Beverages

(Juices, Teas and

Dairy-Based)


  • NEW ORGANIC WHEY PROTEIN POWDER (posted July 4, 2017)
  • Organic Valley launches Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder.
  • The protein craze keeps getting stronger. It may mean different things to different people, but the trend is here to stay.
  • Organic Valley, a leading U.S. cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, is launching, the newest offering in its line of best-selling organic protein drinks, all made with a simple list of ingredients.
  • New Organic Fuel Whey Protein Powder is made with just four or five simple ingredients.
  • A serving contains 26 grams of clean, organic whey protein and just 3 grams of unrefined sugar.
  • Like all Organic Valley products, Organic Fuel Protein Powder is USDA certified organic and never contains artificial sweeteners, artificial ingredients, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs.
  • Organic Valley whey protein comes from milk produced by pasture-raised cows on Organic Valley’s family farms.
  • Available in two flavors--chocolate and vanilla--each 12-ounce canister holds 10 servings and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NO-ADDED-SUGAR WHEY PROTEIN DRINK (posted June 22, 2017)
  • At the Sweets & Snacks Expo held in May 2017, sports nutrition marketer Come Ready Nutrition debuted its latest creation: Ready Nutrition Protein Water.
  • The shelf-stable beverage comes in 16.9-ounce plastic bottles in two flavors. They are: Blueberry and Pink Grapefruit.
  • The waters are pumped up with 100% whey protein isolate to deliver 15 grams of protein per bottle.
  • To achieve a zero sugar label, the beverage is sweetened with a combination of monk fruit extract and stevia extract.
  • Fruit and vegetables juices are used for color.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link HERE to the April 7, 2017, blog titled "Including Coffee and Tea in the Dairy Beverage Business."

  • ALL-NATURAL COFFEE-MILK REFRIGERATED BEVERAGES (posted April 3, 2017)
  • Nestle introduced the Coffee-mate Natural Bliss collection of ready-to-drink coffee beverages at Expo West.
  • The line includes Natural Bliss Iced Coffee in Caramel flavor.
  • It also includes Natural Bliss Cold Brew in Mocha and Sweet Cream flavors.
  • The cold brew is made with 100% Arabica beans steeped for 12 hours in cold, filtered water.
  • Both lines come in 46-ounce multi-serve clear plastic bottles and are perishable; thus, they are to be merchandised in the refrigerated dairy or juice case.
  • All three variants are made with real milk and cream.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 120 to 140 calories, 2 to 3.5 grams of fat, 18 to 20 grams of sugar and 5 to 6 grams of protein.
  • The brand also entered the plant-based refrigerated creamer category with Natural Bliss non-dairy creamers. There are two based on almonds—Caramel and Vanilla—and also a Sweet Crème Coconut Milk variant.
  • Prior to this rollout, the Natural Bliss brand was used only on clean and simple dairy-based creamers.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FOCUSED ENERGY COFFEE-DAIRY PROTEIN DRINK (posted March 28, 2017)
  • Sunniva introduced Super Coffee at Expo West.
  • The shelf-stable beverage is described as “focus for the mind, power for the body.”
  • The beverage base is organic Colombian coffee, milk protein isolate and organic purified coconut oil.
  • The company says a 12-ounce bottle contains the caffeine equivalency of one cup of coffee; thus, providing energy.
  • The lactose-free milk, grass-fed milk proteins contribute nourishment, while the coconut oil is all about focused energy.
  • A bottle contains 90 to 120 calories, depending on variety, 4 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein.
  • Varieties are: Black Brew, Dark Mocha, Hazelnut and Vanilla Bean.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COLD-BREW ICED TEA (posted March 20, 2017)
  • ITO EN debuted Ice-Steeped Cold Brew Teas for matcha Love and Teas’ Tea Organic brands at Natural Products Expo West 2017.
  • Each new beverage leverages authentic Japanese cold-brew processes, ice-steeping the tea to bring out the smooth, naturally mellow sweetness of green and black teas.
  • The new teas will begin shipping to retailers in May.
  • “Consumer demand for cold-brew beverages is at an all-time high, and we believe the launch of our new matcha Love and Teas’ Tea Organic Cold Brew teas will help us establish a new segment in the ready-to-drink tea category,” says Rona Tison, senior vice president of ITO EN (North America) Inc. “Given ITO EN’s deep-rooted expertise in Japanese cold-brew methods called Mizudashi, we feel there’s an enormous opportunity for us to take the leadership role for this innovative set. We’ve elevated the simple essence of our tea leaves and created a more delicate taste with a smooth, clean finish.”
  • ITO EN’s new cold-brew creations provide an entirely new spin on conventional green and black teas. Ice-steeping the high-quality, premium tea leaves draws out a more nuanced, smooth taste that is refreshingly delicious.
  • matcha Love Cold Brew is crafted with whole leaf green tea, finely ground matcha powder and chilled water. Simply steeped to deliver a smooth, subtly sweet taste, matcha Love Cold Brew comes in two organic varieties: Matcha + Green Tea (unsweetened and Non-GMO Project Verified) and Lemon Matcha + Green Tea.
  • Teas’ Tea Organic Cold Brew comes in two varieties: Pure Green Tea (unsweetened and Non-GMO Project Verified) and Raspberry Black Tea.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK BUTTER COFFEE (posted March 14, 1027)
  • Picnik introduces functional coffee-dairy beverage line.
  • With two cafes in the Austin, Texas, area, Picnik has decided to make its famous butter coffee a convenient, ready-to-go beverage.
  • The flavor-focused beverage line comes in three varieties. They are: Cappuccino, Dirty Chai and Mocha Latte.
  • The beverages are based on fair-trade coffee, grass-fed butter, grass-fed whey protein and MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides).
  • The company says grass-fed butter fuels the body with a sustained, clean energy that satiates appetite and reduces cravings, while the grass-fed whey protein absorbs rapidly into the body to reduce hunger and sustain muscle growth.
  • The MCT oil offers cognitive boost, supports fat burn and balances mood and hormone levels, while the coffee provides alertness.
  • A 10-ounce bottle of all varieties contains 10 grams of protein.
  • Cappuccino has no added sugar and contains 210 calories, 17 grams of fat and 1 gram of sugar.
  • Dirty Chai and Mocha Latte are sweetened with maple syrup.
  • Dirty Chai contains 300 calories, 17 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar.
  • Mocha Latte contains 310 calories, 18 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK LIGHT PROTEIN SHAKES TO ASSIST WITH HEALTHY-EATING GOALS IN THE NEW YEAR (posted January 5, 2017)
  • Nestle introduces Carnation Breakfast Essentials Light Start.
  • The two new ready-to-drink shelf-stable protein beverages join the brand’s Light Start mixes and other ready-to-drink and mix options sold as part of the Carnation Breakfast Essentials platform.
  • The new convenient grab-and-go options come in Café Mocha and Rich Milk Chocolate varieties.
  • Sold in packs of six plastic bottles, each 8-ounce bottle contains 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 13 grams of protein, 3 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber.
  • The protein comes from a combination of milk protein concentrate and soy protein isolate.
  • Packaging touts that the product has 80% less sugar and one-third fewer calories than the original product. This is accomplished through the use of sucralose sweetener and inulin from chicory fiber, with the latter also contributing to the beverage’s fiber content.
  • The gluten-free drinks are fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals.

  • GLOBAL DONUT CHAIN EXPANDS INTO READY-TO-DRINK BEVERAGE SECTOR (posted December 27, 2016)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts will roll out Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee line in early 2017.
  • The Coca-Cola Company will manufacture, distribute and sell the product. The agreement supports Dunkin’ Donuts’ goal of strengthening its position as a coffee authority and further extends the Dunkin’ Donuts brand into new distribution channels.
  • This marks Dunkin’ Donuts’ first entry into the ready-to-drink coffee category, which has enjoyed very strong growth over the past five years and represents $2.3 billion dollars in annual sales, according to Nielsen data.
  • “We are delighted to be working with The Coca-Cola Company, a world-class partner that will provide us with world-class consumer access, by bringing ready-to-drink Dunkin' Donuts coffee to the refrigerator cases of grocery, convenience stores and mass merchandisers, as well as inside Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, across the U.S.,” said Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO Nigel Travis. “This new product introduction will increase consumption of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and increase our brand relevance with existing and new consumers, including many younger customers, which we believe will in turn, drive incremental visits to our restaurants.”
  • The Coca-Cola Company will produce Dunkin’ Donuts ready-to-drink coffee beverages according to Dunkin’ Donuts specifications, including using high-quality Arabica coffee blends. Coca-Cola’s extensive network of bottling partners will sell and distribute Dunkin’ Donuts ready-to-drink beverages, which will include real milk and sugar in a variety of flavors.
  • The 13.7-ounce shelf-stable plastic bottles of the new beverage come in four varieties. They are: Espresso, French Vanilla, Mocha and Original. Each bottles contains 290 calories.

  • To read more about these products, link to the December 2, 2016 blog titled "Dairy Foods Forecast 2017: Dairy Protein Beverage Innovations" HERE.

  • COLD-CRAFTED POWER DAIRY BEVERAGE (posted November 22, 2106)
  • Sunshine Dairy Foods introduces Sunshine Power.
  • Known for its use of premium local ingredients and a cold-craft process that may take longer, but produces superior-tasting products, this Portland, Ore., dairy is now playing in the protein beverage space.
  • New Sunshine Power contains 30-grams of high-quality dairy protein—from milk and milk ingredients—per 16-ounce serving.
  • Made with cold-crafted Sunshine milk and cocoa, Sunshine Power comes in gable-top pint containers.
  • A powerful 16-ounce serving packs in 420 calories, 19 grams of fat, including added omega-3 fatty acids, and 24 grams of total sugar, in addition to the 30 grams of protein.
  • This formulation was produced in collaboration with a strength-trainer exercise physiologist to provide athletes and exercise enthusiasts with the ideal beverage to provide energy, build muscle and assist with recovery.
  • Through the addition of lactase enzyme, the product is lactose free.
  • The no-added-sugars beverage obtains its sweetness from stevia.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DAIRY-BASED NUTRITION DRINK FOR DIGESTION SENSITIVITIES (posted November 17, 2016)
  • Nestle Health Science introduces ProNourish.
  • Designed for people with digestive sensitivities, ProNourish nutritional drink was formulated to be compliant with low FODMAP diet for people with food intolerance.
  • The first ingredient is water and the second is milk protein concentrate.
  • It has the TruComfort Digestive Care Blend with ingredients carefully selected to avoid high FODMAs plus 3 grams of fiber to support digestive health.
  • It does not contain gluten or high fructose corn syrup, and is suitable for people with lactose intolerance.
  • It’s also loaded with 25 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • ProNourish comes in six packs of 8-ounce shelf-stable bottles.
  • Available in two flavors—French Vanilla and Strawberry Banana—each bottle contains 170 calories, 4 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK ICE COFFEE FROM SWEDEN’S NUMBER-ONE COFFEE MARKETER (posted October 25, 2016)
  • Lofbergs introduces coffee-milk beverages in a unique package.
  • The container is a 230-milliliter paper-can package that allows the beverage to be stored unopened at ambient temperature for up to eight months. However, the company does encourage the beverage to be consumed chilled.
  • The coffee drinks are EU organic and made with Fairtrade certified coffee.
  • There are four varieties. They are:
  • Ice Latte Macchiato, which is made with 3% fat milk and provides 50 milligrams of caffeine per can. Each can contains 165 calories.
  • Ice Espresso + Milk, which is made with 7.7% fat milk and provides 50 milligrams of caffeine per can. Each can contains 190 calories.
  • Ice Slim Latte, which is made with 2.2% fat milk and provides 51 milligrams of caffeine per can. Each can contains 108 calories.
  • Ice Slim Dark Latte, which is made with 0.03% fat milk and provides 62 milligrams of caffeine per can. Each can contains 99 calories.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GRASS-FED MILK PROTEIN SHAKES (posted September 27, 2016)
  • Orgain introduces Grass Fed Protein nutritional protein shake.
  • Each 11-ounce shelf-stable drink box contains 20 grams of protein from 100% New Zealand-sourced grass-fed milk protein concentrate.
  • The company says that grass-fed milk is 62% higher in omega-3 fatty acids, as compared to grain-fed milk, and contains up to five-times more conjugated linoleic acid.
  • The new drink comes in two varieties: Creamy Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla Bean.
  • Each single-serve container provides 140 calories and 3 grams of fiber from added cellulose and gums.
  • Sugar content is only 4 grams as a result of being sweetened by organic agave, monk fruit extract and organic stevia.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link to the September 23, 2016, blog titled “Expo East 2016 Highlights for Dairy Foods Processors: Value-Added Dairy Products that Appeal to Millennials,” by linking HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK REFRIGERATED COFFEE AND MILK BEVERAGE. (posted September 19, 2016)
  • Shamrock Farms introduces Cold Brew Coffee & Milk.
  • The fresh dairy product starts with 100% Colombian beans roasted and ground to perfection, then steeped in cold water for a silky smooth flavor.
  • This gets blended with Shamrock Farms’ locally sourced milk that is free from artificial growth hormones and sweetened with a touch of real cane sugar.
  • Each 12-ounce bottle contains double the amount of caffeine of a cup of coffee.
  • Cold Brew Coffee & Milk comes in three varieties. They are: Mocha, Original and Vanilla.
  • Distribution begins this fall throughout Shamrock Farms’ home state of Arizona, then launches nationally in 2017.
  • The refrigerated coffee category is up 48% according to IRI, while the cold brew products category is up 115% according to Mintel.
  • Millennials are driving the growth of cold brew coffee, as they appreciate the smoother, less acidic taste of cold brew to its iced coffee counterpart, according to the company.
  • “Refrigerated, ready-to-drink coffee is one of the fastest growing beverage categories,” says Ann Ocaña, chief marketing officer for Shamrock Foods Company. “Our research revealed the opportunity to pair the smooth taste of cold brew coffee with our farm fresh milk, creating a taste profile that is spot on for both the cold brew fan and those just discovering the trend. We always have something new brewing for our milk and this time that can be taken literally. Coffee and milk has long been the perfect match, but we’re making it easier and tastier to enjoy them together.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE YOGURT DRINK BURSTS WITH JUICE BALLS (posted September 5, 2016)
  • Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co., introduces Baoquzhu.
  • The UHT fruity dairy beverage contains juice-filled alginate balls that burst in the mouth when gently chewed.
  • The drinks come in two flavors--Apple and Strawberry—and were developed for teenagers’ taste buds and their desire for new food and beverage experiences.
  • This first-of-its kind beverage concept took two years to progress from product idea to market launch.
  • The product launch is accompanied by a comprehensive marketing campaign involving TV, magazines, and online social media channels.
  • Yili is using actor and singer Jay Chou in its advertising. Chou is known in Asia mainly for his rap music and is a favorite among teenagers.
  • View a promotional video ad HERE.

