light Lime-a-Rita are attracting new female...

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Boulder Brands spends $8.8m on Suja juice: ‘One of the hottest Whole Foods brands’

Boulder Brands believes the future is bright for high pressure processing (HPP) treated fruit juice after snapping up an $8.8m stake in Californian juice brand Suja.

'Wriggle room' for trendy coconut water despite rising nut prices – Mintel

Mintel analyst Jonny Forsyth believes that trendy coconut water brands – Vita Coco, Zico, O.N.E etc. – have quite a lot of cost management ‘wriggle room’ due to their high...

One man’s hangover is another man’s health claim obstacle

Hangover supplement start-up Alcotox, known in the UK as Vital X, exemplifies holes in theoretically unified health claims regulation within the EU, legal hounds say.

Innovation at FIE: New product sneak preview

The FIE show is set to open its doors in just a couple of weeks, bringing together more than 1,300 suppliers - so what are the hottest new products to...

Lycopene-rich berry goes where tomato can't: Smoothies, sweet food applications

Despite a growing pile of research linking lycopene to benefits ranging from heart, cardiovascular, prostate and bone health to prevention of certain cancers, the market share for this carotenoid remains...

DSM shakes up still drinks in Mexico with sorbate, benzoate replacer

DSM Food Specialties has launched an all-natural preservation system for still beverages in Mexico and has high global hopes for an ingredient that significantly improves both shelf life and taste.

Placing beverage bets: Killer concepts for 2014

Adomas Pranevicius from MyDrink Beverages touts digestive health, weight management and heart health as three top trends in drinks for 2014. But what else is flashing on his radar?

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Thai RTD green tea brands fight government tax plan

Ready-to-drink green tea producers in Thailand are up in arms over a proposed government 10-20% excise tax on the bottled beverage from 2014.

NOVEL US CLASS ACTION TARGETS HIGH PRESSURE PROCESSING

Pressure situation! Hain Celestial faces $5m+ juice court claim over HPP

Hain Celestial Group is facing a US lawsuit seeking millions in damages for alleged false claims its BluePrint fruit and vegetable juices are ‘unpasteurized’ and ‘100% raw’, due to use...

Volac’s upbeat way to battle obesity

Ingredients supplier Volac’s first foray into the retail market with high protein juice drink Upbeat has helped the dairy sector deliver on its voluntary pledge to tackle health issues –...

Arla sees protein drink sales soar in Scandinavian C-Stores

Arla Food Ingredients believes that beverages with added protein have huge growth prospects across Europe, and notes the recent explosion of such SKUs in Scandinavian C-Stores.

‘Shocked’ Dr Pepper boss links US diet soda slump to aspartame unease

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) CEO Larry Young says he is ‘shocked’ by the summer slowdown in diet soda that also hit his firm's North American sales and partly blames misperceptions...

As soda consumption decreases, biomarkers of chronic disease risk improve, says new analysis

Reductions in the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages are associated with improvements in biomarkers for chronic disease risk, says a new study from North Dakota State University.

PepsiCo: Disruptive innovation, not "ridiculous pricing", the answer to diet soda slowdown

The recent drop in diet soda sales in North America has been “a little more rapid than we expected” says PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, but PepsiCo remains convinced that “significant disruptive...

Red wine compound resveratrol could aid radiation treatment for cancer, claims study

Resveratrol compounds found in red wine and grape skins could make certain tumour cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, according to research from the University of Missouri.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: TAKE-HOME TRENDS FROM THE SHOW

‘Fusion Energy Drinks’ fire new consumption occasions: WILD Flavors

Tanja Krüger from WILD Flavors notes the emerging trend in energy drinks towards ‘fusion energy’ - products that pair energy with other global success stories including tea and malt-based ingredients....

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: INNOVA MARKET INSIGHTS, PART 1

Retro soda meets spice: Innova’s top drinks trends in Americas, Europe

Innova Market Insights mined its datasets for Anuga to lend unique insight into what’s on trend in drinks across key world regions - here Europe and The Americas.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: WE HIT THE SHOW FLOOR

Stealing the show! Hot beverage concepts at Anuga 2013

Orang-Utan themed drinks for kids with a high fruit juice content, malted non-alcoholic beverages sold under the Tiger Beer brand? Here's what tickled the jury's tastebuds at the 'Anuga Taste...

'BIGGER FIRMS WOULD NOT HAVE DEVELOPED AWARD WINNER': CEO

'Unique' Orang-Utang orange-juice soda with cola scoops Anuga award

Klaus Dörrenhaus, CEO of German company KDM, tells Ben Bouckley why he chose to persevere in developing his award-winning, all-natural Orang-Utang soft drink.

ANUGA TASTE THE FUTURE 2013: 'IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING THE FIRST, BUT THE BEST'

Royal Crown launches ‘world's best’ stevia-sweetened cola with 50% less sugar

Moshy Cohen from RCCI promises that the firm’s mid-calorie Neo cola with stevia - which took three years to develop - is the ‘best solution’ for regular cola drinkers.

DRINKTEC 2013: NOVEL GLUTEN-FREE BEER FLAVOR PROFILES

DSM hopes for ‘fantastic’ US rule change on gluten-free barley beer

DSM says a possible US rule change allowing brewers to label barley-based beers ‘gluten-free’ would be fantastic for both brewers and consumers, and open up the market to new, more...

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Steviva Ingredients launches all-natural agave nectar and stevia sweetener for lower-calorie bars, beverages, baked goods

Stevia specialist Steviva Ingredients has developed an organic syrup combining blue agave nectar and stevia extract that is suitable for formulators looking to cut calories and maintain clean labels in...

'SO FAR THERE ISN'T MUCH ON THE MARKET'

Rise and shine! BENEO salutes global ‘liquid breakfast’ opportunity

Jens Böhm, marketing manager, from nutrition business BENEO chats to Ben Bouckley in Munich about the promise he sees for breakfast beverages targeting consumers’ specific nutritional needs.

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