After all, dairy industry data suggests that 80% of U.S. fluid milk processors also produce juices and juice drinks. More than half manufacture ready-to-drink tea, while, after the surge this summer in ready-to-drink coffee-milk innovations, about half are in this business, too.
To read about all of the drinktec award winners in the Beverage Innovations Awards @ drinktec Showcase special edition, click HERE.
Here are some recent beverage-related articles I wrote for Food Business News/Beverage Business News:
- Trends in Healthy Beverages. Read it HERE.
- Beverage Flavor Trends. Read it HERE.
- Ready-to-Drink Iced Tea Innovations. Read it HERE.
- Juices for Junior. Read it HERE.
And here are 10 beverage innovations that milk processors need to “tap” into.
Private-label retailer Trader Joe’s, and its parent company Aldi, both market a line of light lemonade (regular and pink) beverages. The Trader Joe’s line is shelf stable and is sweetened with a blend of organic cane sugar and stevia. An 8-ounce serving contains 40 calories.
The Aldi line requires refrigeration. It is sweetened with a blend of high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame K and aspartame and delivers a mere 15 calories per 8-ounce serving.
The line comes in three varieties: Bright (orange and passion fruit), Exposed (original with honey) and Refresh (cucumber and cantaloupe). All varieties contain at least 50% less sugar and calories than the original Alo drink lineup. This is accomplished through a sweetener blend of cane sugar, erythritol and stevia. An 8-ounce serving contains a mere 30 calories. For more information, visit HERE.
In the United Kingdom, Del Monte now offers Naturally Light juice drinks sweetened with stevia.
The shelf-stable juice drink line comes in three unique flavor combinations: Mango & Papaya, Pineapple & Lime and Superfruits. A 250-ml serving contains 50 to 65 calories, depending on variety. For more information, visit HERE.
In addition to focusing on the ingredients included in the product, the company places equal importance on what is not in the bottle: preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors. Green Mustache also contains 20% to 35% less sugar per ounce compared to competing products and only contains those sugars naturally found in the fruits inside the bottle.
For more information, visit HERE.
New LO Fruit beverage lets consumers enjoy the refreshing taste of juice at a fraction of the calories, carbs and sugars. One 10-ounce serving has about the same calories (35 to 45), carbs (8 to 11) grams, and sugars (7 to 10) grams as a whole fruit. LO Fruit is made with premium fruit juices and naturally sweetened with organic blue agave nectar and a pinch of stevia. It comes in four flavors: Acai-Blue, Mango Mojito, Pomegranate and Pomegranate Mojito. For more information, visit HERE.
MOJO Organics introduces Chiquita Tropicals Exotic Juice. Available in four 100% fruit juice varieties-- Banana Strawberry, Mango, Pineapple and Passion Fruit—with no added sugars. For more information, visit HERE.
King Car Germany GmbH adds Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee Drink Latte to its shelf-stable canned coffee milk line. This is the first value-added “certified” product in its coffee-milk lineup. For more information, visit HERE.
In closing, you can always view the latest and greatest in beverage innovations for dairy processors HERE.