Water Plus Benefits
Coca-Cola North America extended its Dasani lineup with Dasani Plus. The vitamin-enhanced flavored water beverages come in three varieties: Refresh + Revive, Cleanse + Restore and Defend + Protect. Refresh + Revive is Kiwi Strawberry flavored, and has 10 percent of the recommended daily intake per serving of vitamins B3, B6 and B12. Cleanse + Restore is Pomegranate Blackberry flavored and contains 10 percent of the RDI per serving of vitamins E, B3, B6 and B12, plus 1 gram of fiber. Defend + Protect is Orange Tangerine flavored, and provides 10 percent of the RDI per serving of vitamin E and zinc. Dasani Plus is packaged in 20-ounce single-serve PET bottles.
Dasani Plus
Coca-Cola North America, Atlanta
Telephone: 404/676-2121
Internet: dasani.com
Distribution: National

Protein sports drink
Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages acquired the Accelerade trademark in 2006 from Pacific Health Laboratories and maintained the patented four-to-one carbohydrate-to-protein ratio while reformulating the flavor for athletes. This summer, Accelerade launches in 20-ounce bottles in Fruit Punch, Mountain Berry, Peach Mango and Citrus Grapefruit flavors. Accelerade in powder and gel forms also are still available. The drinks contain 80 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of protein per 8-ounce serving.  
Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, Rye Brook, N.Y.
Telephone: 914/612-4500
Internet: accelerade.com
Distribution: National
Ingredients: Mountain Berry: Filtered water, sugar, trehalose, whey protein isolate, citric acid, phosphoric acid, natural flavors, lactic acid, magnesium carbonate, salt, monopotassium phosphate, vitamin E acetate, Blue 1 and sodium ascorbate.

Sparkling apple juices
Apple Rush Co. launched Apple Rush, a line of organic 100 percent juice blends with sparkling water. Available in six flavors — Original Apple, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Black Cherry, Cranberry and Strawberry Apple Blends — the juices contain no added sugar. Apple Rush is packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles and retails for $5.99.
Apple Rush
Apple Rush Co., Blue Island, Ill.
Telephone: 708/389-6628
Internet: applerush.com
Distribution: Select markets
Ingredients: Original Apple: Sparkling water, organic apple juice concentrate, natural flavors and ascorbic acid.

Vitamin packed
Jones Soda Co. has launched 24C, a line of vitamin-enhanced waters and powdered drink mixes. The products are high in vitamin C and formulated to provide a full day’s worth of essential vitamins and electrolytes, the company says. Every bottle or powdered mix packet of 24C provides up to 2,000 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, 125 percent of vitamin A, 63 percent of vitamin B2, 63 percent of vitamin B3, 500 percent of vitamin B6 and 500 percent of vitamin B12. Available in Lemon Lime, Mandarin Orange, Tropical Citrus, Peach Mango, Berry Pomegranate and Cranberry Apple flavors, a 20-ounce bottle of 24C retails for $1.59 and 12-packs of 10-gram powdered mix packet for $9.49.
Jones Soda Co., Seattle
Telephone: 206/624-3357
Internet: jonessoda.com
Distribution: National
Ingredients: Water, crystalline fructose, citric acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor, beta carotene, vitamin A palmitate, niacinamide, acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, D-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, zinc oxide, riboflavin, chromium polynicotinate and cyanocobalamin.

Green tea energy
Source Beverages released a new Sugar-Free Burn Energy Drink infused with EGCG, green tea extract and calcium. Burn Sugar-Free aims to boost energy levels and metabolism by combining the infused ingredients with antioxidants, B vitamins, ginseng and guarana. Like all Burn products, the new Sugar-Free Burn 16-ounce can contains standardized ingredients and each can provides a full dose of nutraceuticals, according to the company.
Sugar-Free Burn Energy Drink
P.R. Performance/Source Beverages, Greensboro, N.C.
Telephone: 336/540-9476
Internet: sourcedrinks.com
Distribution: Select markets

Improved flavor and graphics
This summer, Big Red will hit the Texas market with a new Diet Big Red flavor formulation and the first packaging update since 1997. Diet Big Red's update will be fueled by the message “now more Big Red taste,” indicating the formula is new and tastes more like the original Big Red flavor profile, the company says. The new formula contains a sweetener blend of sucralose and ace-K. In addition, Diet Big Red's new packaging graphics feature the familiar Big Red logo red on a blue fade. “Diet” has been moved away from the Big Red logo for more visual impact.
Diet Big Red
Big Red Ltd., Waco, Texas
Telephone: 254/399-6825
Internet: bigredltd.com
Distribution: Select markets

Green teas
Cintron Beverage Group expanded its brand with Cintron Green Teas. Made with honey and ginseng, the Green Teas are available in five varieties: Pomegranate, Mango, Guava Passion Fruit, Original and Diet. Value-sized in 23.5-ounce cans and priced at $0.99, Cintron Green Teas are packaged in green cans.
Cintron Green Teas
Cintron Beverage Group, Philadelphia
Telephone: 267/298-2100
Internet: cintronbeveragegroup.com
Distribution: National
Ingredients: Premium brewed green and black tea using filtered water, high fructose corn syrup, honey powder, natural flavors, citric acid and ginseng extract.

