What’s Ahead For Beverage Innovation?

A Beverage Digest Conference has left Wells Fargo feeling optimistic about the beverage industry. After attending Beverage Digest’s “Future Smarts” Conference in New York, Wells Fargo came away feeling generally positive about the current state of the beverage industry. Although the industry remains plagued by concerns over sweeteners and health & wellness trends, as well

Carbonated Smartwater

The Coca-Cola Co. is bubbling with excitement to introduce new smartwater sparkling. With the purity of vapor distillation, combined with electrolytes for taste and just the right amount of delicate carbonation, smartwater sparkling is carefully designed to deliver a taste that is distinctly fresh, crisp and delicious. Smartwater sparkling is now available at select retailers […]

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Strawberry Banana Hydration

ZICO Beverages LLC, maker of ZICO Premium Coconut Water, has introduced a flavorful way to hydrate with the launch of ZICO Chilled Strawberry Banana Juice Blend. The newest addition to ZICO Chilled Juice Blends line combines chilled natural coconut water with a fruit juice fusion of strawberry and banana puree and apple juice. With five […]

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Newcastle English Ales Awarded Three Medals

Newcastle has brought home two gold medals and a silver for its English ales. Newcastle Brown Ale’s portfolio of English ales has been awarded three medals in the 2015 World Beer Championships hosted by Tastings.com. Newcastle “Foreign Extra” IPA and Newcastle Scotch Ale won gold while Newcastle Brown Ale took home silver. Founded in 1994,

Wells Fargo Looks At Soft Drink Performance

Dr Pepper Snapple Group outpaces the competition. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently reviewed Nielsen results for channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass, and convenience stores) during the four-week period ending Nov. 28, 2015. Coca-Cola saw total beverage dollar sales increase 2.7% last month (+3.1% for 12-weeks) driven by solid performance in sports drinks, waters

Hangover Prevention

Life Support is a functional beverage created to prevent and relieve hangovers. Using a proprietary blend of a natural extract from the Japanese Raisin Fruit Tree, and other all-natural vitamins and minerals, Life Support metabolizes alcohol and helps aid the body in recovering from the effects of alcohol consumption. Hovenia Dulcis, or Japanese Raisin Tree […]

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Maple Water

Happy Tree, innovator of the first cold pressed maple water, has expanded to Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic and North Atlantic regions, all of HEB’s Central Market locations in Texas, as well as online grocer Fresh Direct. With Whole Foods Market, this increases the maple water brand’s presence to over 200 stores across seven regions – […]

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QuickChek’s Most Requested Coffee Flavor Returns

QuickChek’s most requested fresh brew is now available, for a limited time, 24 hours a day.  QuickChek’s enormously popular Kris Kringle coffee is now available for a limited time at QuickChek locations. Made with creamy vanilla and coconut flavors with hints of sweet cocoa, Kris Kringle is the fresh convenience market chain’s most requested flavored

American Beer Culture Expands

The U.S. is acquiring new breweries at a rate of more than two per day. The year-end review from the Brewers Association has revealed that the total number of U.S. breweries reached a record level in 2015. According to the report, as of the end of November, there are now 4,144 breweries in the country,

Strongbow Ciders Bring Home Medals

Strongbow’s Hard Ciders won awards at this year’s World Cider Championships. Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders line of premium hard ciders has been awarded four medals. At the 2015 World Cider Championships, hosted by Tastings.com, Strongbow Gold Apple and Strongbow Honey received gold medals in the Common Cider and Specialty Cider categories, and Strongbow Ginger and Strongbow Red Berries took

New FDA Regulations May Injure Craft Brew Industry

New FDA mandate may cost craft brewers upwards of $100,000. A new mandate from the FDA may have some devastating effects on the craft beer industry. According to a report from KRQE News 13, by next December the FDA will require restaurant chains to provide full nutritional information on all products served, including beverages. According

How To Perk Up Coffee Sales

Some 26% of all coffee drinkers consume four or more cups of coffee per day. It is time to win their business. According to the latest Packaged Facts report, Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition, new innovations are providing the coffee industry with growth opportunities, new usage occasions and

