Reviews

Review: Arty Artichoke Water

Arty Artichoke Water is a unique beverage that is made with artichokes, pandanus leaf, spearmint, blue agave, and monk fruit. The obvious question about this product is whether or not it tastes like artichokes… so does it?

Review: WTRMLN WTR LMN

The “LMN” variety of WTRMLN WTR is a blend of cold-pressed lemonade and the company’s base of watermelon flesh and rind. Having only three ingredients makes for some very clean flavor, with what ultimately amounts to a watermelon lemonade flavor.

Review: Red Bull Summer Edition

Red Bull’s “The Summer Edition” is the fourth entry to the company’s Editions line of flavored energy drinks. This one has a very sweet (it’s made with sucrose) and pleasant tasting tropical fruit flavor that should certainly taste familiar to anyone who has sampled their share of energy drink products.

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: 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: 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.

Review: Cold Stone Milk Shakers

In collaboration with Steuben Foods, Cold Stone Creamery recently launched Milk Shakers, a line of ready-to-drink shakes that come in three decadent varieties. It’s clear that the goal of the brand is to translate the decadent flavors of Cold Stone into a convenient on-the-go product. With flavors that reach 450 calories and 15g of fat per bottle, the line is certainly decadent.

Review: Super REBBL

REBBL recently unveiled a new line of “herbal elixirs” that it calls Super REBBL. Infused with a variety of exotic ingredients and herbs, the line, which is promoted as “adaptogen powered,” comes in three varieties: Maca Mocha, Reishi Chocolate and Ashwagandha Chai. Unfortunately, there are some significant issues with the formulation of the drinks, and the company’s execution of the labels will make it difficult for consumers to understand what the brand is selling.

Review: Suja Elements Cold Brew Tea

Earlier this month, Suja launched a line of cold-brewed, organic and “cold-pressured” (aka HPP) teas. The teas are also certified biodynamic. It’s hard to really determine how much this product benefits from being HPP versus pasteurized, but we definitely like the concept of a cold brew tea as part of the Suja line.

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: 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.

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: Jax Coco (250 mL Bottles)

Using Philippine coconut water, the 250 mL glass bottles of Jax Coco are filed in China. It’s a pretty unique product from a packaging perspective — you really don’t see many products in glass or at this small size. But is the bottle enough to differentiate the brand from other coconut waters?

Review: Marquis Vitality Energy Drink

Marketed as a “Vitality Energy Drink,” is a USDA certified organic energy drink that is made with zero calories and no sugar. On the branding end of things, we’re honestly a little confused as to what this product is trying to be. It feels very much like a product that is attempting to go after night clubs, but the messaging, which includes tagline “The Smart Choice,” seems to be more focused on selling a “better for you” product.