Beverage Companies Explore Broader Horizons with Healthier Options

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.  

According to Euromonitor, the number one trend in regards to healthy living and beverages is "back to nature and no to sugar." Starbucks is well-known for creating many delicious and sugary coffee blended drinks but with the growing interest in plant-based protein, they recently launched a healthier and equally delicious alternative. Their new protein blended plant-based drink comes in two different flavors—Almond and Cacao. These drinks contain pea and brown rice protein and depending on your flavor of choice, it will either have almond butter and almond milk or coconut milk and cacao powder.

Starbucks is not alone in this venture. Other beverage giants such as Coca-Cola have decided that expanding their drink portfolio is the way to go. The company has developed tools, which gives the consumer more control and choice over what they are drinking. Coca-Cola has even recommitted to reducing calories from sugar by 20% by the year 2025. How do think this will affect companies that were created as “healthy” and “good for you” from the start?

Watch the video above to learn more about the healthy beverage trend and find out how healthy companies are expanding their drink portfolio to compete.

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Rising Plant-Based Consumption Causes Milk Giant, Dean Foods to Close Major Facility
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  • Dean Foods shuts down numerous dairy plants, and acquires majority stake in plant-based brand Good Karma.

As plant-based alternatives continue to grow in popularity, animal by-products are on the short end of the stick.

Recently experiencing the negative impact of rising plant-based trends is milk giant Dean Foods. As a result, the dairy manufacturer will be shutting down one of its main facilities located in Illinois this September.

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  • Starbucks launches two new almond milk based bottled beverages.

100 percent dairy-free, grab-and-go “Doubleshot Coffee Smoothies”, are a result of highly demanded plant-based options from Starbucks. Available in both dark chocolate-banana and vanilla-honey-banana, the smoothies are made with almond milk.


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You’ve heard of alternative milk made from soy, almond, coconut and rice… but have you heard of a plant-based milk made from yellow peas?

That’s right!

Ripple, a startup backed by $44 million from Google and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley is selling alternative milk that not only has a clean taste, but also has just as much protein as that made from cows, reports “Bloomberg.”

It’s perfect timing since Foodable recently reported that there may be a milk shortage, or at least a milk price hike, due to globalization.

Alternative milk might just be the solution, especially if it’s eco-friendly and high in protein.

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