Beverage Industry News, Reviews, & Events

Review: ‘tude Juice – New Varieties

Earlier this month, ‘tude added six new juice flavors to its line of cold-pressed, HPP apple juice blends. The new products are polished and appealing looking, but we think there’s still a challenge when it comes to the positioning of the product. How do you sell apple juice, which is largely perceived as a product for children, to a broader audience?

Review: Slingshot Yogurt Protein Drink

Slingshot has created an innovative and enjoyable approach to drinkable yogurt. The products come packaged in 11 oz. plastic bottles with a packet wrapped around the neck. Inside this packet is a shot of toasted oats, chia seeds and almond bits that the consumer can add to the product at the time of consumption. Overall, we really like the concept.

Review: Black Medicine Iced Coffee

Black Medicine Iced Coffee is made with coffee that is hot-brewed under nitrogen pressure to create a smoother and more intense brew. According to the manufacturer, the resulting product not only has 50 percent more caffeine than standard coffee, but it is indeed very smooth.

Bruce Nierenberg (BIN Sales & Mktg; Glaceau) to Speak on Broker Management

Nierenberg, a former Glaceau board member and the founder of B.I.N. Sales and Marketing, will speak on the basic routes to market for new and growing brands, particularly the process of deploying and incorporating sales brokers as part of a sales organization and how it relates to a company’s overall forecasting, budgeting, and promotional agendas.

Review: Pure Hibi

Described as a “hibiscus flower tea,” Pure Hibi comes in four varieties, with the flagship formulated organic hibiscus, sugar, ginger, and water. Packaging is a tall 16 oz. glass bottle with a paper label, which is clearly a first effort (and probably hand labeled). That’s a good thing as the label definitely needs some work — if not a complete redesign.

Review: High Brew Coffee

Formulated with cold brew coffee and cream sweetened with a blend of stevia and cane sugar, High Brew made its depy at the 2014 Expo West show. The drinks are packaged in 8 oz. slim cans, shelf-stable and come in four varieties — Double Espresso, Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Mocha High Brew Coffee. From both a flavor and packaging standpoint, the review team enjoyed the coffee, though some refinement could be helpful.

Review: FLUROwater

Infused with 14 nutrients and 6g of fiber, FLUROwater is promoted as “Water + Nutrition.” The formulation of the beverages contains no sugar, preservatives, or dyes. While this is all well and good, it’s not clear how this product is better than other products that are fortified with nutrients.