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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace


Indian State Assam Bans Bisleri Water Because Of Unsafe Levels Of Fluoride

The government of the northeastern Indian state of Assam has slapped a 30-day ban on packaged drinking water brand Bisleri because of unsafe levels of fluoride. The state’s commissioner of food safety said the Bisleri water it had tested was “unsafe in terms of the provisions of the Food Safety & Standards Act of 2006.” The ban covers the manufacture, storage, distribution, and sale of Bisleri. Residents of the Assam city of Guwahati welcomed the ban on Bisleri, but also expressed concerns about the safety of rival water brands. One resident said the source of such water has to be detected: “These bottles are being sold as mineral water. There are reports that some companies just fill up bottles with water from any source and distribute them in markets.”[Image Credit: © Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd]


Coca-Cola HBC Buys Italian Mineral Water Producer Acque Minerali

Coca‑Cola HBC (Zug, Switzerland) announced it will acquire privately-held Italian mineral water and sparkling beverage company Acque Minerali S.r.l. The $96.9 million acquisition will be made through Coca‑Cola HBC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Coca‑Cola HBC Italia S.r.l. The selling shareholders are the private equity fund IDeA Taste of Italy, managed by DeA Capital Alternative Funds SGR S.r.l., the Invernizzi family, and Eataly Distribuzione S.r.l. Acque Minerali’s mineral water and adult sparkling beverages, sold under the Lurisia brand, are sourced from springs 1,400 meters above sea level in Monte Pigna.  [Image Credit: © Acque Minerali S.r.l.]

CCEP Replaces Plastic Shrink Wrap Used In Multipacks With Cardboard

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) announced it will replace the plastic shrink wrap used to keep cans together within multipacks with cardboard. According to the company, use of sustainably-sourced cardboard will remove approximately 4,000 tons of single-use plastic a year. The move to 100 percent recyclable cardboard will take place across its western European business, supporting the company’s Action on Packaging commitment to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. In June, Coca-Cola announced that its Honest, Glaceau Smartwater, and Chaudfontaine brands in Western Europe will  be sold in bottles made from 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET), replacing 9,000 tons of virgin plastic per year across Western Europe. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners]

B-Ball Star LeBron James Touts Sprite In Australian TV Ad

NBA superstar LeBron James is appearing in 30-second TV spots in touting Coca-Cola Australia’s Sprite brand. The ad shows the LA Lakers basketball player making light of celebrity endorsements. In the ad he says, “I wouldn’t tell you to drink Sprite, even if I was in a commercial for Sprite, which I am!” Instead, he says he would ask fans if they ‘Wanna Sprite?’, the official campaign hashtag. The ad will be screened in Australia on television, in cinemas, and in online video and social media until the end of 2019.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]

CCEP Debuts Ad Campaign Promoting New Easily Recyclable Sprite Bottles

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched an above-the-line (ATL) promotional campaign to support the debut of its new, easily-recyclable, clear Sprite bottles. The campaign coincides with Recycle Week (September 23-29, 2019) in the U.K. and is supported by ATL activity which will appear on more than 6,000 display panels across the country. The ads form part of CCEP’s ongoing efforts to remove virgin plastic from circulation as it aims to double the amount of recycled PET used in all its plastic bottles, across 20 brands.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners]


Monster Beverage Posts Healthy 2nd Quarter Financials

Monster Beverage Corp. (Corona, Calif.) reported net sales of $1.10 billion for the 2019 second quarter, an 8.7 percent increase over the same period last year. Gross sales for the quarter increased eight percent to $1.29 billion from $1.19 billion a year ago. The Monster Energy Drinks unit, which includes the company’s Monster Energy drinks and Reign Total Body Fuel high performance energy drinks, increased 9.6 percent to $1.02 billion for the 2019 second quarter, from $929.4 million for the 2018 second quarter. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for the quarter was 59.9 percent, compared with 61.1 percent in the 2018 second quarter.[Image Credit: © Monster Energy Company]


Nestlé Introduces Nutritional Beverage For Cancer Patients Dealing With Side Effects Of Treatment

