R&D Features

Natural energy ingredients trend continues

Health halo of natural energy ingredients boosts consumer acceptance
April 10, 2014

Americans seem to be busier than ever. The average work day is 8.6 hours, according to Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Interactive, and 39 percent of Americans between the ages of 19 and 36 report that they do not have enough leisure time, according to Chicago-based Mintel.


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Beverage sweeteners stevia and erythritol use on the rise

Masking agents overpower associated off-notes with these beverage ingredients
March 14, 2014

Whether for new product launches or reformulations, natural zero-calorie sweeteners like stevia and erythritol are gaining ground in the beverage market, says Melanie Goulson, sweetness applications leader for Cargill, Minneapolis.


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Consumers seek science-backed cognitive health ingredients

Beverages keep up with healthy aging trends
February 14, 2014

Games like Nintendo’s Brain Age and websites like lumosity.com can help users exercise their brains to keep them in tip-top shape while making cognitive training fun.


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2013 New Product Development Survey

Traditional flavors continue to dominate
January 10, 2014

When it comes to the latest trends, “healthy” and “natural” continue to top the list of consumer needs and interests for beverages, according to respondents of Beverage Industry’s annual New Product Development Survey.


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Fortification ingredients get condition-specific

Vitamins, minerals address consumers' functional needs
December 16, 2013

The existence of daily, weekly, monthly and even fashionable pill-organizing containers is enough to prove that taking multiple pills a day has become routine for many consumers.


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Finding the right color for a beverage

Beverage-makers coordinate colors with flavors
November 15, 2013

Whether red, brown or blue, beverage colors play a large role in impacting consumers’ perceptions of a product.


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Beverage-makers find the right performance ingredients for victory

Performance drink ingredients give athletes an extra boost
October 16, 2013

Similar to how Popeye the Sailor Man consumed spinach to fuel his strength to save the day, many athletes turn to performance beverages to fuel their performance and help put them on the path to victory.


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Beverage-makers incorporate sweet, spicy and savory flavors

Beverage market turns to foods for flavor inspiration
September 16, 2013

Although flavor-of-the-month programs often can be found in ice cream shops, alcohol beverages might be taking a cue from the channel.


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Beverage formulations to alleviate generational health concerns

Defining the preferences of boomers, Xers and millennials
August 16, 2013

In The Who’s 1965 rock song “My Generation,” the group sang about how older generations did not seem to understand its generation. Today, beverage research and development (R&D) experts are trying to change this notion by better understanding generational demographics for baby boomers, Generation Xers and millennials (also known as Generation Y) and formulating products that fit their nutritional and lifestyle needs.


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Botanicals take beverages back to nature

Ingredients showcase function with a natural positioning
August 16, 2013

In the United States, instant gratification has become commonplace thanks to technologies like smartphones and the Internet, but functional drinks also are making it a staple in the beverage industry.


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International Pineapple Day at Bahama Breeze

In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Available On Demand Learn how to reduce costs and energy use by enabling high oil load emulsions, eliminating the need for weighting agents like brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

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