α-Tocopherol (TOC) has become an important food additive due to its antioxidant effect and capacity to increase shelf-life of products. However, it is a hydrophobically active compound, which compromises its applicability in soft drinks and fruit beverages. The aim of this study was to develop sustained release forms of α-tocopherol using zein and cyclodextrin as carriers to be further applied in fruit beverage products for improved shelf-life. For this purpose, the encapsulation of α-tocopherol into zein protein was first optimized using a spray-drying technology. Different process conditions, namely temperature (110-180 °C) and solids concentration (0.01-0.04 g mL-1), were tested aiming at maximizing the encapsulation of α-tocopherol and antioxidant capacity using response surface methodology (RSM) following a Face Centred Design (FCD). Results showed that lower inlet gas temperature and lower solids concentration enable the production of α-tocopherol:zein forms with a higher antioxidant activity (oxygen radical absorbance capacity >90 μmol Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity per g), and the highest encapsulation efficiency (42.05%) was obtained using 0.02 g mL-1 of solids concentration. β-Cyclodextrin was further added to the best system to increase the solubility capacity of α-tocopherol in fruit juice beverages. Despite the lower antioxidant activity (46.2 μmol Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity per g), α-tocopherol:zein:cyclodextrin forms reduced colour losses when compared to the normal juice, and this effect was probably related to the suppression of anthocyanin degradation due to the formation of inclusion complexes with β-cyclodextrin. Importantly, none of these forms induced cytotoxicity in the Caco2 cell model, confirming the safety of these systems.