How South American Foods Are Inspiring Beverages

Ancient South American foods are growing in popularity for utilization in beverages. The beverage industry is being innovated by transforming once routine thirst-appeasing liquids into exciting, energizing, sometimes better-for-you products. Consumers are looking for beverages that satisfy a number of needs in their daily lives beyond satiating thirst, and these include energy, weight loss, illness

Consumers Turn to Bottled Water As Soft Drink Substitute

Conditions are favorable for accelerated growth in the bottled water industry. Bottled Water in the U.S., a report from Packaged Facts, has revealed that, over the past decade, American consumers have increasingly turned to bottled water as a substitute for carbonated soft drinks. During this period the number of adults who drank five or more glasses

Green Beverage Line

Mamma Chia, creator of the first-to-market chia beverage and celebrated chia innovator, has added the Magic of Chia to the world of green beverages with the introduction of Mamma Chia Organic Chia & Greens. This fresh, new line combines the nutritional powerhouse of chia with vibrant greens, offering category-leading nutrition with great-tasting flavors to provide […]

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Watermelon Mimosa & Moscow Mule

Diageo has brought back Smirnoff Ice Watermelon Mimosa based on popular demand. This ready-to-drink cocktail is refreshingly sweet, and made with juicy watermelon flavors as well as hints of delicious Prosecco. Meanwhile, Smirnoff Ice Moscow Mule is the newest addition to the delicious line-up of Smirnoff Ice flavors. It’s inspired by the popular cocktail and […]

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Powerbar Shake

Powerbar has evolved! Driven by the combination of sports science and consumer insight, Powerbar delivers the power of protein to the c-store channel. New for 2016, PowerBar, the original energy bar, is launching its first ready-to-drink high protein shake for the convenience channel. Available in chocolate and vanilla, this new shake is designed in a […]

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Citrus Ale

Samuel Adams has introduced new Rebel Grapefruit IPA as the newest addition to the Rebel family. Rebel Grapefruit is brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes of one of the Sam Adams brewers’ favorite West Coast hops, Mosaic. Rebel Grapefruit’s flavor and aroma come […]

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Major Brewers Move into Craft Beer Industry

Major brewers are evolving strategies to get into the craft beer industry. As the craft beer industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, larger brewing companies are paying big to stake a claim in the industry. According to a report from CNN Money, Constellation Brands, the company behind Corona Extra and Modelo Especial has announced a

English-Style IPA

Guinness has introduced the new Nitro IPA. Nitro IPA is made using Guinness-style nitrogenation and India Pale Ale characteristics, giving Guinness Nitro IPA a hop-forward IPA profile with the qualities of a classic Guinness pint, like a creamy mouthfeel and thick head. This English-style IPA has a strong flavor coming from five different hop varieties […]

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How To Win With Coffee

The best means for c-stores to edge out the competition lies in promoting quality and providing better value.  By Howard Riell, Associated Editor When considering a quality coffee product, differentiating the offer from those of competing convenience stores and quick-service restaurants (QSR) is vastly important, experts say. However, too much thinking and tinkering can result

Carbonated Soft Drink Dollar Sales Dip

Energy drink category dollar sales remain solid. Wells Fargo Securities found Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) continues to lead in the carbonated soft drink category, while Monster sales remain under pressure on soft volume growth, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ending Oct. 31, 2015, across all channels (grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores).

Why Craft Beer Is On the Rise

Craft beer seeks to appeal to a wider audience than regular beer. Craft beer is expected to see some substantial growth throughout the remainder of 2015. In fact, the latest research from Mintel has revealed that craft beer is predicted to see 22% dollar sales growth this year, moving the category to $24 billion. Craft beer made

Rainforest Alliance Certified

Eight O’Clock, America’s original gourmet coffee brand made with 100% Arabica beans, has relaunched its award-winning 100% Colombian Peaks coffee now 50% Rainforest Alliance Certified, and, as always, featuring 100% Colombian beans. Eight O’Clock has teamed up with the Rainforest Alliance to help to ensure its coffee beans are grown and harvested using environmentally and […]

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Smoothie-Mix

Knouse Foods is launching a new line of Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix for operators seeking an easy way to offer more on-trend, better-for-you beverages. Strawberry Banana, Blueberry and Tropical flavors are available now in packs of four, four-ounce cups, all shelf-stable with no preservatives. Musselman’s Smoothie-Mix blends best with apple juice or yogurt, and it’s a heavy […]

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