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March 13, 2013
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

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  • Harmless Harvest debuts 100% Raw Tea
    Harmless Harvest has introduced 100% Raw Tea, made with organic tea leaves from Hawaii, which are frozen to retain flavor, then pulverized and brewed with cold water. "Our idea about launching new products is to try and add some innovation to the category, and try to focus on the quality of the ingredient, and we saw an opportunity in the tea category," said co-founder Justin Guilbert. "There are a lot of products out there, but there was a lot of opportunity to really reveal what the taste of raw tea is." (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natural drinks aim for mainstream launches
    Consumers' growing thirst for healthy beverages is carving out a niche for functional drinks outside of specialty retailers, and manufacturers are ready to seize this new opportunity. At Natural Products Expo West, several companies explained their plan to launch natural beverages in mainstream grocers, rather than natural and specialty stores. "It’s so competitive in Whole Foods, depending on the category," said Brian Ross, CEO of Cheribundi. "They have 10 Kombuchas, for goodness’ sake." (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Launches combine ingredients, benefits Beverages launched at Natural Products Expo West seemed to fit several categories, with new combinations of ingredients and benefits. Sambazon, for example, launched Energy Mocha Java and Blended Breakfast, combining ingredients that promote energy as well as satiety. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Danone tops Access to Nutrition Index
    A new Access to Nutrition Index puts Danone on top, followed by Unilever, Nestle, PepsiCo and Kraft, as companies that do the most to combat obesity and improve access to healthful food. "The Index encourages companies to adopt a deliberate approach to the development of nutritionally improved options for consumers," said Inge Kauer, executive director of the index, developed by the nonprofit Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. USA Today (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beverages, breakfast fuel Dunkin's growth
    High-margin beverages and breakfast sandwiches are the keys to Dunkin' Donuts future growth, said CFO Paul Carbone. "We all loved Fred the Baker, but we're a beverage company. It's not going to be time to make the donuts anymore," he said. "Beverages are the holy grail of profitability." (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Hybrid grapefruit won't interact with drugs
    Researchers in Florida have developed a hybrid grapefruit that does not contain furanocoumarins, chemicals that are known to cause serious side effects when interacting with drugs that control cholesterol. Clinical trials are still needed for the UF914 grapefruits. Drug Store News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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