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.

On September 21, 2022, the Senate passed the Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol (which had been signed by former President Obama in 2016) by a vote of 69 to 27, reaffirming U.S. commitment to the reduction of hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”) through multiple processes (some of which are already causing shifts in import and export markets, as well as in the consumer market).   

On September 22, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $6-7 billion Funding Opportunity to begin the development of a nationwide program for the planning, construction, and operation of commercial-scale Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs, known colloquially as “H2Hubs.” H2Hubs are defined as “a network of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure located in close proximity.” The DOE’s effort results from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) passed in 2021. The BIL appropriates $8 billion over a five-year period (2022-2026) and amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish a program to develop four to ten regional H2Hubs.