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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace


Coca-Cola To Expands Production Capabilities In Vietnam

Coca-Cola is expected to build a $300 million bottling plant in Hanoi, Vietnam, its fourth in the country. The company is looking for a suitable location for the facility, which would produce Coca-Cola, Fanta, and Schweppes, as well as newer products like Fuze Tea, according to local media reports. The company may also build a plant in Ho Chi Minh City at some point.

Keurig Dr Pepper

More Than 500 Jobs Eliminated By Keurig Dr Pepper Nationwide

According to local Vermont media reports, the merger of Keurig and Dr Pepper Snapple Group has sparked a consolidation within Keurig Dr Pepper that will result in the elimination of 500 jobs nationwide by early January 2019. Vermont Commissioner of Labor Lindsay Kurrle announced the layoffs of 118 workers at four facilities in the state. A KDP spokesman said the 500 cuts, most of which have already taken effect, affect employees “primarily in salaried positions across multiple functions and geographies.”


Nescafé To Roll Out New RTD Coffee Drinks In U.S. In January

New RTD coffee beverages from Nestlé brand Nescafé are expected to arrive on U.S. store shelves in January. Cold Whipped Lattes and Coffee Protein Smoothies will join the brand’s current RTD products Shakissimo and the Smoovlatte. According to Nescafé, the new products emphasize texture, considered a “new frontier” in the food and beverage industry and “the next facet of formulation that can be leveraged to provide consumers with interactive” experiences., as Mintel puts it. The Cold Whipped Latte will be sold in single-serve 10 oz bottles in coffee and French vanilla flavors; the dairy-free Protein Smoothie will come in single-serve 11 oz bottles, banana and mocha flavors, and contain 15 grams of plant-based protein.

Other Companies

Britvic Extends Drench Line With “Healthier” Flavor

Britvic announced a new flavor for its Drench juice drink line. Available November 9, Drench Mandarin & Lemon is being pitched as “a healthier solution.” The company will launch a sampling campaign, including a “Win Your Lunch” game, that can be accessed by scanning a QR code display on branded POS via a smartphone. The drink will retail at $1.77 for a 500 ml bottle, as well as a 12 pack.

Frutarom To Debut Black Currant-Based Sports Nutrition Ingredient

Israel’s Frutarom will introduce a black currant-derived beverage ingredient that will give sports nutrition formulators an anthocyanin- and antioxidant-rich additive for enhanced performance. Activeberry can be added to beverages, nutritional bars, pills, or capsules. Market research shows that active consumers are looking for natural ingredients in their performance-enhancing beverages. Natural claims in new sport-related food and beverage launches rose more than 20 percent from 2013 to 2017. Frutarom says a clinical study found that its proprietary solvent-free method of extracting black currant compared to the more common ethanol method led to improved vasodilation. The ingredient will be showcased at next month’s SupplySide West show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Yerbae Expands From West Coast To Midwest

West Coast caffeinated sparkling water brand Yerbae is pushing into the Midwest thanks to a partnership with 23 Anheuser-Busch InBev DSD distributors in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is also adding retailers in the greater Chicago area. The companies will distribute the brand’s 16 oz. cans beginning in January 2019. The Midwest expansion came about after Yerbae participated in a Costco test run “road show” aimed at boosting its exposure in the region. The brand is available in about 2,700 stores throughout California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado. Other distribution news: Flow Alkaline Spring Water will enter more than 4,000 CVS stores nationwide starting December 30; high-caffeine soda brand BAWLS Guarana has added 75 Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores across the Midwest; and Physician Made Beverages, LLC, maker of electrolyte-infused Shine Water, has expanded the brand into all North Carolina and South Carolina Earth Fare locations.

Divinia Water Needs Cash To Pay For Clinical Trial, Global Expansion

Idaho water company Divinia Water is hoping to garner enough investment to pay for a planned FDA-approved clinical trial of its functional filtered water that would show its beneficial effects on kidney and liver function. The patented filtration system produces what the company calls a balanced, deuterium-depleted “renatured water” – “removing the effects of man.” Its properties make it more bioavailable and more hydrating to the cell, the company says. The company raised $107,000 in a first round to add more machinery and equipment to keep up with existing orders. A crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise cash to deploy the filtration system globally. The company plans future rounds of $1 million and $5 million. Divinia sees opportunities for its water in sports and entertainment venues, campuses and hotels, and in the production of coffee, wine, beer, and juice – any beverage that uses water.

Frucor Suntory Introduces Fruit-Flavored Still Water Line

Australian soft drinks company Frucor Suntory has launched True Water, a fruit-flavored still bottled water. Two flavors – raspberry and lime – will be available in Australia without artificial sweeteners. The drinks will be sold at an SRP of $4.60 per bottle, with an introductory price of $3.54. Frucor hired international design firm Denomination to design the packaging.

Asian Demand For Green Tea Drives Growth Of Australia’s Tea Export Business

The Australian Green Tea Co-operative is collaborating with Japanese tea company Kunitaro to increase its production to keep up with Asian demand. The collaboration takes advantage of the geography and production cycles of the two countries: Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so the tea growing season is the opposite of Japan’s. “We're out of sync with the Japanese production cycle, so they can have fresh tea at two different times of the year," says AGTC founder John Robb. DAsian demand for green tea is so high that Australian authorities now speculate that green tea could become a major export crop for the country. There are approximately 20 green tea farms in Australia, ranging across the New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria regions.

Protein-Based Beverages From Foundation Fitness Now On Walmart Store Shelves

Foundation Fitness’s four newly-launched brands of canned protein beverages are now available in 2,500 Walmart stores. Each line – protein water, protein nutritional shake (made of whey), plant protein shake, and coldbrew with collagen – comes in a variety of flavors. Minimum amount of protein is 20 g per serving (in the collagen coldbrew), with the highest at 30 g per serving (the nutritional shake). The company debuted the brands earlier this month at the National Association of Convenience Stores (or NACS) show, an indication of its strategy to focus on convenience stores and gas station retailers as well as mass grocery retailers.
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