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Whey protein capitalizes on health benefits

Consumer awareness helps ingredient find its niche

With its associations to lean muscle mass and satiety claims, whey protein continues to be an ingredient of interest to beverage manufacturers. 


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Traditional flavors turn up the creativity

Trends include blending, natural and authentic

 Health and wellness properties continue to drive flavor choices for many beverage formulators as health-conscious consumers are realizing that in addition to various health benefits, beverages also can be refreshing and flavorful. 


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Formulators offer masking solutions for health and wellness beverages

Masking solutions for health and wellness beverages

More beverages are being developed with functional health properties and lower calories. 


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Toasting to a healthy heart

Toasting to a healthy heart

 Heart disease continues to be a major health concern in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.  


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Weight loss claims take on new shape

Ingredients bring functionality to more categories

Whether it’s reported in the news media, discussed by the office water cooler or written about in blogs, consumers are at no loss for information about the obesity crisis that is affecting the United States. 


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Sweeteners help companies cut back

Natural, artificial and blended solutions reduce calories, costs

Whether it’s to enhance flavor profiles, reduce calories or to mask the off-notes of added vitamins and minerals, beverage manufacturers continue to turn to sweeteners to help produce products that appeal to consumers’ taste preferences. 


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Marketplace growing for bone health

 The 1980s commercial tagline: “Milk. It does a body good” helped to educate the American population about the health benefits of milk. However, the wellness-boosting nutrients found in milk, such as calcium and vitamin D, are not limited to what you find in the dairy aisle at the local grocery store.  


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Organic and natural holding strong

Natural claims show higher growth potential
Consumer awareness about healthy food and beverage choices continues to grow and benefit the natural and organic beverage market.
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Fortification increasing on the shelf

Manufacturers roll out fortified beverages
Advancements in soluble fibers have given beverage developers a whole new set of tools for delivering products that help to fill the fiber gap. Although even the savviest of consumers might not know the difference between inulin and oligofructose, they are beginning to explore the growing number of fiber-rich options available outside of the bread and snack bar categories.
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Understanding fiber fortification

Myriad options available for enhancing drinks
In a broad sense, You’ve probably heard fiber categorized as insoluble and soluble, but the classifications are even more complex. Fiber can be subcategorized in a number of ways including by viscosity, fermentability, physiological effect, source or chemical structure. Understanding fiber through these various lenses is the key to producing products that can speak to today’s consumers, experts note.
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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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