A new classic
Dr Pepper Berries & Cream is the newest addition to Cadbury Schweppes’ classic Dr Pepper soda fountain line. Dr Pepper Berries & Cream and the diet version combine the taste of Dr Pepper with the smooth taste of cream and a sweet hint of berry. Berries & Cream is available in 12-ounce cans and 20-ounce bottles.
Dr Pepper Berries & Cream and Diet Berries & Cream
Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, Plano, Texas
R.C. Bigelow introduced a 100 percent white tea, White Tea with Tangerine, for $2.99. The citrus scent “calms anxiety, stimulates the body and encourages youthful thoughts,” the company says. The company also released Spiced Chai, a blend of black tea and exotic spices for the same price. Both are packaged in a flavor-protecting foil pouch.
White Tea with Tangerine and Spiced Chai
R.C. Bigelow Inc., Fairfield, Conn.
Ingredients: White Tea with Tangerine: white tea, natural tangerine flavor with other natural flavors.
PepsiCo has revamped Diet Mountain Dew with a new taste featuring a blend of sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and ace-k. This is the first change to Diet Dew’s formula in 15 years. PepsiCo distributed more than 3 million cans of the new Diet on March 8, making it the largest single-day sampling effort in the company’s history.
Diet Mountain Dew
PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, concentrated orange juice, citric acid, natural flavors, citrus pectin, potassium benzoate, aspartame, potassium citrate, caffeine, sodium citrate, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, gum Arabic, sodium benzoate, calcium disodium EDTA, brominated vegetable oil and Yellow 5.
Miller Brewing added Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat to its family of Leinenkugel craft beers. Sunset Wheat features a slightly fruity and citrus character, complemented by the gentle spiciness of coriander. Sunset Wheat is the second new product launch in six months, following Apple Spice, the most successful seasonal launch in the brand’s history, in October, the company says. Sunset Wheat represents the first year-round product launch since 2002, and will be the cornerstone of a summer sampling program in markets throughout the upper Midwest.
Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee
Soma Beverage Co. added a Spearmint flavor to its Metromint lineup. The new Spearmint flavor is subtler than Metromint’s original Peppermint, but contains all-natural ingredients and no sweeteners or calories. The mint water is available in a 500-ml. bottle for $1.39 to $1.99.
Metromint Spearmint Water
Soma Beverage Co. LLC, San Francisco
Ingredients: Water and mint.
Enfission Inc. developed Zipfizz, an all-natural alternative for consumers looking to get a quick energy boost. Zipfizz, which is packaged in a test tube-like, single-serve container, comes in powder form, and contains only 10 calories, no sugar and 2 net carbs. When mixed with 16 to 20 ounces of water, the electrolyte replenishing-formula offers 25 nutritional ingredients, including nine vitamins, eight minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants. Available in Berry and Citrus, Zipfizz is packaged in single, three- and 20- packs.
Enfission Inc., Bothell, Wash.
Ingredients: Citric acid, xylitol, potassium carbonate, natural flavors, calcium ascorbate, magnesium glycinate, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, sucralose, guarana seed extract, l-arginine, potassium citrate, l-taurine, silica, niacin, zinc amino acid chelate, grape seed extract, manganese gluconate, d-alpha-tocopheryl, acetate, green tea leaf extract, alpha-lipoic acid, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, chromium dinicotinate glycinate, cyancobalamin, d-calcium pantothenate, American ginseng root extract, ginger root, selenium-l-methionine complex, riboflavin-5-phosphate, thiamin hydrochloride and folic acid.
Ming Trading Co., a division of Weidman Beverage Corp., offers a line of ready-to-drink black and white tea blends and green tea infusions. Ming Tea Black and White Teas – available in Traditional with Lemon, Peach Potion, Raspberry and Mint Leaf – contain leaves from Ming tea bushes and are not processed but are sun dried. Ming Green Tea is available in Ginseng Infusions and Diet Green Tea Honey Ginseng Infusion. The teas come in 16-ounce bottles for $1.29 to $1.49.
