Wild Oats Market, the Boulder-based natural foods
chain, is branching out by selling its private label products as well as
vitamins and supplements through outlets other than its own stores. It will
begin testing a store-within-a-store concept in Stop N’ Shop
Supermarkets in the Northeast, and will offer its products online through
Peapod in the Chicago area.
Redwood Creek added a 2002 vintage Pinot Noir to its
wine portfolio. It’s medium-bodied with ripe flavors of blackberry
and black cherry with a velvety, smooth finish. Available nationwide, its
suggested retail price ranges from $6.99 to $9.99 for 750-ml. and 1.5-liter
Pernod Ricard USA is re-introducing Sandeman’s
Vau Vintage Porto to make it more accessible to restaurants and consumers.
The pricey port used to retail for about $60 for a 750-ml. bottle; it will
now be sold for $35. A 375-ml. bottle will also be offered for $20…
Chilean winemaker Veramonte released its first-ever
super-premium wine with a screw cap. Sixty thousand cases of 2004 Veramonte
Sauvignon Blanc were sent to market in August. The company’s
president said the wine is perfect for a screw cap closure because it is an
accessible, all-occasion wine that is best consumed in its youth…
Wheat beer, always a
favorite in Bavaria, is finding fans in the States as well. Paulaner Beers
and Ales is re-positioning its classic Bavarian wheat beer, Hefe-Weizen, as
its flagship product in the United States. Hefe-Weizen has a naturally
cloudy appearance with tones of deep gold and a crisp, refreshing flavor.
It’s usually garnished with a lemon…
Hop heads can now enjoy Colorado’s Rockies
Brewing Co’s MoJo India Pale Ale in 12-ounce, six-packs. Made with
unique Amarillo hops, the ale has a slight citrus flavor and an
ultra-crisp, dry finish that balances with its malt character.
Tsingtao Beer is available in convenient 12-packs,
starting this month. It’s the top Chinese import in the United
Cadbury is marketing a lighter version of the soft
drink classic, Orange Crush. The low-sugar, low-calorie Orange Crush Light
is sweetened with sucralose. It has one-third less sugar and one-third
fewer calories than the original version…
The latest addition to the Fizzy Lizzy line of
sparkling fruit juice is Fuji Apple. It’s made with 70-percent fruit
juice and has no added sugar…
Tri-City’s Diet Dr. Enuf and Diet Herbal Dr.
Enuf beverages have been reformulated using sucralose as
Shasta Beverages, a National Beverage Co. offering, is
converting the sweetener in its line of diet soft drinks to Splenda. The
zero-calorie line includes Diet French Vanilla Cola and Diet Chocolate,
Pepsi is reportedly expanding the limited test of its
new flavored dairy drink called Milk Chillers. The product is aimed
directly at the school set, where pressure is building to offer only
Orange Julius is going wild as it switches from
regular blueberries to wild blueberries in all of its drinks that contain
the berry. Marking the occasion is the launch of Julius Creations Premium
Fruit Smoothie – Wild Blue Twist. It’s a tangy blend of wild
blueberries, blackberries and non-fat frozen yogurt, with a twist of
Horizon Organic is reported to be introducing several
new kid-friendly, organic lunchbox options. The new products include
organic smoothies, single-serve organic juices and organic banana
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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