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Red Jacket Orchards Debuts New Look for Joe’s Summer Blend Lemonade

Joe's 12Long-time New York favorite, Red Jacket Orchards, is unleashing a new look and a new name for its famous Joe’s Summer Blend. This delicious blend of apple and lemon will now be called Joe’s NY Style Lemonade. Red Jacket assures avid fans that what’s in the bottle will stay the same.

Red Jacket Orchards has made a name for itself as a healthy line of cold-pressed juices. Born in the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, Red Jacket is a family-run business with strong roots in its community. Originally a cult favorite amongst farmer’s market dwellers, these invigorating drinks are now widely known across the country for their cloudy appearance and their impressive health benefits. Unlike their clear juice competitors, Red Jacket’s product is unfiltered and naturally contains a punch of insoluble and soluble fiber.

As in the other bright and refreshing flavors, Joe’s NY Style Lemonade also has only two very simple ingredients: lemon juice and apple juice. There are no added colors, flavors, water or sugar. Just as you have come to expect, Red Jacket Orchards creates a perfectly ripe sweetness with the help of the New York apple. Red Jacket Orchards juices taste just like the whole fruit they were made from.

 

SIPP eco beverage co. Expands Midwest Distribution

SIPP eco beverage co., Inc., creators of the sparkling organic beverage Sipp Sparkling Organics, has announced further expansion in the Midwest, specifically to the Chicagoland area, by partnering with Chicago Coffees & Teas as a distributor.

Chicago Coffees & Teas delivers specialty and gourmet coffee, tea, espresso and other specialty beverages to fine restaurants, hotels, and cafes in Chicago. This partnership will help to increase Sipp’s presence in both the Midwest and in high-end food service establishments and hotels.

  “We are very excited to be expanding in the Midwest as we have had much demand for Sipp in this region. Working with Chicago Coffee & Teas will allow us to not only grow in retail, but on-premise as well,” said Beth Parentice, CEO/Founder of Sipp.

“Our partnership with Sipp allows us to continue to add value to our customers with the highest quality specialty offerings. We provide only best in class products and have found few others that can hold a candle to not only Sipp’s quality ingredients, but unique flavors as well,” said Michael Klong, President of Chicago Coffee & Teas.

Sipp currently has distribution in retail stores and restaurants in northern California, Texas, and across the east coast. Retail stores include Whole Foods, Food Emporium, Central Market, Balducci’s, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and Roche Bros.

SIPP is represented by Cascadia Managing Brands.

New Line of Cold Beverages from Boyd’s Coffee

Boyd’s Coffee®, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, is ready to chill with its new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options.

Boyd’s Iced Tea

Backed by a 114-year history as a tea purveyor, Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors including Original Brew (black tea), Green Tea, Tropical Tea and Raspberry Herbal. The addition of Torani® syrups such as Cane Sugar Sweetener, Raspberry, Peach and Blackberry create limitless options for operators. In addition, fresh-brewed iced tea is the number one purchased beverage in restaurants and is significantly more profitable for operators than the bag-in-box option.

Boyd’s Ice Cap

The whimsical and refreshing Ice Cap line captures the nostalgia of childhood summers, featuring an updated, fresh design and innovative flavor options. With frozen coffee drinks growing in popularity, especially with millennial consumers, Boyd’s offers a combination of coffee-based flavors, such as French Vanilla and Mocha, and fruit-based flavors, including Cherry Smart Bomb and Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

Boyd’s Iced Coffee

As iced coffee drinks continue to build a following among all consumers, and particularly among millennials, Boyd’s Coffee offers shelf-stable iced coffee beverages available in Kona Blend Mocha and Kona Blend French Vanilla. Iced coffee is a well-liked beverage in all dayparts as well as year-round.

The Iced Tea replaces the company’s former Island Mist® product, and the new Ice Cap was formerly Coffee House Freezers®.

Boyd’s Coffee provides everything operators need for a highly profitable beverage program, including reliable, space-saving, easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment as well as visually appealing merchandising from posters to equipment dressing and flavor labels. For information about Boyd Coffee Company’s products and services, call 800-545-4077 or visit www.boyds.com.

 

Apple & Eve to be Acquired by Lassonde Industries

Apple & Eve LLC, together with its private equity investor ClearLight Partners, has agreed that the company will be acquired by Lassonde Industries Inc.

