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Tropicana Products, a division of PepsiCo Inc., released Tropicana Pure Valencia, a premium 100 percent orange juice. Crafted from the top 3 percent of Tropicana’s Florida orange harvest, Tropicana Pure Valencia contains the juice from select Valencia oranges, the company says. Fewer than 15 percent of Tropicana’s 400 groves qualify as potential sources for Valencia oranges for Tropicana’s Pure Valencia. From these, only the medium-sized oranges with the right taste profile are used for Tropicana Pure Valencia, the company says. Pure Valencia is complemented with Pure Valencia Pulp and four other premium 100 percent juices. Raspberry Acai, Pomegranate Blueberry, Indian River Grapefruit and Peach Papya Mango are available in 1-liter hourglass shaped bottles, and Pure Valencia is bottled in a 54-ounce size. All of the varieties sell for $4.49. Tropicana Pure Valencia, Pomegranate Blueberry, Raspberry Acai and Peach Papaya Mango also are available in 12-ounce sizes for $2.49.
Attitude Drink Co. unveiled Vis Viva, an energy drink with the “functional activator” Iqzol. Vis Viva is specifically formulated with Iqzol to deliver level energy, improved focus and enhanced clarity without an energy crash, the company says. Each 12-ounce can contains 25 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrates, no added sodium or sugar and a caffeine content that is approximately half that of a cup of coffee. The energy drink also features vitamins C, B3, B5, B6 and B12.
Wild East Soda Co. launched a line of energy drinks of the same name. Wild East Soda contains Korean ginseng, and uses ginseng to provide the energy boost. Available in Ginseng, Orange, Grape, Lemon-Lime and Cola flavors, Wild East Soda is packed in 12-ounce cans for a suggested retail price between $1.19 and $1.29; 12-ounce glass bottles for $1.29 to $1.79 and 20-ounce PET bottles that are price between $1.59 and $2.29.
Mix 1 added a fifth flavor, Tangerine, to its line of all-natural protein and antioxidants drinks. Available in 11-ounce bottles for $2, Mix 1 Tangerine joins Mango, Blueberry-Vanilla, Lime and Mix Berry. The blend of carbohydrates, proteins and nutrients aims to provide sustained energy throughout the day.
Play Beverages LLC, a licensee of Playboy Enterprises International Inc., in partnership with Cirtran Beverage Corp., created Playboy Energy Drink. With notes of fruit and vanilla, the formula contains ginseng root, guarana extract and damiana leaf, which are ingredients that are believed to stimulate energy levels, the company says. Available in regular and sugar-free varieties, Playboy Energy is available in Boston, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. An 8.4-ounce can sells for $1.99.
Diageo expanded its line of Smirnoff flavored vodkas with Passion Fruit and White Grape varieties. The two additions join the other existing 11 Smirnoff flavored vodkas, and are prepared using the same triple distillation and filtration process. Available in 50-ml., 200-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75 liter bottles, the 750-ml. size is priced at $14.99.
Nantze Springs Inc. entered the energy drink category with Fresh Start Energy Beverage. The non-carbonated, vitamin-enhanced drinks contain taurine for energy. Available in Grapefruit, Mountain Berry and Lemon Lime varieties, Fresh Start is sugar free and contains zero calories. The energy drink is packaged in 16.9-ounce bottles and retails for $1.59.
Naked Juice Co., a subsidiary of PepsiCo, expanded its line of products with Naked Juice Bare Breeze, a super-premium, 100 percent juice with no added sugar or preservatives. Containing no seeds or pulp, the smoother juices are lighter to consumers’ palates and refreshing for the summer months, the company says. Available in Watermelon Chill and Peach Mangosteen Bliss, the Bare Breeze products feature watermelon and mangosteen, which are a first for Naked Juice. The lighter flavored juices are packaged in 15.2-ounce bottles and contain three servings of fruit, vitamin C, B6 and B12. A bottle retails for $3.19.
PepsiCo unveiled its relaunched Sobe Life Water through a Super Bowl commercial in February. Available in Blackberry Grape, Pomegranate Cherry, Orange Tangerine, Strawberry Kiwi and Passionfruit Citrus, the low-calorie beverages have been reformulated to include sugar, and have reduced calories by 20 percent in the process. The waters also contain a blend of B vitamins and vitamins E and C as well as herbs such as taurine, ginseng, yerba mate, chamomile, guarana and rosehip.
Second Glass hosted Wine Riot in Chicago on May 2 and 3. Wine Riot offered attendees an all-access pass to hundreds of new wines as well as multiple educational sessions about different wine styles and varietals. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.
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