Miller Brewing Co. released MCG 64, a 64-calorie version of its Miller Genuine Draft Light. The beer was test marketed in Madison, Wis., last year, and this month will launch into Midwestern markets and be test marketed further in San Diego and Sacramento, Calif., and Arizona. MGD 64 will replace Miller Genuine Draft Light, which has 110 calories, in these markets.
Coca-Cola North America added Minute Maid Pomegranate flavored Tea and Minute Maid Pomegranate Lemonade to its line of Minute Maid Enhanced Juices. The products are 12 percent juice and fortified with vitamins C and E. The tea and lemonade are available in 59-ounce PET bottles that feature an easy-pour side grip.
Kraft Foods Inc. rebranded its “South Beach Diet” line to “South Beach Living,” and expanded its offerings into the beverage aisle with South Beach Living Tide Me Over Drink Mixes. The drink mixes are low-calorie, low-sodium and sugar-free fruit flavored mixes that can be added to bottled water. Available in Natural Strawberry Banana and Natural Tropical Breeze flavors, the mixes offer 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving.
Newport Quinoa Co. developed Quinoa Gold, a line of ready-to-drink USDA Organic quinoa-based beverages. Quinoa is a grain that was used by the Incas of the Andes Mountains in Peru and Bolivia that contains nine amino acids, fiber, protein, manganese, magnesium, iron, niacin, zinc, riboflavin and vitamins and minerals. The Quinoa Gold line includes three gluten-free flavors: Dark Berry, Mango Passion and Pina Colada.
Naked Juice Co., a subsidiary of PepsiCo, added a new flavor to its Naked Juice Probiotic line. Very Berry offers a blend of blueberry, apple and bananas, and joins Naked Juice Probiotic Tropical Mango, which launched in September. The probiotic line contains live, active cultures of the bacteria, which are recognized for their digestive and immune health benefits. The all-natural, 100 percent juice smoothie contains two servings of fruit in its 10-ounce bottle.
Balance Water Co. released a line of functional, non-flavored spring waters with homeopathic Australian flower essences. The waters originally launched in the Australian market in 2005. Balance Water products include â€” Balance Water for Mind, for Women, for Traveling and for Children â€” and each contain a specific flower infusion based on its targeted audience or function.
First Juice Inc. developed an organic fruit and vegetable juice beverage of the same name. First Juice is designed to be lower in sugar, specifically for kids age 6 to 30 months. First Juice has 12 grams of sugar and 25 calories per 8-ounce serving with no added sugar, preservatives or artificial sweeteners. A blend of organic fruit and vegetable juice concentrates and purified water, the drink also is fortified with calcium and vitamins A, C and D.
In the July 2020 issue of Beverage Industry, the magazine highlights how Calypso Lemonade is looking to follow up its 2019 success with more great releases. Also in this issue is the 2020 State of the Beverage Industry report, features on plant water beverages, clean label ingredients and THC usage in beverage formulations.