Traditional favorites mixed with new faces marked the Top 100 beverage companies of 2013, just named by Beverage Industry Magazine.
As with last year, honey is prevalent in many of the top five companies’ products, including The Coca-Cola Co., which reclaimed the No. 1 spot with more than $46 billion in sales.
Coca-Cola manufactures Odwalla, Honest Tea, Core Power and Fuze, which all contain honey in their products.
Anheuser-Busch InBev also held fast at No. 2, thanks in part to Michelob’s Honey Lager. PepsiCo Inc. and Nestle SA came in third and fourth, respectively. PepsiCo produces Lipton Honey Tea and SoBE Honey Green Tea. Nestle keeps it sweet with Sweet Leaf’s Mint & Honey Green Tea.
Rounding out the top five is Heineken N.V., based out of Amsterdam, and the company’s Strongbow Honey & Apple Hard Cider is a new fan favorite in the United States.
For a full list of the Top 100 beverage companies, visit http://www.bevindustry.com/top100-2013.
Beehave is a honey blonde ale from Hopshire Farm & Brewery.
The beer is made with 100% New York grown ingredients, including basswood honey from Morse Mills in Moravia and hops grown by Clair Haus in Lansing. The ale is light in color with a mellow honey flavor.
Diane Gerhart and Randy Lacey own and operate Hopshire Farm & Brewery, based in Freeville, N.Y. The family-owned business uses as many local ingredients as possible to produce high quality beers.
For the second year in a row, Delicious Living asked natural retailers, manufacturers and readers about products that make “healthy living more delicious.”
The results make up the Best Bite Awards, which this year comprised 29 categories.
Winners included food and beverages that contain nutrient-dense, clean, and/or whole food ingredients. Five of the winners’ products contained honey.
Winning in the Best Low- or No-Calorie Drink category is Harmless Harvests’ 100% Raw Tea. Self-described at the world’s first raw tea, the Namacha Honey variety includes organic honey, raw 100% organic tea leaves, organic peppermint and organic lemon juice.
Best Gluten-Free Bread went to Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain. Sweetened with honey, this bread is soy- and nut-free and replaces wheat with potato and rice, flaxseed, millet, sunflower seeds and cornmeal.
Love Grown Foods Power O’s Honey took the Best Cereal prize. Uniquely made from navy beans, garbanzos and lentils, this cereal sweetened with organic honey provides four grams of protein per serving.
The Best Mission Driven category went to This Bar Saves Lives. For every nut and flaxseed bar sold, this company funds a lifesaving food packet designed to combat childhood malnutrition. The Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey variety contains clover honey, Madagascar vanilla, roasted almonds, omega-3 rich flax seeds and a hint of sea salt.
Numi’s Organic Tea took the coveted Best Tea win, and its Honeybush variety is made from an organic flowering shrub that yields a rich, early brew with sweet honey overtones.
Rye Brook Wine Spirit Shop brings a taste of Italy to America with Jacopo Poli Miele Honey Liqueur.
The grappa-based liqueur contains intense aromas of acacia and orange blossoms. Honey, pine and juniper blends provide a sweet entry that is not syrupy, but buttery and gracefully honeyed.
Rye Brook Wine Spirit Shop is based in Rye Brook, N.Y. Owned and operated by A.J. Hoffman and Gary Ratner since 2006, the company is focused on creating a diverse inventory that satisfies every palate and budget. The shop truly is a one-stop-shop for wine and spirits customers.
Green tea has long been one of the favorites of the tea family, however new research has come to light that makes green tea even more appealing.
According to Euromonitor International’s senior health and wellness analyst, green tea could in fact enhance brain health, i.e. cognitive function. The high concentration of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG, in green tea can give the brain a boost.
Sales of green tea rose globally to $500 million last year, largely due to the brain health claims, Euromonitor says. Naturally “healthy” and ready-to-drink green tea sold $3.1 billion over 2008-2013 worldwide. “Co-enzyme Q-10, ginkgo biloba, green tea extract and L-carnitine are increasingly used in brain-boosting functional food and drink in Asia Pacific and North America.”
Researchers at the University of Basel recently found that drinking green tea extract enhances memory performance, therefore manufacturers are steering green tea marketing efforts to the over the age of 65 demographic. Nutraingredients.com reports that 16 percent of the American population will be over the age of 65 by 2018, therefore predicting a climb in green tea positioning in the market and overall sales.
Tea always goes well mixed with honey, and Third Street’s newest beverage is the Mint & Honey Green Tea variety. The fair trade and organic real brewed iced tea is gluten-free and is made with organic honey, organic peppermint and spearmint leaves from the Pacific Northwest.
If you want to buy your green tea in bulk, Schneider’s Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey is sold in half-gallon servings. Sweetened with honey, this instant green tea contains ginseng extract.
Even green tea comes in a variety of colors, with Xing Tea’s Green Tea Drinks offering 11 different flavors, from lemon to pomegranate. All of the teas are sweetened with honey and contain no preservatives.