Beverages 2018

(Juices, Teas and Dairy-Based)


  • LOWER-SUGAR BREAKFAST MILKSHAKE (posted September 19, 2018)
  • Organic Valley introduces Breakfast Balance.
  • In 2015, Organic Valley introduced Organic Balance, an all-organic, fair trade milk protein shake designed for busy working women who want a healthy, delicious and convenient option for energy and nutrition in the morning.
  • Now the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers has reformulated and repositioned the product in response to consumer preferences and retailer interest.
  • Newly renamed, reformulated and repackaged, Organic Valley Breakfast Balance now contains 30% less sugar, but it’s still loaded with 16 grams of protein and 40% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, all from clean, smooth, delicious and real organic milk from Organic Valley’s 2,000 family farms.
  • The packaging has been redesigned to emphasize the use occasion: an on-the-go breakfast that is packed with enough nutrition for the most important meal of the day.
  • What hasn’t changed is that Breakfast Balance is still lactose- and gluten-free, still shelf-stable, and like all Organic Valley products, never contains GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or artificial sweeteners.
  • The shake comes in 11-ounce plastic bottles in two flavors: Dark Chocolate and Vanilla.
  • One bottle has a suggested retail price of $2.99; a four-pack, $10.99; and a 24-pack, $24.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • For more information on this product, link HERE to the Sept. 14, 2018 blog titled "Three Observations from Expo East to Assist with Your Future Innovation."

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the September 7, 2018, blog titled "Dairy Foods Innovation: It’s time to be better. That’s where your advantage lies."

  • PUMPKIN SPICE. IT’S BACK! (posted September 4, 2018)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts adds seasonal pumpkin spice to its bottled iced coffee line.
  • As autumn approaches and the passion for pumpkin peaks, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving fans more ways--and now more places--to keep fueled with a favorite flavor of fall.
  • New bottled Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee is the latest addition to Dunkin’ Donuts’ fast-growing line of ready-to-drink iced coffee beverages. It is available for a limited time at U.S. retailers beginning September 10.
  • Made according to Dunkin’ Donuts’ specifications with high-quality Arabica coffee blends and real milk and sugar, Pumpkin Spice bottled iced coffee delivers the quality and great taste that millions of guests have come to expect from Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature iced coffee served at its restaurants worldwide.
  • As consumers continue to clamor for all things pumpkin--sales of pumpkin and pumpkin spice-flavored items are up 45% from 2013 to the year ending July 29, 2017, according to data from Nielsen--the favorite fall flavor is a natural extension to the brand’s bottled iced coffee lineup.
  • The iced coffee line has been manufactured and distributed by the Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners since 2017.
  • The café brand’s full fall menu keeps patrons pumped for pumpkin with: pumpkin-flavored hot and iced coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and Americanos; pumpkin-flavored frozen coffee; pumpkin-flavored cold-brew coffee; and pumpkin donuts, muffins and donut hole treats.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts also offers pumpkin-flavored coffee pods and bagged coffee where groceries are sold.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK KIDS’ BREAKFAST
  • Nestle USA introduces Nesquik SuperBreakfast protein breakfast milk drink.
  • Made with real milk, the shelf-stable drink is made with no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors, and no high-fructose corn syrup.
  • The drink comes in 8-ounce plastic bottles and is sold in six packs.
  • Thanks to the addition of milk protein concentrate, each bottle contains 12 grams of protein and much more, including calcium and vitamins A and D.
  • The drink comes in chocolate and vanilla flavor.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COLD BREW WITH MILK (posted August 27, 2018)
  • Chameleon Cold Brew makes milk the star in its new ready-to-drink coffee.
  • Made from premium-crafted coffee grown sustainably and sourced ethically, Organic Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee with Milk joins the brand’s portfolio of organic coffee offerings, including ready-to-drink cold-brew, cold-brew concentrate, kegs, cold-brew kits and whole bean coffee.
  • Chameleon Cold-Brew with Milk blends Chameleon’s classic cold-brew coffee with organic whole milk and a touch of organic sweetness, yielding a smooth, creamy cold-brew experience that provides delicious convenience for consumers.
  • The new product line features three flavors. They are:
  • Original, Chameleon’s signature cold-brew coffee blended with organic milk and a touch of organic tapioca syrup
  • Mexican, with the addition of cinnamon, almond and vanilla flavors
  • Pecan, with the addition of pecan flavor, a homage to the brand’s home state of Texas.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 100 to 110 calories, 4 grams of protein and 5 to 12 grams of sugar.
  • “Chameleon is known for our exceptionally smooth black coffee concentrate; however, we know that many of our consumers like to customize their coffee with milk and sugar,” says Chris Campbell, co-founder and CEO. “With this new line, we believe we’re filling the gap in the category for a lighter and sweeter organic, high-quality cold-brew that still maintains a coffee-forward tasting profile.”
  • Each 46-ounce bottle retails for $8.99.Chameleon Cold-Brew was founded in 2010 and acquired by Nestlé USA in 2017.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the August 17, 2018, blog titled "Selling Dairy Proteins and Milkfat: An Opportunity in Cottage Cheese and Quark."