Apple & Eve LLC, based in Port Washington, New York, was founded by the Crane family 40 years ago with a focus on delivering healthy, natural juice products. The company offers more than 100 different juice products sold under its iconic flagship brand name, Apple & Eve, and includes a portfolio of sub brands including Organics, Fruitables, Quenchers, Waterfruits and Sesame Street. Additionally, it owns and markets juices under Northland, Seneca and The Switch brands.

Apple & Eve, a pioneer in the juice industry, has grown over the decades by anticipating consumer trends. Among its many innovations, the company introduced the first unfiltered, natural-sttyle apple juice in grocery stores in 1975; the first line of 100 percent juice cranberry blends in 1978; the first 100 percent juice box in 1982; and, Fruitables, the first fruit and vegetable juice box for kids, in 2009.

Gordon Crane, the Founder, President, and CEO of Apple & Eve, commented, “I am so proud of what we have built at Apple & Eve over the last 40 years, and as CEO I look forward to entering a new exciting chapter in our company’s history. By joining Lassonde Industries, I am confident that our combined entities will deliver strong growth behind the brands we have built. We will remain highly focused on creating innovative, on-trend products under the widely recognized Apple & Eve brand and our other strong brands. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with ClearLight over the past seven years.They proved to be a value-added partner in growing and improving our business.”

Michael Kaye, Founder and Managing Partner of ClearLight Partners, further noted, “Apple & Eve’s strong track record reflects the strength of the company’s brands, commitment to innovation, and quality of management and employees. We wish Gordon Crane and the entire Apple & Eve management and employees much continued success.”

Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. acted as financial advisor to Apple & Eve and ClearLight Partners, and Armstrong Teasdale served as company counsel on the transaction. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

THIRSTIE Launches In Miami

THIRSTIE, the New York based on-demand wine and spirits delivery marketplace, has extended its service to customers in Miami.

THIRSTIE now offers Miami customers the convenience of bottle service at their doors and eliminates the trips to the liquor store. THIRSTIE is the only app offering this service in Miami and is available on a number of platforms including online, iOS and Android. THIRSTIE provides a simple, intuitive user experience that makes liquors easy to find while also serving as a discovery tool for new products that might be out of the ordinary. THIRSTIE works with key retailers to curate the selections for an optimized shopping experience ensuring that the customer’s order is in stock. With all orders, THIRSTIE delivers purchases within the hour.

“We’ve seen some incredible success already in our initial launch markets, so choosing a city with this much vibrancy and excitement as Miami only made sense for our next launch,” said CEO Devaraj Southworth. “Miami sets the trends for the mixology and spirits community, so we wanted to offer THIRSTIE as the newest go-to service for having a good time.”

THIRSTIE is easy to use on any platform. After downloading and opening the app, the customer is instantly connected to participating liquor merchants closest to their desired delivery address. THIRSTIE provides users with information about each product such as the size, alcohol content and price. The customer can shop as long as they like, selecting options and adding them to their shopping cart. When ready to check out, the customer selects the shopping cart option where they can view everything that has been added. The customer then selects their payment method and completes the order. Once the order is confirmed, the customer receives an email verification and delivery of their wine or liquor purchase will arrive within the hour.

Numi Organic Tea Announces a New Line of Turmeric Teas

Numi Organic Tea is launching a new product line: Turmeric Tea.  Numi’s Turmeric Tea is the first full line of organic, fair trade, premium turmeric-focused blends on the market, and highlights its namesake ingredient’s earthy and robust flavor in a collection of four cleansing and refreshing herbal teasans.

An ancient root related to the ginger family, turmeric is native to Southeast Asia and is often found in curries, giving the food its brilliant, golden orange color.  Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and has surged in popularity over recent years as scientists have discovered its many health benefits.

Curcumin, the medicinal compound in turmeric, has been associated with numerous health effects.  A powerful superfood, health experts such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Andrew Weil have written about turmeric’s positive effects on the mind and body.

The turmeric in Numi’s new blends is sourced from Madagascar, where Numi is the first brand to purchase Fair Trade certified ingredients from this specific farm group.  Dedicated to improving the lives of people involved in every step of their business, Numi has contributed incremental funds to support the farm group’s Fair Trade certification process and has provided new tools such as knives, brushes, cleaning pans and bags for transporting raw materials from the farms to the processing factory.  The first Fair Trade premiums are being invested in improved drinking water infrastructure there.

