Grab & Go Probiotics

GoodBelly is making it even easier to achieve optimum digestive health with its new Grab&Go probiotic drinks. The perfect solution to maintaining digestive health on-the-go, GoodBelly’s new 15.2-ounce beverages tout the same well-researched and highly-efficacious probiotic strain used in the brand’s existing lineup, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, which can withstand the stomach’s acidic environment allowing it […]

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Organic Orange Juices

Uncle Matt’s Organic has introduced two new organic juices—Orange Turmeric and Reduced-Calorie Orange Coconut—which are now shipping nationwide to retailers. Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Turmeric and Orange Coconut juices contain the probiotic GanedenBC30, which contains over one billion colony forming units (CFUs) per eight-ounce serving, and supports a healthy digestive and immune system. MegaFood, a […]

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Energy Drinks Moving Forward

Energy drinks continue to show vigor as the segment fills the gap created by fizzling carbonated soft drink sales. The question is: can energy sales continue to climb? By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor Energy drinks continue to grab more space in convenience store coolers. According to c-store data from IRI, a Chicago-based market research

Wells Fargo Offers Beverage Market Insight

The beverage market has experienced mixed results across the separate categories. A new report from Wells Fargo Securities has revealed the state of the carbonated soft drinks, non-carbonated beverages, beer and salty snacks markets, along with additional industry insight. All Channel Sales Results In carbonated soft drinks Dr Pepper Snapple continues to lead growth but

Art and Crafts

Craft beers continue to entice convenience customers with homestyle brands and broader selections. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Craft beer has been a surprising boon to the convenience store channel for the last couple of years. As more specialty beer options have flowed, consumers have spent more and retailers have responded in kind with a

Hard Soda

MillerCoors has introduced Henry’s Hard Soda, a new line of refreshing hard sodas made with real cane sugar. Crafted for beer and non-beer drinkers alike with 4.2% alcohol by volume, Henry’s puts a playful spin on familiar flavors with Henry’s Hard Ginger Ale and Henry’s Hard Orange Soda. Henry’s Hard Soda offers a smooth, moderate […]

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Ultimate Party Cups

Pong Star LLC has developed new glowing party cups. These glowing party cups use a glow stick to illuminate the rim of the cup. Glowing products are becoming very popular. The cups are being made available to convenience and grocery store distributors. They come packed in a retail box that has 20 pieces that glow […]

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Caramel Bourbon Cappuccino

Boyd’s Coffee is offering a new limited-edition seasonal Caramel Bourbon Cappuccino to warm up the winter chill. Caramel Bourbon is a warm, creamy caramel flavored hot beverage with just a hint of bourbon flavor. The coffee will be available in 2.75-ounce ground portion packs from Dec. 1, 2015 through March 2016. Compelling point-of-purchase merchandising and […]

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U.S. Beverage Market Analysis

Industry performance suggests that the North American beverage industry may be immune to business cycles. A new study of financial trends in the North American beverages industry provides an overview of the industry trends between fiscal year 2009 and June 30, 2015. Three broad segments make up the industry, and these are brewers, distillers and vintners

Healthy Energy Drinks

Celsius Holdings Inc. is introducing two new flavors to the Celsius RTD (ready-to-drink) collection: Sparkling Watermelon and Sparkling Grape Rush. Backed by multiple published university studies, drinking Celsius before exercise has been proven to help burn up to 93% more body fat, burn 100 calories and more per serving and provide healthy clean energy. Grape […]

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Mardi Gras in a Cup

Community Coffee Co. has reintroduced its popular Mardi Gras King Cake coffee. This limited time offer flavor features the same high-quality coffee that consumers love blended with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring. Community Mardi Gras King Cake coffee will hit shelves in late-December and will be available for a limited time only in 12-ounce bags […]

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Indiana C-Stores Denied Permission To Sell Beer

The law banning the sale of cold beer in Indiana grocery and convenience stores will not be overturned. A recent appeal from the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (CSA) has been rejected by the Seventh Circuit. According to a report from Courthouse News Service, the Petroleum Marketers and the CSA appealed to the

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 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, 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