A trend mapping report from Packaged Facts and CCD Innovation explores fruit trends in five stages of acceptance, from "just gaining traction" to "firmly in the mainstream." For example, craft cider is just gaining traction, while mangoes are firmly in the mainstream.
Unilever has filed a patent application for a process that produces tea juice by pressing the juice from heated tea leaves. The juice can then be sold in liquid or powder form and mixed with water to create a flavorful, richly colored tea, the company said.
Participating 7-Eleven stores will give free MiO Energy Black Cherry water enhancers while supplies last. "We're always looking to deliver on our guests' wants and have partnered with MiO for this free offer as a result," said 7-Eleven marketing vice president Nancy Smith.
A new law in Suffolk County, N.Y., is the first in the nation to bar makers of energy drinks from marketing the products to minors. The ABA said it is "disappointed" with the law, noting, "the Legislature itself acknowledged that the bills were less about substance and more about sending a message. Public policy should be based of facts and science, and these Suffolk County laws are based on neither."
Antioxidants called polyphenols, found in grapes, help organ function and may protect against developing metabolic syndrome, according to research from the University of Michigan. The animal study, reported at the Experimental Biology conference, found grape intake reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in tissues and helped the immune system regulate the heart, kidney and liver.