Niche Cocktails – a new canned cocktail brand - is launching in the UK on-trade.
The Suffolk-based firm was set to launch its brand in mid-March but had to transition to an online shop for lockdown. Now, it sees individual cans as the perfect format for the on-trade: limiting contact risks and increasing speed of service.
“What makes canned cocktails even better right now, is that these are easy-serve drinks with the same taste of combining all the original flavourings from multiple bottles, but created in just 30 seconds, straight from the can,” says Emily Mummery, operations director, Niche.
“This limits contact risks, but also increases speed of service – which is vital when venues are being told that they’ll not be able to have people queuing at a bar.”
Niche Cocktails produce three flavors: Orange Old Fashioned, Manuka Honey Whisky Sour, and Matcha Mojito (pictured above).
CBD water from Chilled
Chilled – a new CBD water – is launching in France this month.
Each 250ml can contains sparkling spring water sourced in Austria; 15mg of CBD produced in Switzerland; and an infusion of white hibiscus from Senegal.
The dose of 15mg CBD per can has been chosen as ‘the optimal dose to feel the benefits on anxiety, stress and concentration’.
ZenWTR – a new beverage brand packaged in bottles made from ocean-rescued plastic – has launched in the US this month.
The mission-led beverage start-up has partnered with Whole Foods Market, where it will be available in 1L, 23.7oz and 16.9oz bottles.
“Vapor distilled and ionized to reach a pH of 9.5, ZenWTR is the perfect choice for crisp, pure water, delivered in an infinitely recyclable package,” says the brand.
“Founder Lance Collins is on a mission to help reduce the amount of plastic polluting the world’s marine environments and has created the US’ first bottled water made from certified, ocean-rescued plastic (from the bottle to the cap to the label), while delivering crisp, clean vapor-distilled, high alkaline hydration.
“With over three years of development spent securing a supply chain able to produce packaging made from certified ocean-rescued plastic, ZenWTR is a pioneer in the industry, addressing demands for sustainable products that don’t sacrifice premium quality. Using up to five ocean-rescued plastic bottles to produce every 1L bottle of ZenWTR, the company will rescue up to 70 million plastic water bottles from the ocean in 2020 in addition to donating 1% of revenue to cleaning up marine environments.”
CarryOn sparkling CBD waters
CarryOn, a new line of CBD sparkling waters ‘designed to restore and relax the mind’, has launched in the US.
CarryOn is available in two blends, Elevate and Descend, with each containing Vitamins C and E, no added sugar, and 10 calories per 11.5 FL OZ can (retails for $4.99 MSRP).
“Elevate is a sparkling grapefruit flavor, geared to keep you calm but sharp,” says the brand. “Elevate blends Choline to keep you fueled and focused, and 10mg of CBD.
“Descend is a sparkling blueberry flavor designed to provide relaxation with no impairment. Descend combines L-Theanine to help you relax and calm the mind, and 20mg of CBD.”
CarryOn was launched out of Ocean Spray’s Lighthouse Innovation Incubator and has launched in Colorado as its first test market.
Summer editions for DRY Botanical Bubbly
Dry Soda Company, the creator of non-alcoholic drink DRY Botanical Bubbly, has debuted its limited-edition 2020 Summer Celebration bottles in Pineapple and Watermelon.
The 750-mL shareable celebration bottles act as zero-proof substitutes for rosé or sugary mixed drinks, providing refreshing summertime sips without the alcohol.
“Summer is a time for celebration with friends and family, whether that’s at home creating memories or outside soaking up the sun,” said Sharelle Klaus, who founded DRY Soda Company in 2005. “We’re excited to debut our limited-edition line of summery, zero-alcohol craft beverages that everyone can enjoy, with festive packaging inspired by the season.”
The bottles feature whimsical watercolor designs painted by artist Catalina Estrada that pop with bright colors and honor the real ingredients used in the beverages: sliced watermelons and pineapples.
As with DRY’s other beverages, both Summer Celebration bottle flavors are Non-GMO Project Veriﬁed, caffeine-free, gluten-free, OU Kosher and sodium-free, with only 45-70 calories per 12-ounce serving and about half the sugar and calories of sodas and juices.
ALDI's hard seltzer
Supermarket chain ALDI is launching its own hard seltzer in the UK, called Nordic Wolf.
The drink will hit shelves in mid-July, retailling at £1.29 per can.
It will be available in four flavors: lemon; strawberry and lime; cranberry and cherry; and raspberry and blackcurrant.
Made with sparkling water and a gluten-free alcohol base, each drink contains 97 calories per 330ml.
Wine brand Echo Falls has created a duo of lower-alcohol Botanical Fusions: Raspberry & Lavender and Melon & Mint.
The drinks come in at 5.5% ABV and retail at £4.50 for a 750ml bottle in the UK.
The brand says it wants to respond to demand for 'fruitier and sweeter wine styles with a lower ABV'.
Ceder's Pink Rose
Pernod Ricard has expanded its non-alcoholic spirit range, Ceder's, with the launch of Ceder's Pink Rose.
The new drink is flavored with juniper, rose and hibiscus, and is available in UK supermarkets Sainsbury's and Tesco at a RSP of £19.99 for a 50cl bottle.
The botanicals are sourced from the Cederberg mountains of the Western Cape of South Africa.
Ceder's launched in June 2018 with three flavors: Classic, Wild and Crisp.
Pernod Ricard says the new launch offers 'a sophisticated offering with a gentle pink color, tapping into the growing trends of flavored and pink drinks'.
Teavana tea sachets
Teavana's premium tea sachet line - first introduced in 2018 - has expanded with three new varieties in the US grocery aisle.
The new products are:
- Mandarin Mimosa Herbal Tea (a 'breezy, citrus-brightened herbal blend' with mandarin orange peel, mango and papaya);
- Spiced Apple Cider Herbal Tea (a 'comforting herbal tea blend' with apple, cinnamon, gloves and South African rooibos);
- Lemon Ginger Bliss Herbal Tea (a 'soothing and warming blend' of ginger and citrus with sweet creamy notes of strawberry).
Perrier is launching a new flavor in the US this month: Perrier Pineapple.
The sparkling water is infused with a 'tropical, summery flavor', contains 0 calories and is free from sweeteners.
It can be found nationwide at Amazon and Target.