Beverage Industry News, Reviews, & Events

Review: Proper Soda Hibiscus Soda

Proper Soda Co.’s Hibiscus Soda is the followup flavor to its flagship Hop Soda. Unlike Hop Soda, which was essentially introducing a flavor that is rarely seen in non-alcoholic beverages, this variety is a bit more familiar. It uses a rather simple formulation of carbonated water, sugar, citric acid, hibiscus extract, grape extract (for coloring) and natural flavors.

Review: Purps

From our perspective, Purps approach, which is to play in variety of beverage categories with a specific functionality for each product, is way too wide to be successful. Nailing one product type in one segment -- perhaps with a few SKUs -- seems like a much better approach.

Review: Sprizz-O

Sprizz-O is a new brand of juice and seltzer water blends that comes in six varieties. Packaged in 12 oz. long-neck bottles, each beverage is also sweetened with can sugar and contains 50 calories. We've seen similar concepts come and go, but we think Sprizz-O is off to a good start.

Distribution Roundup: Sports Drink Makers Make Plays

Last month, Palo Alto-based alkaline sports drink makers Phenoh 7.4 made their expansion into the East Coast market by way of a partnership with Natural Wayz Beverages. Now, the company will look to establish its presence in the Southwest United States, by securing shelf space in Central Market’s nine Texas locations.