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What to watch in functional beverages

Functional beverages are tapping into consumer interest in health and wellness, but consumers are increasingly discerning and demand drinks deliver on their promises. 

Trendspotting at The Healthy & Natural Show: Millennials shake-up uses of horchata

Elmhurst Naturals, a line of beverage products made by Steuben Foods, has seen a growing interesting from millennials in its line of dairy-based horchata drinks. 

Talking Rain CEO outlines strategy for US brand Sparkling Ice in UK and Ireland

Sparkling Ice launches in UK and Ireland: ‘We have bold ambitions for the brand in these markets’

Sparkling Ice - the flavored sparkling water brand which has seen success in its native US market with more than $659m in retail sales last year - is launching this...

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European market lagging behind US and Brazil in coconut beverage consumption and growth

Ready-to-drink (RTD) coconut beverages have rapidly gained popularity with consumers in recent years, with sales of packaged coconut water now estimated to be worth more than $1bn worldwide.

Meet the entrepreneurs: Caliente

‘Our product is quite polarizing – and therefore engages people more’: Chili-infused drink Caliente

The kick of chili may not be for everyone: but chili-infused beverages can offer a real alternative to boring or unhealthy soft drinks, says Swedish start-up Caliente. 

OXiGEN bottled water uses proprietary oxygen molecule for improved health

OXiGEN water has its sights set on being the leading manufacturer of oxygen products using a more stabilized oxygen molecule, which it says delivers a host of health benefits to...

Beyonce invests in WTRMLN WTR: 'People are looking for alternatives to high sugar juices'

A day after Leonardo DiCaprio invested in ‘clean energy’ brand Runa, Beyonce has added some stardust to cold pressed watermelon juice brand WTRMLN WTR, investing an undisclosed sum to take...

Coconut and kefir: Rhythm's fermented drinks

The ‘next generation’ of digestive health drinks? Rhythm tunes into consumer trends

Rhythm Health believes its coconut-based kefir beverages and snacks can be the ‘natural successor’ to the current drinks for digestive health on shelves, because its products also tap into consumer...

Deep-ocean mineral water may be a better hydrator than mountain spring water, study finds

Researchers from the University of Arizona hypothesized that deep-ocean mineral water drawn from 3,000 feet underwater off the coast of Kona in Hawaii may enhance recovery of hydration and exercise performance.

Harmless Harvest bounces back from FDA warning with new micro-filtration process for coconut water

In April 2016, Harmless Harvest launched its new Multi-Step Micro-Filtration process, in response to an FDA-issued warning letter in late 2015.

NOA Potions offers high-end beverages that are like “meditation in a bottle,” founder says

Recognizing that in today’s on-the-go culture, most people don’t have time to escape to a secluded island to unwind, the founder of NOA Potions created a premium beverage that blends...

Nestlé on bottled water business: ‘We are playing in the right category with the right mix of brands’

Nestlé continued to see ‘solid growth’ across all geographies in its water business over the latest quarter, with momentum in both international brands and emerging markets.  

From scientists to shelves: developing technology from the University of Queensland

PERKii pledges to shake up the probiotic beverage aisle

Probiotic water PERKii is launching in Australia, using patented technology developed by scientists at The University of Queensland that claims to ensure the delivery of live probiotics to the digestive...

Chocolate tea: Taking craft to the next level

The entrepreneurs behind MiCacao, a US start-up which makes an organic ‘tea’ from cacao shells, say their product is ready to tap into a craft movement which is stretching beyond...

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Chinese consumers demand premium beer products

The Chinese beer market is the world’s largest, yet it is experiencing negative volume growth after growing continuously for the past 24 years, according to China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA)....

Is cactus water worth the hype? Why tea company Steaz chose to use it for new infused drink

Cactus water is gaining traction in the plant-based water market, and US company Steaz has spotted an opportunity to blend cactus water with ready-to-drink tea in its new beverage line.

‘A tangible connection to nature’: Säpp sees big opportunity for birch water in US

New York City-based startup Säpp believes birch water can appeal to a mass audience in the US, offering consumers a lower sugar alternative to coconut water and maple water.  ...

Sugar reduction now a 'key mindset' of consumers, survey shows

Reducing sugar intake has become a key concern amongst many European consumers, with a quarter of those surveyed now preferring low sugar food products, a 2,500-strong survey has found.

Coca-Cola HBC tracks shifts in consumer preferences

Health and wellness continues to be a priority for consumers, while evolving market dynamics are changing the way people shop, says Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.   

Special edition: Getting more from your milk

Whey permeate can help sports recovery drinks

Despite the current ‘war on sugar,’ carbohydrate energy is a consumer need in sports nutrition, backed up by the most recently EU-approved health claim related to carbohydrates and recovery from...

Cocktail of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit beverages

A trio of lime, stevia and β-glucans could open up opportunities for fruit based beverages that have an increased nutritional value yet are low in sugar, say Danish researchers. 

Guest article: Water brands can drive healthy change in consumer behavior

Think water is boring? Think again...

As a market that’s growing year on year, brands have an opportunity to make the pure stuff one of the most innovative products around, says Nina Aggarwal, MD and co-founder...

Beverage categories are getting blurrier, Mintel report suggests

A recent Mintel report shows cross-category beverages have become increasingly popular as manufacturers look to cater for consumers’ health and wellness demands, as well as their cravings for new flavor...

A.G. Barr shrugs off sugar tax worries

Soft drinks company A.G. Barr says a combination of brand strength and ongoing product reformulation will minimize the financial impact of the UK’s sugar tax on its business.

Restoring 'natural exposure': Firm seeks approval for novel food bacterium

A UK health drinks firm has applied for novel food approval for Mycobacterium Aurum – a bacterium found in the gut and untreated drinking water.

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