Ravenswood Winery has introduced the 2002 Vintage Blend Shiraz from Australia. The blend is dark, dense and spicy with smoky, meaty notes and a long finish, according to the winery. The blend includes fruit from Australia’s premier wine-growing regions, including Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Wrattonbully. The 2002 Ravenswood Vintners Blend Shiraz is available on store shelves and in restaurants nationally, and retails for $10 per bottle. The Vintners Blend series currently includes Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay and most recently Cabernet Sauvignon, released in September 2003.
Van Gogh Vodka has introduced its newest flavor: Four Berry, made with blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries from the Zeeland region in southern Holland. Four Berry Vodka will be sold in a white frosted glass bottle with a clear window presenting a color etching of the Medieval architecture of Holland’s Zierikzee Town Hall, various castles, historic buildings and the port of Zierikzee as well as the four berries. Imported by Luctor International LLC, Reno, Nev., Van Gogh’s Four Berry Vodka will be introduced in the United States in August.
Innovative Technologies Corp., Dade City, Fla., recently introduced Carb Crusher with GCA Natural Tea with Lemon. The tea is sold in resealable 12-ounce plastic bottles. GCA is a patent-pending extract from green coffee beans (unroasted) that reduces carbohydrate and calorie absorption without stimulants or causing gastrointestinal discomfort, according to the company. Additionally, GCA is said to inhibit the release of sugar from glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, burning off fat as an energy source.
Chateau Ste. Michelle will introduce Saint M, a German Riesling made by well-known winemaker Ernst Loosen this summer. The Dr. Loosen estate has more than 200 years of winemaking experience producing only Riesling from old vines in Germany's Mosel and Pfalz regions. The 2003 Saint M Riesling is a fresh, crisp, fruit-driven wine with ripe flavors of peach and apricot, according to the company. Its medium-dry style and touch of minerals are typical of the Pfalz region. Saint M will be available nationally in July, and the suggested retail price is $12 per 750-ml. bottle.
Gordon Industries LLC now offers Intaba Teas of Africa teas in flavors such as Traditional Rooibos Red Tea, Rooibos Honeybush, Rooibos & Fennel, Rooibos & Lemongrass and Traditional Honeybush Tea. The organically grown tea varieties include Traditional, “Bushbabies” Rooibos Honeybush, Rooibos & Fennel and Rooibos & Lemongrass. The caffeine-free tea contains more antioxidants than green tea with no artificial sweeteners and sugar, according to the company. Selling the teas in 1.7-ounce boxes containing 20 tea bags, the company also offers Traditional Honeybush Tea in a 2.12-ounce box.
Coastal Light Beer, produced by Paso Robles, Calif.-based Steinhaus Brewing Co. and distributed by Monrovia, Calif.-based Trader Joe’s, is now available in six-packs of 12-ounce dark glass bottles. The beer is brewed in small batches, and contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than other craft-brewed ales and lagers, according to the company. The Trader Joe’s-distributed Lager and Pale Ale each retail for $4.99 per six-pack.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, has introduced Minute Maid Premium Light, an orange juice beverage with half the calories and sugar of traditional orange juice. The light orange drink contains 50 calories and 10 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving. In addition, Minute Maid Premium Light offers 120 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, and as much calcium and vitamin D as a glass of milk in each serving. It is available nationwide in 64-ounce cartons and 8-ounce multipacks at a price comparable to other Minute Maid Premium orange juice products.
The Hain Celestial Group, Melville, N.Y., has introduced WestSoy Soy Slender Plain Soy Milk in 32-ounce shelf-stable packaging. Enriched with calcium, vitamin D and riboflavin, one serving provides 6.25 grams of soy protein. Additionally, the low-fat Splenda-sweetened beverage has 0 net carbs and only 1 gram of sugar. The soymilk is available in Plain, Vanilla and Chocolate flavors.
Hansen Beverage Co., Corona, Calif., has formed a partnership with Lost International Inc. that involves licensing the rights to develop, produce and distribute Lost Energy Drink. The energy drink, targeted toward 15- to 25-year-olds, builds on Lost's worldwide notoriety for surfboards, surf/skate apparel and accessories. Lost Energy Drink debuted at the Action Sports Retailers and Surf Expo earlier this year, and was initially launched in Southern California.
Murrieta’s Well Winery, Livermore, Calif., has released the 2001 Zarzuela, a Tempranillo blend from estate-grown grapes. Named for the famed Spanish operettas, Zarzuela is a harmonic blend of Tempranillo, Petite Verdot, Touriga Nacional, and Barbera, with added Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in American and French oak barrels for approximately 14 months, the wine features ripe flavors of blackberry, currants and anise, according to the company. Only 2,000 cases were produced, and the wine has a suggested retail price of $27 per 750-ml. bottle.
Community Coffee, Baton Rouge, La., recently introduced a line of premium, single-cup filter products at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Annual Conference in Atlanta. The Community Coffee single-cup product family features seven varieties of premium coffees, including flavored and decaffeinated blends, in pre-measured ground coffee pods ready for brewing. The pods are compatible with both stand-alone and waterline brewers. Each pod is individually wrapped and nitrogen gas flushed.
|New Product Introductions by Category|
|No. of Reports||No. of SKUs|
|Category||’03/’04/% change||’03/’04/% change|
|Wine & Wine Coolers||42/47/12||104/174/67|
|Beer & Ale||25/30/20||48/47/(2)|
|Liqueurs & Other Alcohol Drinks||68/50/(26)||161/106/(34)|
|Alcohol Beverage Substitutes, Low Alcohol||3/1/(67)||14/3/(79)|
|Isotonic, Energy Producing Beverages||22/25/14||45/37/(18)|
|Fruit & Fruit Flavored Drinks||48/35/(27)||180/143/(21)|
|Vegetable & Vegetable Flavored Drinks||2/1/(50)||7/1/(86)|
|Milk, Non-Dairy Milk & Yogurt Drinks||15/27/80||41/71/73|
|Beverage Mixes & Flavorings||25/34/36||100/107/7|
|Source: Productscan Online (www.productscan.com). Current year-to-date introductions as of April 25, 2004. Previous year-to-date introductions as of April 25, 2003.|