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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace


Coca-Cola Unveils Paper Bottle Prototype

The paper bottle with a recyclable plastic liner is being developed in a company lab in Brussels, Belgium. Considered a first-generation prototype, the bottle will eventually be made entirely of paper, according to the company, which is doing comprehensive testing in the lab to see how it performs in the refrigerator, how strong it is, and how well it protects the drinks inside. “We are convinced that paper packaging has a role to play in the future,” says Stijn Franssen, EMEA R&D packaging innovation manager

Keurig Dr Pepper

Keurig Dr Pepper Posts Healthy 3rd Q Sales Growth In Packaged Drinks, Coffee Systems

KDP’s third quarter net sales for coffee systems and packaged beverages grew by 3.0 percent and 10.7 percent respectively. Overall, the company reported 5.2 percent growth in net sales to $3.02 billion for the period. Other 3rd quarter highlights: the coffee systems segment saw double-digit dollar growth in K-Cup coffee pods for at-home consumption, partially offset by weakness in the office coffee channel; packaged beverage net sales growth was driven by carbonated soft drinks, premium unflavored water, juice and juice drinks, as well as apple sauce and mixers. GAAP operating income increased 29.8 percent to $753 million.

Other Companies

Bezos-Backed NotCo’s Non-Dairy Milk Debuts In U.S.

The Santiago, Chile-based food technology company’s NotMilk, whose taste and texture are said to replicate dairy milk, is launching in Whole Foods Market locations nationwide. The company, which uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms to help mimic animal-based foods using plant-based ingredients, has also launched NotBurger, NotIceCream, and NotMayo in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. NotCo recently closed an $85 million Series C Round with industry investors including Bezos Expeditions, Future Positive, and L Catterton, as well as follow-on investment from all previous round investors. NotMilk will be available in two varieties: NotMilk whole and NotMilk 2 percent reduced fat, both of which are lactose-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and contain four grams of protein, and three grams of sugar per one-cup serving.

Beverage Partners International Licenses Dilmah Iced Tea

The Irish company’s licensing deal includes Dilmah’s (Sri Lanka) range of teas with fruit flavors such as peach, ginger & apple, rose & vanilla, mango, and others, all blended with Ceylon tea. The beverages are sweetened with honey, cane sugar, and stevia to provide a low-calorie chilled beverage (below 20 calories per 100 ml). The global market for iced tea is estimated at more than 60 billion liters.

Dairy Farmers Of America Unveils Plant-Based/Cow Milk Blends

The Kansas City, Kansas-based milk marketing cooperative’s lactose-free milks featuring 50:50 blends of plant-based milk and cow’s milk, are arriving on store shelves in the Northeast after testing in select retailers in the Minneapolis, Minn., area, including Walmart, Fresh Thyme, and Cub Foods ($3.99-$4.69). The blends contain six to eight grams of sugar and five grams of protein per serving, compared with around 13 grams of sugar and 10 grams of protein for regular dairy milk), The top selling SKU is the Unsweetened Original, followed by Unsweetened Vanilla. 

Virtue Drinks Adds Sugar-Free Beverages To Energy Portfolio

The London-based company has expanded its portfolio of natural energy drinks with sugar-free beverages powered by 80 mg of natural caffeine from green coffee beans and sweetened with agave nectar and stevia plant extract. The zero-calorie offerings are enriched with B-vitamins and come in two flavors: lemon & lime and berries. The drinks are available now at Sainsbury’s and will appear at additional retailers in November.

U.K.’s Ulrick & Short Debuts Functional Protein For Dairy, Non-Dairy Beverages

The British maker of clean label ingredients for food and beverage companies has introduced Complex 23, a non-GMO, allergen-free protein suitable for use in both dairy and non-dairy beverages. The ingredient is highly soluble to accommodate all processing methods, is neutral in flavor, and allows manufacturers to make “Front of Pack” nutritional “Source of/High in Protein” claims. The company says Complex 23 will meet the needs of “purpose-built” sports nutrition applications and can be used to improve the nutritional profiles of more conventionally positioned products like milkshakes and breakfast drinks.

T. Hasegawa USA Introduces Japanese Citrus Flavors For Beverages

The Cerritos, Calif.-based flavor and fragrance company’s new flavor profiles include Yuzu (sour and tart resembling grapefruit); Sudachi (spicy with tanginess and bergamot notes); Kabosu (mildly sweet and juicy with slight metallic notes); Mikan (sweet with a juicy character); Shikuwasa (citrus with a sour taste); Iyokan (sweet and sour similar to orange); Natsumikan (bitter and sour); and Hassaku (floral and grapefruit-like notes). Available for use in beverages, baked foods, dressings, dairy, frozen desserts, sauces, seasonings, snacks and more, the ingredients are sold in water-soluble, oil-soluble, and powder form.

Sapsucker Sparkling Tree Water Headed To U.S. In 2021

Toronto, Canada-based Lower Valley Beverage Co., maker of the organic sparkling maple and birch water, also has plans to expand to more overseas markets. Sold across Canada and in South Korea, Sapsucker is made with half the sugar of coconut water, and contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Packaged in aluminum cans, the beverage is available in original, lemon, and lime flavors, and is marketed as a post-workout thirst quencher, mid-day refreshment or an after-work cocktail mixer. The company is partnering with meal kit delivery services to generate trials and build brand awareness. Sapsucker also has launched an online direct-to-consumer business and is rethinking its pack sizes for retail as shoppers make fewer trips to the grocery store.

Uncle Matt’s Organic Introduces Immune Support Beverage

The Clermont, Fla.-based organic orange juice company’s new immune support drink contains 300 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving, 50 percent of the recommended vitamin D intake, as well as zinc. Made with organic orange and elderberry juices, the Ultimate Immune beverage will be available in a “family-friendly” 52-ounce size at Wegmans, Publix, select Whole Foods and Shoprite stores, as well as via the company’s website. The original founder of Uncle Matt’s Organic acquired the brand back from Dean Foods following the U.S. dairy firm’s bankruptcy.
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