“Our love of tea, travel, and creativity has inspired us to blend unique ingredients and create new tea experiences,” says Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Co-founder, and chief alchemist for Numi Organic Tea.  “Turmeric Tea is rich in this vital root and blended with 100 percent real ingredients for tasty aromatic flavors.  This healthy tea tonic will revitalize, enrich and restore and can be enjoyed any time of day.”

Numi Turmeric Teas are certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, kosher and halal certified, and made with 100 percent real ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including turmeric as the primary ingredient.  Like all of Numi Organic Tea’s products, the Turmeric Tea blends are expertly crafted to not only be healthy but also exceptionally delicious.  Consumers can choose from four enticing blends that are excellent served hot or iced:

Three Roots: Blending earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice, Three Roots transports your senses to an exotic Indian Bazaar.

Golden Tonic: This uplifting blend of turmeric, lemon verbena and dried lime mingle for an exhilarating dance.  Golden hues of turmeric have an earthy sweetness as the zesty citrus notes soar and enliven the senses.

Fields of Gold: The mellow richness of turmeric, the sweet calming notes of chamomile, and the lively zest of lemon myrtle reside in Fields of Gold.

Amber Sun: With a radiating, smooth richness, this blend of turmeric, rooibos, vanilla beans and a hint of cinnamon offers mellow apple notes with a sweet peppery zest.

Numi Organic Tea Turmeric Teas will be available to ship in August, 2014 to retail for a suggested price of $7.99.

 

Vital Juice Introduces Vital Kids Cold-Pressed Juice

The top-selling, 100 percent organic, cold-pressed juice brand in the Pacific Northwest, Vital Juice, is launching Vital Kids cold-pressed juices. A line of 100 percent organic, GMO-free, locally-crafted fruit and vegetable juices for kids, Vital Kids is currently available at Whole Foods Market, Metropolitan Market and other natural markets in Seattle and Portland.

Vital Juice promotes nutrition for the entire family and the new Vital Kids juices were specially-made to appeal to both kids and their parents. Parents can be confident that they are choosing the most nutrient-rich, organic juice available for their kids – without added sugar, puree or fillers. According to taste tests, the taste profile appeals to kids of all ages. Even picky kids are happy to drink juices made out of vegetables like spinach and beets.

Vital KidsVital Kids is available in 10-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $5.99. Each bottle has kid-friendly packaging, with fun illustrations of lively produce mascots. Packed with vital nutrients, essential enzymes and 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable juice, the Vital Kids line features four unique flavors, including:

  • Green Gorilla - Cucumber, apple, kale, spinach, lemon and almond milk. Two cups of 100 percent organic kale, spinach and cucumber, with almond milk for protein. Kale and spinach are an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Capt. Carrot - Carrot, orange and almond milk. A full cup of 100 percent organic carrots, with almond milk for protein. Capt. Carrot is an excellent source of Vitamin A.
  • Mr. Squeeze – Orange, pineapple, grapefruit and almond milk. Over 1 ½ cups of 100 percent organic fruit with almond milk for protein. Mr. Squeeze is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • Mrs. Beet – Orange, carrot, beet and almond milk. Two cups of 100 percent organic fruits and vegetables, with almond milk for protein. Mrs. Beet is an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

“Today’s parents and kids are more conscious about nutrition than ever,” said Edward Balassanian, Founder and CEO of Vital Juice. “Vital Kids was created because we think kids will enjoy the taste as much as parents will appreciate the nutrition.”

While other well-known juice brands may include sugars, sugar-substitutes, purees, concentrates, fillers and preservatives, Vital Juice offers fresh juices the way nature intended. All Vital Juice drinks are nutrient-dense – no fillers such as celery juice or apple juice, and the company never uses extracts from agave or vanilla.

Vital Kids is also available via Amazon Fresh in Seattle and coming soon to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Sylvain Toutant Named CEO of DAVIDsTEA

Sylvain Toutant has been named president and chief executive officer of DAVIDsTEA. He will be responsible for all operations at DAVIDsTEA and will oversee the company’s growth in Canadathe United States and around the world. He will also serve on the board of directors.

