Innovative Beverage Group Holdings Inc. launched Drank, a relaxation beverage. Drank contains melatonin, valerian root and rose hips to help relax the body and mind, the company says. The product has 100 calories per serving. In addition, the lightly carbonated grape-flavored beverage is packaged in a 16-ounce can, and retails between $1.99 and $2.49.
Natural Products Expo West/SupplyExpo defied the recession last month, with more than 53,000 attendees during the show at the Anaheim Convention Center. See some of the news and new product highlights from the show.
Starbucks Coffee Co. launched Via Ready Brew, an instant coffee made with coffee beans sourced from the top 3 percent of the world’s coffee supply, the company says. Via Ready Brew is pre-portioned into single-serve packets and packaged in books of three or boxes of 12, retailing for $2.95 and $9.95, respectively. Colombia and Italian Roast are the initial flavors in the line. The planned national rollout of Starbucks Via Ready Brew is fall of this year, but the product currently is available in Seattle and Illinois Starbucks stores.
Pepsi-Cola North America released Pepsi Natural, made with sparkling water, natural sugar, caramel and kola nut extract. The product is packaged in 12-ounce glass bottles and is available in single-serve and four-packs, which retail for $1.40 to $1.79 and $3.99 to $4.49, respectively. Pepsi Natural is available in 10 regional markets: Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas and New York.
Hint Essence Water re-launched Hint Kids targeted as a grab-and-go drink pack for kids, the company says. The kids’ drinks are available in Strawberry-Kiwi, Tropical and Watermelon flavors. Hint Kids is packaged in 11-ounce Tetra Paks, which is a new package for the product.
The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. released Leinenkugel’s Classic Amber, a malted lager. Classic Amber is a blend of two-row and six-row malts and four varieties of hops. The product contains 4.9 percent alcohol by volume and is available in bottles in six- and 12-packs and on draft. Classic Amber retails for $6.99 to $7.99 for a six-pack.
Raw Foods International Inc. released Raw, a line of unpasteurized, preservative-free vegetable and fruit juices. When a beverage is pasteurized, many of the nutrients are killed, the company says. Raw uses ingredients that have a medicinal value to the body, such as cucumber, which cools the body down, it says. Raw is available in Cucumber Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Ginger, Carrot Lemonade, Tropical Medley and Beetroot Magic flavors. A 16-ounce bottle retails for $3.89.
The December year-end issue features a cover story on “Innovations of the Year” and check out the companies honored with “best packages of the year.” The issue also includes a special report on contract packaging, the growth of private-label products and why “Opportuni-Teas” continue to abound for tea ingredients. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted. Happy Holidays to all!
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