Honest Tea expanded its Honest Mate line of ready-to-drink organic yerba mate drinks. The two new varieties, Agave Mate and Tropical Mate, join Sublime Mate, which was introduced in 2007. Honest Mate flavors are high in antioxidants and brewed with unsmoked mate grown on a family farm in Argentina. Agave Mate is a blend of organic yerba mate and agave syrup, and Tropical Mate is a combination of mango and organic yerba mate. A 16-ounce glass bottle retails for $1.39.
PepsiCo introduced Trop50, an orange juice with 50 percent less sugar and calories. Trop50 is sweetened with PureVia, an extract from the stevia plant. An 8-ounce serving of Trop50 contains 50 calories. The product also contains potassium and vitamins A, E and C. Packaged in 59-ounce cartons, Trop50 is available in three varieties: Trop50 Pulp Free, Trop50 Some Pulp and Trop50 Pulp Free Calcium & Vitamin D. A 59-ounce carton retails for $3.59. Trop50 Pulp Free Calcium & Vitamin D also is available in 12-ounce bottles that retail for $1.69.
Celsius On-The-Go Packets
Celsius Holdings Inc. released Celsius on-the-go packets. Each single-serve packet mixes with water, and provides the same benefits of Celsius beverages in a packet form, the company says. The packets are a blend of green tea with EGCG, ginger, caffeine, calcium, chromium, B vitamins and vitamin C. The on-the-go packets are available in a Raspberry flavor. Celsius packets are available at retail and online, and a 14-count box of packets retails for $14.99.
Smucker Natural Foods introduced Sparkling Essence, a zero-calorie combination of sparkling water with organic ingredients. Sparkling Essence is available in Organic Lemon, Organic Cucumber, Organic Blueberry and Organic Mint varieties. The drink is packaged in 10.5-ounce slim cans, sold individually and in four-pack carriers. A four-pack retails between $3.79 and $3.99.
Badoit Sparkling Natural Water
Evian Natural Spring Water unveiled its new glass range of products, featuring Badoit Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Evian packaged in glass. The Evian and Badoit glass products will be available to the restaurant channel in select markets. The bottles are available in 750-ml. and 330-ml. sizes. A 330-ml. bottle retails between $3 and $5, and a 750-ml. bottle retails between $6 and $9.
Acai Berry Wheat
Eel River Brewing Co. released Acai Berry Wheat, a light-bodied wheat ale brewed with organic acai berries from Brazil. The product is 4 percent alcohol by volume and contains 137 calories per bottle. Acai Berry Wheat is packaged in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles, and 12-ounce six-packs. The six-packs retail between $7.99 and $10.99.
Mojito Green Tea And Pomegranate Lemonade
Turkey Hill Dairy released Mojito Green Tea and Diet Mojito Green Tea to its Nature’s Accents line, and Pomegranate Lemonade to its fruit beverages. Green Tea Mojito is a non-alcohol blend of citrus and mint. Pomegranate Lemonade combines Turkey Hill’s lemonade recipe with the flavor of pomegranates. The flavors are available in pints and half-gallon sizes, which retail between $0.89 and $1.19, and $2.49 and $3.49, respectively.
Odwalla Light Lemonade And Limeade
Odwalla Inc., a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co., introduced Light Lemonade and Light Limeade. The products contain 50 calories per serving, and both combine juice with Truvia sweetener. Light Lemonade and Light Limeade also contain vitamins C and E, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The flavors are available in 15.2-ounce and half-gallon plastic bottles.
Bacardi Classic Cocktail Raspberry Mojito
Bacardi U.S.A. Inc. added Bacardi Raspberry Mojito to its Classic Cocktail ready-to-drink portfolio. Classic Cocktail Raspberry Mojito is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, lime, mint and raspberry flavors. The 15 percent alcohol-by-volume product is available in 750-ml. and 1.75-liter sizes. A 750-ml. bottle retails for $12.99.
Acai Berry Red Tea
The Republic of Tea added Acai Berry Red Tea, its first caffeine-free herbal tea, to its line of glass bottled iced teas. Acai Berry Red Tea blends organic South African Rooibos with Brazilian acai berries. The 16.9-ounce bottle features a “TeaScape” label and contains two servings. The tea is exclusively available at restaurants and hotels nationwide. A bottle retails between $1.69 and $1.75.
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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