N.J.-based Nestlé Health Science has launched a nutritional drink targeted at cancer patients. BOOST Soothe clear nutritional drink provides protein and calories as well as “a cooling, soothing effect” to help cancer patients get needed nutrition while dealing with certain side effects of cancer treatment, including oral discomfort and taste changes. Up to 80 percent of patients may experience sore mouth or mucositis during cancer treatment; 46-77 percent of patients receiving chemotherapy report changes in taste. The clear liquid drink contains no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and provides 300 calories and 10 g of protein per serving.[Image Credit: © PR Newswire]

Expanded Milo Production Facility In Malaysia To Serve 20 Countries

Nestlé Malaysia has launched what it claims is the world’s largest factory for making the chocolate and malt beverage powder known as Milo. The expanded facility, located in the state of Negeri Sembilan, was upgraded with state-of-the-art production lines to optimize capacity and efficiency for higher productivity and competitiveness. The 30 percent capacity increase will cater to growing domestic demand and for export to over 20 countries, the company said. Milo product variants produced in the Chembong factory include Milo powder, Milo 3 in 1, and Milo Kosong.[Image Credit: © Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad]

Other Companies

Perricone Juices Ups Stake In Lambeth Groves Beverage Company To 100 Percent

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Beaumont Juice, Inc. (AKA Perricone Juices) said it has agreed to purchase all remaining shares of Florida’s United Juice Companies of America, Inc. (Lambeth Groves).  Perricone Juices says that this newly combined entity enables it to “provide its customers with the highest quality, premium juices at the most cost-effective prices possible.”  In addition to orange and grapefruit juices, Perricone offers lemon, lime, and tangerine juices in both conventional and organic varieties.  The company’s not-from-concentrate (NFC) premium juices are also sold to major retailers, hotels, restaurants, and specialty manufacturers, including beverage and baking companies.  In recent years, the company has also produced essential citrus oils. Perricone Juices was founded in 1994 by Sam Perricone, who was one of the largest citrus growers in the United States.  [Image Credit: © PRNewswire]

Kraft Heinz Hooks Up With Baileys To Introduced Non-Alcoholic Cold Brew Coffee In Cans

Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz announced a partnership with cream liqueur maker Baileys to launch non-alcoholic Baileys Ready-to-drink Cold Brew in cans. Also announced is the availability of Baileys Roast & Ground Coffee bags ($7.99) and K-Cup pods (10 for $7.99). Original Baileys is a blend of Irish dairy cream, spirits, and aged Irish whiskey. The RTD Cold Brew will launch with Irish Cream and Salted Caramel flavors ($2.39/can); more flavors will be introduced next year. Baileys Ready-to-drink Cold Brew cans are available at grocers, mass merchandise, and online.[Image Credit: © The Kraft Heinz Company]

Califia Farms Unveils Shelf-Stable Nitro Draft Latte Made With Oatmilk

Los Angeles-based Califia Farms has introduced a shelf-stable canned Nitro Draft Latte made with oatmilk. The company says the Nitro Draft Lattes open with an audible "whoosh" sound that indicates the release of nitrogen into the coffee via a specialized nitro widget and frothed the creamy oatmilk. The new beverage is made with arabica beans sourced via Direct Trade from partners in South and Central America and East Africa. Nitro Draft Lattes are available in black & white, XX espresso, salted caramel, and mocha flavors. The oatmilk is non-GMO, kosher and vegan, and free of nuts, allergens, soy, gluten, carrageenan, BPA, dairy and preservatives. The seven-ounce drinks are available for $2.99/can on CalifiaFarms.com, Amazon.com and in core U.S. markets. A broader roll out including e-commerce, convenience and grocery store partners will continue through the end of the year.[Image Credit: © PR Newswire]

Taiyo Introduces Fiber-Rich Cola Beverage

Japanese food ingredients company Taiyo says its new functional soft drink – Sunfiber Cola – is the first FODMAP friendly sugar-free cola to combine the flavor of cola with the appetite-suppressing effect of fiber derived from the guar bean. According to the company, the beverage’s fiber content promotes the balance of useful micro-organisms such as Bifido bacteria and lactobacilli, improves the bioavailability of mineral materials such as calcium and magnesium, and reduces bad LDL cholesterol. The company’s U.K. study involving 32 healthy volunteers found that consuming Sunfiber-containing beverages increased the feeling of satiety and reduced the energy intake of the next meal by 70–100 calories.[Image Credit: © Taiyo International]
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