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This online search tool is designed to allow you to learn more about non-alcoholic beverages and their ingredients. It is constantly evolving and being updated in order to carry the very latest information.



A beverage is normally defined as a drink specifically prepared for human consumption. It specifically excludes plain water, but can refer to soft drinks, teas, coffees, juices or milk-based drinks such as shakes.  Generally speaking, wines, beers and spirits are classified specifically as alcoholic beverages.

The word beverage comes from the Old French word beverage (modern version boivre), meaning ‘to drink’. The modern French equivalent is ‘breuvage’. Other expressions include ‘bebida’ in Spain and Portugal, ‘bevanda’ in Italy, ‘getränk’ in Germany and ‘drank’ in Dutch.