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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace


New Coca-Cola Vegetable Juice Tops List Of New Product Debuts

Coca-Cola will introduce a tomato juice blend into the convenience store channel early in 2019. Minute Maid Tomato Juice Blend – a mixture of tomato, carrot, celery, cucumber, and beet juices – joined several other new Coca-Cola products unveiled at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show in Las Vegas. The company also showcased a cold-brew coffee, Far Coast, due to hit store shelves in January in three flavors: Single Source Ethiopian, Signature Blend - Latin America and Café con Leche - in resealable aluminum bottles. Other unveilings: smartwater alkaline and smartwater antioxidant; a fruit juice puree “snack” dubbed Simply Smoothie in three flavors; and Sprite Lymonade (lemon-lime flavor) set to launch in February.

Coca-Cola’s Sprite Lemon-Lime Cucumber Migrates To South Africa From Russia

Coca-Cola has introduced its cucumber-flavored Sprite in South Africa after a successful launch in Russia last year. Sprite is the third most popular soft drink in South Africa, after Coca-Cola and Fanta. A 250 ml glass of cucumber-flavored contains 32.27 calories, approximately the amount in two cups of raw cucumber. The beverage is sweetened with about 3.3 grams of sugar per 100 ml, though a no-sugar variant containing acesulfame K and aspartame is also available. Taste testers on the staff of the publication Business Insider SA were mixed in their reviews: some enjoyed the strong cucumber aroma and flavor, while others were turned off by the artificial sweetener flavor of the sugar-free variant. Sprite Lemon-Lime Cucumber is available in 2 liter and 440 ml bottles, as well as in a 300 ml can.

Fairlife Debuts RTD Milk-Based Smart Snacks

Dairy milk beverage producer Fairlife has launched a line of RTD between-meal smart snacks made with Fairlife ultra-filtered milk. The milk is cold-filtered to remove lactose, but provides 50 percent more protein and 50 percent less sugar than regular milk. The milk snacks, available in chocolate, French vanilla, and creamy strawberry, contain calcium plus 15 grams of protein and five grams of dietary fiber in an eight-ounce (8-oz) bottle. No artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, and no artificial colors fare used. Smart snacks are available in select Walmart stores, on Amazon.com, and with limited distribution nationwide. The suggested retail price is $2.29 for a single serve eight-ounce bottle and $24.99 for a multipack of 12. In partnership with The Coca-Cola company, Fairlife ultra-filtered milk and Core Power high protein shakes are distributed in the U.S. and Canada.

Coca-Cola Offers Customized Beverage Bottles, Gift Boxes On China’s Tmall

Coca-Cola is launching customized bottle and gift box production on Alibaba's Tmall. The company’s custom-made gift boxes will be limited globally to 30,000 bottles. At the consumers can customize bottles and gift boxes according to their tastes. Peach, lemon, vanilla and classic flavors can be included in the gift box for Tmall. Consumers can match and combine the two or four bottles for the gift boxes, and use the limited stickers of the gift box to further personalize it. Coca-Cola said this is the first time it has applied C2B customization. 

Nongfu Spring

New Zealand’s Economic Development Agency No Longer Welcomes Foreign Water Bottlers

New Zealand’s economic development and trade promotion agency no longer encourages multinational water bottlers like China’s Nongfu Spring to launch operations in the country, partly because of opposition from groups concerned about tampering with the country’s ground water supply. Documents released under the Official Information Act revealed New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in 2015 "actively encouraged" Nongfu to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent. In its application Nongfu said "NZTE indicated the investment would be welcome.” But in a statement NZTE said it had stopped promoting water-bottling investment opportunities to overseas investors by the end of 2016.

