Future Flavors

Moringa dominates kale and matcha across nutrient categories like antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Moringa stands out among superfoods at Fancy Food

By Beth Newhart

Known in ancient cultures as the 'tree of life,' moringa has grown into the western food and beverage industries, following the pattern of others like matcha. More competitors are now entering the market, and infiltrating the mainstream tea...

Mingle drinks are less carbonated than soda, and an ideal alternative for someone seeking an ‘upscale’ non-alcoholic beverage.

Mingle Mocktails wants to make drinking occasions 'fun for everyone'

By Beth Newhart

At the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, Philadelphia-based Mingle Mocktails expanded its range of upscale alcohol alternatives with the launch of Blood Orange Elderflower. Founder Laura Taylor said the time is ripe for mocktails brands like hers...

Are avocados the future of tea?

By Beth Newhart

A couple of ‘accidental avocado farmers’ from California found a better use for the leaves of avocado trees than grinding and trashing them--hot tea. Now they are bagging and flavoring the tea to be sold worldwide, launching this summer.

Rwanda's climate conditions, good soil and high elevation make it an optimal tea-growing location.

3 Mountains sees the potential for premium, on draft tea

By Beth Newhart

Independent craft tea brand 3 Mountains is betting on consumers’ interest in premium beverages and social change with its new Silverback Draft Tea, available in kegs and cans. It showcased the concept at last week’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York...

What’s new in beverage at the Fancy Food Show?

What’s new in beverage at the Fancy Food Show?

By Beth Newhart

The Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) Summer Fancy Food Show took place in New York City last week. Some top specialty beverage categories in the US are tea, coffee, hot cocoa and plant-based milks, with overall specialty sales making up 16.1% of the...

There’s been an upswing in the craft mocktail market, spurring the drive to skip the booze. Pic: Getty/Erik Wieder

Will ‘canna-curious’ adults ever ditch alcohol?

By Beth Newhart

US adults are drinking less and picking up low ABV drinks or alcohol alternatives. Cannabis is potentially the biggest market looking to snap up that audience, but can alcohol be replaced?

Beverage producers are working with international spices more because of their health benefits and function, rather than taste. Pic: Getty/oleksajewicz

Global flavor fusion dominates drink trends at IFT

By Beth Newhart

More consumers are prioritizing authentic, local food and drink when they travel, and are keen to experience global flavors at home as well. At IFT 2019, international fusion was on display with unique ingredient innovations.

Bartek displays brand relaunch at IFT

By Beth Newhart

On its 50th anniversary in business, Bartek Ingredients debuted a brand relaunch at the 2019 Institute of Food Technologists show (IFT) in New Orleans. The Canada-based company manufactures malic and fumaric acid for use in beverages and confectionery.

“The technology allows the craft side of coffee to replicate what’s so exciting about experiencing unique coffee.”

Shelf-stable RAIN tech could change the canned coffee space

By Beth Newhart

A concern in the RTD beverage industry is maintaining freshness and quality with a long shelf life. Special, crafted drinks like cold brew coffee struggle with this the most, but brewing technology from BKON is now extending product drinkability.

“People want to avoid calories and sugar, but they also don’t necessarily want the current options that are out there in artificial.” Pic: Cargill

EverSweet fights stevia aftertaste with fermentation

By Beth Newhart

Cargill thinks the future ‘looks bright’ for stevia in beverages thanks to fermentation that extracts the smaller, sweeter compounds in the leaf. It’s been one year since Cargill launched its zero-calorie EverSweet ingredient with the technology.

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