C-store operators expect packaged beverage sales to increase by 4% in the second quarter compared to last year, according to a report from Wells Fargo Securities, with the largest growth coming from bottled water, energy drinks and iced tea. Sparkling Ice, Monster, Red Bull, Lipton teas and Mountain Dew Baja Blast are the fastest-growing brands, according to the report.
General Mills has developed BFast, a drinkable breakfast that provides nutrition similar to a bowl of cereal. "We designed it to go after the breakfast skippers," said Betsy Frost, a Big G cereal marketing manager, of the shakes, which will be introduced in cereal aisles this summer in chocolate, vanilla and berry flavors.
Crystal Geyser Water has entered a sales licensing agreement with Soma Beverage for its Metromint zero-calorie bottled waters. "Soma Beverage Company's strength is innovation and product development, and it made sense to leverage these qualities to further serve our customers' needs," said Doug MacLean, CEO of Crystal Geyser Water.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group is acquiring from Mondelez International distribution rights in seven Asia-Pacific countries. The deal covers Snapple in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea; and Mott's, Mr & Mrs T, Clamato, Mistic, Holland House and Yoo-hoo in Australia.
Eating extract of grape seeds and skin could counter the kidney damage caused by high-fat diets, a study with rats indicates. In the study, rats were fed a high-fat diet to induce kidney damage, which was reversed in the rats that consumed the extract.