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Channel Check: Ready-to-Drink Coffee

Among the new and intrepid, Coco Cafe is the tallest of the small, while Illy is showing positive growth and also indexing in the refrigerated section with another $3 million or so not included here. Still, it’s a long way to the top.

Coke Life Goes National

Coke quietly announced the move at last month’s National Association of Convenience Stores show, where it sampled the mid-calorie product among a host of other new and soon-to-be-launched products, and yesterday made the news official.

The Flavor Rules

Promising brand propositions can fall apart if the flavor isn’t there, while marginally functional products can catch fire behind great taste. Brands will do whatever they can to maintain their flavor advantage (Coke’s secret formula, anyone?) while a switch in sweetener mix can totally undermine a product (Vitaminwater’s recent stevia experiment comes to mind).

Can Kombucha Go Mainstream?

It may be hard to imagine how, just a few short years ago, even to an informed readership like BevNET’s, kombucha was just a curiosity. And while it would be premature to deem kombucha as a mainstream beverage, things are changing.