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On January 15th, Beverage Industry posted this infographic displaying flavor trends they predict for 2018. Beverage-makers have more options than ever when it comes to flavors for developing new beverages. In Beverage Industry's New Product Development Outlook 2017 Study, BNP Media's Market Research Division detailed some of the hottest flavor trends in 2017 as well as what to expect in 2018. You can see their post on it here or just see the infographic for yourself below.
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As a parents we know how juice boxes work out with kids. They push the straw into the foil seal, squeeze the juice box and then either get juice (or milk) squirted up their nose, spilled on their shirt or both. We were not surprised to find this article in the UK Independent News (inews.co.uk) about the shift in juice container demand for Ribena, a bottler of juices with worldwide sales in excess of $1B+.
According to the article, Ribena has seen packaging shift from 70% juice cartons in the late 1990's to just 10% now. They believe the shift is due to the squirting juice box mess. In fact they have now started packaging their juice in a 200ml bottle with a non-spillable cap they are aiming specifically at parents.
We think this makes a lot of sense. Since US grocer shelves are still flooded with juice and milk boxes and glass bottles are not a great idea for kids, it seems like a good opportunity to market plastic juice and milk bottles as the best option to parents.
This article from Beeculture.com writer Frank Linton describes how to go about making a bee lining box out of a package of cookies, some rubber bands, sticky tape and a jackknife. He explains that if you are a beekeeper stuck somewhere with a wait on your hands....
"...you might go outside and look at the blossoms to see what insects are pollinating them. You might see honey bees and wonder “Where are they coming from? Are there beehives nearby or is this a feral colony that is mine for the taking?”
Without your trusty bee lining box, you'll find his instruction guide very handy.
Beverage Industry's R&D News just posted an article about their findings in the "New Product Development Outlook 2017 Study" where respondents indicated which trends they think will be the most popular in 2018. Among the interesting trends they look at are the top product attributes, top berry flavors and top non-berry flavors. If you're in a hurry then expect to see a lot of "Natural Strawberry Vanilla" in 2018.
Its worth reading the full article here. We've shared some of the key data below for you as well.
Top Berry Flavors:
- 1. Strawberry: 67% (up 12% from 2016)
- 2. Blackberry: 64%
- 3. Raspberry: 64%
- 4. "Berry": 54%
- 5. Blueberry: 44%
- 6. Cranberry: 41%
- 7. Acai: 31%
Top Non Fruit Flavors (83% use these in their beverages)
- 1. Vanilla: 66%
- 2. Chocolate: 50%
- 3. Coffee: 48%
- 4. Green Tea: 38%
- 5. Black Tea: 34%
- 6. Cinnamon: 32%
- 7. Root Beer: 30%
Top Consumer Interest / Need Product Attributes
The National Association of Convenience Stores predicted that healthier options would be one of the industry’s biggest trends for 2018 and 7-11 wasted no time not just proving them right, but aiming to blow away the competition. America’s largest convenience store chain has announced their new private label "7-Select GO!Smart" beverage which is not only organic, but each of the four varieties also promises to contain certified fair trade, Non-GMO Project verified, 100-percent fruit and vegetable juice, not from concentrate, with no additives and no added sugar.
They will offer all this in 14-ounce bottles for a $2.99 retail price. Flavors included at this time are:
- • Clean & Green (made with kale, cucumber, apple, spinach, mint, celery, lime, and parsley)
- • Tropical Glow (made with pineapple, orange, banana, apple, mango, passionfruit, and coconut water)
- • Berry & Bright (made with tart cherry, carrot, blackberry, pomegranate, bilberry, cranberry, and acai)
- • Restoration Red (tomato, tart cherry, beet, strawberry, apple, and lime)
A recent article we read on AGWEB.COM cites a new study showing that bees gravitate towards sugar laced with the fungicide chlorothalonil over plain sugar. New research indicates that exposure to fungicides interferes with honey bee ability to metabolize the treatments beekeepers use to kill varroa mites meaning their preference for these chemical pose more threats to bee populations.