I spotted this at the 物美 supermarket on 四道口 in Beijing.

(Imgur version.)

Question: What is a "functional drink" 机能饮料?

The translation seems close to correct:

My best guess is that it's a drink suitable for a "function", e.g., a wedding banquet. But I don't think 机能 has that meaning (it'd be 活动 = "activity").

  • That "function" means mechanical or physiological function, not an event function. Did you get anything on the label at the back? Maybe it gives a story of where the name comes from?
    – dROOOze
    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:54
  • I didn't look at the back, but I expect it's just plain black. There were signs like this on other isles, but they made sense [but I forget what they say now].
    – Becky 李蓓
    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:56

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More commonly known as 機能性飲料, these kinds of "fad" drinks are sold to convey a kind of health benefit, commonly advertised as increasing organ (heart, pancreas, eyes, ...) function. Think herbal or vitamin drinks.

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    Ah okay thanks. I think you've got it (basically it has a function in addition to being a drink)---I found a 机能性饮品 on JD which seems to be that sort of thing. (I'm out of upvotes for today; I'll have to fix that tomorrow.) I guess the champagne in the photo is a red herring.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Jan 26, 2020 at 13:10
  • @Becky李蓓 thank you - you've been very generous to the community with your upvotes (and question/answer reviews) lately!
    – dROOOze
    Jan 26, 2020 at 13:11

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