Special Issue "Traditional, Functional and Novel Fruit Beverages: Cultivation, Processing and Consumption"

A special issue of Beverages (ISSN 2306-5710). This special issue belongs to the section "Quality, Nutrition, and Chemistry of Beverages".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2024 | Viewed by 225

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (STEBICEF), University of Palermo, 90123 Palermo, Italy
Interests: food analysis; bioactive compounds; antioxidants; polyphenols analysis; functional foods; dietary supplements; quality control; HPLC–MS and GC–MS analysis; biophenols in olive oils; fatty acids
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze Bldg. 4, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: fruit quality; tropical horticulture; fruit postharvest
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Dr. Nicola Francesca
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze Bldg. 5, Ent. C, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Interests: lactic acid bacteria; volatile organic compounds; in vitro digestion; organoleptic properties; wine aroma; antibacterial activity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Current awareness about the benefits of a balanced diet supports the trends in humans towards a healthier diet. Vegetables, fruits, and vegetable/fruit by-products are good sources to extract bioactive compounds for producing nutraceuticals and functional foods displaying a positive impact on environmental, economic, and social sectors.

Based on consumer demand and the potential of innovation and health benefits, we believe that new functional beverages will be launched in the recent future.

The future of functional beverages depends on the unequivocal demonstration of their efficacy in promoting health. For this reason, key points to design a new generation of functional beverages could be (a) the identification and quantification of promising bioactive compounds; (b) the application of natural preservatives, to improve the image of the naturalness of the functional beverages; (c) the standardization of bioactive compounds; (d) the selection of starters able to produce bioactive compounds; (e) the establishment of proper dosage and delivery systems; (f) the investigation of bioavailability and metabolism of functional ingredients; (g) the study of safety aspects related to functional beverage consumption; (h) the relationship with pre-harvest factors; (i) the formulation of value-added products based on traditional fermented beverages; and (j) the stability of the products.

This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of fruits and by-products as sources of bioactive compounds for the production of functional beverages with particular attention to extraction techniques, cultivation, processing and consumption.

Dr. Vita Di Stefano
Dr. Vittorio Farina
Dr. Nicola Francesca
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Beverages is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • nutritional improver
  • food functionality
  • enriched beverages
  • nutritional claim
  • agrifood by-products
  • bioactive compounds
  • fermented beverages
  • nanotechnology
  • functional ingredients
  • functional beverage consumption

Published Papers

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