In Beverage Industry’s 2015 New Product Development Outlook study, 18 percent of respondents named cinnamon as a top-selling flavor for2015. Although we are early into the new year, it seems as those the readers of the magazine are carrying that assessment in their voting records.
Coca-Cola subsidiary also revamps Honest Fizz line
February 24, 2015
Honest Tea, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., is expanding its zero-calorie beverage offerings this year with three new varieties: two unsweetened, caffeine-free herbal iced teas and a zero-calorie organic soda. All will be for sale in natural food stores and the natural food aisles of mainstream grocers starting in March. In addition to the new product launches, the company is following through on its commitment to convert all varieties of its Honest Fizz line to organic certification, a goal set since the zero-calorie sodas were first introduced in early 2013.
Looking to expand its reach and bring its beers to even more customers, Minneapolis-based 612Brew launched three of its distinctive craft brews — Six, Unrated Rye IPA and Gateway Park Lager — in 12-ounce cans from Rexam Beverage Can North America, Chicago.
#ChampionTheMatch campaign brings exclusive content and experiences, special-edition packaging
February 17, 2015
To help U.S. soccer fans get into the action of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) games, Heineken is kicking off its 2015 #ChampionTheMatch UCL campaign. The brand of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA will give fans of legal drinking age access to soccer legends through the Twitter handle @HeinekenSoccer, new Heineken UCL packages featuring contests, and a chance to get up close with the Champions League trophy, the brand says.
Davidson’s Organics, Sparks, Nev., announced it is expanding its private-label beverage program because of popular demand. The program, which offers custom tea bags, bulk teas and iced teas, now will offer wider capabilities through the company’s investment in new machinery as well as its NSF International certification.
PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., announced that it met or exceeded its 2014 financial targets for organic revenue, core constant currency earnings per share (EPS), cash flow, core net return on invested capital (ROIC) and total cash returns to shareholders. This included core earnings per share of $1.12 for the fourth quarter of 2014 and $4.63 for the full year, and organic revenue growth of 5 percent for the quarter and 4 percent for the full year.
Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. released its fourth quarter and full-year 2014 results. It reported that global sparkling beverage volume grew 1 percent in both the quarter and full year driven by growth from the Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta brands. Coca-Cola brand volume was up 1 percent in the quarter and grew slightly for the full year, rounding to even.