American consumers are thirsting for water like never before. Behind soft drinks, bottled water is currently the No. 2 non-alcohol beverage category by sales and has amassed $12.7 billion in sales, up 6.9 percent, in U.S. supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchandisers, gas and convenience stores, military commissaries, and select club and dollar retail chains for the 52 weeks ending May 17, according to data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago.
Celestial Seasonings Inc., a brand of The Hain Celestial Group Inc., Boulder Colo., announced that nine of its teas, including Sleepytime Herbal Tea,– have received Non-GMO Project Verification. This announcement is the first step in an ongoing process through which the brand intends to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification for all of its bagged specialty teas, the company says.
The Republic of Tea released three new herbal iced teas: Sonoma Chardonnay, Sonoma Rosé and Sonoma Cabernet, all of which are made from fine wine grape skins from the Sonoma County wine region in Northern California.
For centuries, hot tea has been lauded as a healthy beverage due to its antioxidant content. These antioxidants are said to help boost metabolism and even fight cancer, according to a December 2014 report from IBISWorld, Los Angeles, titled "RTD Tea Production in the U.S."
The January 2016 issue of Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our Bottler of the Year, as well as articles about juice smoothies, RTD cold-brew coffee, and supermarket growth. Check it out today!