The Flow: Nestle Waters Wins; Bottled Teas Lack Polyphenols

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  • Nestle Waters has been awarded the 2010 Gold Connecticut Quality Improvement Award’s (CQIA) Innovation Prize for its next-generation Eco-Shape(TM) half-liter bottle. This bottle uses 25 percent less PET plastic than the previous design.
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  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution wants you to meet Bobby Chacko, a former Coke employee who has started EYL Beverages. Link

ON THE SHELVES

  • Code Blue Recovery Drink is now available in select Vitamin Shoppe stores and its online store. Link
  • Hawaiian Springs Natural will be sold at Henry’s Farmers Market’s 36 locations throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties in California. Link
  • BAZI has launched a new energy shot that contains eight different superfruits in its Phyto8 blend – jujube, blueberry, pomegranate, goji, mangosteen, raspberry, acai, and seabuckthorn. Link

DISTRIBUTION

  • Hall of Fame Beverages has completed the first production run of its Grand Ma Ma Southern Tea. The product will be distributed by Elmira Distributing Company, which works with 53 different supermarkets and convenience stores, including, BJ’s Wholesale, Sam’s Club, 7-Eleven and several school districts. Link
  • RelaxZen, Inc. has expanded distribution of its RelaxZen DAY and RelaxZen NIGHT in Nouria managed stores, FL Roberts & Company stores, and Price Stations and Stores across New England. Link

IN THE MEDIA

  • An article published on Mediapost.com looked at PepsiCo’s increasing focus on non-traditional advertising and how this is affecting the local bottlers with whom it has been testing online ad campaigns. Link
  • Inc.com explored how Kombucha brewers are dealing with new regulations. In particular, the piece discussed how those in the industry will adapt if Kombucha is classified as an alcoholic beverage. Link
  • Coca-Cola Co’s Venturing and Emerging Brands group is profiled in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The company considers this division to be a way for it to improve sales and standing in North America. Link

LAW, POLICY, AND ADVOCACY

  • Coca-Cola workers in Western Washington have gone on strike to protest the company’s surveillance techniques and unwillingness to negotiate contracts. The allegations are under investigation by the NLRB. Link

TRENDS AND STUDIES

  • According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, none of the individual components of caffeine intake (coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate) were significantly associated with incident arterial fibrillation, and consumption did not increase the risk in healthy women. Link
  • New research from Wellgen indicates that bottled tea contains significantly fewer polythenols than found in a cup of freshly brewed green or black tea. The findings were presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Link

SUPPLIER SIDE

  • Rainforest Botanicals LLC tested its Peruvian Purple Corn extract, PURPLE-X, using the CAP-e test and found that PURPLE-X’s active compounds protect live sells from oxidative damage. The extract is available in powder form and as an instant drink. Link

PEOPLE

  • All In Energy appointed Mr. David Powley, as its new President and CEO. He previously spent four years as Western Vice President of San Pellegrino S.p.A. and as Executive Vice President of Shasco Inc, among other industry-related positions. Link