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Foco doubles sales in past year

Coconut water brand launches 330-ml packaging

In the past year, Life Up LLC’s Foco 100% Pure Coconut Water line has added 10 distributors, secured distribution in major supermarket chains and more than doubled its sales, according to Contessa Foconut Donna Bimbo, chief executive officer of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company.


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2014 Innovations of the Year

Health and wellness, personalization trends encompass Beverage Industry’s list of industry-changing products

In the sea of beverages on the retail shelves, consumers definitely have no shortage of options from which to choose. When you take into account the number of new SKUs out there, it can get even more intriguing.


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Beverage Industry readers name their favorite new product of October

ZMix captures 31 percent of the vote

The readers of Beverage Industry must have an interest in mixology. Based on the results of the publication’s Readers’ Choice Product of the Month poll for October, Seismix LLC’s ZMix instant cocktail mixes were a crowd pleaser, garnering 31 percent of the vote.


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Mamma Chia leads by example

Chia-based food and beverage company helps to drive market through quality and community

If you ask Janie Hoffman how chia has impacted her life, you’ll notice her face light up with excitement as she shares what those little seeds have done for her health and well-being and why she wanted to share that same passion with a broader community.


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Almond milk leads growth in the dairy alternatives segment

Coconut milk shows potential

If major coffee chains are any indication, plant-based dairy alternatives such as almond milk and coconut milk are taking their success mainstream.


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Celsius Holdings revenue up 47 percent in Q3

Negative-calorie drink launches in Brazil

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.


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CideRoad launches organic line of switchel drinks

Switchel Organic beverages available in Original, Blueberry and Cherry varieties

CideRoad LLC, Mendham, N.J., launched an organic line of switchel beverages. Also known as “haymaker’s punch,” switchel typically features water, vinegar and ginger, according to Wikipedia. CideRoad Organic Switchel beverages will be available in Original, Blueberry and Cherry flavors.


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New Whey Nutrition helps bring protein drinks mainstream

Company supplements also meet medical, manual labor needs

Although protein drinks previously were associated with bodybuilders and workout occasions, mainstream consumers now are seeking protein-enhanced products.


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Lotus Elixirs North America launches botanical beverages

Brand chooses Rexam Sleek cans with tactile printing

Lotus Elixirs North America, Indian Wells, Calif., launched its new Lotus Botanical Elixirs in 12-ounce Sleek cans from Rexam.


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WhiteWave Foods to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free for $195 million

New brands to expand WhiteWave’s plant-based food and beverages platform

The WhiteWave Foods Co., Broomfield, Colo., announced that it has agreed to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free, Eugene, Ore., from its existing shareholders, led by Wasserstein & Co., for approximately $195 million in cash.


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Top Beverage Flavors of 2014

Traditional flavors make up a large portion of beverage-makers’ selections, but tropical and exotic ones aren’t trailing too far behind. That’s according to research by BNP Media’s Market Research Division for Beverage Industry’s 2014 Product Development Outlook survey. Also see what's anticipated for top-selling flavors of 2015.

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A Healthy Future: Analyzing the latest health and wellness trends in the beverage market

The beverage marketplace continues to evolve to meet new trends and regulations. Our expert speakers will share with you their insight on what health and wellness topics will be paramount for the future success in the beverage industry.

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Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

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2015 January

The January 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our bottler of the year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Luverne, as well as articles about juice drinks, the 2015 New Product Development Outlook, and more. Check it out today!

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