More fruits and veggies
Nestlé USA released Nestlé Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise, a 100 percent fruit and vegetable juice made for kids. An 8-ounce glass of Harvest Surprise provides two combined servings of fruits and vegetables (two-thirds servings of vegetables and one and one-third servings of fruit). Available in three flavors — Orange Mango, Grape and Tropical — each variety is made with fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, grapes, mangos, pears and apples. In addition, Harvest Surprise provides 120 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. The juices are sold in 46-ounce plastic bottles for $3.29.
Juicy Juice Harvest Surprise
Nestlé USA Inc., Glendale, Calif.
Telephone: 818/549-6000
Internet: juicyjuice.com
Distribution: National
Ingredients: Orange Mango: Grape juice, carrot juice, apple juice, mango puree, orange juice (water, juice and puree concentrates), sweet potato puree, natural flavors, citric acid and ascorbic acid.

Summer soda
Pepsi-Cola North America created another limited-time release, Pepsi Summer Mix. Available through the end of July, Pepsi Summer Mix is a cola with a tropical fruit flavor, and is packaged in 20-ounce bottles, 2-liter bottles and 12-ounce cans in 12-packs.
Pepsi Summer Mix
Pepsi-Cola North America, Purchase, N.Y.
Telephone: 914/253-2000
Internet: pepsiusa.com/whatshot/summermix/
Distribution: National

Sweet lemonades
James’ Lemonade presents a product line of the same name of fruit-flavored beverages. James’ Lemonade is offered in Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Grape, Fruit Punch, Mango and Strawberry flavors. The drinks are packaged in 16.9-ounce plastic bottles with a sports-cap, and retail for $0.99. James’ Lemonades are available in select grocery and convenience stores as well as restaurants in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; St. Louis; Wichita, Kan.; Chicago; San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.; and Kansas City, Kan.
James’ Lemonade
James’ Lemonade, Kansas City, Kan.
Telephone: 913/334-6898
Distribution: Select markets
Ingredients: Strawberry: Water, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, concentrated pear juice, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, sodium citrate, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, concentrated strawberry juice, sodium benzoate, ethyl maltol and Red #40.

Specialty imports
Merchant du Vin will be distributing three gluten-free Belgian ales from Green’s. Green’s beers, brewed at de Proef Brewery in Lochristi, Belgium, are full-flavored ales made with millet, rice, buckwheat and sorghum. Bottle-conditioned with an authentic Belgian yeast strain, the beers are suitable for both vegan and vegetarian diets. The line includes Green’s Discovery Amber Ale, medium-bodied with subtle caramel and nut flavor nuances; Green’s Endeavour Dubbel Ale, a classic dubbel style with a hint of dark-sugar and toffee flavor; and Green’s Quest Tripel, which has a light body for a beer with 8.5 percent alcohol by volume.
Merchant du Vin also imports Westmalle Trappist Ale Dubbel and Tripel from the Westmalle Abbey, north of Antwerp in the Flanders region of Belgium. The Dubbel is amber-brown colored, with a subtle deep-caramel aroma and flavor balanced by Belgian yeast character. The Tripel offers a deep-gold color, and herbal aroma that suggests candied orange.
Green’s and Westmalle Trappist Ale
Merchant du Vin, Tukwila, Wash.
Telephone: 253/656-0320
Internet: merchantduvin.com
Distribution: National

Dragon icon
Leading Brands launched Stoked Energy Drink with packaging that includes a dragon icon as the focus. Released in 16-ounce cans in four flavors — Original, Sugar Free, Tropical Orange and Dragonberry — Stoked Energy Drink will focus its marketing efforts in the video gaming industry. The drink retails for $1.99.
Stoked Energy Drink
Leading Brands Inc., Vancouver
Telephone: 604/685-5200
Internet: Stokedenergy.com
Distribution: U.S. and Canada
Ingredients: Dragonberry: Carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, sodium citrate, taurine, D-glucuronolactone, color (blueberry, black and purple carrot juices), ginseng root powder, natural flavor, sodium benzoate, caffeine, inositol, niacinamide, guarana seed extract, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium D-pantothenate, riboflavin and cyanocobalamin.