  • FLAVORED MILK GETS A BOOST OF PROTEIN (posted September 1, 2016)
  • Nestlé USA introduces Nesquik Protein Plus flavored milk drink.
  • Each 14-ounce single-serve bottle of new Nesquik Protein Plus is packed with 23 grams of protein to help consumers reach their protein-intake goals for the day.
  • Labels flag “proudly made with real milk,” with ingredient statements identifying low-fat milk as the first ingredient. A protein boost comes form added milk protein concentrate.
  • Nesquik Protein Plus comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.
  • The milk drinks contains no artificial sweeteners and labels make the claim that the drinks have 28% less sugar than the leading protein-enhanced flavored milk.
  • Nesquik Protein Plus is shelf stable until opened.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COLD-BREW COFFEE AND MILK (posted August 30, 2016)
  • Peet’s introduces ready-to-drink cold-brew coffee line to the San Francisco Bay area.
  • The line features Baridi Black, as well as two lattes--Coffee au Lait and Dark Chocolate—all made with Peet’s freshly roasted beans that are cold brewed to the same standard used in its cafés.
  • Both lattes blend the cold brew with reduced-fat rBST-free milk and pure cane sugar.
  • The lattes come in 10-ounce single-serve gable-top cartons and have a suggested retail price of $3.99.
  • A carton of Coffee au Lait contains 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein.
  • A carton of Dark Chocolate contains 150 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 23 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein. The drink features rich Guittard cocoa.
  • “We’re proud to launch our ready-to-drink line during our 50th anniversary year as these new Cold Brew beverages build on the heritage of Peet’s Coffee and our five decades of coffee craftsmanship,” says Dave Burwick, Peet’s Coffee CEO. “Coffee consumers are increasingly sophisticated and by leveraging the equity we have in coffee, we’re introducing beverages that will delight not just our existing fan base of Peetniks, but all coffee lovers.”
  • Peet’s is providing direct store delivery of its new cold brew beverages in its own refrigerated trucks to ensure product makes it to shelves as quickly as possible and under the best conditions, so every bottle and carton is as fresh and flavorful as possible, according to the company.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COLD BREW WITH CHOCOLATE MILK AND MORE (posted August 16, 2016)
  • Uncommon Coffee Roasters and Guernsey Farms Dairy is rolling out three ready-to-drink coffee beverages.
  • Saugatuck, MI-based Uncommon Coffee Roasters has been serving cold brew coffee for more than 10 years.
  • Instead of pouring hot brewed coffee over ice, cold brew coffee is brewed cold, just like the name suggests.
  • This brew method requires time, sometimes as much as 24 hours, and uses cold water rather than heat to extract the coffee’s sugars, oils and caffeine. The result is a smooth, less bitter and more refreshing cup of java.
  • In mid-2015, Uncommon Coffee Roasters set out to find a local dairy supplier who shared their love for delicious taste, quality products and excellent customer service. This is when Uncommon Coffee Roasters met Guernsey Farms Dairy, a Michigan-based, family-owned company with more than 75 years of dairy expertise.
  • The two companies are now introducing three ready-to-drink coffee beverages in 16-ounce gable-top cartons.
  • The varieties are:
  • Cold Brew Coffee Straight, which is a smooth-bodied drink with notes of roasted walnut, caramel and creamy chocolate. An 8-ounce serving contains a mere 3 calories.
  • Cold Brew Coffee with Half & Half, which is a creamy, sweet and caffeinated drink. An 8-ounce serving contains 110 calories, 4 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
  • Cold Brew Coffee with Chocolate Milk, is cold brew infused with Guernsey Farms Dairy’s award-winning chocolate milk. An 8-ounce serving contains 95 calories, 2 grams of fat, 13 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
  • The first production run sold out so fast that the companies had to more than triple production before the first month (June 2016) of distribution ended.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CLEAN-LABEL WHEY DRINKS (posted August 8, 2016)
  • Premier Nutrition Corporation launches PowerBar whey-based beverages.
  • PowerBar, the original energy bar, is adding Clean Whey Protein Drinks to its rapidly evolving portfolio of real and energizing foods.
  • In response to consumer requests for cleaner ingredient labels, PowerBar Clean Whey products feature no artificial sweeteners and high-quality whey protein for sustained energy.
  • “Clean foods have risen in popularity over the years as consumers have become more health conscious and savvy regarding how to power their bodies both on and off the field,” says Eric Zaltas, vice president of R&D at Premier Nutrition Corporation. “PowerBar Clean Whey protein bars and drinks are on trend with the movement toward removing artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors from foods and utilizing high-quality proteins, like the whey protein we use in the Clean Whey product line.”
  • The Clean Whey products arrive in the midst of a complete relaunch for the brand, as PowerBar unveils a more approachable personality.
  • With ongoing new product launches, PowerBar is reminding all active players in the sports world that its food and beverages offer convenient, nutrient-dense and great-tasting options.
  • “Earlier this year, we committed to better understanding our consumer and evolving our food and beverages to re-establish PowerBar as a brand for all athletes, including the many social sport enthusiasts who celebrate the joy and community of sport each week,” says Doug Cornille, PowerBar vice president of marketing. “Our new Clean Whey product line is just another step in our journey to become more transparent and to power these communities through improved and on trend nutrition. It demonstrates our ability to listen to consumers and respond, and we are excited for the future of PowerBar.”
  • A single-serve 16.9-milliliter bottle of the drink contains 15 grams of whey protein, 0 grams of sugar and 70 calories, as a result of being sweetened with stevia.
  • It is a light, refreshing alternative to a traditional dairy-based protein shake and can be used during or after a workout, as a healthy snack or meal replacement, according to the company.
  • The drink will hit retail shelves in October 2016 in two flavors: Berry Pomegranate and Fruit Punch.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SQUEEZABLE FRUIT AND WHEY PROTEIN (posted August 3, 2016)
  • SmashPack Protein is a new all-natural, high-protein and real fruit nutritional snack.
  • These spouted squeeze packs are for athletes and anyone on-the-go looking for a quick, healthy snack/meal replacement made from real food.
  • Each pouch is packed with 14 grams of high-quality whey protein, one serving of real fruit, 5 grams of healthy fats and is only 180 calories.
  • The line of protein packs come in three flavors, each with a short list of recognizable ingredients.
  • Mixed Berry is made with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.
  • Orange Peach contains bananas, oranges and peaches.
  • Tropical Fruit blends bananas, mangos and pineapples with real coconut cream.
  • SmashPack Protein is shelf stable and free of soy, gluten, artificial ingredients, and is naturally sweetened by the fruit it holds.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CANADIANS GET THEIR FAVORITE COFFEE IN BOTTLED FORMAT (posted August 2, 2016)
  • Canadians can now take their Iced Capp break whenever and wherever they want.
  • Tim Hortons now offers new bottled Iced Capp in three flavors: Original, Mocha and Vanilla.
  • “The iconic Iced Capp was first launched in 1999 and quickly grew to become one of our most popular cold beverages,” says David Clanachan, president and COO, Tim Hortons Canada. “Our new bottled Iced Capp features the same unmistakable taste as the classic Iced Capp and is the perfect way to make sure our guests are never without their favorite cold drink.”
  • The refreshing coffee-based beverage is blended with the goodness of 100% Canadian milk for a rich, creamy coffee flavor and balanced sweetness.
  • A 300-milliliter bottle contains 300 calories, 6 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK ORGANIC ICED TEA, FRESH FROM THE FARM (posted July 26, 2016)
  • Kimball Brook Farm is more than farm-fresh milk.
  • This Vermont dairy bottles four varieties of organic iced tea at its creamery: Green Mountain Organic Creamery.
  • Available in 16-ounce plastic bottles, there are four varieties of iced tea.
  • They are: Sweetened Iced Black Tea with Lemon, Unsweetened Iced Black Tea with Lemon, Sweetened Iced Green Tea with Mint and Unsweetened Iced Green Tea with Mint.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CLEAN-LABEL NUTRITIONAL DAIRY-BASED BEVERAGE (posted June 23, 2016)
  • Nestle introduces Boost Simply Complete in Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean flavors.
  • These shelf-stable, nutritionally complete drinks are made with nine simple ingredients plus a blend of 25 vitamins and minerals.
  • The nine ingredients are 1) filtered water for hydration, 2) brown rice syrup for carbohydrates for energy, 3) milk protein concentrate for high-quality protein for muscle health, 4) canola oil for omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, 5) cane sugar, 6) cocoa or vanilla, 7) natural flavor, 8) salt and 9) gellan gum to keep everything mixed together.
  • Each 8-ounce bottle provides 190 calories and 10 grams of high-quality protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK CLEAR WHEY PROTEIN BEVERAGE (posted June 2, 2016)
  • BiPro USA, a division of Davisco, a business unit of Agropur Inc., introduces BiPro Protein Water in two flavors.
  • BiPro Protein Water offers the nutritional benefits of whey protein isolate to go.
  • This new product carries one scoop of BiPro (20 grams of protein) per bottle and stays true to the brand’s clean label.
  • The ingredient legend includes only five items: water, whey protein isolate, phosphoric acid, natural flavor and stevia extract.
  • Each 16.9-ounce bottle contains zero grams of fat, sugar and carbohydrates in just 90 calories.
  • BiPro Protein Water comes in two flavors: Lemon Lift and Peach Power.
  • Each bottle retails for $3.99 to $4.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NEW REFRIGERATED COLD-BREW COFFEE LINE (posted May 10, 2016)
  • WhiteWave introduces STOK Cold-Brew Iced Coffee.
  • The company cold brews an Arabica-based blend, using a higher ratio of coffee beans to water than typical hot brewing.
  • This cold-brew process involves steeping beans at a lower temperature for 10 hours.
  • The 48-ounce multi-serve bottles comes in two varieties: Not Too Sweet Black and Unsweet Black.
  • The 13.7-ounce single-serve bottles come in these two flavors, as well as Mocha, which is made with 2% low-fat made, and delivers 130 calories, 2 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ARTISAN-CRAFTED, GRASS-FED WHEY PROTEIN BEVERAGE (posted May 2, 2016)
  • Wisconsin Specialty Protein now offers ready-to-drink whey beverage.
  • This shelf-stable drink comes in two flavors, with both packing in 26 grams of whey that originated from milk from grass-fed Wisconsin cows.
  • The protein sources are whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate and nonfat dry milk.
  • Chocolate is made with Fair Trade Certified dark chocolate cocoa. One bottle contains 200 calories, 1 gram of fat and 18 grams of sugar.
  • Vanilla is flavored with bourbon vanilla. One bottle contains 180 calories, no fat and 16 grams of sugar.
  • Sugars are kept low by using organic stevia in combination with organic unrefined cane sugar.
  • The company has its origins in the late 2000s when it launched tera’swhey whey protein powders, which was developed to provide artisan cheesemakers an outlet for specialty whey.
  • A few years ago, the company began working with The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to develop the ready-to-drink concept. The company had previously worked with CDR to create a line the whey protein powders, which deliver 16 grams to 30 grams of protein per serving when reconstituted according to directions.
  • “We focus on Wisconsin producers, first and foremost,” says Julio Del Cioppo, director of sales and marketing. “We generally source our whey from cheesemakers that are within 200 miles of the plant in Reedsburg, WI, which is central to many artisan cheesemakers.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product in the April 29, 2016, blog entitled "Dairy Processors Must Do WHEY More for Sports Enthusiasts…Non-Dairy Beverage Marketers Are On Board," link HERE.

  • To read more about this product in the April 29, 2016, blog entitled "Dairy Processors Must Do WHEY More for Sports Enthusiasts…Non-Dairy Beverage Marketers Are On Board," link HERE.

  • PENNSYLVANIA DAIRY GROWS ITS CRAFTED BEVERAGES LINE (posted April 19, 2016)
  • Turkey Hill Dairy introduces Haymakers.
  • The refrigerated beverage line is based on a century-old farmer’s recipe for epically crafted ciders, punches and teas, with thirst-throttling agents like ginger, molasses, honey and vinegar…and legend, according to the company.
  • There are six varieties: Berry Punch, Lemon Punch, Slightly Sweet Tea, Original Cider, Sweet Tea and Tart Cider.
  • The drinks come in 18.5-ounce (1.16 pint) and 57.6-ounce (1.8 quart) plastic bottles.
  • Turkey Hill has long been a leader in the refrigerated ready-to-drink tea and fruity beverage category.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PRESSURIZED CAN CREATES FROTH IN NEW READY-TO-DRINK LATTE (posted March 22, 2016)
  • La Colombe introduces Draft Latte.
  • 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.
  • Draft Latte is made with grass-fed milk and cold-pressed espresso.
  • A single-serve can contains 120 milligrams of natural caffeine, the equivalent of about 1.5 cups of coffee.
  • It’s naturally sweet with only a pinch of cane sugar.
  • The “best-served-cold” shelf-stable lattes come in 9-ounce cans in packs of four and sixteen through mail order.
  • After the company’s initial production run, it sold more than 10,000 cans in one day.
  • 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.  
  • The drink is naturally sweet with only a pinch of cane sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Read more about this product in the March 11, 2016, blog entitled "Less Sugar, More Fiber: A Recurring Theme at RCA and Expo West...and how OODA can get you there," by linking HERE.

  • ALL-DAIRY MILKSHAKE PACKS IN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF PROTEIN (posted March 8, 2016)
  • Chicago-based fairlife LLC grows its Core Power line with Core Power Elite.
  • The company made global news when it introduced a namesake product in early 2014 made with farm-fresh milk that is cold-pressed through soft filters to concentrate desired nutrients such as protein and calcium while separating out the fats and sugars. You can read more HERE.
  • You can read more about the story behind the innovation of fairlife by linking to a Food Business News article HERE.
  • Core Power is fairlife’s original value-added milk beverage. It is an aseptic, high-protein drink targeted to athletes and sports enthusiasts.
  • Now there’s Core Power Elite, which packs in 42 grams of dairy protein in a 14-ounce bottle.
  • This high level of protein is achieved using the company’s filtration technology.
  • Filtration removes some lactose. The rest is broken down by the addition of lactase enzyme. This adds some sweetness to the product.
  • Core Power Elite comes in two varieties—Chocolate and Vanilla—with each containing 240 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and a mere 7 grams of sugar.
  • Sugar levels are managed by the use of lactase, along with some honey, acesulfame potassium and sucralose.
  • Mouthfeel and fiber comes from the addition of maltodextrin. A bottle of Chocolate contains 6 grams of fiber, while Vanilla contains 2 grams.
  • This product is all about delivering premium protein, refueling the body after exercise, building muscle, and providing satiety.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HIGH-QUALITY, SHELF-STABLE VITAMIN- AND MINERAL-FORTIFIED PROTEIN BEVERAGE (posted December 16, 2015)
  • PowerBar, the original energy bar, extends its sport nutrition know-how into the ready-to-drink beverage category.
  • Gluten-free PowerBar Protein Shake is described as being fueled by high-quality protein, as it contains the company’s proprietary protein blend of milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate and whey protein concentrate.
  • Sold in 14-ounce plastic shelf-stable bottles, the beverage is shipping this month and will be available in time for New Year’s get-in-shape resolutions.
  • The drink comes in two flavors—chocolate and vanilla—with a single bottle containing 160 calories and 30 grams of protein.
  • Added sugars are a mere 2 grams as a result of being sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame K.
  • Each bottle also contains 2 to 3 grams of fiber from inulin and cellulose ingredients and is fortified with 24 vitamins and minerals.

  • WORLD’S FIRST READY-TO-DRINK BUTTER COFFEE SCHEDULED FOR PRODUCTION (posted December 10, 2015)
  • Grass Fed Coffee is ready to make its market debut.
  • John “Sonic” Ban, the founder of Grass Fed Coffee, started two successful food trucks in Indianapolis, changing the city’s street food dining scene. He now plans to change the way we drink ready-to-drink coffee.
  • After 14 months of R&D, with 17 formulations, Sonic is ready to bring the product to market.
  • Sold in 8-fluid-ounce cans, the beverage is described as premium butter coffee cold brewed, the evolution of energy.
  • The cold-brewed coffee is a natural source of caffeine with low acidity and exceptional smoothness, according to the company.
  • The first three ingredients are: water, coffee extract and butter.
  • Specifically, the beverage uses grass-fed butter imported from Germany. It is said to contain healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • The winning formulation also includes MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides), which is said to boost fat burning and energy while curbing appetite, and organic chicory extract, which is a source of vitamins, minerals and inulin fiber.
  • With no added sugar, a single-serve can contains 80 calories, 13 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein.   
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PROTEIN-PACKED READY-TO-DRINK ICED COFFEE (posted December 8, 2015)
  • Trusource introduces dairy protein beverage with a caffeinated kick.
  • This new fitness nutrition brand—trusource—is targeted to aspiring athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
  • The brand has introduced a line of dairy protein-based beverages (powder mixes and ready-to-drink) exclusively to Kroger stores.
  • Distributed by Optimum Nutrition, a global leader in sports nutrition, the products are formulated to deliver high-quality protein in unique, user-friendly solutions for any time of day, and any fitness occasion.
  • There are two protein powder mixes, a ready-to-drink protein water and Protein Java, a ready-to-drink iced coffee beverage packed with 16 grams of protein and caffeine from natural sources.
  • Each 8-ounce can contains 100 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and a mere 4 grams of sugar.
  • The ingredient statement indicates the beverage is made with ultra-filtered nonfat milk, reduced-fat milk, brewed coffee, natural and artificial flavors, and caffeine.
  • To keep calories and sugar content low, it is sweetened with sucralose.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE SINGLE-SERVE LATIN BEVERAGE LINE (posted November 24, 2015)
  • Steuben Foods is rolling out Elmhurst Naturals Horchata.
  • The new shelf-stable line, which has an unopened nine month shelf life, comes in three varieties: Cocoa, Dulce de Leche and Traditional.
  • This authentic Latin beverage is made with milk, rice, natural cinnamon and vanilla flavors.
  • The beverage is low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • It is a good source of calcium and made with natural ingredients and no added colors, according to the company.
  • The suggested retail price is $1.99 to $2.49.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PRIVATE-LABEL COFFEE-MILK MARKETER ADDS NUTRITION TWIST (posted November 19, 2015)
  • New Classic Café comes in four variants.
  • Strategy & Execution Inc., introduces Classic Café, a nutritionally enhanced shelf-stable ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee-milk beverage that comes in four varieties: Hazelnut, Mocha, Salted Caramel and Vanilla.
  • Each 13.7-fluid-ounce single-serve glass bottle delivers 240 to 250 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 2 to 3 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein (a high source of protein). A serving is also a good source of antioxidants (vitamins A, C and E).
  • According to Tom Morse, CEO, the U.S. RTD coffee category is worth more than $3 billion and is growing at 20-plus percent annually. Value-added products will help the category continue this growth rate.   
  • For more information, link HERE.
  • To read more about the coffee-milk trend, including insight from this company, link HERE to a recent Food Business New article.

  • DESSERT-FLAVORED PROTEIN SHAKES (posted November 11, 2015)
  • Yesterday—November 10--Skinnygirl, the solutions-based lifestyle brand created by reality TV’s Bethenny Frankel, debuted Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes and Bars.
  • “Protein is an important part of our daily diet. It helps us feel full and satisfied,” said Frankel, founder and CEO, Skinnygirl. “We developed these new protein bars and shakes to make an easy and delicious way for women to get their protein fix.”
  • The shelf-stable shakes come in two dessert-inspired flavors: Rich Chocolate Brownie and Vanilla Bean Sundae.
  • At only 80-calories, these gluten-free shakes may taste like desserts but have the benefit of 12 grams of protein from milk protein concentrate.
  • Each single-serve 11.5-ounce plastic bottle contains 1.5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber (from cellulose ingredients) and zero grams of sugar.
  • The formulation relies on stevia and monk fruit extract for sweetness.
  • The drinks will be available starting November 20, 2015, at U.S. Walmart locations.
  • They will be sold in four packs for $5.78.

  • Read about this product by linking HERE.

  • BREAKFAST MEAL IN SHAKE FORMAT (posted October 15, 2015)
  • Austria’s TSC Food Products introduces 1-Minute Breakfast Drink.
  • Dancing Cow 1-Minute Breakfast is a blend of skim milk and cereals and comes in two varieties: Banana and Chocolate. The drinks are 89% and 88% skim milk, respectively.
  • The cereal (wheat, barley, oat and rice) content is about 1%. Combined with inulin, a 250-milliliter single-serve bottle provides 3.75 to 4.5 grams of fiber, respectively.
  • Each bottle also contains about 170 calories, 8.5 grams of protein and less than a half gram of fat.
  • The product gets a nutritional boost from the addition of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, calcium and folic acid.  
  • The shelf-stable dairy beverages made in Germany have a nine-month unopened ambient shelflife. 
  • They contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MILK BEVERAGE CONTAINS FEWER CALORIES, LESS SUGAR AND MORE CALCIUM THAN MILK (posted September 28, 2015)
  • Hood introduces MilkWise, which is described as a “milk beverage” because it does fit the standard of identity for fluid milk.
  • MilkWise is a proprietary blend of water, low-fat milk, sugar and other ingredients.
  • The formulation is designed to optimize taste while delivering lower sugar, fewer calories and more calcium than traditional dairy milk.
  • There are three varieties: Original, Vanilla and Reduced Sugar Vanilla.
  • An 8-ounce serving of Original and Vanilla contains 70 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 8 or 10 grams of sugar and 3 or 2 grams of protein, respectively.
  • MilkWise is only sweetened with sugar. This includes the reduced-sugar variety, with an 8-ounce serving containing 40 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
  • MilkWise is fortified with 25% of the Daily Value for vitamin D.
  • It also contains 45% of the Daily Value for calcium, which comes from the milk and through fortification with calcium carbonate.
  • Half-gallon cartons rolled out this month in New England and upstate New York with a suggested retail price of $2.99.
  • MilkWise is designed for milk lovers who aren’t getting what they desire from their current beverage choice, and gives them a fresh new way to love dairy and feel good about drinking (and serving) it without leaving the dairy aisle, according to the company.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REAL DAIRY-BASED ENERGY DRINK (posted September 22, 2015)
  • Dairy Farmers of America introduces new brand and first product line.
  • The new brand, Live Real Farms, debuts with an energy drink described as “made with real dairy and fruit juice.”
  • The 11-ounce aseptically packaged shelf-stable cartons list fruit juice blend as the first ingredient. The formulation also contains lactose-free skim milk and whey protein isolate.
  • Energy comes from the naturally occurring sugars in the juices, the skim milk and added fruit purees, as well as green tea extract and vitamin 12.
  • Each single-serve container provides 180 calories, 12 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber, 28 grams of sugar and no fat.  
  • There are three varieties: Berry Berry, Peach Mango and Strawberry Banana.
  • Initial distribution is Minnesota, Wisconsin and Phoenix, Arizona.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REINTRODUCING RE-FUEL (posted September 17, 2015)
  • Darigold gives its refueling milk shake a new look.
  • With a three-to-one carbohydrate-to-protein ratio, Darigold RE-fuel protein milk is a lactose-free (from the addition of lactase) recovery beverage scientifically proven to increase performance and recovery of muscles after exercise.
  • It’s chocolate milk with added protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish tired muscles and fight fatigue.
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E are added along with natural electrolytes and six essential minerals.
  • Darigold RE-fuel does not have artificial sweeteners or a medicinal aftertaste. It tastes like real Darigold Chocolate Milk, according to the company.
  • Sold in 16-ounce bottles, each bottle contains 20 grams of protein from low-fat milk.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 180 to 190 calories, 2.5 to 3 grams of fat, 28 to 30 grams of sugar, depending on variety.
  • RE-fuel comes in two varieties: Chocolate Peanut Butter and Rich Chocolate.
  • Labels read “made with real milk.”
  • Research shows that after a workout, flavored milks are one of the best things you can drink to help your body recover in a healthy way.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • BREAKFAST IN A BOTTLE (posted August 25, 2015)
  • Smart Beverages Ltd., introduces Nosh Super Brekkie to the retail channel in Ireland.  
  • Nosh Super Brekkie is neither a smoothie nor a milk. The company describes it as a fully loaded proper wholesome breakfast on the go.
  • Made with Greek yogurt, oats, quinoa and real fruit, the company likes to refer to Nosh as a “foothie,” a food you can drink.
  • Each single-serve bottle contains about 200 calories and comes in four different fruit flavors: Banana, Honey, Mango and Strawberry-Banana.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK TEA-DAIRY BEVERAGES (posted August 18, 2015)
  • Argo Tea mixes milk into its brewed specialty tea.
  • Teappuccino is the latest innovation from Argo Tea’s creative mixologists and nutritionists who recognize consumer demand for healthy drinks with real ingredients.
  • Decadent in taste and balanced in nutrition, these unique bottled loose leaf tea infusions feature protein-packed milk and real fruits, flowers, spices and herbs, which deliver robust flavors.
  • The three new shelf-stable Teappuccino varieties are:
  • Chai: fresh-brewed Assam black tea blended with spicy ginger, cinnamon and sweet vanilla (90 calories per serving)
  • Earl Grey Vanilla Crème: classic black tea infused with bergamot and sweet vanilla (80 calories per serving)
  • Green Tea Strawberry Crème: antioxidant-rich Japanese green tea and sweet strawberries with a hint of vanilla (100 calories per serving)
  • The new Teappuccino line comes in 12-fluid-ounce bottles and retails for $2.99.
  • Argo Tea sources the best ingredients from around the world, including handpicked, loose-leaf teas, to create a variety of innovative signature beverages that taste great and are good for you, according to the company.
  • In 2010, Argo Tea launched its first ready-to-drink Signature Teas, which are now sold in more than 20,000 U.S. retail outlets, making it one of the largest independent bottled tea brands.
  • “Argo Tea is committed to delivering innovative new products like Teappuccino that meet consumer demand for great-tasting healthy beverages,” says Arsen Avakian, founder and CEO of Argo Tea. “With a growing presence in retail stores and in new Argo Tea cafés, we’ve quickly become a one-stop shop--offering tea connoisseurs ready-to-drink options, loose leaf and sachets--that’s poised for continued success, both domestically and abroad.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • AUTHENTIC GREEK YOGURT SMOOTHIES (posted July 6, 2015)
  • LALA Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Smoothies for on-the-go nutrition
  • The new smoothies from Borden Dairy come in three varieties: Mango, Peach and Strawberry.
  • “LALA is the longtime U.S. leader in drinkable yogurt, capturing more than double the share of the second most popular brand,” said Kristen Williams, brand manager. “Greek yogurt is one of America’s favorite protein-packed snacks and our smoothies are the first drinkable Greek dairy product available nationwide. One in five Americans regularly eats on the run, but people don’t want to sacrifice flavor or nutrition. That’s why we created LALA Greek Smoothies--to be the Greek that goes with you.”
  • The smoothies are gluten free and made with real fruit and natural sweeteners. They contain no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or artificial flavors.
  • LALA Greek yogurt was introduced earlier this year. You can read about them HERE.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • GRAB ‘N GO PROTEIN SMOOTHIE (posted June 18, 2015)
  • Nestle Health Science rolls out yogurt and fruit in pouches for adults.
  • This recent addition to the Carnation Breakfast Essentials brand brings yogurt shoppers back into the ambient breakfast aisle.
  • Explaining its packaging choice of a pouch, the company cites Mintel data showing the use of pouches has increased nearly 50% from 2009 to 2014.
  • To read more about the potential of the pouch package for dairy, link HERE.
  • The 6-ounce shelf-stable Carnation Breakfast Essentials Grab ‘n Go!
  • Protein Smoothie pouches are sold in boxes of five.
  • They come in two varieties: Mixed Berry and Strawberry Banana.
  • Each pouch contains 190 calories, 4 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
  • Each pouch contains as much calcium as a 6-ounce cup of yogurt.
  • The fiber comes from fructooligosaccharide and inulin sourced from chicory.
  • The protein comes from the cultured milk as well as added whey protein concentrate.
  • The product is heat treated after culturing and hence does not contain live and active cultures.
  • The product line made its debut on Amazon and is now making its way into the supermarket sector.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN DAIRY-BASED FOODS NAMED AFTER TOUR DE FRANCE CHAMPS (posted May 5, 2015)
  • U.K.’s First Milk and CNP introduce Team Sky Range.
  • First Milk, the largest British dairy farmer-owned co-op in the U.K. and the fourth largest U.K. co-op, believes that dairy is the ideal nutritional platform to deliver protein into the human diet.
  • The co-op, along with its CNP business unit, worked with Tour de France champions Team Sky to create a range of protein-packed power foods targeted for breakfast. They also make sensible snacks throughout the day.
  • First Milk acquired CNP, long-known as being nutritional specialists, in 2012.
  • Currently there are four concepts in the Team Sky range: smoothies, instant porridge sachets, ready-to-microwave porridge pots and ready-to-eat breakfast pots.
  • The high-protein whey-based smoothies are low in fat and come in at less than 180 calories for a 330-milliliter bottle, while delivering an impress 26 grams of protein. Varieties are: Blueberry & Raspberry, Orange & Mango and Pineapple & Coconut.
  • The high-protein whey-based instant porridge sachets contain 130 calories and 6.5 grams of protein per sachet. When prepared according to directions using skimmed milk, a serving contains 200 calories and 12 grams of protein.
  • The ready-to-microwave whey-based porridge pots contain 240 calories and 12.4 grams of protein per 65-gram pot. They come in three varieties: Apricot, Original and Superfruits.
  • The ready-to-eat breakfast pots are based on First Milk’s quark rather than whey. The two varieties are: Mixed Cherry and Summer Fruits.
  • CNP has worked with Team Sky since its inception in 2010, and is an official supplier to the team. It has developed bars, gels, protein powders and supplements, which helped power the team to multiple Tour de France victories.
  • A key element for the team is its approach to race nutrition and that has provided the credibility to develop this range of breakfast products.
  • “With the nutritional credibility of CNP and the Team Sky track record on consistently improving performance, we have a proposition that is totally different to anything else on the market,” says David Young, marketing director, First Milk and CNP. “This range delivers against almost every current nutrition and health trend and credibly moves CNP from sports nutrition into lifestyle nutrition.”
  • Nigel Mitchell, head of nutrition at Team Sky adds, “If we look at it from a nutritional point of view, breakfast is so important. We have fasted overnight, so we need to put the nutrients into the body that we need to start work or start play. These smoothies and porridges give us the protein and the slow-release carbohydrate energy that will help feed us throughout the morning.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ALMOND-BASED HORCHATAS AND AGUAS FRESCA DEBUT (posted April 16, 2015)
  • Califia Farms kicks off summer with Hispanic-centric refrigerated beverage line.
  • Califia Farms Horchatas are dairy free and come in two flavors: Classic Cinnamon and Vanilla Coconut. The Horchatas are made with Califia Farms’ award-winning Almondmilk, known for its great taste and creamy mouthfeel, combined with a rice milk and tigernut (chufa) milk blend for authenticity, flavor and texture.
  • Califia Farms Aguas Frescas come in five flavors with bright, festive artwork inspired by Mexican mural art and Dia de los Muertos designs.
  • New flavor Mango Chili Lime is a slightly spicy take on the popular tropical combination, while Pineapple Ginger delivers a nuanced flavor upgrade to traditional pineapple juice.
  • The aguas frescas line up, which also includes Kiwi Cactus Lemonade, Strawberry Basil and Watermelon Ginger Lime, are delicious on their own or as mixers in summer cocktails, according to the company.
  • The products are exclusive to Whole Foods Markets until July 1, and will be available at other U.S. retailers nationwide through September.
  • Both beverage concepts, best-known to Americans as cool, refreshing drinks traditionally served at Mexican restaurants, take strong cues from their Latin American roots, but ramp up the flavor sensations with premium versions of the classics, delivered in Califia Farms’ signature curvy bottle, a chic, modern design reminiscent of classic milk bottles.
  • “Last summer, we introduced a revolutionary take on a classic beverage category to natural-food shoppers when we collaborated with Whole Foods Market for the launch of our first-ever aguas frescas, or ‘fresh waters,’” says Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms’ CEO. “It was an incredible success, resulting in extremely high sales and case volume.”
  • “We’re excited to partner with Califia Farms on this seasonal line that will really help our shoppers to savor summer,” says Dwight Richmond, global grocery purchasing coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “With no artificial ingredients and just a hint of sweetness, this line is perfect for active, health-conscious families, too.”
  • These seasonal beverages come in single-serve, 10.5-ounce containers, as well as multi-serve, 48-ounce containers.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • THIS SUMMER, IT’S ALL ABOUT CHAI LATTE (posted March 31, 2015)
  • Summers 2013 and 2014 were all about ready-to-drink iced coffee.
  • Summer 2015 is about ready-to-drink chai latte.
  • New International Delight Chai Tea Latte from WhiteWave Foods comes in half-gallon recloseable gable-top cartons and is merchandised in the refrigerated dairy case.
  • There are two varieties: Caramel Chai and Vanilla Chai.
  • Packaging says the product can be served over ice or heated and served warm.
  • Starting with brewed black tea as a base, the second and fourth ingredients are skim milk and cream, respectively. In between is simple cane sugar.
  • To deliver the spicy chai flavors of cinnamon, cloves and ginger, the beverage relies on natural and artificial flavors rather than the actual spices.
  • A one-cup serving contains 130 calories, 3 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • BETTER-FOR-YOU ICED COFFEES (posted March 26, 2015)
  • ULIVjava packs in an array of functional ingredients, including green tea extract, yerba mate, astragalus, and vitamins and minerals.
  • Starting with a base of organic Fair Trade coffee combined with nonfat milk and cream, the shelf-stable beverage comes in two varieties: Mocha and Vanilla.
  • The product line made its soft-launch at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City in July 2014, creating a new segment within the ready-to-drink coffee category. At Expo West, it was ready for a nationwide launch.
  • According to the company’s mission statement, the founders “seek to create and promote truly healthy, great-tasting, superior coffees products while improving the health of individuals.”
  • UNIVjava was created by Martha Stewart’s longtime personal trainer, Mary Tedesco, and clinically trained celebrity nutritionist, Kathleen Schoen, and has Martha’s endorsement.
  • Each 9.5-ounce bottle contains a mere 80 calories, 1 gram of fat, 14 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
  • The suggested retail price is $2.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • BARISTA-QUALITY READY-TO-DRINK TEA LATTES (posted March 24, 2015)
  • At Expo West, Hain Celestial debuted four on-trend flavors of ready-to-drink, shelf-stable Celestial Lattes.
  • The flavors are described as being inspired by the “secret menus” at the world’s best coffeehouses.
  • Made with 2% milk and sweetened with pure cane sugar, Celestial Lattes provide barista-quality beverages brimming with the goodness of real brewed tea.
  • The four varieties are:
  • Dirty Chai--lively masala chai spiked with bold espresso
  • The Godfather--authentic masala chai with bold espresso and rich cocoa
  • Matcha Green--a smooth blend of brewed green tea and traditional matcha
  • Mountain Chai--a traditional masala chai with ginger, cardamom and cloves
  • Consumer demand is growing for coffeehouse-style beverages that have the healthfulness of tea without sacrificing exciting new flavors, according to the company. Innovative tea lattes satisfy this demand and provide the convenience factor these consumers expect.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SUPER SQUEEZE ENTERS THE DAIRY CATEGORY (posted March 12, 2015)
  • Horizon introduces pouches of milk and real fruit.
  • New Super Squeeze comes in 3.5-ounce pouches and is sold in four packs.
  • It is shelf stable until opened.
  • The highly viscous product is made with organic milk and organic fruit purees, with each pouch containing 100 calories, 5 grams of protein, 15 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and no fat.   
  • Varieties are: Mixed Berry, Orange and Strawberry.

  • ORGANIC PROTEIN SMOOTHIE IN DAIRY CASE (posted February 9, 2015)
  • Stonyfield introduces uniquely formulated cultured dairy smoothie named OP Organic Protein.
  • It looks like a drinkable yogurt but is being marketed as a protein smoothie.
  • There are three varieties: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla.
  • Cultured pasteurized organic low-fat milk is the number-one ingredient.
  • The added milk protein concentrate is what boosts the protein content of a 10-ounce single-serve bottle to 15 grams.
  • To keep calories at 180 to 200, and sugar content at 15 to 19 grams, varying by variety, the smoothies are sweetened with organic erythritol, organic cane sugar, organic inulin and organic stevia.
  • The Nutrition Facts indicates a serving of any variety contains 1 gram of dietary fiber and 10 grams of sugar alcohols.
  • Shrink-sleeved plastic bottles state “inspired by Orgain” and include a note from Stonyfield Founder Gary Hirshberg that reads, “When we decided to create a high-protein smoothie, we knew it also had to be delicious. We consulted the nutritional drink experts at Orgain to bring you OP…”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REFUELING WITH SALTED CARAMEL DAIRY BEVERAGE (posted January 13, 2015)
  • Shamrock Farms adds trendy flavor—Salted Caramel--to its muscle builder dairy beverage.
  • The new variety joins Chocolate and Vanilla and is making its debut exclusively at 7-Eleven Stores throughout the U.S.
  • “The first-of-its-kind Salted Caramel flavor was developed as a result of feedback from fans and professional athletes, and is the latest example of the brand’s commitment to providing the best-tasting protein drink on the market,” says Blake Atkinson, director of brand management for Shamrock Farms. “Our goal is to lead the category in providing healthy and delicious protein beverages that are made with real milk and help people achieve their fitness goals.”
  • Salted Caramel Muscle Builder is packed with 30 grams of protein and only nine net grams of carbs and is formulated specifically to help build muscle and strength.
  • Its 12-once packaging makes it a convenient on-the-go option to drink before or after a workout, or as a quick meal replacement. It’s also lactose free.
  • Rockin’ Refuel has established itself as a leader in the category with the launch of its high-quality refrigerated protein beverages created for muscle building and muscle recovery. Featuring the nutrition benefits and great taste of real milk, the brand offers a natural way to build and repair muscle.
  • The Rockin’ Refuel product portfolio includes Muscle Recovery and Lean Recovery, designed to maximize rebuilding muscles after working out, and Muscle Builder and Lean Builder, designed for athletes looking for more protein with fewer carbohydrates. Headquartered in Phoenix, Shamrock Farms has its own farm hosting a herd of more than 10,000 cows.
  • For more information, visit www.rockinrefuel.com.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN DRINK FORMULATED FOR THE AGING DEMOGRAPHIC (posted January 8, 2015)
  • Danish dairy processor Arla Foods introduces Arla Protino.
  • This fresh dairy beverage was formulated specifically for sick, weak and elderly consumers who lack appetite.
  • With age, and often illness, one loses muscle mass (sarcopenia) and therefore it is important to get enough protein in the daily diet, as protein strengthens and maintains muscles, organs and bones.
  • The new drinks were released in Denmark in 2014 and plans are in place for launches in Sweden and the United Kingdom in the near future.
  • The Arla Protino drinks comes in single-serve 125-milliliter plastic bottles.
  • The drinks come in two flavors--Raspberry and Lemon Vanilla—and contain around 260 calories and 13.6 grams of protein per serving.
  • There’s also an 80-gram cup product best described as a cream dessert. It comes in an Apple Cinnamon flavor and provides 6.1 grams of protein per serving.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SWISS DAIRY ENTERS COFFEE-MILK CATEGORY (posted December 18, 2014)
  • Elsa markets Swiss Delice Grande Caffe beverage line.
  • Located in Estavayer-le-lac, Elsa is the largest Swiss single-site dairy processing plant.
  • The company produces a range of fresh milk, fluid, cultured, cheese, dairy dessert and yogurt products. 
  • Grande Caffe is one of its newest introductions.
  • This refrigerated, single-serve coffee-milk line comes in Cappuccino, Light and Macchiato varieties. There’s also Grande Choco, which is premium chocolate milk.
  • All varieties are ready to consume right from the cup, or they can be microwaved and served warm.
  • The company distinguishes itself in this growing category by emphasizing its use of “noble origin coffee” and premium-quality Swiss milk.
  • For more information, visit www.elsa.ch.

  • CUSTARD SHAKES DEBUT FOR THE HOLIDAYS (posted December 8, 2014)
  • Upstate Farms gives consumers something to celebrate this winter.
  • “Toast to a new tradition,” is how the upstate New York cooperative is promoting its new Custard Shakes dairy beverage line.
  • “Pour a glass this winter, and celebrate all season long,” is its motto.
  • Sold in quart gable-top cartons for about $2.99, there are two decadent flavors: Chocolate and Vanilla.
  • A half-cup serving contains 180 calories, 9 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
  • The Custard Shakes join the company’s line of egg nog, which includes premium, original and light formulations, in pint quart and half gallon options.
  • For more information, visit www.upstatefarms.com.

  • CEREAL AND MILK…ALL IN ONE BEVERAGE (posted December 2, 2014)
  • Tastyfood Industries of Singapore markets Cereal Milk Drink.
  • The concept made its initial debut in 2008 in Asia, with exports of this shelf-stable drink picking up this past year as result of consumer desire for more protein and fiber, which is what you get from this milk-based, cereal-enhanced drink.  
  • With a 24-month ambient shelflife, the 250-milliliter cans come in four varieties: Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry and Sweet Corn.
  • For more information, visit www.tastyfood.com.sg/new.php.

  • “TEA FIRST, MILK SECOND” BEVERAGES DEBUT (posted November 20, 2014)
  • Tea In First enters shelf-stable tea-milk beverage category.
  • A husband and wife team set out on a quest in 2012 to discover healthful teas to aid in recovery from major surgery.  
  • They decided to share their recipes with the rollout of Tea in First, a ready-to-drink beverage concept that debuted with Spiced Chai this summer.
  • Matcha Latte is scheduled to enter the market soon.
  • As the company name suggests, the drinks are made by first adding brewed tea, followed second by milk, with all its inherent nutrition, a fact the company promotes on its website.
  • The chai contains a traditional spice blend of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper.
  • The matcha variety is better than brewed green tea, as it contains the whole green tea leaf, according to the company.
  • A single-serve, shelf-stable 9.5-ounce glass bottle of the chai variety contains 110 calories, 2 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein and 19 grams of sugar.
  • Calories and sugar grams are kept low by using a blend of sugar and stevia.
  • For more information, visit www.teainfirst.com.

  • FRESHLY BREWED HIBISCUS TEA (posted November 13, 2014)
  • TK Hibiscus introduces an agave-sweetened, ready-to-drink brewed tea.
  • Available in four invigorating flavors, TK Hibiscus is organic, gluten free and kosher.  
  • At just 40 calories in a 16-ounce serving, TK Hibiscus teas have a bold, fruit-forward taste and fragrant floral notes that finish with a refreshing bite, according to the company. It is gently sweetened with a slight infusion of agave to soften the finish.
  • TK Hibiscus is steeped with antioxidants and a multitude of beneficial plant acids.
  • The four varieties are: Classic, Ginger, Jasmine and Spearmint.
  • For more information, visit www.tkhibiscus.com.  

  • COFFEE HOUSE GIANT NOW OFFERS SEASONAL COFFEE-MILK BEVERAGES (October 28, 2014)
  • Starbucks expands its refrigerated U.S. dairy case presence with seasonal flavors.
  • Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha join Caffe Mocha, Caramel Macchiato and Vanilla Latte, which debuted in August 2013.
  • The irony is that the beverages are packaged in aseptic cartons and do not require refrigeration until after opening.
  • In other regions of the world, primarily Asia, the company sells fresh coffee-milk drinks in single-serve containers that always require refrigeration.
  • The U.S. line is branded Starbucks Discoveries (the same brand that appears on the refrigerated products in Asia).
  • The 50.7-ounce aseptic cartons, complete with recloseable spout, include verbiage that the beverage is meant to be consumed chilled and that the product must be refrigerated after opening.
  • Starbucks Discoveries are sweetened with sugar and made with reduced-fat milk.
  • Each 8-fluid ounce serving of the limited-edition seasonal varieties contains 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 19 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein.
  • The product comes to market through the North American Coffee Partnership (NACP)—a manufacturing, marketing and distribution relationship that includes Dairy Farmers of America, Starbucks Coffee Company and PepsiCo Inc., respectively.
  • The product sells for $4.99 to $5.99.
  • For more information, visit www.starbucks.com.

  • READY-TO-DRINK TEA COMPANY GROWS ITS COFFEE-MILK BUSINESS WITH EXTRA-RICH FLAVORS (posted October 23, 2014)
  • Ito En North America adds indulgent options to its relatively new line of shelf-stable, single-serve coffee-milk drinks.
  • The Brooklyn-based beverage company adds four varieties to its increasingly popular Jay Street Coffee line, a 100% arabica fresh-brewed, ready-to-drink coffee-milk beverage line inspired by the Brooklyn neighborhood and street address of the company.
  • Extra Rich Jay Street Coffee is creamier than the original fresh-brewed flavors, giving consumers the option to enjoy a rich and more robust coffee experience.
  • Caramel Macchiato, Hazelnut and Mocha Extra Rich Jay Street Coffees are bottled in 9.1-fluid-ounce bottles, containing only 150 calories.
  • The original three offerings--Latte, Mocha and Vanilla--come in 16.9-ounce plastic bottles.
  • Coffee Shot is the fourth unique flavor. Unsweetened and containing 150 milligrams of caffeine, the new shot-style drink is a natural energy drink with zero calories.
  • For more information, visit www.jaystreetcoffee.com.

  • ICED COFFEE GETS SKINNY (posted October 14, 2014)
  • Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, Nestle plans to introduce Skinny Cow Iced Coffee on January 5, 2015.
  • Attendees of the recent NACS (convenience store) show in Las Vegas got a sneak peak at Nestle’s new Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffee Drink.
  • Available in there varieties—Creamy Cappuccino, Mocha Latte and Vanilla Latte—the new ready-to-drink coffee-milk beverages are described as “rich, expertly roasted coffee folded into creamy, velvety dairy heaven and then whipped, not once, not twice but three times to deliver a uniquely thick and indulgent smooth coffee beverage.”
  • Each 8-fluid-ounce bottle contains 120 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugar. The latter is achieved through the use of a blend of sugar with monk fruit extract.
  • Reduced-fat milk is the number-one ingredient in this shelf-stable beverage.
  • The company has a robust year-round marketing campaign planned for the product, with the introductory platform being: Resolve to Indulge.
  • The company believes this lower-calorie and lower-sugar iced coffee beverage will bring new users to the category. And like with its other Skinny Cow products, this drink gives permission for personal indulgence.
  • For more information, visit www.skinnycow.com.

  • ROCKIN’ REFUEL VARSITY BRINGS PROPER NUTRITION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (posted September 2, 2014)
  • Shamrock Farms launches first-of-its-kind fat-free protein milk beverage that complies with new USDA standards for U.S. schools.
  • Rockin’ Refuel, a complete line of protein beverages made with real milk, has expanded its product portfolio to include Rockin’ Refuel Varsity.
  • It’s a 12 ounce, fat-free version of the popular Rockin’ Refuel Muscle Recovery product and is specifically designed for middle school and high school athletes to meet USDA’s new Competitive Foods in School guidelines.
  • Packed with 20 grams of high-quality protein and no artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives, Varsity is one of the first protein milk beverages school athletic departments can provide students during the school day under the new guidelines.
  • “A core part of our mission as a brand is to help youth athlete’s refuel with the best-tasting and most nutritious protein beverage around, so it was important for us to formulate a Rockin’ Refuel variety to comply with the new USDA guidelines,” says Blake Atkinson, director of brand management for Shamrock Farms. “We know that many high school athletes drink Rockin’ Refuel during the school day, and now they can keep drinking Rockin’ Refuel to help achieve their goals.”
  • Made with 100% real milk, Varsity features a 2:1 carb to protein ratio, ideal for maximum muscle recovery, and is an excellent source of calcium.
  • For more information, visit www.rockinrefuel.com.

  • SHELF-STABLE COLD-BREWED JAVA AND MILK BEVERAGES DEBUT AT EXPO EAST (posted September 23, 2014)
  • High Brew Coffee relies on stevia to keep calories low in this new ready-to-drink milk and coffee line.
  • Made from cold-brewed Fair Trade Certified arabica coffee beans and reduced-fat milk, new High Brew Coffee comes in four flavors: Dark Chocolate Mocha, Double Espresso, Mexican Vanilla and Salted Caramel.
  • The shelf-stable coffee-milk beverages come in 8-fluid-ounce cans and contain 50 to 60 calories, 0.5 to 1 grams of fat and 7 to 8 grams of sugar, depending on variety.
  • All varieties provide 2 grams of protein.
  • Black & Bold, a dairy-free option, will join the line soon. It contains only 1 gram of sugar for a mere 20 calories per 8-fluid-ounce can.  
  • “After surveying the ready-to-drink landscape, we realized the market is saturated with sugary, blended coffee beverages,” says David Smith, founder and CEO. “The lack of something simple, natural and convenient inspired us to bring something unique to this category. Our coffee is a natural, healthy and uplifting brew that focuses on premium taste and gives you all the energy you need, with no wacky chemicals. It’s an uncomplicated, refreshing take on coffee.”
  •  For more information, visit www.highbrewcoffee.com.

  • AN UPBEAT HIGH-PROTEIN DAIRY DRINK
  • The Good Whey Co., a division of family-owned Volac International Ltd., headquartered in the U.K., markets a new beverage to “fuel the gap” of hunger between meals.
  • New Upbeat is made with real fruit and comes in three flavors: Blueberry & Raspberry, Mango & Passion Fruit, and Strawberry.
  • The company boasts that 99% of Upbeat is made from just three ingredients: fresh whey protein concentrate sourced from 100% British milk, fruit puree and fruit juice from concentrate.
  • Most of the sweetness comes from the fruit and inherent lactose in whey. Sucralose is used “to get the right sweetness without adding more sugar or calories,” according to the company.
  • Each 250-milliliter single-serve bottle contains 20 grams of protein.
  • Low in fat and with half the sugar of most fruit juices and smoothies, a bottle contains 150 calories, 2 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar.
  • For more information, visit www.feelingupbeat.com.


  • VEGETABLE JUICE AND PROTEIN SHAKES DEBUT (posted August 25, 2014)
  • The iconic V8 vegetable juice brand enters the protein beverage category.
  • In late July, Campbell Soup Company announced plans to launch more than 200 new products in fiscal 2015 to meet consumers’ changing tastes, preferences and needs.
  • One of those product lines started rolling out into select markets this past week.
  • V8 Protein Shakes blend juice from sweet potatoes and yellow carrots with five different sources of protein: milk protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, pea protein isolate, whole grain brown rice protein concentrate and quinoa flour.
  • This combination provides 12 grams of protein in every 10-ounce bottle.
  • The formulation also includes soluble corn flour, which provides 3 grams of fiber per serving.
  • The drink is fortified with multiple vitamins and minerals.
  • The shelf-stable 10-ounce bottles are sold in packs of four, with each bottle containing 190 to 200 calories, depending on variety.
  • Varieties are Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla.
  • The product is in response to increasing consumer demand in a balance of protein from both plant and animal sources, according to the company.
  • To meet this demand, Campbell will also being introducing V8 Protein Bars in flavors such as Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pomegranate and Oatmeal Raisin.
  • For more information, visit www.v8protein.com.

    • MILK AND OAT SMOOTHIE LINE GETS REINVENTED (Posted August 20, 12014)
    • Alpina debuts new packaging and new flavors for Alpina Avena.
    • Alpina Avena, a traditional, creamy, oat-based dairy beverage, has been a staple in many Latin American homes for centuries.
    • In recent years, Latin American foods have increasingly grown in popularity across the Americas as consumers look for new and exciting flavors.
    • This widespread trend, along with consumers’ continued interest in convenient and healthy meal options, has led Alpina Foods to expand its Alpina Avena line of oat smoothies.
    • This month, the company is introducing new packaging and flavors of the 18-year-old product line.
    • Alpina’s recipe follows the generations-old tradition of El Espinal, a region in the company’s home country of Colombia where drinkable cold oatmeal is served in the open-air market.
    • The recipe includes water, powdered milk, precooked oat flour and sugar.
    • Alpina began manufacturing Avena in Colombia in 1996. The first mass-produced oatmeal drink, Avena quickly became a top-selling brand of oat-based drinks in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and widely accepted across Central America.
    • The drinks comes in 8.4-ounce shelf-stable cartons and contain 170 to 180 calories, along with 4 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber.
    • The new packaging incorporates bold colors to highlight the flavors, providing a nod to its heritage.
    • All Alpina Avena packages feature one side in English and the other in Spanish.
    • Alpina Avena is available in Original, Light and Cinnamon, as well as three new flavors: Chocolate, Dulce de Leche and Strawberry. (Original and Cinnamon are also available in a 32-ounce cartons.)
    • For more information, visit www.alpina.com.

      • AUTHENTIC CHAI TEA LATTE IN READY-TO-DRINK FORMAT (posted August 7, 2014)
      • Ito En (North America) Inc., grows its ready-to-drink (RTD) tea latte line.
      • In 2013, Ito En introduced two (Black Tea Latte and Matcha Latte) slightly sugar-sweetened, shelf-stable RTD lattes in 16.9-fluid-ounce plastic bottles.
      • Made with nonfat milk, each single-serve bottle contains a mere 80 calories and zero fat grams.
      • The company is now adding a third variety: Chai Tea Latte.
      • The new flavor is made using an authentic blend of chai spices, which includes black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger root and star anise.
      • The company is also taking green tea to new heights with the introduction of Matcha Love, a convenient on-the-go matcha drink that can be easily enjoyed without the fuss of traditional preparation.
      • The ready-to-drink product offers an authentic experience in both an unsweetened and sweetened format. The drinks come in 5.2-fluid-ounce recyclable steel cans.
      • For more information, visit www.teastea.com.

      • SINGLE-SERVE COFFEE-MILKS DESIGNED FOR SHAKING (posted July 24, 2014)
      • Nescafé, the world’s fifth most valuable food and drink brand, is launching a range of chilled coffees in Europe.
      • The Shakissimo range is made up of three milk-rich coffees--Latte Espresso, Latte Macchiato and Latte Cappuccino--designed to be consumed straight from the fridge or chiller cabinet.
      • The coffees come with their own unique ritual. The cups have been designed to be shaken to create an instant creamy froth on the drink.
      • Europeans are showing an increasing appetite for chilled, ready-to-drink coffees, with the market growing 8% over the last three years alone, according to Euromonitor.
      • The Shakissimo range was developed by Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre in Lisieux, France, and will be distributed by Lactalis Nestlé Produits Frais, a joint venture between Nestlé and French Dairy firm Lactalis.
      • For more information, visit www.nestle.com.

      • HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BEVERAGE IS MADE WITH MILK INGREDIENTS (posted July 8, 2014)
      • At the Healthy Beverage Expo in Long Beach, Calif., this May, Be Well Nutrition Inc., debuted Iconic, a healthy lifestyle beverage.
      • It is designed to be an on-the-go breakfast or snack.
      • The beverage comes in two flavors: Chocolate Truffle and Pure Vanilla Bean.
      • The all-natural shelf-stable drink is low in calories and high in protein.
      • Each 11-ounce single-serve container contains 130 calories, 20 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and less than 2 grams of fat.   
      • The protein comes from milk protein isolate; the fiber is inulin. Calories and sugars stay low through the unique combination of organic blue agave, stevia and monk fruit.
      • Iconic is also loaded with nutrients, many of which are associated with energy and focus.
      • A single-serve container provides 25% of the Daily Value of calcium, 40% DV phosphorus, 50% DV magnesium, 50% DV vitamin B6, 200% DV vitamin B12 and 250% DV vitamin D.
      • It is also enhanced with choline, green tea extract and tyrosine.
      • For more information, visit www.drinkiconic.com.

      • WORLD’S FIRST CREATINE-ENHANCED MILK PROTEIN BEVERAGE (posted June 30, 2014)
      • Cyclone Milk combines dairy proteins with creatine to assist consumers with strength and power goals.
      • Marketed by MaxiNutrition, a division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare in the U.K., patented-pending Cyclone Milk contains 3 grams of the purest form of creatine monohydrate and 30 grams of Max Pro high-quality protein in a convenient, 330-ml single-serve format.
      • The chocolate single-serve bottle contains 200 calories, while strawberry has 190.
      • Both varieties tout the fact that a serving delivers 7 grams of branched-chained amino acids, which have been shown to stimulate muscle synthesis.
      • Creatine is non-essential dietary compound found naturally in foods such as meat and fish. It is also produced in small quantities in the body and stored in muscle cells where it is used to power high-intensity muscle contractions.
      • The company includes creatine in this protein milk beverage to help support physical performance in successive bursts of short intense exercise. Although creatine is naturally present within the muscle, many factors such as age, gender, dietary intake and muscle type, may affect the total amount of creatine within the body, according to the company.
      • Cyclone Milk joins Protein Milk Recover with 30 grams of milk proteins per 330-ml. serving and Protein Milk Extreme Recover with 50 grams of protein per 500-ml. serving.
      • The shelf-stable milk beverages are made using skimmed milk and milk protein. Calories and carbohydrates are kept low by the sweetening power of sucralose.
      • For more information, visit www.maxinutrition.com/cyclone-milk.

      • DAIRY-BASED SHAKES FORMULATED FOR THE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN (posted June 25, 2014)
      • Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, Happy Family is the first organic brand to offer a complete line of nutrient-rich foods for babies, toddlers and young children.
      • The company just added Happy Child Super Nutrition Shakes to its product lineup.
      • Available in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors, each 8.25-ounce aseptic shake is packed with 8 grams of protein, along with 21 vitamins and minerals. A serving is an excellent source of calcium.
      • The beverage base is water, organic brown rice syrup and organic milk protein concentrate.
      • Inulin and a number of fruit and vegetable powders contribute to the 3 grams of fiber per serving. The produce ingredients are also a source of antioxidants.  
      • “At Happy Family, we pride ourselves on producing products that are organic, rich in nutrients and support babies, tots and children through each developmental milestone,” says Shazi Visram, founder, CEO and chief mom of Happy Family. “As a proud mom who cares about what I feed my own child, I understand how challenging it can be for parents to cope with picky eaters and keep track of their child’s intake of key vitamins and minerals. With the Happy Child Super Nutrition Shakes, we are offering parents assurance that their children are getting the essential nutrients they need to grow up happy and healthy.”
      • The shakes contain no artificial sweeteners or flavors, are non-GMO, contain zero trans fatty acids and come in packaging made without the use of BPA.
      • The shakes come in packs of four for a suggested retail price of $10.99.
      • For more information, visit www.happyfamilybrands.com.

      • FRESHLY BREWED TEA DISTRIBUTED VIA DAIRY CASE (posted June 19, 2014)
      • Milo’s Tea adds new products and expands distribution.
      • The family-owned Alabama-based beverage company has added three new products and more than doubled the amount of states where it sells.
      • The company freshly brews all of its tea from tea leaves.
      • The beverages do not contain any preservatives and thus require refrigeration at all times.
      • All of Milo’s beverages are made on standard fluid milk processing equipment and packaged in standard fluid milk plastic gallons and single-serve pints.
      • The three new flavors are Decaf Sweet Tea, Lemonade and Famous Sweet Tea & Lemonade.
      • They join the company’s three core products: Famous Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea and No Calorie Sweet Tea sweetened with Splenda.
      • The Decaf Sweet Tea is a fresh brewed-tea beverage made with filtered water, pure cane sugar and decaffeinated custom blended teas. An 8-ounce glass contains 80 calories and 21 grams of sugar.
      • The Lemonade contains 11% lemon juice from concentrate and like the tea, contains no additives or preservatives and is sweetened with pure cane sugar. An 8-ounce glass contains 110 calories and 25 grams of sugar.
      • The Famous Sweet Tea & Lemonade is a blend of the company’s classic sweet tea and its new lemonade. An 8-ounce glass contains 90 calories and 19 grams of sugar.
      • For more information, visit www.drinkmilos.com.

      • WEETABIX IS ON THE GO (posted May 15, 2014)
      • Weetabix shakes up the breakfast beverage category with On The Go Breakfast Drink
      • Leading U.K. breakfast brand Weetabix explores more ways to deliver breakfast.
      • Weetabix On The Go Breakfast Drink is a smooth, portable milk-based drink designed specifically for breakfast.
      • Delivering quick and easy breakfast fuel, it has all the energy, fiber and protein of a Weetabix cereal in milk.
      • This innovation came from the Weetabix Insight Team after spending time with consumers across the U.K. to understand the changing nature of breakfast. What they found is that one in five adults in the U.K. skipped breakfast either often or occasionally with many expressing a desire for a decent breakfast, but saying they were unable to get one “on the go.” This meant they were forced to compromise on nutrition.
      • With an ambition to fuel modern lifestyles, the milkshake drink comes in 250-milliliter single-serve, resealable bottles in three flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla.
      • The primary dairy components of the milkshakes are skimmed milk (51% to 64%, depending on variety), and milk protein concentrate.
      • They also are enriched with vitamins, minerals and soluble wheat fiber.
      • A serving contains 215 to 226 calories, 6.9 to 8.2 grams of fat, 8.5 to 9.5 grams of protein, 20 to 22 grams of sugar, depending on variety, as well as 5.8 grams of fiber.  
      • Weetabix On The Go Breakfast Drink contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
      • For more information, visit www.weetabixonthego.co.uk.

      • SPARKLING DAIRY-BASED BEVERAGE (posted April 15, 2014)
      • New Fizza has the taste, mouthfeel and sensory appeal of a soft drink with the nutrients found in milk.  
      • The product was commercialized in January 2014 and officially launched in March at Natural Products Expo West.
      • Produced using patented technology, Fizza is formulated to satisfy the fun and enjoyment children require from their beverages, without any fat, lactose or preservatives. It’s also all natural and low in calories.
      • Fizza comes in 8- and 16-ounce bottles.
      • Flavors are: Apple, Cola, Orange and Strawberry.
      • Fizza is available nationally for sale in schools and retail stores, as well as via foodservice.
      • Fizza meets all the minimum beverage nutritional specifications of USDA’s Wellness Policy of 2006 and has been approved by USDA for sale in school cafeterias, according to the company.
      • It is contained on the “A-List” of vending and snack products that meet the Massachusetts a la carte Food & Beverage Standards to Promote a Healthier School Environment.
      • The 8-ounce bottle is designed for schools and sells for $1.00.
      • The suggested retail price for the 16-ounce bottle is $1.69
      • An 8-ounce serving of this nonfat beverage contains 70 calories, 7 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein and 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin A and calcium, and 25% of the Daily Value for vitamin D.
      • Fizza is a product with a long history. The concept actually won The Best New Beverage Product for 2008 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
      • Prior to that, Fizza LLC’s founders George and Mary Ann Clark had a company called Mac Farms, which produced a similar product called e-Moo.
      • e-Moo, which debuted in 2001, was developed by food science researchers at Cornell University. The product was ahead of its time and was only in the market for a short period.  
      • For more information, visit www.fizzallc.com.

      • FIBER-ENHANCED, SHELF-STABLE, DAIRY-BASED BEVERAGE (posted April 8, 2014)
      • Breakfast food manufacturer Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing is launching a new breakfast drink in Australia.
      • The company says that new FibreStart is a healthy milk alternative with a slight nutty flavor.
      • FibreStart's base is filtered water, to which skim milk powder and milk protein concentrate are added and blended with almonds and three plant fibers (soybean, corn dextrin and inulin).
      • Nutritionist, chef, author and FibreStart spokesperson, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, says that fiber is an often overlooked nutrient and that men and women should aim to consume at least 30 and 25 grams of fiber per day, respectively.
      • “FibreStart is the perfect start to the day for those needing to increase their fiber intake and people who simply want to improve their diet and feel great,” says Bingley-Pullin. “You can drink it from a glass like milk, pour some on your favorite cereal or even add into a fruit smoothie.”
      • Sanitarium says FibreStart was designed to make consuming fiber easy, after consumer research by Newspoll showed that one fifth of the population believes they are not getting enough fiber. The Newspoll survey interviewed 1,200 respondents over the age of 18, between January 31 and February 2, 2014.
      • A 250-milliliter serving contains 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber, including soluble and insoluble forms.
      • It is available in supermarkets across Australia where it is merchandised in the cereal aisle.
      • A 1-liter shelf-stable container has a suggested retail price of $4.49.
      • The company has created a video discussing the importance of a high-fiber diet. It can viewed HERE.
      • For more information, visit www.sanitarium.com.au.

