Millennial Food Founders Create Specialty RTD Super Coffee Brand KITU Life

Millennial Food Founders Create Specialty RTD Super Coffee Brand KITU Life
  • This Super Coffee by KITU Life is offering keto-dieters a way to fuel their day.

  • Founder, Jordan DeCicco discusses the challenges of growing a business as a food founder under the age of 30.

Rising consumer demands and healthier diet trends are calling for more and more specialty products to fill the void in the market. One of the top trending diets, the ketogenic diet, currently ranks number four on Foodable Labs’ “Top Diets by Social Mentions”.

Former college athlete and now KITU Life Founder, Jordan DeCicco, knew the struggle of finding a keto-approved healthy RTD coffee option — so he created his own.

With millennial coffee consumption up 41% this year, according to Foodable Labs, it only makes sense that the world's first enhanced RTD coffee drink is lead by millennials themselves: brothers Jordan, Jake, and Jim DeCicco.

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Discussion over Cold Brew Coffee is Up, According to Foodable Labs

Discussion over Cold Brew Coffee is Up, According to Foodable Labs

It can be said that in recent years, cold brew coffee has quickly made its way into mainstream.

Cold brew has a smoother chocolate coffee flavor as opposed to other versions of coffee. The reason behind this is the fact that more coffee grounds are used and the steep time can be quite long and delicate since instead of hot water, room temperature or cold water is used for this process.  

This bitterless beverage has in turn carved itself a path to reach consumers directly through grocery stores in made-to-go bottles, as well as being incorporated as a drink menu item in coffee shops and some emerging restaurant brands, alike.

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Move Over Folgers, These Specialty Instant Coffee Start-ups are on the Rise

Move Over Folgers, These Specialty Instant Coffee Start-ups are on the Rise

nstant coffee often has a negative connotation. Some coffee enthusiasts even refuse to have Keurig cups.

It appears as though this is about to change with the help of innovative coffee start-ups.

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee brand based in Chicago, is making a difference in coffee producing communities abroad. Learn about Intelligentsia and the Vice President of Coffee Geoff Watts below.

Intelligentsia has now partnered with San Francisco-based Sudden Coffee to roll out a line of single-serve instant coffee packs.

This instant product features a brew is called Rayos Del Sol from Peru and is packaged in compostable tubes.

The cost of a four-pack is $13, which is a premium price for a home brewed coffee product, and is available online and at select coffee bars. Consumers have made it clear that they are willing to pay a premium for high-quality brews. But what about for at-home coffee products?

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Beverage Companies Explore Broader Horizons with Healthier Options

Beverage Companies Explore Broader Horizons with Healthier Options
  • As “healthier” products hit the market, beverage companies are aiming to stay competitive by adding “good-for-you” options for consumers.

  • Staying on trend whether plant-based or sugar-free is key for beverage companies as they listen to what consumers are asking for.

It's no secret that more people are gravitating towards "healthier" products with "better-for-you" ingredients. Whether we are talking about food or drinks, the trend continues to prevail. As a result of this trend, we’re seeing major beverage players dive in head-first into this space. The opportunities are limitless and the chance to convert customers over to the brand has made these companies eager to develop new products.  

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PepsiCo to Acquire SodaStream for $3.2 Billion

PepsiCo to Acquire SodaStream for $3.2 Billion

The American food, snack, and beverage corporation PepsiCo has announced Monday that it will be buying SodaStream, the Israeli company that sells the popular consumer home carbonation product that turns tap water into sparkling flavored water. 

SodaStream has had an impressive year when it comes to sales. The company's shares have spiked by 80 percent in 2018.

SodaStream was founded back in 1991 but was bought by the Israeli firm Soda-Club in 1996, this is when the company's marketing emphasis started to focus more on healthy beverages.

Daniel Birnbaum became SodaStream's CEO in 2007 and believes that under PepsiCo, the company and its products will be taken to the "next level."

PepsiCo will be buying its former rival SodaStream for $3.2 billion in cash, which is $144 per share. 

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Coffee & Yogurt: JoeFroyo's Functional Cold Brew Provides Probiotics without the Lactose

Coffee & Yogurt: JoeFroyo's Functional Cold Brew Provides Probiotics without the Lactose

President and Founder of JoeFroyo, Zach Miller, came up with the idea for JoeFroyo Functional Cold Brew after years in the retail coffee and frozen yogurt industries.

“One of our most popular menu items was what we called the ‘Yo-gato’ –vanilla frozen yogurt with one or two shots of espresso floated on top,” said Miller in a press release.

Foodable went to NRA 2018 with the goal of finding top innovators in the Technology, Chef Equipment, and Specialty Food categories. Miller's realization of the opportunity in the beverage category is why Foodable chose JoeFroyo as one of our Specialty Food favorites. As the functional beverage category began to take off, Miller realized combining espresso with the health benefits from frozen yogurt could fill a gap in the functional beverage market.

