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From cans to bottles

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Code Blue, a zero-calorie, all-natural functional beverage, was originally introduced in cans. After discovering that consumers were mistaking the product for an energy drink, the company moved the product from cans to 12-ounce PET bottles.
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Zico is hydrating a growing culture

Zico Beverages targets niche in the sports drink market
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Fresh out of college in 1991, Mark Rampolla ventured to Latin America as a Peace Corps. volunteer in Costa Rica. He also spent time in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Brazil. During his travels, Rampolla was enlightened by many things within the Latin American culture, including a popular regional drink: coconut water.
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New bottles

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Coupled with its Big Apple campaign, the FRS Co. partnered with multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon to promote the debut of all-natural Healthy Protein and Healthy Energy beverages in sleek, recyclable and resealable bottles.
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Substitutions expand non-dairy options

Almond milk battles soymilk for top dairy alternative spot
By Stephanie Cernivec
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In 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a health claim allowing soymilk manufacturers to state that consuming 25 grams of soy protein in a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, says Virginia Lee, senior research analyst at Chicago-based Euromonitor International. This claim boosted the popularity of soymilk, and it continues to be the most popular dairy alternative beverage today, she says. However, the research firm estimates that sales of soymilk declined 5.8 percent from $981 million in 2009 to $924 million in 2010, and another 8.5 percent in 2010 reaching $846 million in 2011.
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Blockbuster deal

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Hangover Joe’s teamed up with Warner Bros. to roll out Hangover Recovery Shots featuring images of characters from the hit movie “The Hangover” printed on the bottles.
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Four times the chill

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Just Chill now offers its all-natural stress relief beverage in new four-pack options. The latest packaging from the Southern California brand allows for better storage and easier distribution to consumers, the company says.
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Brands getting in the mix

Flavors and function next step for drink mixes
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Established brands continue to lead the drink mix category, although some varieties did experience contraction in the last year. The overall drink mix category grew 1.6 percent for more than $609.7 million in sales for the 52 weeks ending May 15 in U.S. supermarkets, drug stores, gas and convenience stores and mass merchandise outlets, excluding Wal-Mart, according to SymphonyIRI Group, Chicago. Fruit drink mixes made up a majority of the category with $590 million in sales, which represents a 1.6 percent growth.


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Almond milk expands dairy alternative base

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Shifts among category leaders took place in the dairy alternatives market as almond milk and kefir helped contribute to category growth. The refrigerated kefir, milk substitutes and soymilk category grew 16.4 percent for $608.3 million in sales, according to SymphonyIRI Group, Chicago, for the 52 weeks ending May 15 in U.S. supermarkets, drug stores, gas and convenience stores and mass merchandise outlets, excluding Wal-Mart.


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Sleek and mellow

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Marley Beverage Co., operating in partnership with Southfield, Mich.-based Viva Beverages, offers its line of Marley’s Mellow Mood lightly carbonated relaxation drinks in 12-ounce Rexam Sleek cans. The skinny cans are designed to help the brand stand out on shelves and offer environmental and sustainability benefits thanks to the recyclability of aluminum, the company says. Also available in ready-to-drink tea varieties, Marley’s Mellow Mood drinks are available in more than 60 markets in the United States and more than 12 countries. Featuring the image of musician Bob Marley, the relaxation beverages donate a portion of its proceeds to 1Love.org, a Marley family non-profit initiative that continues the musician’s legacy, the company says.


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EVR’s rejuvenating shift for better appeal

From Préventiv Waters to EVR, brand alters its positioning
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For the past two decades, researchers have been extensively studying resveratrol, a naturally occurring compound commonly found in the skin of red wine grapes that is said to have anti-aging, cardiovascular and anti-cancer benefits. Looking to hone in on those benefits, Jonathan Straub, a sales executive, put together a team of experts to help him launch a functional beverage that contained the powerful antioxidant.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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