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2014 State of the Industry: Dairy and alternatives

Almond milk trailblazes the non-dairy segment
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Although cow’s milk has long been associated with good health, it has experienced gradual sales declines in the past two years as prices fluctuated and consumers avoided fat, calories and added sugars, according to Chicago-based Mintel’s April 2014 report “Milk, Creamers and Non-Dairy Milk – US.”


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Cold Stone Creamery Milk Shakers

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Steuben Foods partnered with Cold Stone Creamery to launch a line of Cold Stone Creamery Milk Shakers.


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Celsius releases newest flavor

Cola variety joins company’s collection of negative-calorie drinks
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Celsius Holdings Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., announced its newest flavor, Celsius Negative Calorie Cola, which will be unveiled July 4 during the Subway Firecracker 250 at the Daytona International Speedway.


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Vita Coco works to make coconut water the next orange juice

Coconut water brand uses flavors to appeal to consumers
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Ten years ago, U.S. consumers might have thought you were a bit “nutty” if you told them that coconut water would be a multimillion-dollar beverage category one day. In fact, Vita Coco Co-founders Michael Kirban and Ira Liran didn’t even believe it at that time.


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KonaRed capitalizes on benefits of coffee fruit

Beverage company credits success to partnerships with FutureCeuticals, Splash Beverage Group
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Flashing back to arts and crafts projects from childhood, a common instruction from parents and teachers was to “use what you have.” Shaun Roberts took that concept a step further when he developed KonaRed juices.


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BeBevCo introduces Cheech and Chong Chillaxation drink

New product joins portfolio of relaxation drinks
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Statesville, N.C.-based Bebida Beverage Co., also known as BeBevCo, released a new Cheech and Chong Chillaxation drink together with its partially owned subsidiary, Relaxation Solutions Inc.


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Cocozia expands East Coast distribution

Coconut water brand adds Mom’s Organic Market, Earth Origins Market retailers
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Cocozia, a brand of Epicurex LLC, North Miami Beach, Fla., is expanding its reach into Earth Origins Market and Mom’s Organic Market stores. The coconut water brand will be available at more than 10 Mom’s Organic locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Earth Origins Markets has locations in Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts.


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Never Hungover

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Maloof Ventures first launched Never Hungover dietary supplements in select GNC stores in December and expanded the brand nationwide in early 2014.


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Consumers seek gluten-free products to promote healthy lifestyles

Devotion Vodka touts gluten-free attributes on package
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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During May, the medical and dietary communities recognize Celiac Awareness Month, shedding light on the gluten-related autoimmune disease that impacts approximately 3 million Americans, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.


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OrganicMe launches 4 functional beverages

EnergizeMe, FocusMe, CalmMe and SleepMe packaged in Rexam’s 12-ounce Sleek cans
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OrganicMe, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based subsidiary of True Me Brands, launched four new functional beverages that span multiple occasions and need states throughout the day, the company says. U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic and 100 percent natural, the drinks are packaged in 12-ounce Sleek cans from Chicago-based Rexam BCNA.


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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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