Best Carbonated Soft Drink
Guayaki Sparkling Yerba Mate
Guayaki Sparkling Yerba Mate is the winner of BevNET’s award for the Best Carbonated Beverage of 2012. The line of drinks debuted at the 2012 Natural Products Expo West show in March and, almost immediately, the panel knew that it would be a top contender for BevNET’s Best Of awards. Overall, Guayaki has done an excellent job of melding its signature ingredient - yerba mate - into a carbonated drink. Packaged in sleek 12.5 oz. slim cans, the drinks come in three extremely flavorful varieties each packed with natural caffeine content from yerba mate: Classic Gold (a cola), Cranberry Pomegranate - both sweetened with organic cane sugar - and Grapefruit Ginger, which is sweetened with stevia. We believe this well-executed line has potential to introduce yerba mate to a range of new consumers in mainstream channels.