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Does color influence beverage flavor?

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

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.

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

 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

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

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

 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

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

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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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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