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.

Is The Meal-Kit Market A Mission Impossible Or Will It Survive?

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we touch on the topic of meal-kits and whether or not the category will survive in the current state of the industry.

It’s no secret large players like Blue Apron and HelloFresh are failing at becoming profitable.

For example, Blue Apron, the largest U.S.-based, meal-kit focused company, was forced to implement a company-wide realignment in October 2017 laying off about six percent of its employers after the company saw a drop in subscribers among other shortcomings. Today, the company closed in the New York Stock Exchange at $1.83— a very low number in comparison to the company’s $10 IPO price.

Although there is no profitability yet for those types of companies which solely focus on meal-kits, that hasn’t stopped grocers or even restaurant chains from jumping on board to compete.

Earlier this week, Foodable reported on Chick-fil-A’s latest plans to roll out meal-kits in August.

Watch the video above to learn about what might save this category from flopping!

Is In-Car Commerce the Next Big Foodservice Trend?

On this episode of On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse, we're taking a look at in-car commerce startup, Cargo. Cargo provides a solution to the question, what if I don’t want to get out of the car?

Convenience for consumers who utilize ridesharing, Cargo provides snacks, beverages and miscellaneous items like electronics and beauty products for sale. The center console box features an assortment of items provided by big partners like Coca-Cola, SnackNation, Red Bull, Kellogg's and more.

Recently partnering with the rideshare giant itself, Uber and Cargo are disrupting the retail industry.

The global partnership will be available to riders in San Francisco and Los Angeles first. Uber drivers who choose to provide Cargo’s service to their riders can go to their local Uber service hub and pick up the Cargo box.

What’s in it for drivers? Cargo allows not only for a way to upgrade rideshare service and earn shining reviews and ratings but additional income. Uber and Cargo estimates that drivers can earn about $100 extra per month through Cargo boxes.

For every product a driver sells, including free samples, Cargo will pay the driver one dollar and 25 percent of the product’s retail price.

Learn more about Cargo in the video above and at “Inc.com

Fresh Blends Creates World’s First Digitally Integrated Platform with 100% Natural Ingredients

Fresh Blends Creates World’s First Digitally Integrated Platform with 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Fresh Blender is an intuitive high-performance smoothie machine that allows customers to create 600 varieties.

  • Fresh Blends’ technological advancements allows for operator and consumer convenience.

On this episode of On Foodable: Industry Pulse, we talk to Sean Larkin, executive vice president of global commercialization at Fresh Blends, North America, as he showcases the Fresh Blender powered by Fresh Blends’ innovative beverage platform.


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