The beverage industry is approaching 2022 with a flurry of new innovations as brands unveil non-alcoholic alternatives for Dry January, THC-infused cannabis beverages, functional products and pioneering launches in the dairy-free range.
The bitter housewife
Just in time for Dry January, The Bitter Housewife brings consumers a bitter and flavorful soft drink with their latest launch, Cardamom Bitters & Soda. Made with herbs, cinnamon, and sparkling water, the sugar-free offering is available now online direct to consumers for $36 per 12-ounce, 12-pack. cans.
Infused with 10mg of THC using Vertosa’s proprietary nanoemulsion technology, Boldt Drinks is a new line of cannabis iced teas available in Black, Blueberry, Pomegranate and Peach flavors. Packaged in 12 oz. Canned, the brand also aims to help consumers avoid the pharmacy line with a direct-to-consumer platform developed by Ginger Commerce, available to California residents.
Clove breakfast essentials
Nestlé Health Science has unveiled the “next generation” of long-established Carnation children’s breakfast drink brand, with reformulated versions of its Original Nutritional Drinks and Powder Drink Mixes that reduce added sugars by 25%. The drinks are now also available in Tetra Pak cartons and the label has been redesigned to offer brighter and more distinctive imagery. The drinks also contain protein, calcium and vitamins C and D.
Session-ready cannabis tonic brand Cann is collaborating with Olympic champion and LGBTQ icon Gus Kenworthy on their latest innovation – Honeydew Mint Lite, a 10-calorie drink made with no added sugar and only five natural ingredients. Like Cann’s other core-line beverages, the new flavor will be sold in 8 ounces. Cans containing 2 mg THC and 4 mg CBD and retails for $24 per 6-pack.
Wonky Fruit-infused sparkling water brand DASH Water, which uses ugly and rejected fruit to reduce food waste, introduced its latest flavor this week with Mango. The drinks are sugar and calorie free and come in 12 oz. cans.
Dos Luces Brewery
Craft beer brewery Dos Luces, which specializes in gluten-free beers based on corn and maguey, is now introducing a non-alcoholic craft soda for the first time: Chicha Morada, based on a traditional Peruvian recipe. Available for $21.99 per 4-pack from Amazon or $3 for a single 12 oz. Bottle via Bevv.com, the beverage is also sold direct from the company’s brewery in Denver, Colorado, on tap and to-go. The drink contains only 94 calories and is high in antioxidants, sweetened with panela and contains Peruvian lime juice, cinnamon and cloves.
Premium water brand evian introduces a new line of unflavoured sparkling water, available in 330ml and 750ml bottles. Described by the company as “gorgeous, effervescent and refreshingly light,” the line, which will launch in upscale restaurants and hotels this year, is made with the brand’s premium spring water from the French Alps.
Metabolic health company HVMN (Health Via Modern Nutrition) introduces its newest beverage offering, Ketone-IQ, a functional solution with energy-producing ketones. Developed with funding from the US Department of Defense, Ketone-IQ claims to be the “world’s first drinkable ketone” capable of increasing ketone levels in the body for six hours. The ultra-premium functional drink is available for $120 per 3-pack, 10-serving each direct to consumers online and on Amazon and thefeed.com, as well as at Sprouts stores nationwide.
Jamulogy is a new juice drink based on the traditional Indonesian drink Jamu, made with turmeric, ginger and various herbs and spices. Available on Amazon, Jamulogy aims to introduce the beverage to American consumers with four SKUs: Tamarind Jamu, Passionfruit Jamu, Apple Cider Jamu and Garlic Ginger Jamu. The herbal drinks also tout health benefits like digestive aid and anti-inflammatory properties.
Martini and Rossi
Long-established Italian winemaker Martini & Rossi welcomes the rise of non-alcoholic wines and spirits with its latest offering, a premium line of non-alcoholic aperitifs including Non-Alcoholic Floreale (botanical flavor profile with notes of chamomile) and Non-Alcoholic Vibrante (fruit with notes of Italian bergamot oranges). The offerings contain an ABV of less than 0.5% and are free of artificial ingredients or flavors. Each SKU retails at $19.99 per 750ml bottle and is expected to be available nationwide in the US over the next year.
UK-based plant milk producer Minor Figures is preparing to launch its latest Oat M*lk offering with a Light SKU, made with less sugar and low fat whilst maintaining barista standard quality. The beverage, which is recommended for use in coffee, will be available on the brand’s website for $24 per 6-pack in 1-liter cartons.
Silk, a longtime mainstay of the plant-based milk set, aims to push the category forward with Silk Nextmilk, a dairy-free milk that incorporates the taste, texture and nutritional benefits of milk. The drink contains calcium, vitamins A, B12 and D, riboflavin and phosphorus and 4 grams of plant-based protein per serving. Available in whole-food and reduced-fat varieties, each 59 oz. Cardstock will retail for $4.99 and is available now in Target, Kroger, Publix and HEB stores.