      • A SNEAK PEAK AT ORGANIC VALLEY’S MILK PROTEIN SHAKES (posted April 3, 2014)
      • The Wisconsin-based organic cooperative is ready to roll out Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake in two varieties: Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Bean.
      • With the first two ingredients being “organic low-fat milk and organic filtered skim milk,” this new shelf-stable product emphasizes on front panels that it is a “milk protein shake.’
      • Each 11-ounce plastic bottle contains 190 calories, 15 grams of protein and 50% of the Daily Value for calcium.
      • Fair-trade ingredients—organic unrefined cane sugar, organic vanilla bean flavor, organic Dutch cocoa-- are an important part of the product concept.
      • The drinks include the lactase enzyme to make them lactose free. They also are naturally gluten free. Labels states both omissions.
      • Organic stevia helps keep calories under 200.
      • The shelf-stable beverages will be sold as single-serve units for convenient grab-and-go channels, as well as handy four packs.
      • For more information, visit www.organicvalley.coop.

      • NEW ORLEANS-STYLE ICED COFFEE (posted March 25, 2014)
      • San Francisco Bay Area coffee purveyor Blue Bottle Coffee has teamed up with Clover Stornetta Farms Inc., to offer refrigerated, ready-to-drink Blue Bottle Coffee New Orleans Iced Coffee.
      • Organic coffee beans are cold-brewed for 18 hours with organic roasted chicory, then sweetened with organic cane sugar and cut with organic whole milk.
      • The coffee is brewed at the Fort Point Brewing Company in the Presidio and then packaged at Clover’s facilities in Petaluma.
      • Unlike most ready-to-drink, single-serve coffee-milk beverages that come in bottles, cans or boxes, this beverage comes in a traditional gable-top milk carton.
      • The 10.66-ounce cartons debuted at Natural Products Expo West and are right now making their way into Northern California Whole Foods Market stores. Distribution will very soon be throughout the West Coast Whole Foods distribution system. Plans are in place to hit New York stores in May.
      • According to reports, there are plans to launch an easy-carrying four pack as well as a larger carton for sharing.
      • The single-serve carton contains 160 calories, and 6 grams of both fat and protein.
      • For more information, visit www.bluebottlecoffee.com.

      • CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKES SNEAK IN VEGGIES (posted March 17, 2014)
      • Sneakz organic skim milk-based beverage contains a full-serving of vegetables thanks to the inclusion of the company’s organic nutrient-rich dried veggie blend of broccoli, carrot and sweet potato.
      • Each 8-fluid-ounce shelf-stable prisma-style container provides 150 calories, 1 gram of fat and 18 grams of protein. The veggies are responsible for providing 2 grams of fiber.
      • The drink is also loaded with vitamins and minerals, including 50% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin A, 20% DV vitamin C and 30% DV calcium, based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
      • Designed for young consumers, organic Dutch cocoa and organic evaporated cane juice, along with organic vanilla extract and other natural flavors “sneaks” the veggies by even the most discriminating taste buds.    
      • The product entered the marketplace in January 2013 with limited distribution through select natural food stores, including select Whole Foods Markets. Additional distribution is through select Babies “R” Us, Sprouts, Wegmans, Mariano’s and Hy-Vee, as well as online at Amazon.com.
      • “We’re excited to introduce Sneakz to the natural products world,” said Charles Philp, co-founder and CEO, at Natural Products Expo West. “Customers, moms and kids alike that have tried Sneakz all give us a big thumbs up. Now we just need to get the word out and grow distribution.”
      • “Sneakz is on-point with consumer trends, from the increased demand for healthful kids’ products to igniting new news in the dairy category. We think there is limitless potential for this brand,” said Allison Fowler, co-founder and chief marketing officer.
      • The suggested retail price for a single carton is $1.99, while the company encourages a “2 for $3” promotion price.
      • For more information, visit www.sneakz.com.

      • PREMIUM READY-TO-DRINK LATTES (posted March 6, 2014)
      • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., and The WhiteWave Foods Co., have partnered to launch Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Latte, a convenient ready-to-drink iced coffee beverage line.
      • Made with real milk and 100% Arabica coffee beans for rich, robust flavor, this new beverage captures the authentic taste of a coffee shop latte in a convenient form that’s easy to enjoy at home.
      • It is available in two classic flavors: Mocha and Vanilla.
      • An 8-ounce serving of either flavor contains 140 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
      • “In creating Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Lattes, we strove to offer consumers another convenient way to enjoy the inspired taste they’ve come to know from Green Mountain Coffee,” says David Sachs, senior vice president for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.’s Hot Beverage Systems. “It has been exciting to collaborate on this new venture with WhiteWave Foods, a partner who shares our commitment to exceptional quality.”
      • This product marks the first time the Green Mountain Coffee brand has expanded into the refrigerated aisle.
      • The beverage is produced and marketed by WhiteWave Foods under an exclusive partnership agreement with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.
      • Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Latte comes in 48-fluid-ounce plastic bottles.
      • The suggested retail price is $4.99.
      • For more information, visit www.greenmountaincoffee.com/gmc-iced-latte.

      • DOUGHNUT-FLAVORED COFFEE MILKS (posted February 11, 2014)
      • Krispy Kreme makes its signature flavor available in a coffee-milk beverage.
      • Inspired by the signature blends and flavors available at its world famous doughnut and coffee shops, Krispy Kreme introduces ready-to-drink iced coffees in two flavors: Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Iced Coffee and Krispy Kreme Mocha Iced Coffee.
      • The initial launch of the shelf-stable beverage is in the more than 900 Walmart locations throughout the United States.
      • “People have been satisfying their craving for our doughnuts and coffee for 76 years,” says Brad Wall, senior vice president. “Making our premium quality coffee available to consumers through the convenience of ready-to-drink is part of our continuing efforts to build awareness and equity in our coffee program.”
      • The iced coffees are being offered through a third-party licensing agreement.
      • Each 9.5-oz. glass bottle has a suggested retail price of $1.98.
      • For more information, visit www.krispykreme.com

      • SHELF-STABLE PROTEIN SMOOTHIES MADE WITH GREEK YOGURT (posted February 3, 2014)
      • Hormel enters the beverage business with new 2GOOD Smoothies.
      • These shelf-stable smoothies are made with Greek yogurt that has been heat treated after culturing.
      • Sold in four packs of 8-ounce plastic bottles, 2GOOD Smoothies come in four varieties: Peach, Strawberry Banana, Very Cherry and Wild Berry.
      • Each 8-ounce bottle contains 8 grams of protein and 170 calories.
      • A sweetener blend of cane sugar and stevia extract helps keep calories low.
      • The end-of-2013 rollout was exclusive through Walmart and consisted of all flavors except Peach. The four pack sold for $5.48.
      • The full line (four flavors) has recently been accepted at Target, Publix and HyVee.
      • For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com

      • READY-TO-DRINK TEA COMPANY ENTERS COFFEE-MILK SEGMENT (posted January 21, 2014)
      • Known for its ready-to-drink line of Teas’ Tea beverages, Ito En North America enters the coffee segment with its new ready-to-drink Jay Street Coffees.
      • Inspired by the Brooklyn neighborhood and street address of the company’s headquarters, Jay Street Coffee is brewed with 100% Arabica coffee beans to a medium roast.
      • Packaged in 16.9-ounce PET bottles, the coffee-milk drinks come in three varieties: Latte, Mocha and Vanilla.
      • An 8-fluid-ounce serving contains 90 calories and 0 gram of fat.
      • The drinks are made with nonfat dry milk and milk and are sweetened with cane sugar.
      • Packaging for Jay Street Coffee depicts various iconic Brooklyn themes, such as the water tower located atop Ito En’s 20 Jay Street building, a historic brownstone window and a wrought-iron gate.
      • The suggested retail price for a single bottle is $2.49.
      • For more information, visit www.jaystreetcoffee.com.

      • RICH AND CHOCOLATY 100-CALORIE SMOOTHIE (posted January 16, 2014)
      • South Beach Diet Corp., introduces South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Smoothie in a taste-tempting Chocolate Truffle flavor.
      • More than 50% of Americans snack two to three times a day. South Beach Diet says it is answering the nation’s appetite for snacks with its healthy offerings, including this new shelf-stable smoothie.
      • Packed with 6 grams of both protein and fiber that satisfy all the way to the next meal, the new smoothie contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or sugar alcohols.
      • The new flavor joins Perfectly Peach, Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry, which debuted in the summer of 2013 under the South Beach Diet Snack Smoothies brand.
      • The protein used in these smoothies is whey protein concentrate and milk protein isolate. The fiber comes from soluble corn fiber.
      • Sugar contents are kept low (8 grams) through the use of stevia and monk fruit extract.
      • The ready-to-drink 8-ounce beverage comes in four-pack cartons and has a suggested retail price of $6.99.
      • From 2003 to early 2011, Kraft Foods, Northfield, Ill., licensed the South Beach brand for use on an array of snack foods and frozen entrees. Today, South Beach Diet Corp., handles its own product development and distribution, while using contract manufacturers to produce the products
      • For more information, visit www.southbeachdiet.com.

      • THE WHEY TO MAXIMIZE PERFORMANCE (posted January 9, 2014)
      • The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) assists entrepreneurs with developing a protein-rich, isotonic beverage void of artificial colors and flavors.
      • New BadgerMax Protein Boost is made with whey protein isolate (WPI) derived from cheese whey, which contains less than 1% fat to maintain optimal clarity.
      • BadgerMax was designed to have a clean label. CDR scientists worked hard to limit the number and types of ingredients while still producing a clear, heat-stable product.
      • Through careful color selection, the CDR team was able to develop purple (grape) and red (fruit punch) beverages using natural colorants derived from fruits and vegetables.  
      • BadgerMax Protein Boost is an ideal protein source for post-workout recovery or anytime during the day as a healthy protein source.
      • Each 12-fluid-ounce bottle contains 190 calories, no fat and 12 grams of protein.
      • BadgerMax was developed to meet all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) requirements.
      • For more information, visit www.badgermax.com.

       


      • COLD-BREWED ICED COFFEE SINGLES (posted December 31, 2013)
      • Califia Farms is single and ready to mingle after last year’s successful 48-ounce Iced Coffee launch as a line extension of its popular Almondmilks.
      • After Califia’s Iced Coffees won multiple natural products awards and national distribution, the company saw a prime opportunity to bring its one-of-a-kind Cold Brewed Iced Coffee with Almondmilk line to retailers’ grab-n-go cases.
      • Califia Farms will launch its new dairy-free and soy-free Cold Brewed Iced Coffee single-serve beverages at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show later this month.
      • The line includes three flavors: Cocoa Noir, Salted Caramel and XX Espresso.
      • The coffee products are based on cold-brewed Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee.
      • Califia Farms is also introducing single-serve Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Almondmilks.
      • The Protein Almondmilks have added whey protein and are soy-free, lactose-free, and gluten-free.
      • The new products retail at $2.99 per 10.5-ounce bottle and have already seen successful regional introductions in Northern California and Southern Pacific Whole Foods Market stores.
      • The single-serve products proudly display the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on their PET, BPA-FREE bottle.
      • While typical almondmilks are processed from roasted almonds, Califia Farms Almondmilk is made from whole blanched (not roasted) California almonds, resulting in a more authentic taste with higher-quality nutritionals and a perfect complement to the less acidic cold-brewed coffee, according to the company.
      • For more information, visit www.califiafarms.com.

      • MILK AND OATS BREAKFAST BEVERAGE (posted December 26, 2013)
      • Today’s fast-paced lifestyle forces many to skip breakfast—the most important meal of the day.
      • A new shelf-stable, grab-and-go beverage from The Quaker Oats Co., a subsidiary of PepsiCo Inc., can be a helpful aid in this challenge.
      • Quaker Breakfast Shake comes in three flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla.
      • Each 11.1-fluid-ounce bottle contains 8 grams of whole grain oats, 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 200 calories.
      • The protein comes primarily from milk protein isolate.
      • The fiber comes from a combination of whole oat flour, polydextrose and hydrocolloids.
      • Calories are kept low through the use of the high-intensity sweetener sucralose, in combination with sugar.
      • For more information, visit www.quakeroats.com.

      • BUBBLE LATTE IS A NEW INTERACTIVE MILK DRINK (posted December 17, 2013)
      • Arla has developed a low-fat milky drink that contains gelatinous bubbles made of alginate and filled with fruit juice.
      • There are three varieties of Arla Bubble Latte:
      • Blood Orange with Mango Bubbles
      • Peach with Raspberry Bubbles
      • Pomegranate with Strawberry Bubbles
      • The bubbles are stored in a top cap until the time of consumption, at which point the consumers blends the bubbles into the milky drink and sips them through an attached straw.
      • The interactive drinks are sold exclusively through the 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Denmark. Distribution is expected to expand across Scandinavia in 2014.
      • The product won an innovation prize at DrinkTec 2013.
      • For more information, visit www.arla.dk.

      • PROTEIN BEVERAGE CRAZE FUELS NEW FRESH MILK INNOVATION IN CANADA (posted December 10, 2013)
      • Identifying a need within the protein beverage category for a product that combines the benefits of fresh milk with a healthy dose of protein, Saputo, Canada’s largest dairy processor, introduces Milk2Go Sport.
      • With 26 grams of protein per 325-milliliter bottle, new Milk2Go Sport is a ready-to-drink, milk-based protein shake that not only helps stimulate muscle repair after workouts, but also dulls hunger, which can further assist people who are trying to lose weight.
      • “People are increasingly mindful about their protein intake, but are often pressed for time or unsure about what to consume post-workout to ensure proper recovery,” says Philippe Duhamel, marketing manager at Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P. “Many products currently on the market contain many undesirable ingredients such as vegetable oils and require considerable time to measure and mix. Milk2Go Sport was formulated for on-the-go people who are looking for a great-tasting product that is high in protein with the natural goodness of milk.”
      • Manufactured in Ottawa, Milk2Go Sport is available in two flavors: Chocolate and Vanilla.
      • It can be found in all major convenience stores, grocery stores and select foodservice outlets across Canada at a suggested retail price between $1.99 and $2.49.
      • For more information, visit www.milk2gosport.com.

      • UNSWEETENED, ORGANIC AND FAIR-TRADE READY-TO-DRINK TEA (posted November 26, 2013)
      • Honest Tea introduces Honest Unsweet Lemon Tea, its first zero-calorie tea option.
      • Brewed with USDA organic, Fair Trade Certified tea leaves from India, the new unsweetened, zero-calorie beverage is flavored with organic lemon extract and is available in 16.9-ounce PET bottles.
      • “We worked hard to create an unsweetened tea with a smooth and easily accessible taste profile that Unsweet Lemon Tea delivers,” says Seth Goldman, co-founder & TeaEO of HONEST Tea. “We hope this new variety will resonate with consumers as they seek out more zero-calorie beverages.”
      • Inspired by the success of Just Green Tea (currently Honest Tea’s best-selling beverage in the natural food and beverage channel (according to SPINSscans data, September 2013), Unsweet Lemon Tea was tested earlier this year in New York City and is rolling out nationally at a time when the unsweetened beverage category is up 34% in the past year (according to Nielsen Scanning, all measured channels, 52-weeks ending July 20, 2013).
      • The national launch of Unsweet Lemon Tea continues to deepen a core facet of Honest Tea’s mission of exclusively sourcing Fair Trade Certified tea leaves. Since partnering with Fair Trade USA in 2003, Honest Tea has contributed more than $397,000 in Fair Trade premiums, reinvesting in education, agriculture and community projects where the tea is sourced. In 2013, the company increased the amount of its Fair Trade premiums by 19% over the previous year.
      • For more information, visit www.honesttea.com

      • LOWER-SUGAR MUSCLE-BUILDING MILK-BASED BEVERAGE (posted November 14, 2013)
      • Shamrock Farms adds Rockin’ Refuel Lean Builder, a 150-calorie option, to its successful Rockin’ Refuel protein beverage lineup.
      • This milk beverage is designed specifically for people looking to build and tone lean muscle.
      • Lean Builder is made with real milk for an excellent source of natural protein, and joins the popular Rockin’ Refuel line of products designed for muscle development and post workout recovery.
      • Lean Builder provides 20 grams of high-quality protein with only 8 grams of carbs and 6 grams of sugar.
      • Varieties are Chocolate and Vanilla.
      • Lean Builder is lactose free and contains essential nutrients naturally found in milk, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
      • “Our new Lean Builder product comes with even fewer calories for everyday active people looking to stay in shape and build lean muscle,” says Blake Atkinson, director of brand management. “As one of the pioneers in protein-fortified milk, Rockin’ Refuel is constantly evaluating the needs of people who lead active lifestyles in order to create new products that are beneficial to achieving their physical goals. With the addition of Lean Builder, we have a well-rounded portfolio of the best-tasting protein milk beverages for all types of people with active lifestyles.”
      • Lean Builder comes in 12-ounce bottles and is merchandised in retailers’ refrigerated dairy section.
      • For more information, visit www.rockinrefuel.com.

      • FRUITY WHEY-BASED BEVERAGES (posted October 21, 2013)
      • Austria-based Berglandmilch extends its popular whey-based beverage brand Lattella with two extra-refreshing varieties: Coconut-Pineapple and Kiwi.
      • Starting with a base of fermented sweet whey, the Coconut-Pineapple variety contains 5% coconut water and 5% pineapple juice, while the Kiwi variety contains 10% kiwi juice.
      • Sold in 500-milliliter gabletop cartons, a 100-millliter serving contains about 50 calories, 0.1 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates and 0.5 grams of protein.
      • The two new flavors join the original flavored Classic line, which consists of Guava Lime, Mango, Orange Grapefruit Lemon, Passion Fruit, Pineapple Papayas and Strawberry. There is also a Natural unflavored, unsweetened variety that contains a mere 19 calories per 100-milliliter serving.
      • Lattella originated more than 30 years ago with its two flagship flavors--Mango and Passion Fruit—which were introduced to the Austrian market in 1979.
      • Made from pure whey and premium fruit juices and purees, without the addition of any preservatives or artificial colorings, Lattella is manufactured using a proprietary process that ensures a smooth and refreshing beverage.
      • The fermented sweet whey is an inherent source of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and protein, and is nearly fat free.
      • The company also now offers three varieties sweetened with steviol glycosides under its new Lattella Stevi Light brand. The flavors are: Grape Cassis, Mango Maracuja and Multifruit.
      • The Lattella Stevi Light varieties are made with 10% to 23% fruit in the form of juices and purees.
      • A 100-milliliter serving contains 31 to 35 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 6.7 to 7.9 grams of carbohydrates and 0.6 to 0.7 grams of protein, depending on variety.
      • For more information, visit www.lattella.at/en/

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      • ICED COFFEE—-FRESH FROM THE CREAMERY (posted October 15, 2013)
      • Cold Stone Creamery and Matrix Liquid Manufacturing introduced a new bottled drink line of coffee-milk beverages at NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) in Atlanta.
      • Staying true to the Cold Stone Creamery reputation for an indulgent experience, these smooth, creamy iced coffees are made with fresh reduced-fat milk and brewed select dark coffee, with a layer of natural flavor that the consumer experiences with the first sip.
      • Developed and manufactured by Matrix Liquid Manufacturing, the shelf-stable line comes in three varieties: Coffee, Mocha and Vanilla.
      • The drinks come in two glass bottle sizes: 9.5 ounces and 13.7 ounces.
      • Sweetened with all-natural sugar, a 9.5-ounce serving contains 180 calories, 3 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein.
      • The product has an unopened, ambient shelf life of one year from the date of manufacture.
      • The suggested retail price is $1.99 to $2.09 for the 9.5-ounce bottle and $2.79 to 2.99 for the larger size.
      • For more information, visit www.matrixliquidmfg.com.


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      • Beverage Innovations for Dairy Processors. Read this blog HERE.

      • Beverage Innovations for Dairy Processors. Read this blog HERE.

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      • Beverage Innovations for Dairy Processors. Read this blog HERE.

      • COFFEE/CHOCOLATE-MILK DRINKS THAT PROVIDE A BOOST OF ENERGY (posted October 10, 2013)
      • Germany’s HFS Group GmbH introduces EnerChoco and EnerCoffee, a line of shelf-stable fresh milk-based energy drinks.
      • Both drinks are made with sterilized, semi-skimmed fresh milk and sold in 250-milliliter slim cans.
      • EnerChoco, a chocolate milk beverage, contains 81% milk. The single-serve can provides 120 calories, 9.2 grams of protein and a mere 0.5 grams of fat.
      • EnerCoffee, a coffee milk beverage, contains 83% milk. The single-serve can provides 150 calories, 7.5 grams of protein and a mere 3.5 grams of fat.
      • The energy boost comes from the addition of B-vitamins, glucuronlactone, inositol, taurine and the naturally occurring caffeine in either chocolate or coffee.
      • The drinks are sweetened with a blend of sugar and three non-nutritive sweeteners: acesulfame K, cyclamate and saccharin.
      • The product has an 18-month, unopened ambient shelf life.
      • Made in Germany, the beverages are available for export.
      • For more information, visit www.enerdrinks.de

      • DARE ICED COFFEE ESTABLISHES NEW CHILLED BEVERAGE SEGMENT (posted October 3, 2013)
      • Australian food and beverage manufacturer Lion launches DARE Cold Pressed Coffee.
      • DARE Cold Pressed Coffee brings the cold-press coffee process from boutique cafés to the mainstream.
      • Cold-pressed coffee has a less bitter taste than espresso coffee and can be served cold.
      • “DARE Cold Pressed Coffee is creating an entirely new segment within the dairy beverage category,” says Nicholas Bartram, brand manager. “DARE Cold Pressed Coffee provides an opportunity for convenience and grocery retailers to capture a drinking occasion, for 25 to 35-year-old urban professionals, who are currently going to cafés rather than to their chilled dairy sections.”
      • DARE Cold Pressed Coffee has the backing of The 2013 Australian National Barista Champion and St Ali, one of Australia’s award winning cafés.
      • “We were impressed by the authentic taste of DARE Cold Pressed Coffee and that it’s blended with just three natural ingredients--premium Arabica coffee, fresh milk and raw sugar,” explains Matt Perger of St Ali and this year’s champion barista.
      • The drink comes in two varieties. Classic Full Bodied, which is a well-rounded, balanced blend, and Strong Dark Roast, which is a rich, intense blend.
      • The drinks come in a sophisticated, sleek 320-milliliter bronze metal-finish bottle.
      • A single bottle has a suggested retail price of AU$3.49 to $3.99, depending on channel.
      • For more information, visit www.lionco.com.

      • COFFEE HOUSE BREAKFAST SHAKES (posted September 26, 2013)
      • Kellogg's Special K brand extends into the coffee-milk category with Coffee House Breakfast shakes.
      • These shelf-stable drinks are sold in packs of four, with each 10-ounce bottle containing as much caffeine as a 5.5-ounce cup of coffee.
      • Flavors are: Chocolate Mocha and Vanilla Cappuccino.
      • Each single-serve bottle contains 180 to 190 calories, depending on variety, as well as 5 grams of fat, 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and nearly a third of the Daily Value of key vitamins and minerals.
      • The shakes are based on a protein blend of nonfat milk and soy protein isolate.
      • The shakes are sweetened with nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners, including sucralose and acesulfame potassium.
      • For more information, visit www.kelloggcompany.com.


      • LIMITED-EDITION, HOLIDAY-THEMED, DAIRY-BASED BEVERAGES (posted September 17, 2013)
      • Bolthouse Farms is getting into the holiday spirit early with three limited-edition beverages that celebrate the delicious flavors of the season.
      • All three varieties are sold in 52-fluid-ounce plastic bottles in the refrigerated produce department.
      • Holiday Nog contains low-fat milk, whey protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, carrot juice from concentrate, egg yolks and traditional eggnog flavors and spices. A 4-fluid-ounce serving contains 80 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
      • Peppermint Mocha is a classic combination of frosty peppermint and rich dark cocoa. Based on low-fat milk, coffee and whey protein concentrate, the beverage is enhanced with an array of vitamins and minerals. Each 8-ounce serving includes 7 grams of protein, and provides 130 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.
      • Pumpkin Spice Latte is a nutritious upgrade on the coffeehouse seasonal favorite, as it is a vitamin enriched, low-fat treat. Made with low-fat milk, 100% Arabica coffee, whey protein concentrate, pumpkin puree and a blend of four aromatic spices, an 8-ounce serving is an excellent source of calcium and includes 7 grams of protein. A serving also contains 130 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.
      • Bolthouse Farms is a farm located in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley. The company was acquired by Campbell Soup Company on Aug. 6, 2012.
      • For more information, visit www.bolthouse.com.

      • COFFEE HOUSE GIANT ENTERS THE U.S. REFRIGERATED BEVERAGE SECTOR (posted August 26, 2013)
      • Starbucks finally enters the refrigerated U.S. dairy case with a line of coffee-milk beverages.
      • The irony is that the beverage is packaged in aseptic cartons and does not require refrigeration until after opening.
      • In other regions of the world, primarily Asia, the company sells fresh coffee-milk drinks in single-serve containers that always require refrigeration.
      • The new U.S. line is branded Starbucks Discoveries (the same brand that appears on the refrigerated products in Asia) and comes in three flavors: Caffe Mocha, Caramel Macchiato and Vanilla Latte.
      • The 50.7-ounce aseptic cartons, complete with reclosable spout, include verbiage that the beverage is meant to be consumed chilled and that the product must be refrigerated after opening.
      • Starbucks Discoveries are sweetened with sugar and made with reduced-fat milk.
      • Each 8-fluid ounce serving contains 120 calories, 2 grams of fat, 17 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
      • The product comes to market through the North American Coffee Partnership (NACP)—a manufacturing, marketing and distribution relationship that includes Dairy Farmers of America, Starbucks Coffee Company and PepsiCo Inc., respectively.
      • The product sells for $4.99 to $5.99.
      • For more information, visit www.starbucks.com.

      • SINGLE-SERVE TEA LATTES (posted August 22, 2013)
      • New guilt-free Teas’ Tea Lattes from ITO EN are a healthier version of traditionally rich lattes.
      • Light and refreshing, the slightly sugar sweetened shelf-stable lattes come in 16.9-fluid-ounce plastic bottles.
      • Made with nonfat milk, each single-serve bottle contains a mere 80 calories and zero fat grams.
      • There are two varieties: Black Tea Latte and Matcha Latte.
      • The Black Tea Latte is brewed with tea leaves from Sri Lanka. The fully oxidized tea leaf produces a deep and full-bodied flavor.
      • The Matcha Latte is made with a powdered green tea traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Matcha is revered for its rich herbaceous taste and potent naturally occurring antioxidants.
      • “We are excited to be expanding our bottled tea offerings with a new dimension by adding milk, a European tradition that dates back to the 17th century,” says Rona Tison, senior vice president of corporate relations. “With consumers monitoring their calorie intake, our Teas’ Tea Lattes can be enjoyed guilt free without compromising the integrity of a pure tea taste.”
      • For more information, visit www.itoen.com.

      • READY-TO-DRINK ICED COFFEE (posted July 16, 2013)
      • Kemps joins the ready-to-drink iced coffee craze.    
      • In May, the company introduced three varieties of Iced Coffee: Classic Latte, Mocha and Vanilla.
      • Each 8-ounce serving contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 3 grams of protein.
      • Merchandised in the refrigerated dairy case, the rich and creamy product comes in multi-serving, half-gallon, resealable gabletop cartons and has a suggested retail price of $3.79 to $3.99.
      • Distribution is in the Upper Midwest.
      • Kemps is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America. 100% of its profits go to dairy farmers and their families.
      • For more information, visit www.kemps.com

      • LIMITED-EDITION FRUITY BEVERAGES (posted June 24, 2013)
      • Turkey Hill markets “small batch” beverages to keep consumers coming back for more.
      • Turkey Hill has long been a leader in the refrigerated ready-to-drink tea and fruity beverage category.
      • The company uses the tagline “Cold Fashioned for Freshness.”
      • For 2013, the dairy is offering a number of seasonal, limited-edition flavors.
      • Light Blueberry Flavored Iced Tea has only 25 calories per 8-ounce serving and will be available August through January.
      • Other new flavors for 2013 include: Light Wildberry Green Tea, Light Peach Mango Punch, Lightly Sweetened SunBrew Peach Tea and All-Natural Lemonade.
      • For more information, visit www.turkeyhill.com.

      • ICED COFFEE, FRESH FROM THE DAIRY (posted Jun 13, 2013)
      • Hiland Dairy introduces half-gallons of iced coffee.
      • Just in time for warm weather, new Hiland Dairy Iced Coffees combine coffee with wholesome skim milk and cream.
      • Sold in half-gallon gable-top cartons with a convenient twist cap pour spout, the iced coffee comes in three flavors: Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla.
      • Mocha blends coffee and chocolate.
      • Caramel is both creamy and sweet.
      • Vanilla features a touch of exotic spices.
      • For more information, visit www.hilanddairy.com.

      • NOT TOO SWEET BREWED TEA (posted May 2, 2013)
      • Just a hint of sugar sweetens two new RTD teas.
      • Pure Leaf Iced Tea, a product of The Pepsi Lipton Tea Partnership, debuts a Not Too Sweet line of ready-to-drink iced tea.
      • Just a bit of added sugar gives this brewed tea a hint of sweetness.
      • The Not Too Sweet lineup includes two flavors: Peach and Honey Green.
      • Each 18.5-ounce single-serve bottle contains a mere 100 calories.
      • All Pure Leaf ready-to-drink teas come in 18.5-ounce single-serve bottles with a suggested retail price of $1.66 to $1.79 and a 59-ounce multi-serve carafe with a suggested retail price of $2.49 to $2.69.
      •  Additional Pure Leaf flavors include Unsweetened Iced Tea, Sweetened Iced Tea, Extra Sweet Iced Tea, Iced Tea with Raspberry, Iced Tea with Lemon (diet and regular) and Iced Tea with Peach (diet and regular).
      • For more information, visit www.liptonpureleaf.com

      • SUMMER BEVERAGES FROM CONNECTICUT DAIRY FARM (posted April 15, 2013)
      • The Farmer’s Cow, a group of six Connecticut dairy farms that produces fresh, local milk, half & half, heavy cream and ice cream for Southern New England, is now also producing a line of refreshing summer-time beverages.
      • The Farmers’ Daughters’ Summer Beverages include the company’s own original recipes of Iced Tea, Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade and “Mixed Together” (half lemonade and half iced tea).
      • All recipes are blended and bottled in Connecticut with all-natural ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup or preservatives.
      • They come in half-gallon plastic jugs and single-serve 14-ounce plastic bottles.
      • These popular seasonal drinks are sold at grocery stores, local farm stands and farmers markets throughout Connecticut.
      • They are also available for retail sale at The Farmer’s Cow Calfe& Creamery in Mansfield, CT, along with the full line of The Farmer’s Cow products.
      • “Naturally, we are best known for our milk, but nothing hits the spot in summer like one of our cold, refreshing summer drinks,” says Robin Chesmer, managing member of The Farmer’s Cow. “The not-too-sweet taste is just right over ice or even better as a float with a scoop of our ice cream.”
      • The Farmer’s Cow dairy products are pasteurized the “traditional way” and are never ultra-pasteurized, according to the company.
      • The members of The Farmer’s Cow do not use artificial growth hormones on any of their cows.
      • They also sell Connecticut-sourced, all-natural eggs, apple cider, seasonal beverages and coffee.
      • The Farmer’s Cow’s mission is to promote Connecticut agriculture and show that “Local is Fresh.”
      • For more information, visit http://www.thefarmerscow.com/.

