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Seattle-based Evolution Fresh is tapping into demand for functional beverages.

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New research from Mintel reveals that 39 percent of consumers use nutritional and performance drinks as a replacement for breakfast. What’s more, three in five (58 percent) consumers currently use nutritional and performance drinks as a meal replacement and 48 percent consume them as part of a meal, up from just 20 percent who used nutritional drinks as a meal supplement in 2012.

In addition to seven in 10 (69 percent) consumers agreeing that nutritional and performance drinks

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