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."
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., Canton, Mass., The J.M. Smucker Company, Orrville, Ohio, and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Waterbury, Vt., announced that Dunkin' K-Cup pods are now available for sale at thousands of retailers nationwide for the first time, the companies say. As part of an agreement between the three companies first announced in February, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin' K-Cup pods exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores. Keurig will distribute and market Dunkin' K-Cup pods exclusively to specialty stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's and Macy's, as well as office supply retailers such as Staples and Office Depot beginning this summer.
Company will donate to foundation from sales of two new lemonades
June 1, 2015
Lake Wales, Fl.-based Florida’s Natural Growers recently launched two new ready-to-drink lemonades, a traditional Lemonade and a Lemonade with Strawberry, that hit shelves in early May. The drinks are premium, not from concentrate lemonades, made with real sugar, and they accomplish a philanthropic mission, too. All of the profits from the sale of the items will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer.