Beverages


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    Celsius is luring consumers that don't want 'grandfather's energy drink,' CEO says

    Despite the pandemic and fierce competition from Red Bull and Monster, the company expects record sales of its functional beverage this year after posting a 74% jump in 2020.

    By Oct. 28, 2021
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    Hershey enters premium milk with a2 partnership

    The chocolate beverage, which is scheduled to hit retailers' shelves in January, is the confectionery giant's first collaboration with a premium milk company.

    By Oct. 27, 2021
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    From its birth in a bar to an IPO, Vita Coco sets its sights next on dominating healthy beverages

    Co-CEO Mike Kirban said his company, which grew sales 9% in 2020, is looking toward innovation and M&A to expand its portfolio of better-for-you, functional and plant-based drinks.

    By Oct. 26, 2021
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    Coca-Cola, Unilever among top plastic polluters, report says

    The findings, which detail the 10 CPGs whose products produce the highest amount of plastic waste in the world, question the efficacy of companies' sustainability pledges.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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    InstaKOMBUᵀᴹ powder: A new innovative format for high-profile kombucha

    InstaKOMBU™, fermented natural Kombucha Powder: bringing instant innovation to a millenarian drink.

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    Natural preservatives get fresh look amid clean label push

    Ingredients such as citric acid, ascorbic acid, vinegar and rosemary extract preserve products' characteristics, prevent spoilage during shipping and increase their lifespan.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    Frozen coffee startup Cometeer raises $35M in latest funding round

    The company, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze coffee and touts its recyclable packaging, has received $100 million in total funding thus far.

    By Oct. 20, 2021
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    Leftovers: PepsiCo goes for a home run with Cracker Jack soda; Country Archer enlists world's hottest chili pepper for jerky

    The CPG giant pops in caramel and peanut flavors to its classic beverage, while Sonic takes its drink flavors beyond the restaurant's drive-in parking lots.

    By Food Dive staff • Oct. 15, 2021
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    Barry Callebaut launches nutraceutical drink made from cacao fruit

    Elix, which is made from juice of the fruit that has been traditionally thrown away, is packed with flavonols and will be available for beverage manufacturers to use in wellness drinks.

    By Oct. 15, 2021
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    Coca-Cola and PepsiCo wade into booze amid an uncertain future

    Coca-Cola's partnership with Molson Coors and its rival's collaboration with Boston Beer give the nonalcoholic beverage giants a unique option in their portfolios to attract consumers.

    By Oct. 14, 2021
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    Givaudan bulks up natural colors business with purchase of DDW

    The acquisition marks the latest in a series of deals for the Switzerland-based company as it responds to growing demand for better-for-you offerings.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Oct. 14, 2021
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    Keurig Dr Pepper affiliated entity to buy $20M in Vita Coco stock as part of IPO

    The soda, water, tea and coffee giant is Vita Coco’s largest distributor customer, accounting for 19% of its total net sales in 2020.

    By Oct. 13, 2021
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    PepsiCo's Rockstar turns to hemp seed to help consumers unwind

    The latest functional beverage from the CPG giant is marketed as a way to encourage relaxation and improve mood.

    By Oct. 13, 2021
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    Constellation Brands latest to face headwinds in slowing hard seltzer space

    The beverage company plans to change the flavor and taste of its Corona Hard Seltzer to "better align" with changing consumer preferences and differentiate itself in a crowded category, according to its CEO.

    By Oct. 08, 2021
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    Leftovers: Grey Poupon gets a wine mashup; Old El Paso rolls out Takis-flavored taco shells

    Kraft Heinz pairs the tangy flavors of its dijon mustard with a Napa Valley viognier, while Conagra teams up with Little Caesars to bring its ExtraMostBestest Pepperoni Pizza to Bigs sunflower seeds. 

    By Food Dive staff • Oct. 08, 2021
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    How Danone deconstructed milk to create a more realistic plant-based option

    Executives at the France-based company are optimistic the taste and texture of Silk Nextmilk and So Delicious Wondermilk will convince dairy lovers hesitant to make the switch.

    By Oct. 07, 2021
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    PepsiCo CFO anticipating continued price hikes due to inflation

    Hugh Johnston said the CPG giant has suffered from supply chain constraints, but, because of its advanced planning, is faring "better than most."

    By Jane Thier • Oct. 05, 2021
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    Karma debuts CBD water distributed by Constellation Brands

    The alcohol giant has a minority stake in the enhanced water brand and in Canopy Growth, which provides the hemp-sourced CBD for the beverages.

    By Oct. 05, 2021
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    5-hour Energy launches full-sized carbonated beverage

    The company's 2-ounce energizing shot dominates its category, but the new 16-ounce drinks will have much more competition.

    By Jessi Devenyns • Oct. 05, 2021
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    How PepsiCo is harnessing data to help retailers increase sales

    The food and beverage giant's Pepviz platform uses analytics, data science and other tools to ensure a store is carrying the right product mix and optimizing shelf space. 

    By Oct. 04, 2021
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    California beverage makers struggle to meet upcoming recycled content requirements

    Bottlers must use at least 15% postconsumer resin in plastic containers by 2022, but a recent CalRecycle report shows major manufacturers like Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch are behind.

    By Jacob Wallace • Oct. 04, 2021
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    Leftovers: Pop-Tarts celebrates the Day of the Dead; Blake Lively creates a buzz with nonalcoholic mixers

    Kellogg redesigns its toaster pastries and partners with Latino groups to commemorate culture, and Elf on the Shelf slips into the cereal bowl again.

    By Food Dive staff • Oct. 01, 2021
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    Private label losing ground to name brands, IRI says

    Supply chain challenges and consumers flush with cash have benefited national offerings, but inflation and the end of government aid programs could soon help store brands.

    By Sept. 30, 2021
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    Anheuser-Busch to distribute vitamin D-loaded ShineWater

    The beer giant will use its own network to expand the functional drink's availability as consumers latch onto products that do more than provide sustenance or refreshment.

    By Sept. 27, 2021
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    AB InBev CFO: 'You can't hide when a pandemic hits'

    “The whole debate over finance and ESG, that you either choose one or the other, is a false dilemma. They go hand in hand,” Fernando Tennenbaum said.

    By Jane Thier • Sept. 24, 2021