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the August 3, 2018, blog titled "Milk Processors: It’s Time to be a Beverage Processor."

  • SHELF-STABLE CANNED MILKY ESPRESSO (posted August 1, 2018)
  • Peet’s Coffee introduces Peet’s True Iced Espresso.
  • This new line of shelf-stable canned iced espresso flavors was inspired by top-selling drinks in Peet’s coffeebars: Black and White, Caramel Macchiato, Mocha and Vanilla Latte.
  • The Peet’s True Iced Espresso line reflects the brand’s commitment to Coffee First by delivering a prominent coffee taste using better ingredients.
  • The dark roast single-origin Colombian espresso used in Peet’s True Iced Espresso offerings provides such deep roasted sweetness that minimal sugar and calories are needed for a pure coffee indulgence.
  • The drinks are made with artificial growth hormone-free milk and cane sugar.
  • A single-serve 8-fluid-ounce can contains 100 to 130 calories and has a suggested retail price of $2.99.
  • “Iced espressos in Peet’s coffeebars are incredibly popular, representing over 40% of our cold coffee sales,” says Gretchen Koch, director of marketing and innovation-coldcraft. “After the success of bottling our signature cold brew, we are excited to introduce a premium ready-to-drink iced espresso that can be enjoyed anywhere. It was not easy to craft a canned shelf-stable coffee that is worthy of Alfred Peet’s name. We focused on sourcing high-quality, clean ingredients and fine-tuning the production method to ensure a creamy coffee experience on par with the iced espresso beverages handcrafted by Peet’s baristas. By using better ingredients, our Peet’s True Iced Espresso has 25% fewer calories per ounce and 40% less sugar per ounce than the category leader, making it the perfect coffee for on the go.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PROBIOTIC DAIRY PROTEIN FRUIT SMOOTHIES (posted July 26, 2018)
  • Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur is launching a new line of probiotic drinks as part of its Iögo brand.
  • Milk permeate is the first ingredient in these refrigerated beverages that come in three varieties. They are: Kiwi, Pineapple, Mango, Spinach & Kale; Mango; and Strawberry-Raspberry.
  • The drink comes in 200- and 300-milliliter single-serve bottles, as well as 1-liter multi-serve bottles.
  • Cane sugar and fruit puree sweeten this non-fat product, while milk proteins give it an extra protein boost.
  • A 200-milliliter serving contains 110 calories, 18 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein and one billion probiotic BB-12 Bifidobacterium lactis cultures.
  • Lactose-free versions include the lactase enzyme.
  • The drinks are free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, as well as gluten.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PREMIUM SHELF-STABLE COFFEE-MILK DRINKS (posted June 28, 2018)
  • The J.M. Smucker Company introduces The Folder Coffee Co. 1850 Iced Coffee.
  • The 1850 pays homage to the year Folgers was founded.
  • The ambient beverage comes in 13.7-ounce glass bottles and contains 280 or 290 calories. 3.5 to 6 grams of fat, 11 to 15 grams of protein and 44 grams of sugar, of which 26 to 31 grams are added, depending on flavor.
  • The three iced coffees varieties are: Mocha, Sweet Cream and Vanilla varieties.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PROTEIN SHAKES FOR FISHERMEN AND HUNTERS (posted June 20, 2018)
  • Dairy Farmers of America introduces Sportsman Shake. It’s DFA’s Sports Shake, the original energy milkshake, rebranded and in a larger size with the tagline of “power your obsession.”
  • Sportsman Shake comes in an 11-ounce shelf-stable can in Chocolate, Coffee and Vanilla varieties.
  • The cans have either a hunting design, with the catchphrase of “each sip hits the mark,” or fishing, with “one sip and you’ll be hooked.”
  • They are designed to fill you up so you can either focus on the hunt, stay out longer and be on top of the game, or to help you stay out all day and keep fishing and ready for the big one.
  • DFA has numerous hunting and fishing expert partners endorsing the shakes.
  • Made with high-quality dairy, one can provides 350 to 360 calories, 9 grams of fat and 53 to 56 grams of sugar. The Coffee variety is made with real brewed coffee, which provides extra kick with caffeine.
  • The shakes are sold as individual units, as well as in 4- and 12-pack cases.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ON-THE-GO BREAKFAST BEVERAGE (posted June 14, 2018)
  • Arla Foods introduces Milk & Oats to the U.K. market.
  • This ready-to-drink refrigerated beverage is a simple blend of skimmed milk, hearty wholegrain oats and natural flavor that comes in single-serve 250-milliliter plastic bottles.
  • It comes in two breakfast-inspired variants: Maple and Vanilla.
  • Milk & Oats combines the convenience that on-the-go shoppers want, which is high in fiber and protein, low in fat and a source of calcium.
  • “As a nation, our eating patterns are becoming more flexible and the way we consume breakfast is changing,” says Verity Richardson, senior category and brand manager. “Traditionally, eating breakfast on the go can lead to less healthy choices, but Milk & Oats is a nutritious drink that still gives consumers the convenience and flexibility when eating breakfast out of the home.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK COFFEE MILK ENERGY BEVERAGE (posted May 29, 2018)
  • Monster Energy Co., introduces Caffé Monster.
  • Shelf-stable Caffé Monster is made with 100% arabica coffee and reduced-fat milk.
  • The drink comes in three varieties--Mocha, Salted Caramel and Vanilla--in a 13.7-ounce sleek glass bottle.
  • Energy comes from the caffeine in the brewed coffee, and added taurine, B vitamins and coffee fruit extract, as well as sugar and glucose.
  • Sucralose sweetener helps keep calories down. 
  • One bottle contains 180 calories, 4 grams of fat, 29 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE PROTEIN FIBER DAIRY BEVERAGES (posted May 17, 2018)
  • Atkin Nutritionals introduces Atkins Plus.
  • The shelf-stable drink is packed with 30 grams of dairy protein (milk protein concentrate and calcium caseinate), 7 grams of fiber and 20 vitamins and minerals.
  • With 2 grams of net carbs and 1 gram of sugar, the drinks are designed to satiate and provide steady energy throughout the day,
  • The drinks come in Creamy Milk Chocolate and Creamy Vanilla flavors.
  • A four-packs sell for about $8.29.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the May 11, 2018 blog titled “Next Generation Coffee-Dairy Products.”

