Wild East Soda Co. launched a line of energy drinks of the same name. Wild East Soda contains Korean ginseng, and uses ginseng to provide the energy boost. Available in Ginseng, Orange, Grape, Lemon-Lime and Cola flavors, Wild East Soda is packed in 12-ounce cans for a suggested retail price between $1.19 and $1.29; 12-ounce glass bottles for $1.29 to $1.79 and 20-ounce PET bottles that are price between $1.59 and $2.29.
Mix 1 added a fifth flavor, Tangerine, to its line of all-natural protein and antioxidants drinks. Available in 11-ounce bottles for $2, Mix 1 Tangerine joins Mango, Blueberry-Vanilla, Lime and Mix Berry. The blend of carbohydrates, proteins and nutrients aims to provide sustained energy throughout the day.
Play Beverages LLC, a licensee of Playboy Enterprises International Inc., in partnership with Cirtran Beverage Corp., created Playboy Energy Drink. With notes of fruit and vanilla, the formula contains ginseng root, guarana extract and damiana leaf, which are ingredients that are believed to stimulate energy levels, the company says. Available in regular and sugar-free varieties, Playboy Energy is available in Boston, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. An 8.4-ounce can sells for $1.99.
Diageo expanded its line of Smirnoff flavored vodkas with Passion Fruit and White Grape varieties. The two additions join the other existing 11 Smirnoff flavored vodkas, and are prepared using the same triple distillation and filtration process. Available in 50-ml., 200-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75 liter bottles, the 750-ml. size is priced at $14.99.
Nantze Springs Inc. entered the energy drink category with Fresh Start Energy Beverage. The non-carbonated, vitamin-enhanced drinks contain taurine for energy. Available in Grapefruit, Mountain Berry and Lemon Lime varieties, Fresh Start is sugar free and contains zero calories. The energy drink is packaged in 16.9-ounce bottles and retails for $1.59.
Naked Juice Co., a subsidiary of PepsiCo, expanded its line of products with Naked Juice Bare Breeze, a super-premium, 100 percent juice with no added sugar or preservatives. Containing no seeds or pulp, the smoother juices are lighter to consumers’ palates and refreshing for the summer months, the company says. Available in Watermelon Chill and Peach Mangosteen Bliss, the Bare Breeze products feature watermelon and mangosteen, which are a first for Naked Juice. The lighter flavored juices are packaged in 15.2-ounce bottles and contain three servings of fruit, vitamin C, B6 and B12. A bottle retails for $3.19.
PepsiCo unveiled its relaunched Sobe Life Water through a Super Bowl commercial in February. Available in Blackberry Grape, Pomegranate Cherry, Orange Tangerine, Strawberry Kiwi and Passionfruit Citrus, the low-calorie beverages have been reformulated to include sugar, and have reduced calories by 20 percent in the process. The waters also contain a blend of B vitamins and vitamins E and C as well as herbs such as taurine, ginseng, yerba mate, chamomile, guarana and rosehip.
Sonu Beverages introduced Sonu Water, a line of USDA Organic flavored waters. Enhanced with vitamins and electrolytes, the waters contain 45 calories per 8-ounce serving. The product is available in six flavors â€” Pomegranate Acai, Blueberry Pear, Lemon Tangerine, Strawberry Cranberry, Mango Peach and Tropical Passion Fruit â€” and is packaged in 16-ounce PETE bottles, and sells for $1.99.
NBI Juiceworks expanded its Sun Shower line with Stamina Superfood Smoothie. The all-natural, 100 percent juice smoothie is a blend of fruits, including pressed nectarine juice. Aiming to fight fatigue and enhance energy, Stamina Superfood Smoothie contains more than 20 vitamins, nutrients, amino acids, electrolytes and herbs, the company says. The superfood smoothie has three servings of fruit in every bottle and 120 calories per serving.
Our June 2019 issue features a cover story on a prominent female figure in the beverage world – Heineken USA’s CEO Maggie Timoney. Also featured in this issue is the Top 100 Beverage Companies of 2018, a focus on the tea category and much more. As usual we gathered the latest products and packaging to help guide our readers through the newest trends this summer.
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