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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.

Attention deficit: EFSA rejects German caffeine juice claims

A German mineral water containing four juices, sugars and sweeteners and a high dose of caffeine has failed to impress EFSA scientists, despite a dossier containing 31 supporting studies.

InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress: April 7-9, Lisbon

'Seesaw’ 2014 in store but global soft drinks congress brings balance

 The global soft drinks industry faces a ‘seesaw year’ in 2014 but the challenges posed by mature markets and categories are amply offset by opportunities elsewhere in the sector.

Squeezing profits out of juice…Coca-Cola Enterprises is skeptical

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock says the company is interested in buying still drinks brands but warns that the European juice market is far less profitable than in North...

Chi signs MENA distribution deal with Wellbeing

Chi Drinks has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Wellbeing International, covering the Middle East and North Africa.

MillerCoors adopts first US beer nutritional labelling

MillerCoors has stepped up to be the first US brewer to pour one of its beers, Miller64, into cans and bottles with nutritional labelling.

Garden of Flavor launches first HPP juices with probiotics

Garden of Flavor is set to launch the first HPP processed juice with probiotics – namely the GanedenBC 30 strain from Ganeden Biotech.

Glanbia quiet on Muscle Milk firm takeover reports

Irish dairy giant Glanbia has declined to comment on "speculation" that it is in advanced talks to acquire the American company behind the popular Muscle Milk protein drink brand....

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects caffeine (alertness) and sterol (cholesterol) claims

Less than 75mg of caffeine per serving does not increase alertness, and the cholesterol-lowering ability of plant sterols cannot be communicated in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

Special edition: Pre & Probiotics

What is gut health? That's the blurry 800-pound gorilla in the room

In discussing gut health it’s wise to keep in mind the words of the late United States Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart when discussing a 1964 obscenity case.  Pornography, Stewart...

Listen up hedgehogs: Arla’s Lactofree ad is not misleading

Arla’s lactose-free TV advert is not misleading, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has concluded after receiving complaints from dairy-allergic consumers.

‘Let’s Twist Again!’ Novel espresso protein drink hopes to hit big time

The CEO of UK beverage brand Twist believes he could score a smash hit with an espresso coffee and whey protein-based drink that you just add water to.

News in brief

'Obesity, diabetes, tooth decay': California mulls soda health warning

California is considering a controversial law change that would mean soda cans carry labels warning that added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

PepsiCo: New non-cola beverages with stevia and sugar launching in US this year; colas in other markets

New non-cola products sweetened with stevia and sugar will hit the US market this year, while cola products combining stevia and sugar will be tested in other markets, says PepsiCo.

Power to the Plants! Tree waters tipped to corner $2bn market by 2025

Plant-based waters derived from maple and birch trees can corner a $2bn market by 2025 according to industry expert Julian Mellentin.

KonaRed CEO: We’ll do for coffee fruit what POM did for pomegranates and Sambazon did for açai

Could coffee fruit be the next pomegranate? One firm on a mission to turn the one part of the coffee plant most growers aren’t interested in into the next big thing in...

FDA: You can't call HPP-treated juice ‘fresh'... (But can you call it ‘raw’?)

High pressure processing (HPP) has breathed fresh life into the US juice market. But if beverage firms are excited about the technology, so, it appears, are plaintiffs' attorneys, who are...

Pomegranate juice sugar shock: UK adults understate levels by 500%+

UK adults drastically underestimated sugar levels in fruit juices and smoothies by 48% on average and significantly overestimated content in energy drinks and CSDs says a hard-hitting comment in The Lancet.

CEREAL MILK AND YUZU 'SUPERFRUIT' ALSO TIPPED FOR TOP

Breakout beverages in 2014! From frozen beer to juice with chia

Grazia Magazine recently trailed food scouts from high-end retailer M&S to New York City who were searching for trends that could catch fire in the UK. Here are the magazine’s...

Infographic

Protein still sports nutrition king, but watch out

Protein is still the bedrock of sports nutrition says Euromonitor, but non-protein products are expected to grow faster in several important global markets like Australia, Canada and Indonesia.

Study links US teen energy drink intake to illicit drug abuse

US teens who consume energy drinks are more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and use abuse drugs according to a new cross-sectional survey of 20,000+ high school students.

Dragons’ Den leap of faith opened doors for drinks firm

Small food and drink businesses should take leaps of faith, such as appearing on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den television programme, to promote their businesses and make valuable industry connections.

Gutsy ambition for GoodBelly! Probiotic drinks brand eyes $50m US sales

GoodBelly Juice co-founder Todd Beckman says the novel drinks is targeting $50m in retail sales within the next 18 months as US consumer awareness of probiotic benefits grows.

VIRUN boss warns beverage startups: ‘Don’t assume you’ll crack Costco and Kroger's!’

Beverage brands that want to hit the likes of Wal-Mart, Kroger’s and Costco straightaway are doomed to fail, according to VIRUN CEO Philip Bromley.

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Rabobank sees ‘huge upside’ in China milk tea opportunity

Global tea companies will have to hit the M&A trail to unlock opportunities in important tea markets including China, Russia and India, according to Rabobank.