Weidman Beverage Corp., Park City, Utah
Ingredients: Peach Potion: Brewed white and black tea using filtered water, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, citric acid and natural flavors.
Sundia Corp. added three new juice blends: Watermelon Pomegranate, Watermelon Blackberry and Watermelon Lime. Sundia blended watermelon juice with rich-colored fruit juices to create an antioxidant powerhouse loaded with lycopene from the watermelon juice base. All three are made with 100 percent juice and contain no preservatives or added sugar. The varieties retail for $1.69 for 12-ounce bottles.
Sundia Watermelon Pomegranate, Watermelon Blackberry and Watermelon Lime
Sundia Corp., San Francisco
Ingredients: Watermelon Pomegranate: Watermelon juice, pomegranate juice (filtered water, juice concentrates) malic acid, ascorbic acid and natural flavor.
Hood River Distillers created Yazi Ginger Flavored Vodka, a premium vodka targeted toward women. Natural ginger flavoring along with orange, lemon, cayenne, red pepper extracts gives Yazi a slightly spicy taste. The packaging, said to capture the essence of romance, resembles a perfume bottle shape, and has a shiny red neckwrap and a spiraling dragon etched on the back. A 750-ml. bottle retail for around $30.
Yazi Ginger Flavored Vodka
Hood River Distillers Inc., Hood River, Ore.
Distribution: Select marketsSouthern punch tea
Delta Blues Iced Tea Co. launched Delta Blues Iced Tea Punch, a blend of brewed tea, citrus, spices and spearmint. The shelf-stable tea punch offers refreshment with a spearmint bite. Iced Tea Punch is packaged in 16-ounce and 25.4-ounce glass bottles.
Delta Blues Iced Tea Punch
Delta Blues Iced Tea Co., Atlanta
Ingredients: Filtered water, pure cane sugar, natural tea concentrate, lime juice concentrate, orange juice concentrate, ascorbic acid and natural flavors.
Catalyst Beverage Co. created Catalyst, a premium malt beverage infused with caffeine, taurine and natural flavors. At 6 percent alcohol by volume, Catalyst is a carbonated, lightly flavored citrus elixir, with a smooth finish. Catalyst is packaged in 12-ounce aluminum bottles, and retails for $7.99 for a four pack.
Catalyst Beverage Co., San Diego
Distribution: West Coast
Coca-Cola North America brought Coca-Cola Blak to the United States. Coca-Cola Blak is a premium blend of Coca-Cola, natural flavors and coffee essence. For its U.S. launch, Coca-Cola Blak has been formulated to appeal to American tastes, has a unique logo treatment and is packaged in a resealable 8-ounce glass contour bottle.
Coca-Cola North America, Atlanta
Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, natural flavors, coffee extract, phosphoric acid, potassium sorbate, potassium benzoate, caffeine, aspartame and acesulfame potassium.
Sweet and sour
Beam Global Spirits & Wine expanded its flavor offerings to include DeKuyper Pucker Strawberry Passion Schnapps, which marks the first addition to the line since 2003. Starting with a burst of strawberry flavor and finishing with a sweet and sour sensation, Strawberry Passion is available in 50-ml., 750-ml. and 1-liter bottles, and retails for $10.99 for the 750-ml. size.
DeKuyper Pucker Schnapps Strawberry Passion
Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc., Deerfield, Ill.
Sustainable coffee beans
Kraft Foods added Yuban Dark Roast to its Yuban line, which is now Rainforest Alliance Certified sustainable. Made with 100 percent Arabica beans from Central and South America, Yuban Dark Roast delivers a full-bodied cup of coffee. The Rainforest Alliance seal on the Yuban line guarantees that a minimum of 30 percent of all coffee beans that go into each can are certified sustainable, which means the coffee is grown in conditions that put equal emphasis on economic, social and environmental issues. Yuban Dark Roast is available in 11-ounce and 33-ounce cans for $3.89 and $9.19, respectively.
