• 28 Apr
    Coldpress moves into the soft drinks sector

    Coldpress moves into the soft drinks sector

    COLDPRESS: The leading high-pressured processed (HPP) juices drinks brand will take its HPP expertise into the soft drinks market with the launch of a range of ‘stripped back soft drinks’ made with sparkling water. Two flavours will initially be available, one being strawberry, apple and watermelon and the other raspberry, pineapple, apple and pear.

    Coldpress founder Andrew Gibb said: “It hasn’t been easy sitting on the sidelines, knowing that the common sense thinking we’ve fostered in premium juices could also ignite a significant soft drinks category reboot. Watermelons, pineapples, strawberries and pears are all refreshing and flavourful ingredients that we believe will benefit more from a discreet sparkling water backdrop than having their hard-earned taste notes and nutritional goodness boiled off by traditional pasteurisation techniques.”

    HPP retains the nutrition profile of fruit juices by sterilising them at a lower temperature. Source: FoodBev Media

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 27 Apr
    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center celebrates its 100th anniversary

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center celebrates its 100th anniversary

    USA: As the Institute celebrates its 100th anniversary, administrators are full of praise for the long established relationship between the research teams with the Citrus Research and Education Centre and the Florida Department of Citrus in bringing healthy, nutritious fruit and fruit juice to the consumer.

    “Housing the FDOC and CREC scientists at the same location has brought together the expertise needed to address any issue facing the Florida citrus industry, from the field to the grocery store shelf, and everywhere in between,” said Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus REC. “We’ve had a long and productive history working together to support the Florida citrus industry and continue to do so, as we are both working together to develop solutions for citrus greening disease.” Source: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida.

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 27 Apr
    Ocean Spray looks to expand into the Indian market

    Ocean Spray looks to expand into the Indian market

    INDIA. Ocean Spray – the marketing cooperative of cranberry farmers in the US and Canada and the world’s top cranberry producer – is looking to move into the Indian market to promote the benefits of cranberry as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections and stomach ulcers following the growing rates of urinary tract infections in the country.

    The Ocean Spray chairman Peter Povitar Dhillon, after a recent trip to India, said: “We went to India to explore opportunities of doing business there. As a global company, we recognise the huge potential of the Indian marketplace. India has the fastest growing middle class and it is the world’s youngest country in terms of the age of its people. It was a very positive trip. Now we are thinking about the best ways to educate Indians about the unique benefits of cranberry,”  Source: Fresh Plaza

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 18 Apr
    SkyPeople Fruit Juice reports fiscal year 2016 financial results

    SkyPeople Fruit Juice reports fiscal year 2016 financial results

    CHINA

    SkyPeople Fruit Juice, Inc. the producer of fruit juice concentrates, fruit juice beverages and other fruit-related products, announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

    Revenue for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was USD34.4 million, a decrease of 60%, as compared to USD86.4 million for fiscal 2015.

    Sales from concentrated apple juice and apple aroma were USD7.7 million for fiscal 2016, a 61% decrease from sales of USD19.8 million for fiscal 2015 due primarily to a drop in International demand for concentrated apple juice from China.

    Sales from concentrated kiwifruit juice and kiwifruit puree were USD0.7 million for fiscal 2016, a 92% decrease from sales of USD9.2 million in fiscal 2015.

    Sales of concentrated pear juice were USD9.3 million in fiscal 2016, a 31% decrease from sales of USD13.4 million in fiscal 2015. Due to unexpected weather conditions in the 2015 pear harvest season, the amount of available raw material supplies was low in early 2016 resulting in the squeezing season starting later than usual leading to lower production levels.

    Sales from the fruit juice beverages segment were USD14.8 million in fiscal 2016, a 66% decrease from sales of USD44.0 million for fiscal 2015. The decline in revenues was primarily due to a decrease in the in-store demand as a result of heavy competition in the Chinese market as consumers increased their fruit juice beverage purchases through the on-line home delivery of groceries instead of through the traditional in-store supermarkets in which SkyPeople sell their products.

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 17 Apr
    Pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure a new study reveals.

    Pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure a new study reveals.

    POMEGRANATE JUICE

    A recent study by the journal of Pharmacological Research entitled ‘Effects of pomegranate juice on blood pressure: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials’ looked at the average systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels in those who were either drinking pomegranate juice or not drinking it. A meta-analysis of eight randomized placebo controlled studies (the gold standard in terms of investigational clinical research) found that drinking pomegranate juice reduced systolic blood pressure by nearly 5mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure by 2 mmHg.

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 16 Apr
    Juice It Up! raw juice and smoothie bars chain increase sales by 5% in Q1

    Juice It Up! raw juice and smoothie bars chain increase sales by 5% in Q1

    USA

    Juice It Up! the US based raw juice and smoothie bars chain announced same-store first quarter sales increased 5% over Q1 the previous year. This marks Juice It Up!’s fifth consecutive growth quarter, despite continuing declines throughout the US restaurant industry overall.

    The increase is a result of a variety of factors, including continued demand by consumers wanting fresh and healthy ingredients, along with the launch of Juice It Up!’s brand new Cold Pressed Bottled Juice line. The line features six great-tasting flavours sold individually and available in Wellness packs, ideal for a one- to three-day cleanse. Also, attributing to the strong financials were the nine new franchised locations that opened in 2016 through Q1 of 2017, bringing the chain wide total to 89 units operating across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon & Texas. Source: QSR

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 15 Apr
    Leading fruit juice manufacture to increase fruit juice production capacity by 40%

    Leading fruit juice manufacture to increase fruit juice production capacity by 40%

    BRAZIL

    Famiglia Zanlorenzi, the Paraná-based producer of wines and whole juice, has opened a new plant increasing its production capacity by 40%. The production unit at 5,000 sq.m. cost BRL40 million and is based at the existing site at Campo Largo, Paraná. With the capacity to process 15,000 bottles of juice per hour, total processing capacity will be increased to 55,000 bottles per hour. Famiglia Zanlorenzi will also start competing in the ready-to-drink tea market and other fruit juices. “With the increase in production capacity, it will be possible to dilute costs and work in retail with lower prices,” said Giorgeo Zanlorenzi, president of Famiglia Zanlorenzi and the founders’ grandson. Source: Valor International

    By Caroline Whibley News
  • 14 Apr
    Pressery launches sparkling drinking vinegar

    Pressery launches sparkling drinking vinegar

    USA.

    Pressery, the Colorado based organic cold-pressed juice company has extended its product line to include sparkling drinking vinegars. The ingredients include water, cold-pressed juice (9-14%), coconut vinegar which adds a slight tang to the taste, and maple to add the sweetness. The initial three flavours are Blueberry Lemonade Strawberry Basil, and Lemon Ginger (which includes an interesting combination of citrus and spice). All come with USDA Organic certification and are packages in a 12oz. longneck clear glass bottle with a crown top. Source Bevnet

    By Caroline Whibley News