Energy Drinks & Beyond

Coffee and other caffeinated drinks do not correlate to an increased heartbeat, a recent study found.

Coffee does not cause rapid heartbeat: Study

By Hal Conick

Regular consumption of caffeine does not cause additional, rapid heartbeats, according to a recent study from the University of California-San Francisco.

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Latvia to ban energy drink sales to under 18s

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Latvia will follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour by banning the sale of energy drinks to under 18s – something the country’s advertising association has called anti-EU.

Could slow-release coffee change the market?

Nestlé scientists developing slow-release coffee

By Hal Conick

Scientists at Nestlé are working on a new formula for slow-release coffee, something that could conceivably spread the effects of caffeine out over a longer period of time.

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EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

By Will Chu

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the case provided 95% of its components were converted to steviol.

A man was admitted to hospital because of thirst, sweating and nausea after drinking four cans of the energy drink Burn

The curious case of energy drinks & hypokalemia

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The medical case study of a man rushed to intensive care with severe potassium deficiency has brought the issue of energy drinks and hypokalemia back into the spotlight.

Energy drink launches based on branded ingredient message

Energy drink launches based on branded ingredient message

By Hank Schultz

A new energy drink product has launched based on the science behind two branded ingredients, Cognizin citicoline from Kyowa Hakko, and PurEnergy, a caffeine/pterostilbine crystalline combination manufactured by ChromaDex.

Ambitious: But are True Start claims going too far for the NHCR?

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

By Shane STARLING

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

With the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) caffeine safety opinion finally published yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has called now for the ‘obvious conclusions’ to be drawn.

EFSA signs off on caffeine safety opinion without major changes

Science agency affirms safety at 400 mg daily for adults

EFSA adopts caffeine opinion

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted its opinion on the safe consumption of caffeine with little change to its controversial draft after a heated debate period.

There's still much to learn about the role of caffeine in the onset of Alzheimer's disease, say researchers

What do we know about caffeine and Alzheimer's?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

It is ‘imperative’ more research is conducted on the potential benefits of caffeine in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, say scientists.

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of caffeine a day from all sources and single doses of up to 200 mg for...

Tropical sports and energy drinks are 'another case of category blurring,' says Mintel analyst. Photo credit: Rebecca Siegel.

Tropical energy. A new kind of category blurring?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Both Red Bull and Lucozade Sport have launched tropical flavours of their sport and energy drinks – something Mintel says is another example of these sectors trying to slurp soft drink market share.

Huge potential for botanicals in energy drinks

Special edition: Botanicals

Huge potential for botanicals in energy drinks

By Niamh Michail

Consumers are looking for alternatives to artificial caffeine, meaning even greater opportunities for botanicals in the energy drink market, with small start-ups leading the way.

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