Honest Tea has extended its "Summer Refershers" line with a new Watermelon Lemonade variety. The product, which is made with 9 percent juice, including both lemon and watermelon juices (Honest Tea also includes natural flavorings and organic lemon extract), delivers a straightforward flavor: it almost tastes like something you’d make at home.
Califia Farms has extended its line of cold brew coffee and almond milk blends with three new varieties: Dirty Chai, Mocha Mexica and Triple Shot. While we'd prefer a slightly more dialed up flavor for the coffee, the products are otherwise well-formulated.
Teapigs, a U.K.-based producer of premium tea products, has launched a three-SKU line of ready-to-drink matcha products. In our review of the company's apple and grapefruit varieties, we found the flavor of each to be well-conceived, but feel that the packaging needs work.
Pressed Juicery has released a couple new products to its line of cold-pressed juices. One is a seasonal beverage spiced with jalapeno pepper and the other infused with the uber-trendy ingredient, activated charcoal.
Drink Maple has unveiled a new look for its maple water brand. The redesign also comes with a couple new package options, including this one, a 12 oz. plastic bottle.
Runa has extended its bottled line of guayusa products with Half & Half and Sweet Peach varieties. In addition to the new beverages, Runa has introduced a few tweaks of its label.
Koa’s Natural Olakino has taken a slightly different approach to its messaging than when it launched. Originally branded as “Koa Organic Water,” the core of the product is still 100 percent juice, including pomegranate, bamboo, mint, lime, amla fruit, annatto, guava, holy basil, red sea lettuce, lemongrass, carrots and lemon. In a nutshell, the company has processed and clarified the ingredients to create a product that looks like a bottle of water.
LaCroix’s NiCola is a sweetener-, color-, and calorie-free sparkling water that is formulated with cola flavoring. Admittedly, our hopes were not high for this product, but after our first sip, we were quickly won over.
Sound Sparkling Tea, which launched as Sodterra, is a line of carbonated tea drinks that come in three unsweetened and zero-calorie varieties. In our review of the brand's White Tea and Chamomile products, it's clear that Sound has created beverages that are very enjoyable and, aside from a couple adjustments to the labels, well-executed.
Lumi Juice, a producer of cold-pressed, high pressure processed juice blends, has launched a trio of 2 oz. "shot" products. Formulated with a range of trendy and bleeding-edge ingredients (including turmeric and broccoli leaf), the juices are very well-executed and excellent addition to Lumi's portfolio.
At the 2015 Natural Product Expo West, Live Soda Kombucha unveiled the latest iteration of its packaging. Featuring a custom 12 oz. glass bottle, the new look is definite upgrade for the brand and, paired with what's inside the package, Live Soda has done well to attract more mainstream consumers.
The “Pink Lotus” formulation of Lotus Botanical Elixirs is a carbonated drink that features a proprietary blend of functional ingredients. Labeled as a "balance supplement," it is, however, unclear as to the product's purpose.
Mo-Tea is a product that is brewed with organic moringa leaves, which are said to have variety of health benefits. From a taste perspective, the product, which is also made with blue agave, lime and spices, has a flavor that tastes similar to a lemon-flavored black tea.
As far as the cold brew category is concerned, adding nitrogen, which has been done by a variety of coffee retailers (including Stumptown) for on-premise sales, is a twist that really sets this product apart from the other packaged products in the category.