Skyy Spirits released Skyy Infusions Pineapple to its line of Skyy Infusions. The flavor joins Citrus, Cherry, Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Grape varieties. Skyy Infusions Pineapple is created by using Skyy Vodka infused with real fruit, the company says. The product is available in 50-ml., 750-ml. and 1-liter bottles. A 750-ml. bottle retails for $18.49.
Odwall Protein Monster
Odwalla Inc., a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co., added Vanilla Protein and Chocolate Protein to its line of Protein Monster beverages. Each 15.2-ounce bottle contains 33 grams of soy and dairy protein, and Vanilla Protein also has vanilla extract. Vanilla and Chocolate Protein carry vitamins B6 and B12, calcium, zinc, potassium, copper and iron. The new flavors join Super Protein Vanilla Al’Mondo and Super Protein Original.
Jones Soda Co. debuted Jones Gaba, a tea and juice blend with the amino acid Gaba. Jones Gaba contains PharmaGaba, which is thought to improve mental focus, balance and clarity, while reducing stress, the company says. The beverage is available in Fuji Apple, Lemon Honey, Nectarine and Grapefruit flavors. Each 12-ounce can contains 150 mg. of PharmaGaba and retails for $2.99.
PepsiCo introduced Amp Energy Lightning, Amp Energy with Black Tea and Amp Energy with Green Tea, three flavor extensions to its Amp line. Amp Energy Lightning is a lemonade flavor with L-carnitine; Amp Energy with Black Tea contains amino acids and antioxidants; and Amp Energy with Green Tea offers antioxidants as well as beta-alanine.
The company also launched Bloodshot Super Energy Supplement, an energy drink made with blood orange and dragonfruit juices. Bloodshot contains electrolytes and 150 percent of the daily recommendation for C and B vitamins. The flavor extensions and Bloodshot are packaged in 16-ounce cans that retail for $2.29.
Arizona Beverage Co. created Vapor Water, a vapor-distilled water infused with a blend of electrolytes. During the distillation process, environmental pollutants are removed from the vapors, and then the clean water is combined with calcium, magnesium and potassium, the company says. The formula is designed to help increase the rate of hydration and enhance performance during physical activity. A 25.3-ounce bottle and 33.8-ounce bottle retail for $1.29 and $1.59, respectively.
Sunkist Naturals Smoothies
Sunkist Naturals, owned by Maverick Brands, added Pomegranate Sunshine and Tangerine flavors to its line of smoothie beverages. Pomegranate Sunshine contains vitamins A, C and B as well as 4 grams of fiber per bottle. Tangerine carries 2.5 pounds of tangerine juice squeezed into a bottle and 420 mg. of potassium, the company says. The flavors join Strawberry Dream, Golden Mango, Berry Blue Bountiful, 100% Valencia Orange, Orange Cream, Berry Cherry Bountiful and Glorious Greens. All varieties are available in 15.2-ounce and 1-liter bottles, which retail for $2.79 and $3.99, respectively.
The company also introduced Sunkist Light 80 Calorie Smoothies with 40 percent fewer calories and carbohydrates than traditional smoothies, the company says. The Light Smoothies carry less sugar and are low in fat. The smoothies are available in Strawberry Banana, Blackberry Blueberry and Pomegranate Cherry flavors. All flavors contain high amounts of vitamin C, the company says.
O.N.E. Coconut Water with a Splash
O.N.E. Natural Experience released O.N.E. Coconut Water with a Splash and O.N.E. Water at Natural Products Expo West in March. O.N.E. Coconut Waterwith a Splash is a blend of coconut water and tropical flavor, the company says. The product is available in Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Mango and Pink Guava varieties. The 8.5-ounce Tetra Pak retails between $1.29 and $1.49.
O.N.E. Natural Experience is donating all profits from O.N.E. Water to non-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Disabled American Veterans, among others. The product is produced with spring water sourced from Eastern Canada. Packaged in 16.9-ounce Tetra Paks, O.N.E. Water retails between $1.49 and $1.79. O.N.E. Coconut Water with a Splash and O.N.E. Water will appear on retail shelves in June.
RTD Puerh Tea
Numi Organic Tea expanded its offerings with ready-to-drink bottled teas, including five varieties of Puerh Tea blends and one Rooibos Herbal blend. Numi Organic RTD Puerh teas are available in Mango Passion Puerh Black Tea, Earl Grey Puerh Black Tea, Magnolia Jasmine Puerh Green Tea, Peach Nectar Puerh Green Tea and Moroccan Mint Puerh Green Tea flavors. In addition, Honey Lemon Rooibos Teasan is available as an herbal, caffeine-free option. A 12-ounce bottle retail for $2.79.
Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider
Crispin Cider Co. launched Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider. The product is available in three varieties: Original, Brut and Light. Original is 5 percent alcohol by volume, Brut is 5.5 percent alcohol by volume and Light is 3.2 percent alcohol by volume. All Crispin flavors are fermented with red wine yeasts as well as not-from-concentrate apple juice blends. A four-pack retails for $6.99.
Stirrings Bar Solutions
Stirrings released Bar Solutions, juice mixers in eco-friendly shelf-stable cartons. Bar Solutions are available in Bloody Mary, Mojito, Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Pomegranate and Wild Blueberry flavors. The 1-liter cartons were crafted from renewable raw materials through a resource-efficient process, which reduces CO2 emissions, the company says. The product is being sold to on-premise bars and restaurants through a national network of foodservice and liquor distributors. Bar Solutions does not contain alcohol.
Ito En teas
Ito En launched Oi Ocha Dark Green Tea, Jasmine Green Tea and Golden Oolong Tea, three traditional Japanese teas. The line extensions feature Japanese package labels to reflect the traditional Japanese taste of the unsweetened and calorie-free infusions, the company says. Oi Ocha Dark Green Tea has a robust flavor; Jasmine Green Tea is infused with Jasmine flowers; and Golden Oolong Tea is a blend of Golden Cinnamon and Iron Goddess, although the teas are steeped separately. A 16.9-ounce bottle retails for $1.99.
Drenchers Super Blends Mocha Cappuccino
Drenchers added Super Blends Mocha Cappuccino to its line of Super Blends. Mocha Cappuccino combines Sumatra coffee, purified water and non-fat milk with chocolate. Each 9.5-ounce bottle features Bodyguard, the company’s antioxidant package, which includes vitamins A and E, zinc, non-fat milk, calcium, magnesium and niacin.
The December year-end issue features a cover story on “Innovations of the Year” and check out the companies honored with “best packages of the year.” The issue also includes a special report on contract packaging, the growth of private-label products and why “Opportuni-Teas” continue to abound for tea ingredients. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted. Happy Holidays to all!
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