X-Cafe, Princeton, Mass., has introduced single-serve
and one-pot packets of coffee concentrate for “Perfectly brewed
coffee, without the grind.” The coffee has a 128-day shelf life
without special storage, and can be mixed with either hot or cold water.
The packets also contain no foil so they can be used for transportation applications such as airlines and trains. Additionally,
single-serve packets can be used in locations such as hotels, businesses,
hospitals, colleges and universities, and convenience stores. The larger
packets are perfect for vending, bars and taverns, and catering
Bold new Captain
Diageo has updated the look of Captain Morgan Original
Spiced Rum with a more defined bottle shape that has crisp shoulders to
better stand out on the shelf. Embossed glass imagery has been added to the
front and back of the bottle, and the label has been changed to portray the
captain against a watermarked ocean scene to reflect the context and
history of the brands. Changes will appear on all sizes of Captain Morgan,
from 50-ml. to 1.75-ml.
Hiram Walker makeover
Pernod Ricard has made over Hiram Walker liqueurs,
with a contemporary look that includes actual photography on the labels to
reflect its all-natural flavors. The bottle also features ridges on the
collar for better grip and pouring. The new logo and package design is
being phased in during the summer and fall, beginning with Hiram Walker Sour Apple Schnapps. The entire line will be complete by
December, and will be backed with on- and off-premise programming such as
consumer sampling, trade education, and an increased advertising budget.
“More than 100 hours of bartender and consumer
research was conducted before refining our packaging to make certain we
were staying true to Hiram Walker’s proud history,” says Lisa
Pfenning, brand manager for Hiram Walker. “The result is a unifying
look among product lines.”
Demand outpacing supply
The most popular bottle of the summer might be the new
Budweiser aluminum bottle, created by Exal USA, Youngstown, Ohio. Demand
for the new package has been so high, Anheuser-Busch says it will double
capacity for the bottle by this fall.
“We knew people would love the aluminum bottle
because it is cool and different,” says Mike Owens, vice president of
sales and marketing at Anheuser-Busch. “We are excited by the
magnitude of interest in this new package. Young adults, particularly in
bars and clubs, tell us they really like the
way it makes drinking cold beer a tactile experience. In fact, this package
is so popular that it’s selling out, and it’s doing its job to
help enhance the beer drinking experience.”
Molson Coors, is getting
ready for football season with a new NFL-themed packaged for Coors Light.
The company will offer a series of football cans, bottles, kegs and
coolers, and offer NFL promotions throughout the season. New packaging
includes the NFL 18-pack plastic bottle cooler box with football themed
bottles. The cooler box is designed to go from retail package to ice
cooler, and the bottle label will feature pigskin texturing on the front
and back of the bottle.
The Coors Light 5-liter Commemorative NFL Kickoff Mini
Keg will mark the first time a domestic brand has been offered in the mini
keg. The 24-ounce Commemorative Kickoff Can and the 24-ounce Commemorative
Monday Night Football Can will both offer chances for consumers to win
football prizes. Each can will carry nine-digit entry codes that will allow
consumers to win prizes at coorsbeer.com.
New look for wine
W.J. Deutsch & Sons, White Plains, N.Y., has
rolled out new packaging for the Georges Duboeuf 2004 Cotes du Rhone. The
new label includes a bold, abstract design and a bright yellow screw-cap
closure. The company carried the new look through to the carton, which can
be stacked at retail to create a striking design.
New size, new formula
Source Beverages, Greensboro, N.C., added a new
16-ounce option to its line of energy drinks, but it didn’t stop with
the can. “Our original Burn 8.4-ounce is so strong, we couldn’t
just double the formula for our 16-ounce,” says Tyler Benedict,
president and founder of the company. “So we tweaked the formula and
added new ingredients to enhance its effectiveness.”
Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., has introduced the
new Heineken DraftKeg, a 4.75-liter keg designed to keep beer fresh for weeks. Unlike other mini-kegs, which use a gravity-fed
pull-tube dispensing system, the DraftKeg uses a special, integrated
carbon-dioxide cartridge inside the can that keeps beer tasting fresh for
21 days after tapping. Another unique feature is the ability to dispense
beer from the top of the can, making it easy to use and more portable. The
package contains 21 8-ounce servings.
“Our stand-out technology gives consumers
exactly what they have been craving in a mini-keg — a cleaner beer
dispensing process and long-lasting premium taste that endures weeks after
its original tapping,” says Andy Glaser, brand director at Heineken
USA. A comprehensive rollout of the product will occur this fall.
Refined Appleton Estate
Brown-Forman, Louisville, Ky., has created a new
design for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum’s V/X and Extra varieties. The
focus of the upgrade was the cartouche and label, while small refinements
were made on other parts of the bottle. The new look features a
contemporary design and an artist’s expression of the Estate scene.
The cartouches have been redesigned to highlight the different brands in
the range and have added the phrases “Estate Distilled” and
Cafe-style at home
Unilever has introduced new Lipton Premium Tea Pods, a
line of four teas designed to be used with the Home Cafe brewing system.
The Home Cafe is a single-cup system that uses pressure brewing technology
that brews a cup in less than a minute. The new Lipton pods are available
in English Estate, Vanilla Hazelnut, Raspberry Truffle and Citrus Blossom
Green Tea. The pods will be available in the coffee and tea aisle of the
supermarket for $4.39 for a pack. beginning in September. The Home Cafe
retails for $39.99 to $119.99 depending on model and manufacturer.
New Sunny D
Graham Packaging Co., York, Pa., recently created a
new PET package for Sunny Delight’s expansion from the refrigerator
case to the shelf. The bottle features the raised image of the sun and a
deeply grooved neck. The package will be used on Sunny D Baja and Sunny D
“When we became a privately owned spin-off from
Procter & Gamble in August 2004, we immediately initiated work to
better meet the needs of consumers who prefer shelf-stable options,”
said Richard Zimmerman, senior vice president for global marketing and
innovation at Sunny Delight Beverages.
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The January premiere issue of 2020 kicks off with the Bottler of the Year profile on Refreshment Services Inc. (RSI) Key West. Readers also can clue-in on the latest developments and insight in reusable packaging, tracking technology in distribution, and new, convenient ways antioxidants are shining as ingredients. Readers also can check out new product releases, the latest in packaging, and innovations in the supermarkets space. The year in beverage has much in store, so read up now!
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