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April 24, 2012
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

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  • Beverage trends turn back to nature
    Consumers are still concerned about consuming too many calories in their tea, coffee and soft drinks, but additional concern about artificial sweeteners also has them seeking out drinks flavored with natural ingredients such as cane sugar and agave nectar, writes Food IQ's Cari Price. "Overall, in the beverage arena, consumers are beginning to understand that there is more to consider than calorie-count alone when selecting a better-for-you beverage. Taste and quality of ingredients are quickly becoming higher priorities." (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vita Coco cracks open a new look
    Coconut water brand Vita Coca is getting a new look, said CEO Mike Kirban. The new packaging will include an ingredients label that says "Coconut Water, Vitamin C and Less than 1% Natural Sugar," reflecting that sugar is being added to some batches for flavor consistency. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report notes continued growth in food-allergy products
    Research from Global Industry Analysts shows that the market for food for people with allergy or sensitivity will top $26.5 billion in the next five years. Growth will come from "increasing preference for wheat-free and gluten-free diets, advancements in diagnoses of allergies, improved labeling regulations, and also through the launch of innovative and appetizing products," the report says. FoodNavigator (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Organics sales increased 9.5% last year
    Sales of organic products rose 9.5% in 2011, to $31.5 billion, with food and drinks accounting for $29.22 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. "Price is still an issue, but with the wide availability of private-label products and many venues for organic products, they have many choices for where to shop and a variety of products from which to choose," said Executive Director and CEO Christine Bushway. Progressive Grocer (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links flavonoids to brain health
    A 20-year study of more than 130,000 people found reduced risk of Parkinson's disease in those who ate foods rich in flavonoids, including berries, herbs, nuts and red wine. Men showed the most benefit, with men eating the most flavonoids 40% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than men eating the least. Men's Health (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory and Legislative Update 
  • FDA's global strategies include better food-safety oversight
    The FDA outlined global mission strategies in this week's Global Engagement Report, detailing major food-safety initiatives overseas such as coordinating science-based standards and strengthening international offices. "As our world transforms and becomes increasingly globalized, we must come together in new, unprecedented, even unexpected, ways to build a public health safety net for consumers around the world," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ABA News 
  • The ABA tweets: Follow us on Twitter
    Now you can follow the ABA on Twitter! We keep you updated daily on the latest beverage industry news and bring you the information you need. Follow us today @Ameribev. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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