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Suja sales up 80% YoY says CEO, as brand gears up for drinking vinegar launch

Suja Juice is tapping into the trend for all things fermented with the launch of organic probiotic-infused drinking vinegars targeting Millennials, says the San Diego-based firm, which has seen retail...

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Highland Spring Group starts work on factory expansion

Highland Spring Group has broken ground on a factory extension at its Blackford site in Perthshire, as it sees continued increased demand for bottled water in the UK.  

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

Chia seed drinks tap into consumer movement ‘away from all things sugary’

Chia seed based drinks can disrupt the beverage market thanks to two key attributes: around 33% less sugar than fruit juice and an array of functional benefits, according to chia...

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Fads in focus: Coconut oil – panacea or artery clogger?

There is barely a food or beverage category that has not been invaded by coconut in some shape or form, says Euromonitor International contributing analyst, Simone Baroke. But is the world...

NutriBlade offers wheatgrass in a convenient ready-to-drink format that ‘actually tastes good’

Athletes and health conscious consumers who for years have endured the strong taste and off-putting texture of wheatgrass and the mess that comes with juicing it as a tradeoff for...

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Consumer group calls on Monster Energy to stop using claims on its 'dangerous caffeine bombs'

The German arm of consumer group Foodwatch has called on Monster Energy to voluntarily stop using health claims on its drinks following clear recent political calls for change.

Meal replacement drinks by Chimp Food imitate the diet of our primate brethren

Florida-based Chimp Food distinguishes itself from other health beverage manufacturers by mimicking the diet of the human species’ closest living relative: chimpanzees.

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 


Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco...

Cranberry beverage fared better than placebo in latest study on UTIs

Delving deeper into a popular remedy that has lacked solid scientific backing, a new placebo-controlled study found that cranberry juice consumption lowered clinical urinary tract infection (UTI) episodes in women...

IARC's declassification of coffee 'does not happen often,' ISIC secretary general says

A recent review published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found no clear association between coffee intake and cancer, and in some cases, found evidence that drinking...

Diet Pepsi brings back aspartame with launch of Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend

Last year PepsiCo ditched aspartame from Diet Pepsi in the US, having seen it fall out of favor with some consumers. Now it has announced it will launch an aspartame-sweetened...

Coconut Beach competes on quality and price with ¢99 coconut water

Coconut Beach is aiming to break down the perception that coconut-based beverages have to retail at a higher price point by selling products across its entire beverage line for $0.99. 

Asi Tea taps into yerba mate drinker market with ‘less bitter’ RTD tea

Founder of Asi Tea Company, Lou Thomann, describes tea brewed from the Yaupon tree as a “local version of mate” and believes it can capture an even broader consumer audience. ...

Special Edition: Antioxidants, polyphenols & carotenoids

Pint of polyphenols? Culture shift needed to find value in brewery waste

The EU has offered up big money for a project to get high value polyphenol compounds from brewing industry waste. Yet the leader of the project says a business culture...


Juice maker shares polyphenols venture experience

Massachusetts-based Juice maker Welch’s entered the global ingredients business in 2014 with its polyphenol-loaded Concord grape offerings. We fly at the speed of words inside the grape with global ingredients...

Could Hawaiian māmaki be the new super leaf? Shaka Tea shakes things up with RTD tea line

Hawaii-based Shaka Tea aims to bring the taste and health benefits of the māmaki plant to the rest of the US with its line of shelf-stable RTD herbal tea.

Sports drinks sector unites to fight UK sugar tax

UK sports drink manufacturers have formed a lobby group to win exemption from the UK’s sugar tax – due to be levied in 2018.

‘Great-tasting’ coffee starts with the water, Taza Agua founders say

Don Nesbit and Francini Retana Rodriquez have launched Taza Agua to provide consumers with a premium bottled water specifically made for brewing tea and drip coffee.

Food and drink industry ‘delaying’ UK obesity plans

Food and drink manufacturers have “delayed and eroded” government plans to tackle obesity, claimed the lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS), after the publication of a new report by the Obesity...

Prik & Tik launch BPA-free PetainerCooler for water ‘amid growing health concerns’

Prik & Tik has partnered with Petainer to launch a BPA-free (bisphenol A) reusable PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) water cooler with Evidel (Ginstberg Brand).

Sugar tax could eat into unhealthy breakfast cereal sales, study finds

A sugar tax of 20% could discourage shoppers from buying unhealthier breakfast cereals, research has shown. 

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