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the May 11, 2018 blog titled “Next Generation Coffee-Dairy Products.”

  • FUNCTIONAL COLD-BREW COFFEE YOGURT BEVERAGES (posted May 7, 2018)
  • JoeFroyo rolls out ready-to-drink value-added beverages.
  • JoeFroyo Functional Cold Brew combines the kick of caffeine from cold brew coffee with probiotics and protein from drinkable yogurt.
  • Featuring 15 grams of natural protein per 12-ounce serving and six live and active probiotic cultures, JoeFroyo adds valuable health benefits from dairy, all while remaining 100% lactose free.
  • It also contains no artificial colors or sweeteners, no preservatives and no gluten.
  • Zach Miller, president and CEO, came up with the idea for JoeFroyo Functional Cold Brew after years in the retail coffee and frozen yogurt industries.
  • “One of our most popular menu items was what we called the ‘yo-gato,’ vanilla frozen yogurt with one or two shots of espresso floated on top,” says Miller. “The functional beverage market is seeing exponential growth right now, but wherever we looked, we could see drinks that sacrificed taste for benefits or benefits for taste. With JoeFroyo, we tried to create a functional beverage that checked all the boxes.  It’s full of long-lasting energy, natural health benefits and we never compromise on great taste.”
  • JoeFroyo Functional Cold Brew is also one of the first to market with a high-pressure processed (HPP) drinkable dairy beverage. High-pressure processing extends the shelf-life of food and beverage products without relying on chemical preservatives. It also keeps probiotic cultures live and active. HPP is common in the juice, dip and salsa industries.
  • The beverage comes in the ready-to-drink format, as well as an over-ice version (via one-gallon jug for pour overs or a 2.5-gallon bag-in-box to be used in dairy dispensers) and a frozen blended dispensed version.
  • A 12-ounce ready-to-drink bottle contains 270 to 290 calories, 3 to 4 grams of fat, 27 to 28 grams of sugar, and 15 to 16 grams of protein, depending on variety, of which there are three. They are: Espresso, Latte and Mocha flavors.
  • The protein content gets a boost from the addition of milk protein isolate and whey.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 27, 2018, blog titled "Sports Nutrition: A Growth Opportunity for Dairy Processors."

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 27, 2018, blog titled "Sports Nutrition: A Growth Opportunity for Dairy Processors."

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 27, 2018, blog titled "Sports Nutrition: A Growth Opportunity for Dairy Processors."

