Coffee and tea are the original functional beverages. They’re packed with antioxidants and other functional ingredients that serve to stimulate, relax or purify. Dairies formulate their own nondairy beverages and combine tea and coffee into dairy-based products.
Ice cream companies live and die by their flavors. At Blue Bell Creameries, a product development team considers as many as 300 ideas every year before whittling them down to five to be launched in grocery and foodservice channels.
Fortification of foods with vitamins and minerals has reduced the percentage of children with inadequate intakes of many micronutrients. Yet there is a fear that children are getting excessive amounts of certain nutrients.