      • NEW PROTEIN SHAKE SPORTS THE REAL SEAL (posted March 14, 2013)
      • FitPro uses ultrafiltration to concentrate protein. Carbs are kept low with natural, high-intensity sweeteners.
      • FitPro debuted at Natural Products Expo West 2013.
      • The new product line includes two formulations, both of which sport the REAL Seal.
      • To qualify for the seal, among a number of criteria, the product must be manufactured or processed in a U.S. facility and contain only dairy ingredients produced in the United States from U.S. produced cows’ milk. Further, the finished product composition must be based on at least 51% U.S. dairy products or ingredients. For more information on the REAL Seal, visit www.realseal.com.
      • The 17-ounce FitPro Plus is designed for athletes and workout enthusiasts. It contains 40 grams of protein, 10 grams of carbohydrates and 250 calories.
      • The 11-ounce FitPro Daily is for active individuals. It contains 26 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbohydrates and 160 calories.
      • Both lines are free of lactose and gluten.
      • The company keeps carbs and calories low by filtering out the lactose while it concentrates the whey and casein proteins, as well as by sweetening with a blend of stevia and monk fruit extract.
      • Both lines come in chocolate and vanilla flavors.
      • Developed and consumer tested with assistance from the University of Minnesota’s Food Science Department, company founder Brad Kloss, a dairy nutritionist who owns a dairy farm, says that the REAL Seal is an important marketing element of the shelf-stable protein shakes.
      • Two distribution regions of Whole Foods Market stores, as well as GNC stores and Life Time Fitness clubs nationwide will soon be stocking FitPro.
      • “We are extremely proud to have secured distribution in the leading national retailers of three distinct channels,” says Kloss.
      • For more information, visit www.fitproprotein.com.

      • (posted as part of March 1, 2013, BLOG, which can be read HERE.)
      • General Mills is rolling out BFAST, a nutritious breakfast shake based on nonfat milk.
      • Each shelf-stable prisma carton contains 180 to 190 calories, depending on flavor, and 8 grams of protein.
      • The majority of the protein comes from milk, but some of the other ingredients, including whole grain quinoa, also contribute to the protein content. The whole grains and inulin allow for the content claims of: 8 grams of whole grain and 3 grams of fiber per serving.
      • The product is marketed as a shelf-stable, dairy-based, portable breakfast shake with the nutrition of a bowl of cereal and milk, including vitamins and minerals, fiber, protein and whole grain. It is designed for the on-the-go millennial who may otherwise skip breakfast. BFAST comes in three flavors: Berry, Chocolate and Vanilla.     
      • BFAST was introduced regionally in the Northeast in December.
      • The suggested retail price is $1.79 for singles; $4.49 for three-pack.
      • For more information, visit www.bfastshake.com/

       


      • (posted as part of March 1, 2013, BLOG, which can be read HERE.)
      • Kellogg Company will be rolling out nationally its Breakfast To Go milk-based drink.
      • With 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in each 10-ounce shelf-stable shake, the company believes this beverage is a great start to the day.
      • The beverage is made with a protein blend based on nonfat milk, whey protein concentrate and soy protein isolate.
      • The aseptically packaged plastic bottles are sold in packs of four in three flavors: Milk Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla. 
      • For more information, visit www.kelloggs.com/en_US/KelloggsBreakfastToGo.html

      • CHOCOLATE FUDGE FLOAT (posted December 20, 2012)
      • AriZona Beverages is rolling out its new and improved Chocolate Fudge Float Soda.
      • This slightly carbonated, sparkling soda contains real chocolate and cream.
      • The ingredient panel reads: Carbonated filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), Bosco chocolate syrup (high fructose corn syrup, water, corn syrup, defatted cocoa powder, lactic acid), skim milk, cream, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavor, lactic acid, pectin, sucralose (splenda brand), acesulfame potassium.
      • An 8-ounce serving contains 50 calories and 0.5 grams of fat.
      • The Chocolate Fudge Float Soda is available in 23-ounce cans with a suggested retail price of $0.99 to $1.25.
      • For more information, visit  www.drinkarizona.com

      • WHEY PROTEIN MEETS COCONUT WATER (posted December 5, 2012)
      • Maxim Manufacturing & Marketing is shaking up the protein recovery shake category with new All Natural Coco Pro Coconut Recovery with Whey Protein.
      • Coco Pro is a blend of coconut water powder and whey protein. This combination of ingredients produces the ultimate recovery drink for replenishing electrolytes and repairing muscles fast after workouts, according to the company.
      • It is made with hydrolyzed whey proteins, which have been shown to help build muscle faster.
      • Coco Pro should be consumed within 30 minutes after exercise for optimum benefits. The drink is made by mixing one scoop with 6 to 8 ounces of water or milk.
      • Coco Pro can also be used to curb appetites between meals.
      • Available flavors are: Chocolate, Piña Colada and Vanilla. Coco Pro is sold in 21-ounce containers.
      • For more information, visit www.revacoconut.com

      • RED WHEY: A PRODUCT OF COLLABORATION (posted November 8, 2012)
      • Wisconsin really says it all, at least when it comes to Red Whey, a new recovery drink that is made in Wisconsin, with Wisconsin products, for Wisconsinites, namely UW-Madison student-athletes.
      • Red Whey, a tart cherry juice and whey protein beverage, was developed by the UW-Madison Athletic Department in collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR), a Wisconsin whey processor and Wisconsin’s own Country Ovens-Cherry De-Lite.
      • “We are always looking for ways we can all work together, especially as a dairy state,” says John Dettmann, director of strength and conditioning for the Badgers athletic teams at UW-Madison and one of the masterminds behind Red Whey. “We knew that we wanted to develop a natural, nutritious recovery drink for our student-athletes and with CDR, one of the world’s best dairy research institutions less than five minutes away, we were happy to have an opportunity to collaborate with someone on the UW campus as we assign value to those partnerships.”
      • Dettmann contacted CDR Dairy Ingredient Applications Coordinator K.J. Burrington to assist in formulating a natural recovery drink that would provide UW student-athletes with a delicious whey protein option that also meets the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) nutritional requirements. Dettmann also contacted Mike Johnson, President of Country Ovens LTD, in Forestville, Wis., to see if he would be willing to provide the cherry juice for the drink as well as manufacture the end product.
      • The end product, Red Whey, contains 100% tart cherry juice from Country Ovens and 12 grams of whey protein, making it an ideal recovery drink for athletes but also a locally made, natural, nutritious sports drink for the general public.
      • “There are very few products out there that contain 100% juice as well as a significant amount of protein,” said Burrington. “We’ve formulated a simple product with a clean label that contains a unique balance of amino acids that aid in muscle recovery.”
      • Red Whey also provides athletes with carbohydrates for energy, potassium for electrolyte replacement and nutrients available in the cherry juice.
      • According to Johnson, cherry juice is being called the new superfruit, as it is high in anthocyanins (anti-oxidants) that may mitigate tissue inflammation and help reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
      • “In the end, we have a great product that has been a big win for the UW Athletic Department as well as the state of Wisconsin,” said Dettmann. “The product is outstanding. I think our biggest challenge will be keeping enough in stock.”

      • SHELF-STABLE CHAI TEA LATTE (posted October 18, 2012)
      • It’s been more than a year since the folks at Gehl Foods Inc., introduced Main St. Café Protein Smoothies.
      • What is new is the addition of a Chai Tea Latte variety, which debuted at the NACS Show (convenience store exposition) this past week.
      • This aseptically packaged shelf-stable beverage is designed to be a relaxing drink, compared to the protein smoothies, which are more aptly described as sports recovery or satiety beverages.
      • The new Chai Tea Latte combines black tea concentrate with honey, chai spices and nonfat milk.
      • From date of production, the chai, which comes in an 11-fluid-ounce plastic bottle, has a 12-month ambient temperature, unopened shelf life.  (The smoothies have only a six-month shelf life in the same package.)
      • The beverages are designed to be merchandised and consumed chilled.
      • A single bottle of the Chai Tea Latte contains 250 calories, 2 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.  The smoothies come in at 10 grams of protein.
      • For more information, visit www.mainstcafe.com

      • OCTOBERFEST MILKSHAKE (posted October 10, 2012)
      • As Octoberfest celebrations come to a head this fall, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ new shake will leave beer enthusiasts and dessert-lovers alike craving a cold one--a cold beer milkshake, that is!  
      • The casual dining restaurant chain is featuring the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake --a unique 21 and over milkshake made with creamy soft-serve ice cream, Samuel Adams Octoberfest draft, vanilla and caramel.  
      • The Octoberfest Milkshake offers a sweet solution--a milkshake and beer --in one satisfying drink.
      • Along with the Octoberfest Milkshake, Red Robin has drafted the perfect appetizer as a complement to the shake--Warm Pretzel Bites.  Reminiscent of fall days and tailgating, these warm, soft pretzel bites served with Merkts beer cheese dip and tangy beer mustard are sure to tickle the taste buds.  
      • For more information, visit www.redrobin.com.

      • FORTIFIED 100% JUICE BEVERAGE (posted August 14, 2012)
      • Arps Dairy Inc., has entered into a licensing agreement with SensoryEffects Flavor Systems to produce and distribute Fruit Juicers, a new line of innovative, healthful beverages developed by SensoryEffects.
      • Fruit Juicers are 100% fruit juice and contain no added sugars.
      • They are also fortified with vitamins A, C and D.
      • Flavors include: Apple, Blue Raspberry and Fruit Punch.
      • An 8-ounce serving ranges from 110 to 130 calories, depending on variety.
      • U.S. dairies continue to expand their non-milk beverage lines with juices, iced teas and coffee milks. Such refrigerated, fresh beverages appeal to today’s consumer who is looking for minimally processed, preservative-free foods and beverages. Dairies are well equipped to assist in the fresh beverage department.  

      • BETTER-FOR-YOU FROZEN COFFEE DRINK (posted Auguest 8, 2012)
      • Red Mango is making “some little coffee bean’s dream come true.”
      • That’s the message adorning Red Mango store windows across the country in what the company considers one of its biggest product introductions, the debut of its first coffee-based beverage line: Frozen Coffee Chillers.
      • Available in Vanilla, Caramel, Mocha and Natural Coffee, Frozen Coffee Chillers blend authentic medium-roast Columbian Arabica coffee with all-natural, nonfat Red Mango frozen yogurt.
      •  
      • Following the company’s mission to offer the healthiest and best-tasting menu, each Frozen Coffee Chiller also contains live and active probiotic cultures that help support the immune system when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthful lifestyle.
      • The regular size (16 ounces) contains 290 to 320 calories, while the large size (20 ounces) contains 320 to 390 calories.
      • For more information, visit www.redmangousa.com.

      • STUDENT COMPETITION PRODUCES SOME “REAL” WINNERS (posted July 18, 2012)

        The Dairy Research Institute, through the support of the dairy checkoff, has announced the winners of the inaugural Dairy Research Institute New Product Competition during a special July 16 ceremony at the 2012 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Meeting in Phoenix.
      • The 1st Place winner was tOATal Milk, an oat-infused vanilla milk enhanced with protein, probiotics, conjugated linoleic acids (CLA).
      • To read more about the winners and the competiiton, click HERE.

       


      • READY-TO-DRINK LATIN SMOOTHIES (posted June 27, 2012)
      • Dairy Farmers of America, which acquired Castro cheese in October 2010, is taking Castro’s La Vaquita brand into new categories, including dairy-based beverages.
      • A new shelf-stable canned line includes three authentic Hispanic flavors: Dulce de Leche Mexican caramel), Horchata de Leche (rice, cinnamon and vanilla) and Naranja (orange).
      • Described as “Latin smoothies,” these refreshing beverages mimic drinks sold by street vendors in many Latin American countries.
      • Made with low-fat milk, Licuados are a great breakfast drink or mid-day “liquid snack” for all ages.
      • A single can (9.5 ounces) contains 180 calories, 3 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
      • For more information, visit www.castrocheese.com.

      • THE POWER OF MILK PROTEIN GETS RECOGNIZED BY COCA-COLA (posted June 25, 2012)
      • Core Power is produced and marketed by Fair Oaks Farms Brands Inc., Chicago, which is owned by an independent group of 87 American family farmers dedicated to producing the highest quality health and wellness products in a way that is responsible to the health of people, the environment and the planet.
      • Originally marketed as Athletes HoneyMilk, the Core Power line of high-protein milkshakes debuted at the Natural Products Show in March.
      • The lactose-free recovery beverage starts with fresh, top-quality real milk and honey and is never made from powdered protein.
      • It is sold in 11.5-ounce recyclable plastic bottles and is aseptically packaged so it can be distributed in a shelf-stable environment until chilled before consumption.
      • Core Power’s unique ratio of 20% whey and 80% casein is the same ratio that is naturally found in milk.
      • “Our unique cold filtration process, which allows us to increase the amounts of protein and calcium, is a true innovation in the dairy category,” says Steve Jones, CEO at Fair Oaks Farms Brands. “Core Power replenishes strength and builds lean muscle after a workout. It’s a perfect recovery drink for everyone--from the elite athlete to those just trying to keep fit.”
      • In mid-June 2012, it was announced that the five-variety line—chocolate in both 20 grams and 26 grams per serving, honey (26 grams), strawberry banana (20 grams) and vanilla (26 grams)--will be distributed by Coca-Cola Refreshments.
      • The 20 gram varieties provide 150 calories. The others contain 240 calories. All varieties have a mere 3.5 grams of fat per single-serve bottle.
      • “At Coca-Cola we believe in providing a wide range of options that help empower consumers to make the beverage choice that best suits their lifestyle, occasion and need,” says Julie Francis, chief commercial officer of Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Lending our distribution and marketing expertise to help deliver new Core Power to consumers is another way to provide customers and consumers with additional beverage choices.”
      • “This new brand is part of an exciting category for consumers and retailers that is still in the early stage of its growth potential,” says Deryck van Rensburg, president of Coca-Cola North America Venturing and Emerging Brands, who views this as another great example of how the Coca-Cola system participates in the development of the next generation of beverage brands.
      • For more information, visit www.corepower.com.

      • DAIRY-MADE, SHELF-STABLE MUSCLE BUILDER (posted June 7, 2012)
      • Rockin’ Refuel from Shamrock Farms has teamed up with GNC to launch new Rockin’ Refuel Muscle Builder.
      • This shelf-stable protein beverage is made with real milk and is designed to be low in carbs and high in protein, a formula that promotes muscle development, according to the companies.
      • Each 11-ounce serving of Muscle Builder provides 30 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fat.  
      • “GNC wanted to provide a more natural protein option that milk brings, so we worked together to develop this new way to get that essential muscle-boost without a lot of carbs or sugar,” says Sandy Kelly, director of marketing for Shamrock Farms.
      • For more information, visit www.rockinrefuel.com.
      • Read about the new "made with real milk" Rockin' Refuel Muscle BUilder at www.BerryOnDairy.com.

      • COFFEE-MILK DRINKS WITH COCONUT WATER (posted June 6, 2012)
      • RealBeanz, a new ready-to-drink gourmet iced coffee combining premium-brewed beans and reduced-fat milk with nutrient enhanced flavors, adds two new flavors to its lineup.
      • Both flavors--Iced Cappuccino made with Coconut Water and Iced Dark Roast made with Coconut Water--are made with 20% coconut water and only contain 70 calories.
      • “All natural coconut water has become the latest health drink craze as more and more consumers are beginning to realize the endless benefits of drinking all-natural coconut water. So why not combine two cool beverages together in a bottle? It’s a perfect marriage for the consumer who is looking for great taste, hydration, as well as energy,” says Serge Freund, president of the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company.
      • RealBeanz is available nationwide at select Whole Foods locations, gourmet retailers and select supermarkets.
      • For more information, visit www.realbeanz.com.