Innova Market Insights, the Netherlands, used its ongoing analysis of key global developments in food and drink launch activity worldwide to identify the Top 10 trends most likely to impact the food and beverage industry in 2015 and beyond.
Celsius Holdings Inc., the Boca Raton, Fla.-based maker of Celsius negative-calorie beverages, reported a revenue increase of 47 percent to $3.42 million in the third quarter of 2014, which ended Sept. 30. This increase was associated with a 60 percent increase in international sales to approximately $1.6 million due to increases from existing accounts and initial sales in Brazil. In addition, domestic sales increased 38 percent to approximately $1.9 million because of a 66 percent increase in health and fitness retail accounts and a 53 percent increase in domestic retail accounts. However, this was partially offset by a 6 percent decrease in Internet sales and the elimination of a liquidator sale that took place during the same period in 2013.
Foodservice chain to offer made-to-order soft drinks layered with real fruit and fruit flavors
October 28, 2014
Sonic Drive-In, Oklahoma City, Okla., introduced new Sonic Splash Hand-Crafted Sodas that offer customers a lighter artisanal beverage option, the company says. Sonic Splash sodas are made to order to guests’ taste specifications, starting with sparkling filtered water and infused with a selection of real fruit or fruit flavors.
Juice brand to give away hundreds of bottles as promotion
October 28, 2014
Old Orchard Brands LLC, Sparta, Mich., introduced a new line of limited-edition fruit juice cocktails that highlight fall flavors — specifically, fall desserts. The new lineup includes Apple Pie, Caramel Apple and Apple Cherry Cobbler fruit juice cocktails, which will be available during November and December in 64-ounce multi-serve bottles for a suggested retail price of $1.99 a bottle.
Sprite, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., launched a new video meant to inspire viewers and capture LeBron James’ return to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, from a new perspective. Directed by Jason Rosenberg of the Bandito Brothers, the video titled "The First Home Game," features James' on-the-court highlight footage as local fans share their anticipation for his first home-court appearance of the season. The video also features Imagine Dragons’ new single "I Bet My Life" as the background track.
Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) that would make the Heineken brand the official beer of MLS. The partnership will commence in January 2015.
Seasonal beer will combine citrus and chocolate flavors
October 21, 2014
In time for fall, Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif., introduced a new, citrus-rich, chocolaty iteration of its year-round Stone Smoked Porter. Stone Smoked Porter w/Chocolate & Orange Peel currently is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, bars and restaurants in select markets nationwide.