Weight loss water
Skinny Nutritional Corp. released Skinny Water with Super CitriMax and ChromeMate as active ingredients to help dieters lose three times more weight than diet and exercise alone, the company says. Skinny Water aims to curb hunger, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and promote normal metabolism, fat loss and lean body mass. The water also provides 15 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium and 9 percent of the RDI of potassium in each 16.9-ounce bottle. Skinny Water is available in two flavors — Raspberry and Lemon — and retails in six-packs for $5.99.
Skinny Water
Skinny Nutritional Corp., Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Telephone: 610/784-2000
Internet: skinnywater.com
Distribution: National

Peanut rum cream
Team Spirits Imports Co. is importing Castries Peanut Rum Crème, an ultra-premium crème that is peanut based. With a blend of fresh roasted peanuts, vanilla, premium cream and a touch of rum, Castries Crème draws upon its roots from the island of St. Lucia and takes its name from the capital port city. The spirit is available in 750-ml. bottles and sells for $29.99.
Castries Peanut Rum Crème
Team Spirits Imports Co. LLC, West Hempstead, N.Y.
Telephone: 917/842-2250
Internet: castriescreme.com
Distribution: Select markets

Functional drinks
MD Drinks released three new functional platforms to join its current line. The new drinks, named to reflect their distinct functionalities, include House Call, in Honey Green Tea flavor to boost the immune system; Vacation, in Pacific Coconut flavor to improve mood; and Light Weight, for weight loss in three flavors — Dragonfruit, Pink Grapefruit and Acai Pom.
Function Drinks
MD Drinks Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif.
Telephone: 310/923-0586
Internet: functiondrinks.com
Distribution: Select markets
Ingredients: Vacation: Water, natural evaporated cane juice, skim milk, magnesium chloride hexahydrate, cream, citric acid, sodium citrate, natural flavor, L-theanine, L-5 hydroxytryptophan, pectin, lactic acid and zinc picolinate.

At a glance . . .
Coffee and tea
Numi LLC, Oakland, Calif., released five organic boxed teas: White Nectar White Tea, Velvet Garden White Tea, Gen Mai Cha Green Tea, decaffeinated Ginger Sun Green Tea and Indian Night Black Tea. With the exception of Gen Mai Cha, all of the teas are Fair Trade certified…
China Mist Brands, Scottsdale, Ariz., introduced its first iced tea for the foodservice and retail industries, Orange Blossom Ginger Iced White Tea…
Coca-Cola North America, Atlanta, released Diet Nestea White Tea Berry Honey Flavored Tea. The zero-calorie product blends black and white tea for a light tea taste, accented with berry and honey flavors…

R.W. Knudsen, Chico, Calif., released Organic Mulling Spices in tea bags. The product can be used to flavor hot beverages such as apple cider…
Old Orchard Brands, Sparta, Mich., introduced Healthy Balance Pomegranate juice cocktail, which contains 75 percent less sugar, carbohydrates and calories than the leading pomegranate juice. A 64-ounce bottle retails for $2.69…

Spaten North America Inc., Little Neck, N.Y., has packaged Spaten Premium Lager, Spaten Optimator and Franziskaner Weibbier in an easy-carry 12-pack. The beers hit the market this fall, and retail for $14.99…

Wine and spirits
Don Sebastiani & Sons, Sonoma, Calif., released Kono Barú with an upside-down label in a move to promote its new line of wines from the southern hemisphere. The initial release features six varietals Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Shiraz…
The Pizza Wine Co., Victoria, Australia, has created Pizza Red, a lightly carbonated, sweet blended wine that complements the flavors found in pizza. Available in two sizes, a 375-ml. bottles retails between $9.99 and $11.99, and a 750-ml. bottle retails from $7.99 to $9.99…
Coastal Beverages, West Palm Beach, Fla., offers a line of mixers under the Wild Olive, Mojito Republic, Taste of Florida and Tropical Mary’s brand names…
Laszlo Corp., Saint Charles, Mo., imported Cezar and Menrtah Wines from Hungary. The Cezar sparkling wine in a can comes in Crispy Rose and Blanc De Blancs. A six-pack retails for $25.70, and equals about two bottles of wine…

Dairy drinks
LightFull Foods, San Francisco, reintroduced its LightFull Satiety Smoothie in a new 8.25-ounce snack-friendly package and with a new formula. The line is available in Chocolate Satisfaction, Strawberry Bliss, Peachy Cream, Café Latte and Mango Oasis. LightFull’s smoothies now are sweetened with a blend of erythritol, lo han, evaporated cane juice and real fruit puree. The drinks retail between $1.79 and $2.19…
Jel Sert, West Chicago, Ill., developed Sipahh Milk Flavoring Straws to bring flavor to the milk category. The Sipahh straw in Banana, Strawberry, Chocolate and Cookies and Cream varieties can be used to flavor an 8-ounce glass of milk. The straws are packaged in four- and 10-packs. The latter retails for $2.99…
Drink mixes
Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colo., released a line of fruit-flavored drink mixes for kids called Go Stix. The mixes in Fruit Punch, Orange Citrus Punch, Triple Berry and Wild Cherry are 100 percent natural and are fortified with calcium and vitamin C...
Alternative beverages
Phlo Corp., Jacksonville, Fla., began shipping sports drinks that feature the company’s Instant Nano Hydration (through nano-encapsulation technology) and Cell Armor technologies to Northern California. The nano-encapsulation technology prevents the destruction of nutrients in the stomach, the company says…