A recognized specialist in retailing, Toutant has developed businesses in Canadathe United States and Europe.  After joining VanHoutte in 2008, he became President of Retail and subsequently, Chief Operating Officer. Since 2012 and until recently, he was President of Keurig Canada, where he accelerated growth through a strategic alliance with Keurig Green Mountain in the United States. He also headed Keurig’s operations in the United Kingdom.

During the course of his career, Toutant has been at the helm of a number of well-known brands in renovation, and alcoholic and other beverages. Employed by Reno-Depot from 1987 to 2003, he became its President in 2001 and helped make it one of Quebec’s most admired companies.  He also served as President and CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec [Quebec'sliquor board] from 2004 to 2007.

“Sylvain’s vast knowledge of the beverage sector, combined with his expertise in consumer behaviour, makes him one of the best managers in the industry,” said Pierre Michaud, Chairman of the company’s board of directors.  “In addition, his proven ability to generate organizational growth will be extremely valuable to us.”

Herschel Segal, DAVIDsTEA Co-founder and majority shareholder, said he is very pleased with Toutant’s decision to join the company. “We founded David’s Tea in 2008, and since then the business has grown continuously. We now find ourselves at an important time in our development, and I’m convinced Mr. Toutant will be an extraordinary asset for us as head of our business.”

“Tea is the second most popular beverage on the planet, just after water,” said Segal. “There is incredible potential for growth, and we intend to play a leading role in this market.”

TEAS’ TEA Line Now Available in Sprouts Farmers Markets

The all natural TEAS’ TEA® line is now available in Sprouts Farmers Markets. Starting this month Sprouts will now feature the following TEAS’ TEA products: four unsweetened teas­—Pure Green, Jasmine Green, Green White and Golden Oolong and three Lattes-Matcha Green Tea Latte, Black Tea Latte, and Chai Latte in 16.9 fluid ounce bottles. Sprouts is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Its more than 170 stores offer a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness.

Named from the Japanese expression “Ocha No Naka No Ocha”, simply meaning “The Tea of ALL Teas!”, TEAS’ TEA is hailed as Only The Purest Tea™, for its thoughtful sourcing and meticulous brewing methods. The Non-GMO, unsweetened TEAS’ TEA® offers zero-calories, while the TEAS’ TEA Lattes are guilt-free with 0 grams of fat and 80 calories per serving.

ITO EN and Sprouts are both committed to helping consumers live a healthy lifestyle at an affordable price,” said Jim Hoagland, COO of ITO EN (North America) INC, with makes TEAS’ TEA. “Sprouts’ customers will now be able to purchase a wide variety of healthy, great tasting Teas’ Tea products at a great price.”

 

Tea Championship Tags the Best Iced Teas for Summer & Beyond

June is National Iced Tea Month, and the North American Tea Championship (NATC) is naming the 25 best, premium iced teas in key categories. The NATC is the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America and the premier platform for showcasing quality teas. Visit TeaChampionship.com for a complete list of first, second and third-place winners in the NATC Iced Tea Class.

Some of the NATC victors are scheduled to be featured in the North American Tea Championship Winners Tasting Circle at World Tea Expo (WorldTeaExpo.com), May 29 – 31, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif. And all of the high-quality NATC-winning teas are commercially available in the marketplace.

Companies with 2014 first-place iced tea awards from NATC include: Argo Tea; Bhakti Chai; Crystal Geyser Water Company; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group; Honeybush Health Ltd.; Immaculate Leaf; ITO EN (North America); Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods; Mellow Monk, LLC; QTrade Teas & Herbs; S&D Coffee and Tea; Shangri La Tea Co.; and Walters Bay.

ITO EN (North America), S&D Coffee and Tea, QTrade Teas & Herbs and Kelley Organic / Eastsign Foods boast the most first-place wins in the NATC Iced Tea Class.

“All of this year’s North American Tea Championship winners in the Iced Tea Class are exceptional and highly recommended for summer 2014 and beyond,” says George Jage, director of the North American Tea Championship at The Beverage Group, a division of F+W Media. “The NATC had a lot of high-quality iced teas to choose from. Most notably, we’re seeing an increase in premium iced tea offerings for foodservice, so we added four ‘Best Value Awards’ in Foodservice in different categories. We also presented a ‘Best Packaging Award.’ Congratulations to all of this year’s winners; we expect them to gets lots of attention from consumers and the foodservice industry, especially in the warmer months ahead.”

