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Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

In 2015 global volumes of energy drinks reached 8.8 billion litres – up 10% from the previous year despite political turmoil around the sector. ©iStock/Elisanth_

Saliva test strips help consumers, athletes optimize NO levels

Berkeley Test has firmed up the IP surrounding its nitric oxide testing method with the grant of a US patent. The test, which has already been used by athletes and trainers, can help mainstream consumers validate improvements in their diet and metabolic health, a company exec said.

Coffee drinking habits could be genetic, study finds

Why do some people need to drink more coffee to feel the same effect? It could be down to a gene that controls cells' ability to process caffeine, scientists have found.

Beetroot juice helps muscle recovery, but not through antioxidants

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise can reduce muscle pain and improve recovery, but does not improve real-world performance, according to a study also showing no benefit from antioxidants.

Robuvit supplementation may improve triathlete performance

Supplementation of Robuvit for two weeks cut amateur triathletes' total event times by 11%, researchers in Italy suggested.

FoodProfiler: The NPD app that tracks the 'what, when and why' of consumer food choices

The launch of Dutch app FoodProfiler marks a new method in tracking consumer eating habits, and can be used by industry to tailor new product development (NPD), say its developers.

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