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Energy drinks and shots

Energy drinks and shots

Politicians and regulators have energy drinks and shots firmly in their sights, with industry critics citing extensive safety concerns over the products. With so much happening with energy drinks and shots, from innovations to class actions, we bring you all the news from this controversial high-value sector. 

Future foods could mimic exercise benefits, claim Nestlé scientists

Future food and nutritional products could use the enzyme AMPK to mimic the effects of exercise on metabolism, Nestlé researchers have claimed.

Special edition: functional foods

Pill fatigue is driving innovation in space between functional foods and supplements, experts say

Is pill fatigue just a marketing ploy? No, say many experts in the field.  It’s a real phenomenon and it’s driving both dosage form innovation and the movement of bioactives...

Insights from SupplySide West

New ingredient set to give caffeine a run for its money, supplier says

Ingredient supplier Compound Solutions has introduced a nature identical version of theacrine branded as TeaCrine. The ingredient offers benefits over caffeine, the mainstay of energy formulations, the company says.

Insights from Supply Side West

'Fitness' trumps 'sports' in terms of marketing opportunities, AIDP says

Sports nutrition has been a growth driver in the dietary supplement sphere, but one ingredient supplier believes the category can impose a constricting mindset on formulators that can blind them...

Coffee genome sequenced: Researchers drink to greater caffeine control

Reducing, enhancing or even eliminating caffeine content in coffee plants will be possible in the near future researchers are saying after completing the genomic map of the coffee plant Coffea canephora....

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: FOCUS ON CREATINE SCIENCE

‘Get ripped like Rambo and smart like Picasso!’ VPX rips up sports drink rulebook

VPX/Redline CEO Jack Owoc tells Sports Nutrition 2014 delegates how to create a creatine-based sports/energy drink that’s 'omnipresent enough to crush Red Bull, Powerade and Monster'.

SPORTS NUTRITION 2014: A STARK WARNING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

‘You think Red Bull’s just gonna roll over? It’s not gonna happen!’ Expert warns wannabes

Beverage brand development guru James Tonkin has warned wannabe entrepreneurs that going up against established brands such as Red Bull and Coca-Cola without some kind of ‘silo vertical’ protection is...

News in brief

Arsenal FC scores speaking slot at Sports Nutrition 2014

Sports Nutrition 2014 explores the market and future opportunities for the sports nutrition industry, valued at more than $30bn globally, and you can join the action for free!

400 representative products tested for 4-mei levels

FDA to conduct more tests, but has “no reason to believe” that 4-mei from caramel colors poses health risks at current intake levels

UPDATED Aug 22: The FDA has conducted new tests to determine exposure to 4-mei (4-Methylimidazole) via consumption of products containing caramel colors III and IV, and plans more to assess...

Europe's largest thin film manufacturer looks to make splash in US market

BioFilm Ltd., a Scottish manufacturer of thin dissolving films, is expanding its offerings into the US, believing that it has the production and formulation capability to transform what has been...

You’ll regret it in the morning: Review suggests alcohol-caffeine combo does not ‘mask’ intoxication

Mixing alcohol with energy drinks or other caffeinated beverages across different doses may not alter the awareness of intoxication as previously suggested, according to a meta-analysis.

Energy shot maker bases product on timed-release caffeine technology

LXR Biotech has launched a timed-release energy shot using a recently-developed beadlet technology in a bid to capture more of the energy shot market. 

Caffeine taken during training and even in small doses may boost sports performance: Researcher

Already one of the most widely-used stimulants in sport, recent research suggests there may be greater scope for caffeine to be used in a wider range of sports as well...

News in brief

Markets reject Ackman's attack, send Herbalife shares up 25%

Activist investor William Ackman’s much publicized webinar on Herbalife, which he characterized as a ‘death blow’ to the company, turned out to be anything but.  The company’s share price rose...

'WE WILL FIGHT TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST CIVIL INTIMIDATION': 5-HOUR ENERGY

‘5-Hour Energy’s simply a caffeine delivery device’: Washington AG savages $1bn brand

Washington state attorneys insist that 5-Hour Energy wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for its caffeine content in a fierce attack on the credibility of America’s top-selling shot.

Should Argentina's Messi have ditched the sports drink in the second half? Study casts doubt on soccer blood sugar effect

Drinking a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage before and during a match did not help UK Championship trainee soccer players maintain blood sugar concentrations during the second half according to a new study.

CSPI calls for warning letters on energy drinks, but are the numbers accurate?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require warning labels on energy drink containers notifying consumers of the risk of...

Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive...

Infographic

Protein still sports nutrition king, but watch out

Protein is still the bedrock of sports nutrition says Euromonitor, but non-protein products are expected to grow faster in several important global markets like Australia, Canada and Indonesia.

Industry applauds FDA's release of final version of liquid dietary supplements guidance

After a four-year delay, FDA has at last released a final version of its guidance on liquid dietary supplements.  The document doesn’t much change the line of thinking offered in...

Prochnow: GMPs, NDIs and liquid supplements among prominent regulatory concerns for 2014

Attorney Justin Prochnow has made a career of reading the FDA tea leaves for his clients. As the industry enters 2014, he sees a long-term trend of GMP enforcement and...

2013’s top regulatory, policy & enforcement news

From warning letters to GMO labeling and FSMA, it’s been a busy year for the regulatory people. In this special gallery we review the top regulatory, policy & enforcement headlines...

Energy brand ‘buzz’ bounces back but can momentum continue into 2014?

Changes in marketing direction and a quiet year with lawsuits have seen three big players in the energy category bounce back in the eyes of consumers, but what does 2014...

Energy drink study leader: We did not state that a short-term increase in heart contraction rate is a health concern

The lead researcher behind a high-profile paper showing energy drinks increase heart contraction rates has rejected claims by Monster Beverage Corp that the paper is ‘alarmist’ and stressed that “whether...

FDA to outline where a liquid supplement ends and a conventional food and beverage begins

The FDA is preparing to finalize guidance clarifying the often hazy dividing line between liquid supplements and conventional beverages and foods as the debate over the proliferation of caffeine-containing products...