Coca-Cola is debuting "fruitwater," a line of carbonated, nutrient-enhanced sparkling drinks sweetened with sucralose. The drinks, part of the company's Glaceau unit, will be fruit-flavored but will not contain fruit juice.
PepsiCo has signed a deal to distribute Tampico Plus, a fruit-flavored beverage made by Chicago-based Tampico Beverages, which has a strong following in U.S. Hispanic communities and in Latin America. The beverage has 50% less sugar than other Tampico drinks and meets beverage guidelines for U.S. high schools.
Ardea Beverage Co., makers of Nutrisoda, signed on several distributors for its nutrient-enhanced sparkling beverages. The drinks will be supplied by John Lenore Co., GBL Santa Barbara Distributing and Real Soda in Real Bottles in Southern California; and Superior Products and Bay Area Distributing in Northern California.
Kroger has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by the Polymer Group. Cut-off dates were set for the sale and distribution of any remaining allegedly infringing products. Inter-American Products and U.S. Nonwovens Corp. also agreed to the settlement.