North American Tea Championship first-place winners include:
(Company, Website, Category, Name of the Winning Tea)

  • Argo TeaArgoTea.comReady-To-Drink – Green – Flavored, Green Tea Ginger Twist
  • Argo TeaArgoTea.comReady-To-Drink – Herbal – Any, MojiTea
  • Bhakti ChaiBhaktiChai.comReady-To-Drink – Black – Sweetened, Bhakti Chai Almond Blend Ready-To-Drink
  • Crystal Geyser Water CompanyCrystalGeyser.comReady-To-Drink – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Tejava Premium Iced Tea
  • Immaculate LeafImmaculateLeaf.comFoodservice – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Crushed Amber Oolong
  • ITO EN (North America)ItoEn.comReady-To-Drink – Oolong – Flavored, TEAS’ TEA Golden Oolong
  • ITO EN (North America)ItoEn.comReady-To-Drink – Green – Sweetened, TEAS’ TEA Jasmine Green Sweetened
  • ITO EN (North America)ItoEn.comReady-To-Drink – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, TEAS’ TEA Decaf Green
  • Kelley Organic / Eastsign FoodsTea2020.comInstant – Black – Flavored, Lemon Flavor Black Tea
  • Kelley Organic / Eastsign FoodsTea2020.comInstant – Black – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Instant Pu’er Tea Powder
  • Kelley Organic / Eastsign FoodsTea2020.comInstant – Herbal – Any, Hibiscus Drink
  • Mellow Monk, LLCMellowMonk.comInstant – Green – Unflavored / Unsweetened, Just-Right Roast
  • QTrade Teas & HerbsQTradeTeas.comFoodservice – Green – Flavored, Summer Me Baby
  • QTrade Teas & HerbsQTradeTeas.comFoodservice – Herbal – Any, Citrus Ironwood
  • QTrade Teas & HerbsQTradeTeas.comFoodservice – Green – Unflavored / UnsweetenedEmerald Green
  • S&D Coffee and TeaSNDCoffee.comFoodservice – Bag-in-Box – Black Flavored, Teafinity Lemongrass Basil Bagless Black Tea
  • S&D Coffee and TeaSNDCoffee.comFoodservice – Bag-in-Box – Green Flavored, Teafinity Blueberry Thyme Bagless Green Tea
  • S&D Coffee and TeaSNDCoffee.comFoodservice – Black – Flavored, Black Currant Filter Pack Flavored Black Tea
  • Shangri La Tea Co.ShangrilaIcedTea.comInstant – Green – Flavored, Tropical Green Quickbrewed

New NATC categories and winners include:
(Company, Website, Category, Name of the Winning Tea)

  • Honeybush Health Ltd.HoneybushHealth.com, Ready to Drink – Best Packaging, the complete line of Honeybush Bottled Herbal Tea
  • S&D Coffee & TeaSNDCoffee.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Flavored Black Tea, Black Currant Filter Pack Flavored Black Tea
  • S&D Coffee & TeaSNDCoffee.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Unflavored Green Tea, Rainforest Alliance Green Tea
  • Walters BayWaltersBay.com, Foodservice – Flavored Green Tea, Walters Bay Lime Green Iced Tea
  • Walters BayWaltersBay.com, Best Value – Foodservice – Unflavored Black  Tea, Walters Bay Pure Ceylon Iced Tea        

All NATC tea submissions were evaluated blind and through organoleptic analysis of the following characteristics: dry leaf, brewed color, brewed aroma, brewed flavor, brewed mouth-feel and brewed harmony. An overall numerical value on a 100-point scale was then calculated based on the ratings of each characteristic. Winners were determined by rank.

Wilbur Curtis, a leading manufacturer of tea brewers and accessories, is the official equipment supplier for the North American Tea Championship Iced Tea Class evaluation. Global Customized Water is the official water supplier.

The next North American Tea Championship will be held in summer of 2014 for an evaluation of spring teas. Entries will be accepted and details will be at TeaChampionship.com once dates are established.  To inquire about entering the competition, e-mail kaye.polivka@fwmedia.com.