Foodservice operator will open 8 pop-up Pumpkin’ restaurants for early tastings
August 12, 2019
The calendar and climate still say summer, but for pumpkin lovers across the country, the excitement and demand for the favorite flavor of fall already is here. Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ is fulfilling fans’ fall wishes by bringing back classic Pumpkin Flavored Coffees, introducing a new pumpkin espresso beverage and even rebranding eight Dunkin’ shops across the U.S. as Pumpkin’ to serve guests a first taste for free.
Unsweetened RTD teas launching in mass merchandisers in October
July 30, 2019
ITO EN (North America) Inc., New York, announced that its Oi Ocha ready-to-drink (RTD) green tea brand, soon will be available in Walmart stores nationwide. Slated for placement in October, the company will launch two unsweetened flavors in the store: Oi Ocha green tea, Japan’s top selling brand, and Jasmine Green Tea, a popular green tea infused with jasmine flowers.
Central Perk Coffee and Tea products commemorates shows 25th anniversary
July 23, 2019
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Los Angeles, has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the TV series “Friends.” To commemorate the milestone, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf collaborated with Warner Bros. to create special-edition Central Perk Coffee and Central Perk Tea products, named after the show's legendary coffee shop. The Friends-inspired coffee products now are available for purchase online and will be available in retail stores starting July 31 through the end of summer.
Purpose Purple Teas launched three new flavors in its Hint of Sweet line including Watermelon Mint, Grapefruit Lime and Sea Salt; as well as two new flavors in its Simply Purple line including Blood Orange and Coconut Lime.
ON DEMAND:The U.S. market is seeing major growth in premium tea beverages. As interest in clean label and healthy products increases, consumers seek more authentic beverage experiences and increasingly demand greater transparency. This is driving innovation that delivers tea the way nature intended. Additionally, functionality and enhanced health claims are emerging and changing, as consumers look for more added value in their beverages. Finlays’ new Global R&D facility in Rhode Island is investing in delivering a new wave of tea products. Through new innovative technology, Finlays is pioneering the future tea landscape.
Beverage Industry’s August issue features the latest trends in digital marketing and how it connects consumers to their favorite brands. This issue also features an in-depth look into the energy drinks category, the club store channel and immune health ingredients. Per usual, we also featured the latest products, packaging and machinery.
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