The beverage industry has seen the steady rise in non-alcoholic options as some consumers look to cut back on their overall intake of alcoholic beverages. More than 50% of consumers surveyed from International Wine and Spirit’s Record stated that they wanted to cut back on alcoholic beverages. Consumers are looking for non-alcoholic beverages that continue to provide a sense of theater without the hangover.
A while back, our sales and customer service manager Chad Johnson came to R and D with a request. His request was for us to recreate his favorite drink in concentrate form. This included cranberry juice and cucumber sparkling water.
It’s summer, and here at the Innovation Center that means summer cocktails. Last week the team and I worked on some videos for summer cocktails to showcase on July 14-17th at the virtual conference for the American Distilling Institute. Due to the pandemic we decided to participate in their virtual platform this year.
Recently, Shana spent some time in the test kitchen developing several new mustard flavors with juice concentrates as some of their base. Flavors that she developed included Cranberry Horseradish, Pineapple and Pumpkin Spice Horseradish.
This last presentation cycle R and D concentrated on trends in the industry that target Health and Wellness. The industry is a rapidly growing 4 trillion-dollar business. Some of the topics covered included, Juneberry Blend made into a meat and fruit bar, Orange Grapefruit Turmeric Blend used in a wellness gummies and Lemon Maple Blend to mimic the ingredients in the Master Cleanse.