  • CLEAN-LABEL PROTEIN WATER (posted April 25, 2018)
  • Protein2O grows beverage line with natural formulation.
  • Water and whey protein isolate are the first two ingredients in this clear, shelf-stable beverage that delivers 10 grams of protein in every 16.9-ounce bottle.
  • A bottle only contains 60 calories and 5 grams of sugar. The latter is achieved through a sweetener combination of cane sugar and stevia.
  • The new formulation, which comes in Acai Blueberry Pomegranate, Dragonfruit Blackberry, Kawaiola Coconut and Peach Mango flavors, uses natural flavors and vegetable juice for color.
  • The original line is sweetened with sucralose and uses artificial colors. It, however, provides 15 grams of protein. Flavors are: Classic Lemonade, Harvest Grape, Mixed Berry, Tropical Coconut and Wild Cherry.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DRINKABLE COOKIES, CREAM AND JAVA (posted April 12, 2018)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts grows its ready-to-drink coffee-milk line.
  • New Cookies & Cream joins Dunkin’s other ready-to-drink flavor favorites: Original, Mocha, Espresso and French Vanilla.
  • The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners have been manufacturing and distributing pre-packaged Dunkin’ Donuts branded bottled beverages since the beginning of 2017.
  • The bottled Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee beverages are made according to Dunkin’ Donuts’ specifications using high-quality Arabica coffee blends with real milk and sugar, delivering the quality and great taste that millions of Dunkin’ Donuts guests have come to expect from the brand’s signature iced coffee served at its restaurants worldwide.
  • “Through our strong partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, we have quickly become a leader in the growing ready-to-drink coffee market,” says Brian Gilbert, vice president-retail business development, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. “Cookies & Cream is a fun, delicious flavor, and we are excited to add it to the other flavors in our line-up as we head into the warmer spring and summer months. Our ready-to-drink bottled coffees are the perfect choice to enable our customers to run on Dunkin’ wherever they are.”
  • In 2017, according to IRI data, retail sales of Dunkin’ ready-to-drink bottled Iced Coffee exceeded $150 million within the first year of launching.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GREEN COFFEE LATTES (posted March 26, 2018)
  • Sunup introduces a new concept in ready-to-drink coffee.
  • The canned beverage looks and tastes like tea. In fact, the brand’s tagline is: Tastes like a tea. Energizes like a coffee.
  • “Our coffee tastes like green tea because we never roast the coffee beans,” says Nate Pealer, founder. “Using hot water and raw green coffee beans, we are still able to bring all the caffeine of a traditional coffee without any of the bitterness or traditional coffee flavor.”
  • The product came to fruition because Pealer always preferred coffee made from the lightest roasted beans. He learned that there’s no requirement to roast the beans in order to make coffee.
  • The line includes unsweetened and sweetened with cane sugar original, as well as latte versions of each.
  • The lattes are made with grass-fed organic whole milk.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the March 16, 2018, blog titled "Natural Products Expo West 2018: Fresh dairy observations to influence your future innovations."

  • HIGH-PROTEIN, LOW-SUGAR REFRIGERATED SMOOTHIE (posted February 27, 2018)
  • Bolthouse Farms, a part of C-Fresh, a division of the Campbell Soup Company, introduces the Bolthouse Farms B line of products, a new platform of lower-sugar, super-premium refrigerated beverages.
  • The better-for-you Bolthouse Farms B Strong protein beverages contain 16 grams of protein (from whey) per 15.2-ounce bottle with 70% less sugar (16 grams total) than the leading refrigerated protein drink, according to the company. Monkfruit juice extract helps keep sugar content down. 
  • The protein drink comes in Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai flavors.
  • There’s also new Bolthouse Farms B Balanced Smoothies, which contain 50% less sugar than the leading 100% juice smoothie and have no added sugar.
  • Free of artificial flavors and preservatives, and with a light consistency, the fruit and vegetable blended smoothies are available in four flavors. They are:
  • Berry: blackberry, strawberry and a touch of apple
  • Strawberry Banana: strawberry and banana
  • Sweet Green: kiwi, apple and pineapple with cucumber
  • Tropical: mango, passionfruit and guava
  • The beverages will roll out in March 2018 with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 15.2 fl. ounce bottle.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the February 9, 2018, blog titled "Cold Brew Coffee and Milk Make the Perfect Match.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the February 9, 2018, blog titled "Cold Brew Coffee and Milk Make the Perfect Match.

  • LIMITED-EDITION DRAFT LATTE (posted December 25, 2017)
  • La Colombe offered Peppermint Mocha this holiday season.
  • According to the company, new La Colombe Draft Latte allows on-the-go consumers to enjoy the full taste and texture of a true iced latte, complete with a frothy layer of silky foam.
  • Perfectly frothed milk, a shot of cold-pressed espresso, dark chocolate and peppermint extract, this limited-batch Draft Latte delivers a refreshing take on a holiday classic, with no artificial ingredients and a fraction of the sugar found in competing offerings.
  • In autumn, the company offered its first seasonal flavor of Draft Latte: Pumpkin Spice.
  • A single-serve 9-ounce can of Peppermint Mocha contains 120 calories, 4 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and 13 grams of sugar.
  • What sets this product apart from other ready-to-drink lattes is the special pressurized can that froths the ingredients when you crack it open, according to the company.
  • For more information, link HERE.