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Beverage Innovation

Tracking The Drinks Marketplace

Coca-Cola

Coke Ireland Launches Drone Delivery Trial

The partnership between Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland and Manna Drone Delivery is designed to provide not only faster but more eco-friendly delivery of Coke products. Available now in Oranmore, Galway, the large commercial drone delivery trial expects to roll out to more Irish towns in the coming months. The Oranmore test handles products up to two kg within the town of 10,000 or so residents, delivering orders from grocery stores, take-aways, pharmacies, and bookshops. Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Sprite, and the Schweppes range will be available for delivery via the Manna platform. The partnership with Manna supports Coca-Cola HBC’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. 

Coke To Debut Aha Sparkling Waters In U.K.

The company has registered the two-year-old canned fruit-flavored seltzer brand with the British Intellectual Property Office in the class of fruity carbonated drinks and water-based beverages. When introduced in 2019, Aha was the first major brand launch for Coca-Cola in the U.S. since the iced tea brand Gold Peak in 2006. In the U.K. in 2020, take home sales of seltzers surged 176 percent over the 52 weeks to September 6, 2020, amid rising concerns over sugary drinks. Bigger competitive brands are hoping to get a share of the U.K. action: Highland Spring, for example, unveiled three fruit-flavored sparkling waters in March. In the U.S., however, Coca-Cola recently had to remove its Black Cherry & Coffee and Apple & Ginger flavors from the Aha lineup because of continuing aluminum can shortages.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Keurig Dr Pepper Announces Secondary Offering Of Stock On Behalf Of Mondelēz

KDP announced a registered public secondary offering of its outstanding common stock – 28 million shares at $35.65 each – on behalf of Mondelēz International Holdings on June 7. KDP is not selling any shares of common stock and will not receive any proceeds from the offering. Upon completion on June 10, Mondelēz will own approximately 6.4 percent of outstanding common stock. At that ownership level, Mondelēz will retain one of its two board seats. This sale of shares represents approximately two percent of the company's outstanding common stock. 

Nestle

Nestlé Unveils Mineral Water Bottles With Less Plastic

The Swiss company’s two packaging innovations for its Vittel natural mineral water bottles function like traditional plastic bottles but with much less plastic. The Vittel GO system, a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50 cl refills of Vittel natural mineral water, is made with 40 percent less plastic than a traditional 50 cl Vittel bottle. The reusable protective case makes it easy to drink the water from the thinner bottles. The second innovation is a 100 percent recyclable one-liter Vittel Hybrid bottle that is made with an ultra-thin recycled plastic surrounded by a fiber-based material made from recycled cardboard and old newspapers. Both the Vittel GO and Vittel Hybrid water bottles will be tested in France in July. 

Nestlé Launches Nescafé Instant Coffee Made With Arabica Beans.

The company says the new Nescafé Original signature instant coffee is smoother because it is made with high-quality Arabica and Robusta coffee beans that have been roasted separately using a new roasting technology. The reformulated version arrives on grocery store shelves in the U.K. and Ireland this month.

Other Companies

Thick-It Targets Dysphagia Patients With Hydration Beverages

The Muscatine, Iowa, maker of xanthan-based ready-to-drink beverages for people who have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) is introducing Clear Advantage Plus Electrolytes Thickened Beverages. Sold in packs of 24, the eight fl oz bottles are pre-mixed with essential electrolytes to provide hydration. The drinks promote hydration for dysphagia patients who often follow a diet of modified food textures and thickened liquids. The single-serve, resealable bottles are available in grape and fruit punch flavors on Amazon and for facility use through McKesson, Medline, and other regional distributors. 

Hiyo Launches Functional Non-Alcoholic Drinks To “Destigmatize Sobriety”

The launch of the Los Angeles, Calif.-based functional non-alcoholic beverages “offers a taste and experience that is ‘better than alcohol,’” will help “destigmatize sobriety,” and will support those who have decided to give up alcohol. Founded by former college friends with experience in investment, beverage development, and alcohol addiction, Hiyo contains a blend of functional ingredients (nootropics, adaptogens, and herbal extracts) that helps people feel better, calmer, and less-stressed, “taking the place of alcohol without the harmful effects.” Rolling out in three flavors – peach mango, watermelon lime, blackberry lemon – the drinks are available online and at select retail stores in Los Angeles.

Suntory Rolls Out Recycled Plastic Bottles For Lucozade Sport Range

Suntory Beverage and Food Great Britain & Ireland’s $8.5 million rollout includes a new label design featuring recycling prompts to ensure that the bottles can be sorted into the clear waste stream to be recycled back into bottles at U.K. recycling centers. Suntory says the move will save 3,400 tons of virgin plastic annually.

Kraft Heinz U.K. Is Working On Cocoa-Based Drink Targeting Menstrual Health

Blended with turmeric, black pepper, reishi mushrooms, and “warming spices,” Period is one of the company’s ongoing experiments with functional foods and drinks. Described as “a restful drink designed to support you and your body during the hormonal cycle,” the cocoa-based beverage will help Kraft Heinz (Chicago, Ill.) tap into the huge U.K. functional food and drink market, valued by Kantar at $28 billion before the pandemic. The drink is being developed by Heinz’s newly-founded New Ventures division.
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