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Tea genome: How a single leaf can produce so many flavours

By RJ Whitehead

Despite tea’s immense cultural and economic significance, relatively little is known about the shrub behind the tea leaves. Yet news of the first mapping of the tea tree genome may help explain how tea leaves are so rich in antioxidants and caffeine,...

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India

FSSAI orders energy drinks to comply to regulations

By RJ Whitehead

India’s food regulator is gearing up to impose a limit on caffeine contained in energy drinks. From July 1, manufacturers will be compelled to comply with FSSAI regulations, according to a notification published last week.

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Sector to grow 40% by 2020

The world’s unquenchable thirst for energy drinks

By Shane STARLING

Global sales of energy drinks hit €38.2 billion last year and will be worth €53.4bn in 2020 according to Euromonitor International, even as regulatory winds blow ill beneath the sector's wings. 

URC Vietnam investigated for excess lead in soft drinks

URC Vietnam investigated for excess lead in soft drinks

By RJ Whitehead

Vietnam’s health ministry has blocked the sale of five containers of green tea and energy drinks manufactured by the local unit of a leading Philippines food and beverage firm, claiming that the products contained excessive amounts of lead.

'In Saudi Arabia they have huge restrictions on energy drinks – in summary, you can do nothing – you can’t do tastings, advertising, sponsorship, nothing,' says one brand in the region. © iStock.com / lowkick

Saudi Arabia smacks energy drinks with new fines

By Eliot Beer

Saudi Arabia has announced further restrictions on energy drinks, with fines to be levied against outlets serving the beverages, but the impact will be minimal, according to Euromonitor.

Energizing Zest Tea charts high-octane growth

Energizing Zest Tea charts high-octane growth

By Maggie Hennessy

Many a tea lover has settled for coffee or an energy drink when desperate for an energy fix. But Zest Tea hopes to change that with its high-caffeine brewed teas. 

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