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A corporate attorney, Megan focuses her practice on helping clients of all sizes – from emerging startups to international corporations – establish, grow and protect business. Although she works with clients across all sectors, a particular area of counsel includes the functional foods industry.

In an industry full of buzzwords, “adaptogens” and “nootropics” are current standouts within the beverage industry.

The beverage industry experienced a significant shift in consumer preference following the COVID-19 pandemic, as consumers’ proclivity for nutrient-rich foods stimulated a rise in beverages designed to provide added health benefits, such as increasing energy, decreasing stress, and improving overall mental health. The increased popularity of these “functional beverages” (i.e., beverages that provide added health benefits) is more than a fleeting trend, as the industry is projected to reach $62 billion by 2027.

In the bustling landscape of consumer goods, caffeinated beverages stand out as a daily staple for millions of Americans. A recent shift towards “clean caffeine” and caffeine alternatives has further energized consumer demand for ready-to-drink caffeinated beverages.

Recently, however, the spotlight has turned to the highly caffeinated beverage industry for far less stimulating reasons, as cases of alleged caffeine overconsumption have led to severe health repercussions. As highly caffeinated beverages continue to expand their market share, it is crucial for ready-to-drink beverage brands to carefully consider their product’s caffeination levels and the way those products are labeled and/or marketed.

Consumers’ increasing awareness of the advantages of nutrient-rich foods has prompted global food and beverage companies to begin enhancing their products with nutritional additives, leading to the creation of new products—and new categories of products—targeting consumers’ changing health and wellness needs.