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Vegetable flavors trending for beverages because of healthy halo

Sweet-and-spicy combinations add new twist to previous flavor trends
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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In contrast with last year’s indulgent flavor trends, beverages this year are shifting to reflect consumer interest in health and wellness.


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Beverages containing immunity-supporting ingredients expected to increase

Peer-reviewed clinical studies important for efficacy, label claims
By Jessica Jacobsen
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When it comes to viral infections like the common cold or influenza, washing one’s hands is one of the most common forms of prevention recommended from institutions like Mayo Clinic or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Beauty and anti-aging ingredients grow in beverage applications

Multiple age groups demanding beverages to reverse aging process
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In three years, nearly half of the U.S. population will be 50 years of age or older, and they will control 70 percent of disposable income in the country, according to a recent webinar titled “Aging well: How to win with the growing and lucrative segment of health-focused seniors,” hosted by Todd Hale, senior vice president of consumer and shopper insights for Nielsen, New York.


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Natural energy ingredients trend continues

Health halo of natural energy ingredients boosts consumer acceptance
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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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Sweetener usage changes with consumer preferences

Consumers look for natural sweeteners that don't compromise on taste
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In recent years, consumer concerns about sugar intake have created a macrotrend of healthier beverages. As a result, the beverage industry has seen natural sweeteners like stevia evolve and become more widely used.


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Consumers seek fiber ingredients they can feel, not taste

Live probiotic ingredients take organic to a new level
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Although consuming something that’s alive might sound like a challenge from NBC’s “Fear Factor” TV show, probiotic beverages introduce consumers’ digestive systems to beneficial live cultures in a more appetizing way.


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Beverage sweeteners stevia and erythritol use on the rise

Masking agents overpower associated off-notes with these beverage ingredients
By Jessica Jacobsen
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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
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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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
By Jessica Jacobsen
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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
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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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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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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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