Kellogg Co. introduced Kellogg’s Special K Protein Shakes, which contain protein and fiber in a resealable plastic bottle. The shakes are available in Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla and Strawberry flavors. Each variety contains 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of soluble fiber polydextrose. Strawberry and French Vanilla contain 180 calories and Milk Chocolate has 190 calories. A four-pack retails for $6.29.
PepsiCo debuted SoBe Lifewater Acai Fruit Punch and Mango Melon, two new flavors to its lineup. The zero-calorie flavors are sweetened with PureVia, made from an extract of the stevia leaf; vitamins B, C and E; and herbal ingredients. The products join Fuji Apple Pear, Black and Blue Berry and Yumberry Pomegranate varieties. A 20-ounce bottle retails for $1.29.
Stimulicious Spirits Inc. debuted Minx, a premium vodka cocktail containing guarana, caffeine, taurine, ginseng and damiana. Minx is clear in color, lightly carbonated and contains a vanilla-fruit punch flavor, the company says. The product is packaged in 8.45-ounce recyclable aluminum bottles, and is 12 percent alcohol by volume. Minx is sold in four-packs and 24-bottle cases.
Power Trip Beverages introduced a Coconut flavor to its line of vitamin energy drinks. Coconut is lightly carbonated and available in 16-ounce cans. The product joins the Mango flavor. The idea behind Power Trip Coconut came from a business trip to Trinidad when company President Doug Stuart recognized the popularity of the flavor in water, milk and mixes. A can retails for $1.99.
Arizona Beverage Co. partnered with Nestle Waters North America Inc. to create Arizona Tea Waters. The low-calorie, tea-infused waters combine Poland Spring Natural Spring Water with organic green tea, organic cane juice and fruit extracts. The product is available in Yumberry Green Tea, Mandarin Orange Green Tea and Pomegranate Green Tea flavors. The 20-ounce amber PET bottle retails for $1.49.
Bigelow Tea and Arizona Beverage Co. collaborated and launched a ready-to-drink line of teas. The flavors include Organic Green Tea Acai White Cranberry, Organic Green Tea Original Green, Organic Green Tea Lemon Ginger and Organic Green Tea Mango Lychee. The RTD line reflects Bigelow’s flavor profile with Arizona Beverage’s packaging and distribution, the companies say. The 20-ounce product carries antioxidants and vitamins C, B3, B5, B6 and B12. A bottle retails between $1.69 and $1.75.
Designer Whey released Protein Water, a beverage that combines whey protein isolate, dietary fiber and natural flavors. Protein Water carries 60 calories in each 16-ounce bottle. The product is available in Orange Mango, Pomegranate Fruit, CranApple and Blue Raspberry flavors. In addition, Protein Water is lactose free. A bottle retails for $2.99.
The Campbell Soup Co. added Goji Raspberry and Passionfruit Tangerine to its line of V8 V-Fusion 100% juices. Each 8-ounce glass of V8 V-Fusion provides a full serving of vegetables and fruit, as well as vitamins A, C and E. Goji Raspberry and Passionfruit Tangerine join Acai Mixed Berry, Pomegranate Blueberry, Pomegranate Blueberry Light, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Banana Light, Peach Mango, Peach Mango Light and Tropical Orange varieties. The juices are available in 12-ounce and 46-ounce bottles, which retail for $1.69 and $3.99, respectively.
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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