Appearing in the June 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the "Trends in Obesity Among Adults in the United States, 2005 to 2014” study concluded that the prevalence of obesity was 35 percent among men and 40 percent among women in 2013-2014, while an increased prevalence was found among women, but not men, during the 2005-2014 timeframe.
The majority of consumers do not plan on changing their dining out behaviors this year; on top of that, the entire restaurant industry is projected to grow, Chicago-based Mintel explains in its January report “Dining Out: A 2016 Look Ahead.”
With summer finally here, I have adopted a “no excuses” mantra in my quest to shed some weight and get healthy. I’ve been munching carrots instead of chips, drinking more water and resuming my regular walking routine. And when my son uses the “D” word, as in “diet,” I tell him it’s not about diet and deprivation but, rather, it’s about adopting a healthier overall lifestyle.
Beverages, especially carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), are an essential part of the vending channel’s success. Although the vending industry faces challenges, like complying with new government regulations and trying to meet consumer health-and-wellness demands, industry experts say that the vending channel is poised for growth.
Antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, electrolytes, fiber — whichever attribute it is, consumers have come to expect their beverages to feature a functional aspect. As the macrotrend of better-for-you and functional beverages continues to thrive, more products are being launched that target consumers’ digestive health concerns.
It’s no secret that the beverage industry has evolved during the past decade or so. With new demands from consumers, beverage-makers
have developed new products that provide function, low or no calories and flavor.
For the past several years, the beverage industry has faced an evolution in consumer demand. A consumer drive toward maintaining overall health and wellness has impacted several categories, particularly carbonated soft drinks (CSDs).
Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying, “Coffee — the favorite drink of the civilized world.” Today, coffee remains a favorite beverage and flavor in the United States. As such, beverage-makers are using the flavor within a plethora of categories, including ready-to-drink (RTD) coffees, spirits and craft beers.