Health and wellness

Experts don't buy new Pepsi’s fat-busting claims

Experts don't buy new Pepsi’s fat-busting claims

By RJ Whitehead

“I know what people are thinking as they head out for a Big Mac, large fries and cola: why not make it a lighter meal and opt for diet- or zero-calorie Coke—or now, a Pepsi Special?” reasons Rashi Chowdhary, a Dubai-based nutritionist. 

The art of soft drinks: Euromonitor charts world consumption trends

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The art of soft drinks: Euromonitor charts world consumption trends

By Ben Bouckley

Speaking to BeverageDaily.com at InterBev in Las Vegas, Euromonitor International analysts Claire Moulin and Jonas Feliciano characterize the world’s shifting taste in soft drinks in art history terms.

'Unique' bottle dosing and dispensing cap boosts brand visibility: Tap the Cap

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'Unique' bottle dosing and dispensing cap boosts brand visibility: Tap the Cap

By Ben Bouckley

Tap The Cap is a universal dosing and dispensing cap pre-filled with powder that offers firms a branding platform, since consumers can use it to 'enhance' their favorite bottled water in numerous ways, the system's founder and co-inventor, Chris...

'Jackpot justice' legal claims: Firewall strategies for beverage brands

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'Jackpot justice' legal claims: Firewall strategies for beverage brands

By Ben Bouckley

Renowned attorney Justin Prochnow talks to Ben Bouckley in Las Vegas about the threat class actions pose to beverage brands, from 'all natural' cases to a new wave of flavor characterization claims, and firewall strategies firms can use to scupper...

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Big beverage players were ‘stuck behind the 8 ball’ on HFCS – Consultant

By Ben Bouckley

Martin Concannon, founder and MD of Kentucky-based consultancy, Lafayette Associates, tells BeverageDaily.com how the media firestorm that followed High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in recent years was in part whipped-up by social media following a 2004...

Downsize me: Will NYC-style portion curbs help battle the bulge?

Downsize me: Will NYC-style portion curbs help battle the bulge?

By Elaine WATSON

The row over Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial plan to curb sales of super-size sodas in New York City has intensified with the publication of new research debating the role that sugary drinks play in the nation’s expanding waistline.

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Stevia sweetened Pepsi NEXT hits Australia in cola first

By Ben Bouckley

Pepsi NEXT has been launched in Australia, but intriguingly the drink has been formulated with stevia for this market to achieve a 30% sugar reduction, rather than the 60% effected with other sweeteners in the US.

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Goddess Energy flirts with hoodia in energy drink

By Ben Bouckley

US firm Goddess Energy has launched an energy drink for women called Flirt, which is on East Coast sale as a dietary supplement with one interesting appetite-suppressing bioactive, Hoodia Gordonii.

Top analyst predicts FDA wriggle room in supplement-beverage guidance

Top analyst predicts FDA wriggle room in supplement-beverage guidance

By Ben Bouckley

With the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) poised to publish guidance on distinguishing between beverages and liquid dietary supplements, one analyst tells BeverageDaily.com he doesn’t see the agency cracking down too hard on traditional energy drinks.

Coke takes first steps in bold new US beverage world

Coke takes first steps in bold new US beverage world

By Ben Bouckley

As the Coca-Cola Company launches a new range of water flavor enhancers under its Dasani brand from October allowing US consumers to personalize tastes, a top drinks analyst suggests it will take the nation time to get used to uncommon beverage concentrates.

Monster faces a new 'Ruckus in the Rockies 2012', this time with hip-hop combo the Beastie Boys

Monster faces new 'Ruckus in the Rockies' as Beastie Boys sue

By Ben Bouckley

Monster Beverage Corporation faces a new legal scrap with hip-hop combo The Beastie Boys, and says it cannot predict the business effects of another action filed by an unnamed state attorney general’s office in July.

ABA attacks 'clear bias' of BMJ on sports drinks

ABA attacks 'clear bias' of BMJ on sports drinks

By Ben Bouckley

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has lashed out at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) for a critical article series on sports drinks, and said the journal showed bias in overlooking 'widely accepted' research thereon.

Del Monte says yes to stevia drinks

Del Monte says yes to stevia drinks

By Rod Addy

Del Monte has launched a Naturally Light low calorie range in the UK using stevia as a sweetener, containing only half the sugar and calories of standard fruit juice and juice drinks.

Iced tea contains a high level of oxalate, which can increase the risk of kidney stones, warns Milner.

Iced tea consumption linked to kidney stones

By Nathan Gray

High consumption of iced tea drinks could be linked to the formation of kidney stones – especially in those who are at high risk of the painful disorder – warns one researcher.

Top energy drink delays ‘wound closure': US study

Top energy drink delays ‘wound closure': US study

By Ben Bouckley

A study analyzing the effects of dosing cultured animal cells with energy drinks has found that they delayed wound closure, but not due to the combined or isolated effects of major ingredients caffeine, taurine and glucose.

Focus on cognitive health claims intensifies

Focus on cognitive benefits builds

By Rod Addy

Interest in cognitive benefits and claims is building in the food industry, with continued work to strengthen the science behind them, according to a leading nutritionist.

Sunkist is one of the 'Core 5' brands that DPS is trialing under its TEN banner

Dr Pepper Snapple insists it can sustain TEN growth

By Ben Bouckley

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) insists that it can continue to grow Dr Pepper TEN volumes as it laps the low calorie soda’s launch, and is encouraged by 10-calorie test market results using other brands.

Odwalla launches first ever US organic product line

Odwalla launches first ever US organic product line

By Ben BOUCKLEY

Coca-Cola Company subsidiary Odwalla is launching its first ever organic vegetable and fruit juice line in the US, as it seeks to tap renewed growth in the segment, and has secured USDA Organic Seal approval for the products.

Lucozade Sports range: It's efficaciousness has been questioned even though its category won EFSA health claims

EFSA stands by methods after Oxford Uni attack

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was not spared in Oxford University’s desecration of the science backing the sports nutrition sector yesterday – but it has defended its methods.

Lucozade Sport: Body fuel. But where is the body of evidence? the BMJ and BBC have asked.

BMJ slams sports nutrition & EFSA; Glaxo defends 40 years of science

By Shane Starling and Ben Bouckley

On the eve of the Olympics, Oxford University academics writing in the British Medical Journal – in conjunction with the BBC Panorama documentary team – have damned sports nutrition products like GlaxoSmithKline’s Lucozade Sport for lacking scientific...