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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace


Coke Philippines Teams With Unilever To Install Handwashing Stations

Hoping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI, Manila) has partnered with Unilever Philippines to promote proper handwashing in communities. CCBPI and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines (CCFPI) will be installing 37 handwashing stations across the country, specifically in high-traffic locations such as public markets and terminals. Half of the total funding was drawn from proceeds from a 2019 charity golf tournament, where Coca-Cola had raised more than Php 3 million ($62,190) 

Coke Philippines Strengthens Ecommerce, Delivery System, As It Battles Pandemic’s Effects

To better serve its customers in the Philippines whose shopping patterns have changed because of the pandemic, Coca-Cola Philippines has beefed up its ecommerce infrastructure to handle an expanded home delivery service (Happiness on Demand) so consumers can order Coca-Cola products via call or SMS and have it delivered to their doorstep. The company is also opening new channels to connect with the market – for example, collaborations with food aggregators and other e-commerce partners such as Grab, Lazada, Great Deals, Metromart, and Lalamart, to offer products and deals along with new packaging options like multipacks and combos.

Keurig Dr Pepper

Keurig Dr Pepper Adds Texas Territories To DSD Network

The Burlington, Mass.-based company announced it had reached agreements with the Red River Beverage Group and the Made-Rite Company to acquire the manufacturing, sales and distribution rights to key KDP owned and licensed brands in 37 counties in east Texas and northern Louisiana, a market comprising 1.5 million consumers. The transaction moves the Canada Dry, A&W, 7UP, Sunkist, Snapple, CORE, and Bai brands into KDP's company- owned direct-store-delivery (DSD) operations, beginning February 2021. In seven of these counties, the Dr Pepper brand will also move into the KDP DSD network.


Nestlé To Sell Yinlu Peanut Milk Brand To Chinese Firm

The company will sell its Yinlu peanut milk and canned rice porridge businesses in China to Food Wise Co., Ltd. The deal includes all of Yinlu's operations, including its five factories in Fujian, Anhui, Hubei, Shandong and Sichuan. Yinlu brands had sales of $767 million in 2019. The transaction allows Nestlé to focus on the infant nutrition, confectionery, coffee, culinary, dairy, and pet care in China. Nestlé will retain its ready-to-drink (RTD) Nescafé coffee business and distribute the products across most of the Greater China Region. Yinlu will continue to manufacture the Nescafé RTD products for Nestlé and will distribute the products in several provinces. Yinlu will continue to manufacture and sell Nestea products under license from Nestlé.

Other Companies

Paper Recyclers Are Beginning To Solve The Problem Of Plastic-Lined Cups And Cartons

Because disposable coffee cups, milk cartons, takeout boxes, and other food packages have a plastic lining, most recycling systems in the U.S. can’t handle them. But that is starting to change as the recycled paper industry redesigns its systems to salvage, sanitize, and recycle the paper from these containers. Georgia-Pacific, for example, is equipping two of its 14 facilities to be able to separate the paper from plastic, then recycle it into products like paper towels for restaurants and toilet rolls for commercial buildings. It portends a time when customers will be able to safely throw their Starbucks cups into the recycling bin without having to think twice.

AV Organics Launches Black Alkaline Water For Detox

Evocus, launched in India’s supermarkets, ecommerce, and food service channels last year, is a black-colored water formulated with more than 70 minerals. The drink, with a pH of about 8.5, claims to detox, hydrate, and reduce acidity. AV Organics will begin selling its product into New Zealand and then the UAE via major ecommerce platforms such as Amazon, as well as the firm’s website. Distribution will then be expanded to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

Coconut Cloud Builds Out Its Portfolio With Coffee-Plus-Creamers, Cocoas

The Boulder, Colo.-based woman-owned business specializing in coconut-based, dairy-free creamers, is adding six new products to its portfolio. The company is expanding into the coffee-plus-creamer and cocoa spaces with: Happy Brain Coffee (original, sweetened with coconut sugar, and unsweetened); dairy-free Mocha Frappe; Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Creamer; and Peppermint Hot Cocoa and Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa. All Coconut Cloud products contain MCT oil, and are non-GMO, vegan, and free from dairy, soy and gluten.

Orbit Coffee Debuts Energy Powder In U.S.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based subsidiary of Italian company, EthicSport, has launched a coffee-flavored portable energy powder in the U.S. The powder, made from Italian coffee and natural chocolate flavor, adds an extra boost of caffeine, carbohydrates, and maca, also called Peruvian ginseng. Orbit Coffee contains 133 mg of caffeine per single-serving packet that is then mixed into eight ounces of water. EthicSport sells sports nutrition products in Italy and throughout Europe. Orbit Coffee is available online and in stores in the U.S.

Glucose Health Extends “Diabetic Friendly’ Drink Mix Line

The Bentonville, Ark.-based functional beverage company, which two years ago introduced diabetic friendly iced tea mixes, will launch Glucodown diabetic friendly "enhanced water" drink mixes in January. Seven mix flavors were developed, though only four will be included in the first production run: watermelon, cherry, peach-mango and strawberry-banana. The company also announced that for the nine-months of fiscal 2020 gross profit margin was 46 percent compared to 22 percent for the same nine-month period in 2019. 

Entrepreneur Guides Her Pistachio Milk Product To The Launch Pad

The lack of a viable supply chain for high-quality pistachios did not stop an Iranian-American entrepreneur from making her new product idea – pistachio milk – a reality. Roxana Saidi, founder and CEO of Táche, consulted her Silicon Valley entrepreneurial father, who is experienced with start-up fundraising. She hired a formulation team to perfect a barista-friendly pistachio milk that can be sold direct-to-consumer and used at foodservice operators such as coffee shops. With her father’s help, she started fundraising, eventually landing Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and former CEO of yogurt and dairy producer Stonyfield Farm. The result? Táche – pronounced like the second syllable in the word “pistachio” – is ready to officially launch its pistachio-only nut milk. The retail price for a 32-ounce oz carton, which comes in Original Blend or Original Unsweetened, will be $7.99. 
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