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‘Health,’ ‘Naturalness’ and ‘Energy’ the Buzzwords for New Beverages

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‘Health,’ ‘Naturalness’ and ‘Energy’ the Buzzwords for New Beverages

‘Health,’ ‘Naturalness’ and ‘Energy’ the Buzzwords for New Beverages
January 17
12:38 2011

Rising consumer interest in health and naturalness is being strongly reflected in new product activity in the global soft drinks market. According to Innova Market Insights, 60% of the soft drinks launches recorded globally in 2010 had a health positioning of some sort. This was primarily in terms of ‘passive health’ (food minus), although over 20% of products were launched with an active health (food plus) message of some kind.

“Interest in health is clearly not the only factor driving soft drinks product activity, but it has become highly significant in indicating potential future market directions, both globally and regionally,” says LuAnn Williams, head of research at Innova Market Insights. “While hydration and refreshment remain key to the market, many traditional soft drinks categories such as carbonates, are maturing, and there is rising interest in newer, often higher-value-added lines offering additional benefits, which increasingly seem to include healthier options.”

The most popular health-related claims recorded by Innova Market Insights during 2010 were undoubtedly concerned with ‘naturalness’ and freedom from artificial additives and preservatives. This encompassed a wide range of products, led by juices and water, which tend to be seen as inherently fairly natural. Over 20% of launches recorded by Innova Market Insights were marketed as free from additives and preservatives, while well over 10% were marketed as natural. Combining the two categories resulted in nearly one-third of total soft drinks launches using either one or both claims.

The more traditional health-related area of low-calorie or diet drinks also continued to receive considerable attention, with reduced-sugar, sugar-free and no-added-sugar lines taking second place overall in terms of health claims, ahead of low-calorie products. Over one-fifth of launches were positioned as either low-calorie or sugar-free/reduced-sugar/no-added sugar or both. The next place, but at a distance, went to drinks marketed as containing antioxidants, used on about 6% of the 2010 drinks launches recorded by Innova Market Insights; just under half of which were juices and juice drinks.

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