With Rockville, Md.-based Packaged Facts estimating the dairy and dairy alternative beverage category will grow from a $23.8 billion industry in 2014 to a $31.5 billion industry by 2019 in its April report titled “Dairy and Dairy Alternative Beverage Trends in the U.S.,” more beverage-makers will be in search of contract manufacturers to support their beverage-making needs.
Whether it’s the highly trained athlete or the casual runner, more consumers are turning to beverages to support their workout regimens. According to Chicago-based Mintel’s January report “Nutritional and Performance Drinks – US,” dollar sales of these drinks reached $11.5 billion in 2014.
Clearly the readers of Beverage Industry are fans of kombucha as Clearly Kombucha won the August New Product of the Month poll. The organic beverage obtained 21 percent of the votes. Voting took place between Sept. 8 and 18.
Lifeway Foods Inc., Morton Grove, Ill., a supplier of kefir cultured dairy products, today announced that Protein Kefir, the company's latest kefir innovation, has expanded distribution to Harris Teeter, and more retailers will be carrying the product within the coming months.
HIIT Bottle LLC launched a new, all-purpose protein bottle that is one-eighth stainless steel, vacuum-sealed, double-wall insulated, BPA free and travel ready for hot or cold liquids, the company says.
Readers of Beverage Industry Magazine are showing an affinity for organic protein smoothies. In the June New Product of the Month poll, Baltimore-based B’more Organic’s Strawberry Skyr Smoothie took the top spot.