In its recently released “The Why Behind the Buy” report, Acosta Sales and Marketing examines what drives consumers when they shop.
“You know, I’ve never thought about that question before.” That’s what I’ve been hearing almost exclusively lately when I ask whether there’s anything alarming about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity that I found remarkably easy to observe at Natural Products Expo West.
The sweetener industry would like you to understand that corn syrup isn’t dead. It sees marketers and retailers who have been rushing to swap HFCS from products as following a fad, and not getting a good overall picture of consumer behavior.
In a category loaded with flavored line extensions, the original, or “natural,” format remains the best-selling variety for most brands. But as flavor innovation and blending techniques improve, the focus is on new products with mainstream and familiar flavors.
The canned juice category has received a shot in the arm through innovation and crossover products. Mountain Dew and V8 have caffeinated the category with Kickstart and V-Fusion, Pellegrino has revamped its products in cans and broadened the line, and FOCO has brought coconut water.
While soy, long the go-to alternative to animal-based protein, is falling out of favor with many of today’s increasingly health-conscious consumers, peas have emerged as the trending plant-based protein source du jour.
A week before announcing a $15.95 million investment round (one that included funding from Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Asia’s richest man La Ka Shing), Celsius announced new distribution in Gold’s Gym Fitness Centers.
As far as the cold brew category is concerned, adding nitrogen, which has been done by a variety of coffee retailers (including Stumptown) for on-premise sales, is a twist that really sets this product apart from the other packaged products in the category.
Presented as "Super Fruit Handcrafted Juice," Pura Fruta is a line of single ingredient juices that are cold-pressed and high pressure processed. Packaged in 12 oz. bottles, we think the brand has done well to position itself as a differentiated product in a rapidly expanding category.
Fortune recently profiled Lumi Organics founder and CEO Hillary Lewis, who left a career in finance on Wall Street to make high-pressure-processed juice in Charlottesville, Virginia.
CucuOne, which markets itself as an “English Cucumber Juice Drink,” is a USDA Organic and Non-GMO verified blend of water and cold-pressed English cucumber. This product, which is high pressure processed, comes in three varieties.
Purity Organic has extended its "Superjuice" line with two new varieties: Green Lemonade and Blackberry Apple Chia. Well-executed and polished looking, both products are worthy additions to the line.
San Francisco-based Project Juice, which operates several retail storefronts in the Bay Area and Southern California, has extended its line of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and shots. The company has, once again, shown a knack for impressive formulations and created some of the best juice products we've reviewed this year.
Despite having a line of fruit-flavored beverages that’s focused on “natural,” there’s no juice in any of Caribbean Rainforest's Agua de Chia products. To compound matters, the company's selection of candy-like flavors is a bit of a head scratcher given that chia is a health-oriented product.