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Beauty and anti-aging ingredients grow in beverage applications

Multiple age groups demanding beverages to reverse aging process
July 16, 2014

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
July 1, 2014

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
June 16, 2014

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
May 16, 2014

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
March 14, 2014

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
February 14, 2014

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
January 10, 2014

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
December 16, 2013

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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Finding the right color for a beverage

Beverage-makers coordinate colors with flavors
November 15, 2013

Whether red, brown or blue, beverage colors play a large role in impacting consumers’ perceptions of a product.


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Beverage-makers find the right performance ingredients for victory

Performance drink ingredients give athletes an extra boost
October 16, 2013

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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Wine Riot - Chicago

Second Glass hosted Wine Riot in Chicago on May 2 and 3. Wine Riot offered attendees an all-access pass to hundreds of new wines as well as multiple educational sessions about different wine styles and varietals. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Crafting growth: A look into the bourgeoning craft beer market

Learn how the beer segment is performing and where it is heading, what to consider before expanding your markets and innovations that are captivating consumer audiences.

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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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