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First Au Bon Pain and Panera, Now JAB Buys Pret A Manager for $2 Billion

First Au Bon Pain and Panera, Now JAB Buys Pret A Manager for $2 Billion

The JAB Holding Co. is expanding it's coffee empire yet again. 

On Tuesday, the company announced that it will be acquiring Pret A Manger, a sandwich chain known for its popular organic coffee for 1.5 billion pounds ($2 billion.)

“We’re very excited to partner with Pret and its talented team to continue their extraordinary growth story. Management’s proven track record and commitment to customer service, investment in innovation and approach to freshly prepared food position Pret well as it capitalizes on evolving consumer taste and lifestyle preferences. We look forward to working with Clive Schlee and his management team, while promoting the Pret brand and supporting Pret’s impressive culture for the next phase in the company’s growth with JAB," said Olivier Goudet, JAB CEO in a press release.

JAB purchased the fast casual cafe Panera Bread last year for $7.2 billion and then this April, made a major investment into the online craft coffee retailer Trade.

JAB also owns Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Keurig Green Mountain, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Au Bon Pain.

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Coca-Cola Stock Surges After Diet Coke Reboot

Coca-Cola Stock Surges After Diet Coke Reboot

At the beginning of the year, the soda giant Coca-Cola rolled out four new Diet Coke flavors-Diet Coke Ginger Lime, Diet Coke Feisty Cherry, Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange, and Diet Coke Twisted Mango. 

The company also revamped the cans with a new fresh and trendy design and tested over 30 new Diet Coke flavor recipes to find flavors that would appeal specifically to millennials. 

“We cast a very broad flavor net after looking at what Millennials are eating and drinking and what food and beverage trends and insights told us,” said Melissa Schwartz, Diet Coke Senior Brand Manager. “We tried everything from spicy notes to exotic superfruits from around the world. We even hosted a mixology session in Atlanta where we invited fans to ideate, create and taste Diet Coke flavors we were considering.”

Evidently, this has payed off. 

Today, the brand announced its quarterly results and its overall revenue beat expectations by $300 million.

"The company said the launch of its popular low-calorie Diet Coke in sleeker tins and flavors including ginger-lime and feisty cherry drove Diet Coke volumes up 3 percent, marking a return to growth for the brand in North America," writes "Reuters." "Overall, volumes rose 3 percent, with growth in both sodas and teas and coffees driving much of the gains. Organic sales, that exclude gains from acquisitions or divestitures, rose 5 percent in the first quarter."

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Scratch Cooking Revives Traditional Views of Casual Dining

Scratch Cooking Revives Traditional Views of Casual Dining

On this episode of The Barron Report, brought to you by Kabbage, the Tupelo Honey team joins Paul Barron in a discussion of what makes brands successful in today's market.

Tupelo Honey was founded in Asheville in 2001 as a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains. With 15 total locations in 7 states, Tupelo's Southern spirit is infused into every bite of their flavor driven dishes.

CEO Steve Frabitore bought the restaurant in 2008 and it's been growing ever since.

On this episode, VP of Operations and Beverage Director Tyler Alford; and VP of Culinary and Corporate Executive Chef Eric Gabrynowicz take us through the nitty gritty of what has made Tupelo one of Foodable's Top Emerging Brands. 

Tupelo takes great pride in their sourcing. They believe that as a small conglomerate of restaurants, their ability to affect change is far greater than that of smaller, independents. Switching to an organic, locally-grown chicken in their restaurants accounts not for hundreds of dollars in change but hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

And their commitment to top quality culinary doesn't stop there. The beverage program at Tupelo Honey also speaks to the brand's commitment to improving the quality of casual dining chains. With kitchens that cook almost entirely from scratch, Chef Gabrynowics says transforming the beverage program to be more culinary-driven was not a far stretch to make. 

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Apothic Uses Cold Brew Coffee In It's Latest Red Blend Wine

Apothic Uses Cold Brew Coffee In It's Latest Red Blend Wine

This wine brand just launched a red fruit wine blended with cold brew coffee capitalizing on a growing coffee trend in America.

Yep. Wine + Coffee, all in a bottle.

The beverage brand responsible is Apothic Wine, which it is known for bold Red blends and innovation. So, it’s really no surprise the winemaker behind it all decided to try something new and outside of the box.

“I realized that many of the characteristics in cold brew coffee and red wine naturally complement each other,” said Debbie Juergenson, Apothic winemaker, in a press release. “This led us to experiment with a few blends, eventually leading to the seamless creation of Apothic Brew, which brings together red fruit notes and subtle mocha essences of cold brew."

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