Beverages with benefits
Refrigerated juices and functional drinks are expected to make an even bigger splash in the coming years, according to the research from the Specialty Food Association and Mintel. Mushrooms, turmeric and coconut oil are among ingredients predicted to pop up in more ready-to-drink coffees and teas.
At the Summer Fancy Food Show, probiotics were featured in iced tea, coconut water, lemonade and cold-brew coffee. A new apple cider vinegar beverage from Vermont Village is spiked with collagen, which is linked to skin and joint health.
Another emerging ingredient in beverage innovation is cannabidiol, already a rising star in the supplement industry. This compound of cannabis does not produce psychoactive effects and is heralded for various health benefits. An exhibitor at the Fancy Food Show, Vera Roasting Co. offers organic coffee blends infused with CBD, plus resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes and berries.
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