Yuban Dark Roast
Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill.
Luctor International released Van Gogh Mojito Vodka, a vodka infused with mint and a touch of lime. The flavored vodka will launch in time for summer, and can be blended to create Mojito martinis.
Van Gogh Mojito Mint Vodka
Luctor International, Orlando, Fla.
Ready to serve
American Beverage Corp. added to its Daily’s Mixers line with ready-to-drink frozen cocktails in single-serve pouches and multi-serve chilled cocktails in a box. The 10-ounce pouches are available in two flavors – Frozen Margarita and Frozen Strawberry, and retail for $6.99 for a four count package. Daily’s multi-serve ready-to-drink 1.75-liter box is available in Margarita and Cosmopolitan flavors, and retails for $13.99.
Daily’s Ready-to-Drink Cocktails
American Beverage Corp., Verona, Pa.
At a glance . . .
Izze Beverage Co., Boulder, Colo., launched its eighth flavor: Sparkling Apple. Made from a blend of Washington Macintosh and Granny Smith apples, Izze Sparkling Apple is available in 12-ounce glass bottles and 8.4-ounce cans…
Fuze Beverage LLC, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., added Dragonfruit Lime and Blueberry Raspberry flavors to its Slenderize line, which delivers a blend of l-carnitine, Super CitriMax, chromium and vitamin C. Fuze also added Strawberry Banana to its Refresh line, which offers seven vitamins and calcium. All three products retail for $1.49 per 18-ounce bottle...
Pure Fruit Technologies, American Fork, Utah, added three new juice supplements: Seabuck.7 Rejuvenation Formula, Goji.Zen Longevity Formula and Gac.Chai Heart & Vision Formula. Available at health and natural food stores nationwide, the exotic juice supplements are packaged in three bottle sizes: 1.67-ounce ($2.95), 16.9-ounce ($19.95) and 1-liter ($29.95)…
Leading Brands Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, received the Best New Blueberry Product of 2005 Award for beverages for its Trueblue Blueberry-Pomegranate Juice Cocktail from the North American Blueberry Council…
AMI Brands LLC, Santa Monica, Calif., released Volvic Natural Lemon and Volvic Natural Orange which are flavored waters infused with a hint of natural lemon and orange essence…
Wine and spirits
Laird & Co., Scobeyville, N.J., imported Villa Massa LiquOrange, a premium orange liqueur. Produced from oranges grown in the Sorrento Peninsula of Southern Italy, LiquOrange is made from orange peels that are cold infused in alcohol…
Pernod Ricard USA, White Plains, N.Y., released Stoli Blueberi. The blueberry-flavored vodka will be supported with a “Create a Stoli Blueberi Cocktail Contest,” aimed at getting bartenders on board and building a collection of recipes…
Brian Carter, Seattle, launched a new winery and the first five premium releases under the Brian Carter Cellers label. The winery released four red blends consisting of two Bordeaux-style blends, a Rhone blend, a Super Tuscan blend and a white wine blend…
Daucourt Martin Imports, Dallas, released X-Rated Vodka, a vodka created specifically for women. Imported from France, X-Rated Vodka is distilled from French wheat and roseberry grain. A 750-ml. bottle retails for $29.99...
Aladdin Beverage, Brooklyn, N.Y., expanded its markets for Macau Beer, which is imported from China. The Euro-Asian brew is produced with ingredients from Europe, Australia and Japan…
Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, introduced a new seasonal offering: Spring Heat Spiced Wheat. Available through May, the specialty ale is brewed with orange, lemon and lime peels, the spice of coriander, two-row barley and wheat malts, as well as domestic Cascade and Williamette hops and imported Hallertau hops. A-B also will become the U.S. importer of Tiger Beer, a leading brew from Singapore…
Merchant du Vin, Tukwila, Wash., will import Lindemans Pomme, apple lamic, from Lindemans Brewery, Vlezenbeek, Belgium. The malt beverage with apple juices and natural flavors has a light body and a golden color…