Health and wellness

New DEHP water limit will not cost consumers: FDA

New DEHP water limit will not cost consumers: FDA

By Ben Bouckley

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists its new maximum allowable levels for the chemical di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in bottled water will not raise costs for consumers.

Fitness Edge contains juice, skim milk, whey protein and electrolytes

Interview: Mark Gottsacker, president, Global Bottling Partners

Smoothly does it. The secret to success in protein beverages

By Elaine Watson

Protein beverages can have mass market appeal if firms get the formulation right, keep calories down and refocus marketing efforts on the people that are actually drinking their products, rather than the people they think are drinking them, according...

Alkaline diets do not deliver substantiated cancer, diabetic or other benefits, the ASA concludes

UK watchdog censors alkaline diet cancer claims

By Shane Starling

Claims that an ‘alkaline diet’ based around consumption of vegetable and grain powdered beverages could benefit cancer sufferers and diabetics have been rapped by the UK advertising watchdog.

Coca-Cola VitaminWater mediation to be rescheduled

Coca-Cola VitaminWater mediation to be rescheduled

By Elaine Watson

Mediation between Coca-Cola and The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) over legal challenges to Coca-Cola’s VitaminWater range has been delayed following the launch of a new 'copycat’ lawsuit against the soft drinks giant.

ANSES says evidence not yet strong enough to back UTI health claim

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

By Shane Starling

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

By Shane Starling

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government body backed a version of the DMAC...

Electrolysed water not proven to benefit Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), osteoporosis, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, blood pressure, allergies, hayfever, Athlete’s Foot, degenerative diseases and gout, rules the ASA

UK company to fight ASA antioxidant water ad ban

By Shane Starling

The UK company behind a high pH, electrolysed water product says it fully expected the advertising watchdog to rule against its cancer, ageing and other claims, and will appeal.

Probiotic academic: ‘Just add water to probiotic health claims’

Probiotic academic: ‘Just add water to probiotic health claims’

By Shane Starling

A leading probiotics researcher says the ongoing uncertainty about endpoints and biomarkers in European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim evaluations, means the best chance for probiotic products to make claims is to combine them with nutrients...

A staple of Indian tribes

Acai juice shows joint health potential: Monavie study

By Stephen Daniells

A daily glass of acai juice was associated with a reduction in joint pain measures, and this was correlated with improved blood antioxidant levels, says a new study using MonaVie Active.

EFSA rejects claim linking calcium-fortified juices and tooth demineralisation

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINIONS

EFSA rejects health claims for fruit juice, water

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority health claims panel has turned in two negative opinions for separate claims that sought to link calcium-fortified fruit juice and tooth demineralisation; and water consumption and dehydration.

Lipid Nutrition withdraws Oz/NZ CLA Novel Foods application

Lipid Nutrition withdraws Oz/NZ CLA Novel Foods application

By Shane Starling

Dutch-based Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) player, Lipid Nutrition, has withdrawn its CLA Novel Foods application in Australia and New Zealand due to the two countries’ policy to reduce all trans fatty acids (TFAs) in the diet.

Body shaping and toning is the predominate CLA claim, although to date, EFSA's health claims panel has not accepted CLA claim-backing science

CLA gains EU hearing as Novel Foods status beckons

By Shane Starling

Nine months after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) handed in a positive safety assessment for conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), the weight management ingredient will be assessed by the European Commission as it continues its protracted journey...

Ocean Spray will kick off its next concentrate auction with prices between $16.58 and $17.85 per gallon

Ocean Spray adopts dairy model for cranberry auctions

By Shane Starling

Ocean Spray will change its auction policies to add certainty to opening prices the cranberry leader said after closing its latest cranberry concentrate auction that saw prices rise 17 percent over three selling periods.

UK watchdog raps Coke Vitaminwater ads

UK watchdog raps Coke Vitaminwater ads

By Shane Starling

UK advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has ruled against Coca-Cola Vitaminwater adverts for the second time in 18 months.

POM Wonderful wants action in the courts sooner rather than later

POM Wonderful urges court ruling on FTC claims dispute

By Shane Starling

Californian-based pomegranate juice leader POM Wonderful has filed a motion in a Washington DC District Court urging a ruling on its September action against Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claims policing policies.

Probiotic drinks and juices may still be a category to watch in 2011

Probiotic drinks are still a category to watch

By Guy Montague-Jones

European launches of probiotic drinks may have declined in recent years but analysts remain confident that the category still has strong global potential.

Not even the economic slump could dent the digestive health category

“Feeling the benefit” guides 2011 trends

By Shane Starling

Products that deliver physiological benefits quickly such as those benefitting gut health or boosting energy – will be the most important trend for 2011, according to a new report.

Wild discusses positioning of adult soft drinks

Wild discusses positioning of adult soft drinks

By Guy Montague-Jones

At Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, Germany, we caught up with Fabiana Matucci, senior VP for strategic business units at Wild, to discuss the opportunities adult soft drinks present to different beverage companies.

Gefilus going global?

Valio set to take probiotic juice global

By Shane Starling

Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier Valio is planning to expand the reach of its probiotic juice Gefilus as interest in the sector intensifies.