What’s Too Much?
After catching my first cold of the season, one of my
first thoughts was to hit the grocery
store for orange juice along with some cold medicine. Among the orange
juice choices, I was drawn to one that offered 240 percent vitamin C.
Vitamin C was appealing for my cold remedy, but why would I need more than
100 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C if that is what is
And it’s not just orange juice. New energy
drinks offer 520 percent vitamin E, 800 percent vitamin B12, 920 percent
riboflavin, 250 percent B6 and so on. What’s the point?
There are technical aspects of vitamin and supplement
degradation during beverage processing, as well as shelf life and the fact
that each person’s recommended daily intake varies based on caloric
intake, which could be reasons why more than 100 percent can be conceived
as reasonable. But what does putting more than 100 percent of the
recommended daily intake of an ingredient on a label say to consumers? As
consumers are taught to pay attention to calories, sodium and sugar levels,
excessive percentages of vitamins might raise a few eyebrows.
In most cases, adding more of a vitamin only gives the
person “expensive pee,” as Larry Trachtenbroit, president of
Brain Twist succinctly stated at Stagnito’s New Products Conference
earlier this month. Do consumers know that? If beverage companies put more
than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamins in their
products, they eventually will have to answer why: Will more than 100
percent be beneficial or potentially cause overdosing?
So too much of a good thing
might not be bad, but it may be confusing.
Close to 80 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts crowded
into Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Wilmington, Del., in August. They
came to meet brewers and sample craft beers from Iron Hill Brewery, Dogfish
Head Craft Brewery, Stewart’s Brewing Co. and Fordham Brewing Co.,
and as a membership drive for the American Homebrewers Association. To date
AHA Membership Rallies have been held in Texas and Delaware garnering 76
new members and 22 members renewing.
Remy Cointreau USA will collaborate with Boxing
Middleweight Champion Oscar de la Hoya and world class boxing through
Golden Boy Promotions. The venture will place Remy Martin as the sponsor of
upcoming Golden Boy Promotions fights. The highlight of this partnership
will be the sponsorship of Oscar de la Hoya’s return to the ring in
Knob Creek took Texas Hold’em Poker from the big
screen to restaurants and bars across Chicago. The Knob Creek Charity Poker
Classic offered consumers a chance to show their best poker face and
winning hand while enjoying the classic flavors of Knob Creek. From
September to early October, professional dealers provided expert advice for
those who just can’t decide when to call “all-in,” while
expert bartenders served Knob Creek cocktails. Each time a person played in
the Knob Creek Charity Poker Classic, a donation was made to the Prostate
Heineken plans to sponsor the Union of European
Football Association (UEFA) Champions League with the launch of
championsplanet.com. The interactive site supports the global campaign
“Welcome to Champions Planet,” which invites fans to
proactively take part in the spirit of the UEFA Champions League by sharing
movies and pictures. The overall campaign will be launched in more than 120
countries throughout the 2005/2006 soccer season.
Tequila Cazadores, Los Angeles, began a cultural
exchange tour this month that educates U.S. consumers about Mexican culture
and in the process introduces two new products: Cazadores Anejo and
Cazadores Blance. Through the blend of Mariachi music, traditional
costumes, authentic dances and décor, Las Chicas Cazadores
illustrate how Tequila Cazadores reflects the heritage of Mexico. The tour
is set to roll through 11 states.
PepsiCo partnered with Screenlife LLC to develop a
nationwide in-theater trivia program based on Scene It? The DVD Game. Scene
It? Trivia, sponsored by Pepsi, is featured in theaters across the United
States and Canada and will be on movie screens through December 2006. The
trivia, shown on co-branded slides viewed on-screen before movies,
challenges movie fans with questions such as: “Vince Vaughn and Owen
Wilson of The Wedding Crashers appeared together in what 2004 comedy?”