Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola is partnering with Japanese beverage firm Kirin to develop functional drinks, according to a Nikkei Asia report.
The companies are said to be collaborating to create drinks that contain lactococcus lactis strain plasma (LC-Plasma), a postbiotic ingredient developed by Kirin Holdings that is claimed to boost immunity in healthy people.
The collaboration will reportedly help Coca-Cola to bolster its position in the growing health drinks segment, with Kirin potentially able to access new markets where Coca-Cola has an existing presence.
Coca-Cola is said to be planning to include LC-Plasma in products under its Georgia, Irohasu and Minute Maid brands. Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency is reported as having approved the new drinks to tout health benefits.
Source: Nikkei Asia