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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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Stevia sweetens the deal

Overcoming off-notes and mastering low-calorie drinks.
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Although Valentine’s Day has passed, stevia is still “whispering sweet nothings” into consumers’ ears. As a natural, zero-calorie sweetener that’s sweeter than sugar, stevia is capitalizing on consumer demand for natural and healthy beverages.


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Cognitive health ingredients offer short- and long-term benefits

By Jessica Jacobsen
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 Doctors and nutritionists commonly stress the importance of a balanced diet and exercise for a healthy body, but more research is supporting the importance of a healthy brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, as many as 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia that involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language and affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.  


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Formulating a potion for beauty and anti-aging beverages

By Jennifer Haderspeck
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The classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” teaches people that beauty comes from within. 


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2012 New Product Development Survey

Forecasting a year of healthful introductions
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Healthy and natural attributes 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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Vitamins, minerals fulfill a variety of functions

By Jessica Jacobsen
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 In the “Schoolhouse Rock!” episode “The Energy Blues,” an animated globe sang “Sometimes I think I’m runnin’ out of energy.”  


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Formulating with natural colors

By Stephanie Cernivec
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On a typical episode of culinary TV show “Masterchef,” home chefs work hard to create something delicious for renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. 


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Whey protein capitalizes on health benefits

Consumer awareness helps ingredient find its niche
By Jessica Jacobsen
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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
By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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 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
By Elizabeth Fuhrman
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More beverages are being developed with functional health properties and lower calories. 


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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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