Natural Products Expo East, one of the leading venues to see and sample all-natural and organic products, will open this week at the Baltimore Convention Center. For attendees of the event, we've created a printable show planner that includes a comprehensive list of beverage exhibitors at the event, listed both alphabetically and by booth number. Download yours now!
Marketed as "coconut smoothies for the brain & body," Genius Juice produces a six-SKU line of blends that use coconut milk (or, in the case of the flagship variety, coconut meat) as the primary ingredient. The products are made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, and the drinks are high pressure processed.
Deluxe Honeydrop has launched a two-SKU line of raw honey drinks that are packaged in 10 oz. plastic bottles and high pressure processed. The new Raw Local Honey and Raw Manuka Honey products are quite tasty, but from our perspective, their labels feel a bit disconnected from the brand. (Editor's note: An earlier version on this review stated that Honeydrop has discontinued its juice and tea line. That is not correct. The products are still part of the company's portfolio. We regret the error.)
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Formerly known as Dr. B’s Tea, Doc’s Tea is a line of rooibos tea drinks that uses monk fruit as the primary sweetener. In addition to the rebrand, the company removed xylitol from the drinks and replaced it with cane sugar. The new formulation, is for the most part, good especially considering that it has only 10 calories per 12 oz. bottle. On the branding side of things, however, calling it “Doc’s Tea” seems like a questionable move.
While chocolate-flavored coconut water is certainly not a new thing, Harmless Harvest’s approach brings an innovative twist to the concept. The product, which, like Harmless Harvest’s flagship coconut water is high pressure processed and promoted as "raw," contains only two ingredients: organic coconut water and organic cacao extract.
Labeled as a dietary supplement, Naturnique Energizing Tea is promoted with the tagline, “Finally...Great Tasting Energy!” As for what’s inside the bottle, it’s basically a sugar-sweetened white tea product that’s enhanced with caffeine (from green tea extract), ginseng, and vitamins.
ZICO has introduced ZICO Chilled Juices, a new three-SKU line of 100 percent juice products made with not from concentrate coconut water.Packaged in a 1.5L screw top carton (the same package that was previously used for ZICO’s short lived smoothie line) the drinks will be sold on the refrigerated juice shelf, specifically in the natural food sections of conventional grocers.
pHenOH (pronounced “fee-no”) is a 7.4 pH sports drink that is designed to be a non-acidic alternative to mainstream isotonic beverages. It’s USDA Organic certified and is also sweetened with agave and flavored with aloe vera.
Like its previous incarnation as Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Tea, Namacha is a line of high pressure processed and USDA Organic certified blend of water and tea leaves that are flash-frozen, pulverized and steeped cold. Available in three varieties -- unsweetened, honey & lemon, and peppermint -- the product is still packaged in a 10 oz. bottle, but is the updated branding a step forward for the line?
Made with 100 percent muscadine grape juice from concentrate, Carolina Wild is essentially what you’d expect from a super premium single varietal grape juice: tart, slightly tannic, and moderately sweet. It's an impressive flavor that will definitely transform what you think about bottled grape juice.
With club/warehouse quickly emerging as an important channel for natural beverage companies, Kirstin Everard, a marketing & promotions expert, shares critical information on how to maximize the usefulness of Costco's in-house sampling and Roadshow programs in a new video series on BevNET Food and Beverage University.
Made with fruits, roots and vegetables are sourced from organic farmers along the West Coast, Purity Organic's new “Superjuices" are pasteurized, shelf-stable juices that are formulated with ingredients often seen in cold-pressed, HPP varieties.