The beverage aisle has become one of my favorites when I’m at the grocery store. I’ve become known by the cashiers for purchasing a basket full of various ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, as I like to find something new to try on each trip and restock on my favorites.
Appearing in the June 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the "Trends in Obesity Among Adults in the United States, 2005 to 2014” study concluded that the prevalence of obesity was 35 percent among men and 40 percent among women in 2013-2014, while an increased prevalence was found among women, but not men, during the 2005-2014 timeframe.
When Culture Club released its 1983 single “Karma Chameleon,” the song instantly became a global sensation. Although not yet on the global scale, Austin, Texas-based Chameleon Cold-Brew with its array of refrigerated ready-to-drink (RTD) cold brew and coffee concentrates has become a “hit” in the beverage market.
The majority of consumers do not plan on changing their dining out behaviors this year; on top of that, the entire restaurant industry is projected to grow, Chicago-based Mintel explains in its January report “Dining Out: A 2016 Look Ahead.”
The U.S. coffee market remains steady, but a few trends are having an impact on it. A 2015 Gallup study found that Americans are drinking just as much coffee now as they were in 1999, about 2.7 cups a day.
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts announced that it is expanding its beverage menu by adding cold-brew coffee at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Metro New York and Los Angeles markets. The rich, ultra-smooth, full-bodied cold-brew coffee is handcrafted in Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in small batches and served every day while supplies last, the company says. The offering soon will become available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country later this summer, it adds.