Other Companies

Greek Artisan Juice Maker Bfresh Spitiko Debuts Line of Botanical-Infused Beverages

Greek handmade juice producer Bfresh Spitiko has introduced a nine-product line of trendy botanical-based beverages that blend mastic resin from the island of Chios, Greek mountain tea, and chamomile into its lemon, pomegranate and apple juices. Mintel says there has been an upswing in the use of  botanicals and spices because they breathe life into traditional beverage flavors such as citrus and berry. The company's new products include spicy lemonade with chili; lemonade with ginger; lemonade with Chios mastic; pomegranate with green tea; pomegranate with Greek mountain tea; apple with chamomile; and apple with bergamot orange. Bfresh Spitiko ships 17,500 bottles a month, selling mostly in cafes, restaurants, and bars in Greece, Cyprus, Germany, and Denmark. Shipments to other EU countries will begin in several months. In Greece, Bfresh Spitiko is competing with Hellas Farms, which uses Greek mountain tea in its Tuvunu soft drink.

New Age Beverages To Launch CBD-Infused Drinks When Legality In U.S. Is Firmly Established

New Age Beverages Corp. of Denver, Colo., maker of kombucha drinks and the Coco Libre brand of coconut water, has released some details about the line of cannabidiol (CBD)-infused the drinks it will launch when laws are approved to legalize CBD-infused beverages across the U.S. The line of products will include CBD-infused teas, sparkling waters, and shots, each with 25 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in marijuana. When news of the CBD product line was leaked, the company’s stock value surge to $388 million in September from less than $100 million at the end of August.

New Plant Will Help Oatly Expand Production And Extend Plant-Based Milk Line

Swedish maker of plant-based non-dairy milk substitutes Oatly said it will open a 19,000-square-foot U.S. production plant in New Jersey next spring. Sales of plant-based milk alternatives increased 61 percent from 2012 to 2017, with almond, soy, and coconut flavors leading the way. Oatly’s U.S. products include its original, low-fat, and chocolate chilled oatmilks packaged in 64-ounce cartons. The new production plant will allow Oatly to expand production eight-fold and tointroduce more flavors and formats of oatmilk, including a kids product line and “oatgurt” products.

Cott Expands Water Business With Acquisition Of Mountain Valley Spring Co.

A Cott Corp. subsidiary has acquired Arkansas-based Mountain Valley Spring Co. Mountain Valley males spring and sparkling water at a facility in Hot Springs and four springs in the Ouachita Mountains. Cott, with operations in North America and Europe, said the $78 million transaction by subsidiary DS Services another step in its plan to build out its bottled water offerings. It is also planning to expand its coffee business. Cott acquired DS Services, a player in the growing U.S. home and office water delivery segment, in 2014. Mountain Valley expects revenue of $50 million in fiscal 2018, up from $39 million in 2015. Its products are mainly bottled in a variety of glass bottle sizes ranging from 5-gallon bottles to single-serve sizes for the home and office channel, the natural food channel, on-premise, via e-commerce and through strategic contract packing.

Cruzani to Acquire Vitamin-Enhanced Water Company

Atlanta-based business developer Cruzani said it is finalizing plans to acquire an unnamed functional beverage company that has sales and distribution in major retailers throughout the U.S. The acquisition target produces a popular brand of vitamin-enhanced water. Cruzan said it also plans to add a reformulated version to the company’s beverage line that would contain cannabidiol (CBD). CEO Everett Dickson said after the transaction is closed the brand will be re-launched in new distribution channels. The deal is expected to close sometime in November.

ANP To Develop CBD-Infused Water Formulas For Alkaline Water Company Part

A wholly owned subsidiary of the Alkaline Water Company of Scottsdale, Ariz., announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has signed a formulation, development, and supply agreement with dietary supplement maker American Nutritional Products Inc. (ANP, Carson City, Nev.). Alkaline Water uses a proprietary electrolysis process to make alkaline water under the Alkaline88 brand. Subsidiary A88 Infused Beverage Division, Inc. will work with ANP to finalize the formulations of a line of cannabidiol (CBD)-infused and other functional products. ANP will develop five to seven functional waters, including three or four in the CBD area, and two or three in the vitamin and antioxidant segment. Alkaline water products under development include: hemp-derived CBD-infused water; vitamin-infused CBD water; vitamin based "energy" water; sparkling CBD water; and naturally flavored water. 
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