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Beverage-makers find the right performance ingredients for victory

Performance drink ingredients give athletes an extra boost
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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
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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
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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
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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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Weight management ingredients battle obesity epidemic

Helping consumers drink away the pounds
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Although some segments of the beverage industry often are associated with the obesity epidemic in America, more than half of consumers believe they are responsible for their own weight, according to research by The Hartman Group, Bellevue, Wash.


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Sweetener blending helps reduce calories, enhance taste

Consumers more concerned with amount of sweeteners than type
By Jessica Jacobsen
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In the ballad “The Sweetest Thing,” the pop rock band U2 sang about how love is the sweetest thing, but when it comes to the beverage market, the sweetest thing also is the biggest thing. Across 13 ingredient categories, sweeteners accounted for 85 percent of the 46.4 million tons of ingredients used in beverages in 2011, according to an April 2013 report by Chicago-based Euromonitor International titled “Beverage Ingredients: Trends and Influences.”


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IFT hosts annual meeting and food expo

R&D show provides networking, educational opportunities.
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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) will host its annual meeting and food expo July 13-16 at McCormick Place South in Chicago. The event invites food science and technology professionals to attend and learn about the newest products, trends, tools and techniques in the ingredient, equipment, processing and packaging sectors as well as the companies behind them. More than 1,000 exhibitors are scheduled to present at this year’s expo.


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Digestive health ingredients get ‘gutsy’

Digestive health drinks follow wellness trend’s lead.
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Across the globe, consumers continue to seek more nutritional foods, beverages and supplements in order to improve their digestive health, according to a report by DuPont Nutrition & Health, Reigate, United Kingdom. As a result, digestive health is the largest segment of the functional foods market in Europe, Japan and South America, and it is on its way to becoming the largest functional segment in the United States as well, the report states.


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Does color influence beverage flavor?

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Researchers at D.D. Williamson conducted an informal taste test with students between the ages of 16 and 18 to determine whether the color of a beverage impacts its flavor perception.


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A natural alternative for energy

Energy ingredients found in nature gain traction
By Jessica Jacobsen
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There is no shortage of new product launches within the energy drink and shot sector. According to the Netherlands-based Innova Market Insights’ database, 124 energy drink and shot products launched in the United States in 2012. Of those product launches, energy/alertness was the top health positioning.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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