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Pom Wonderful expanded its Pom line of pomegranate juice cocktails with Lite Pom, a lighter version of its original Pom juice that is 100 percent natural and contains no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Available in the produce section of grocery stores nationwide, Lite Pom comes in Pomegranate, Pomegranate Black Currant, Pomegranate Blackberry and Pomegranate Dragonfruit flavors. The new product contains the same antioxidants as original Pom, but with fewer calories, the company says. Lite Pom is available in a 16-ounce size of the brand’s curvaceous bottle for a suggested retail price of $2.49.
The Campbell Soup Co. expanded its V8 franchise with V8 V-Fusion + Energy drinks and V8 Energy Shots. Each beverage provides one combined serving of vegetables and fruit as well as a natural energy boost from green tea extract, the company says. V8 V-Fusion + Energy drinks are made with a blend of vegetable and fruit juices as well as green tea.
Absolut, a brand of Pernod Ricard USA, added a variety inspired by San Francisco to its lineup of limited-edition, city-inspired flavors. Absolut SF features a blend of grape, dragon fruit and papaya flavors inspired by the cultures, ethnicities and cuisine of San Francisco.
Slovenia’s Laško Club, regarded as one of the finest beers in central Europe, is now available in the United States. An award-winning beer in Europe, Laško Club is a light-bodied pale golden lager with a subtle hop aroma and full flavored malty depth on the palate, the company says.
Pangea Water introduced a product of the same name made from Italian natural spring water. The water qualifies as a light mineral water because of its balance of mineral salts, sodium and scarce fixed residue.
Oak Beverages announced the release of a summer seasonal beer from Canadian brewery Unibroue. The brewery’s Ephemere Cassis is a seasonal white ale brewed with black currant.
Nestlé USA introduced three aguas frescas-style drinks in select markets across the United States. Based on the traditional Hispanic beverages, Nestlé Aguas Frescas are 100 percent natural and are available in three flavors: Jamaica, made with hibiscus flowers; Tamarindo, which is made from tamarind puree; and Horchata, which is made from rice and cinnamon.
Reed’s Inc. launched a Dr. Better flavor under its Virgil’s Premium Soda Label. The caffeine-free flavor is created with all-natural ingredients and sweetened with raw cane sugar, the company says.
Svedka Vodka added a grape variety to its line of flavored vodkas. The sixth variety in the Swedish vodka’s portfolio, Svedka Grape is made with West Coast concord grapes and Svedka’s five-times distilled vodka that is made from winter wheat.
Second Glass hosted Wine Riot in Chicago on May 2 and 3. Wine Riot offered attendees an all-access pass to hundreds of new wines as well as multiple educational sessions about different wine styles and varietals. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.
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