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Industry News: Are Sparkling Water Beverages Really the Best Alternative to Sugary Sodas?



With the rapid rise of sparkling water beverages in the global market, it’s normal for consumers to ask if they actually are the best alternative to sugary sodas. Sparkling water beverages are often marketed as an awesome, healthy substitute to sodas, but is the healthy part really true?

Regular consumers may think that the difference between the two is not that much because both are carbonated beverages but the truth is their other contents set them apart from one another. In order for us to find out whether or not sparkling water drinks are the best alternative to sugary sodas, let’s go into detail and identify which of this beverage type’s attributes are really better than the average soda and which ones are harmful.

Typically, carbonated water is one of the primary contents of sodas. It is the ingredient that’s mainly responsible for giving popular sodas like Coca-Cola or Pepsi their fizzy goodness, but a host of other ingredients, such as sugar and caffeine, are also added into the carbonated water to give the soda a flavorful, stimulating taste.

Sparkling water is basically just carbonated water that’s derived from a natural source that usually contains small traces of natural minerals. Most sparkling water brands do their best to be completely natural, but there are also some brands that add in a few artificial ingredients to improve the taste and quality of their products. Similar to soft drinks, sparkling water beverages are also bubbly and fizzy due to them being carbonated.

While carbonated water is the common ingredient between sparkling water and soft drinks, their other contents are the ones setting them apart from each other. For example, LaCroix, a leading sparkling water brand that can be ordered from a LaCroix distributor, is completely free of calories, sweeteners, and sodium. On the other hand, original Coca-Cola contains 140 calories, 40mg of sodium, 39g of sugars, and 14% carbohydrates.

By basing on main ingredients alone, you can clearly tell that sparkling water has the edge in the ‘healthy’ department. But is that enough to determine that sparkling water drinks are the best alternative to sodas?

Remember carbonated water? Yes, carbonated water – the common ingredient of sodas and sparkling water drinks. Carbonated water is acidic, which is why both beverages have bubbles that feel good in the mouth. The usual pH of carbonated water is between 3 and 4, making it acidic enough to potentially harm your teeth and bones. Not only that, but carbonated water can also make you fatter because it contains carbon dioxide, a compound that usually triggers a ‘hunger hormone’ that will make you eat more than you should.

While it’s true that carbonated water’s properties have the potential to be harmful, there’s no hard evidence suggesting that sparkling water is bad for consumers. In fact, carbonated water may even be beneficial to your health since it can reduce constipation and improve swallowing ability. Whereas with sugary sodas, there are numerous studies linking the beverage to a number of major health risks.

So yes, sparkling water beverages are definitely the ideal alternative to soft drinks such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Not only are they healthier and more natural, but they are also arguably as equally flavorful as their sugary counterparts.





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Drink Spotlight: Tarukino Inc. Announces Six New Cannabis Infused Beverages Utilizing Their Proprietary SōRSE Emulsion



SEATTLE, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tarukino Inc. is proud to announce the launch of six new cannabis-infused beverages for those looking for alternative ways to consume cannabis. Tarukino is adding these new products to their already successful product line that includes Happy Apple - an infused sparkling apple juice and Velvet Swing, a water based, cannabis infused sexual lubricant and Pearl20, a cannabis infused food and beverage mixer.

"With these new products, we're here to show the industry there that, when it comes to consuming cannabis, there is a great alternative to smoking," said Howard Lee, CEO of Tarukino Inc. "These products will also show consumers and other cannabis edible makers that quality products can be made without including cannabis smell or taste," says Lee.

Recently approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board for public enjoyment, these new products bring their own unique flare to the marketplace:

  • Happy Apple Diet is low-calorie version of Washington State's #1 best selling cannabis beverage
  • Twisted Apple is an all-natural infused sparkling apple beverage
  • Utopia is an infused, calorie-free sparkling water, flavored with natural fruit essences
  • Vertus is the all-natural cannabis-infused sparkling Champagne-style beverage
  • Pearl2O Mini is the flavorless infused food and beverage mixer.
  • Reeb is a cannabis infused barley soda.

All of Tarukino's products are infused with their proprietary SōRSE emulsion technology, which is a water based emulsion ensuring flavorless, fast-acting, consistent and accurate dosing in all of our family of products.

About Tarukino
Tarukino is a technology driven group of innovators creating surprisingly delightful, cannabis infused products for those in search of something better. Based in Seattle, Washington, Tarukino produces cannabis products based on its core technology, Sōrse™. Sōrse is the first and only water soluble cannabis product that produces entirely taste- and odor-free cannabis emulsions for infusion of medical and recreational products. Contact sales@venspark.com to preorder now.


Six new cannabis infused beverages. (PRNewsfoto/Tarukino Inc.)

Six new cannabis infused beverages. (PRNewsfoto/Tarukino Inc.)







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Drink Spotlight: Paper Boat golgappe ka pani



Nothing makes you stop in your tracks in a harried evening like the sight of a Golgappewala (Or Panipuriwala. Or Phuchkawala. Or Patashewala. The list goes on.) The very thought of a Golgappa can make you salivate like you did the first time to had one. You couldn’t believe yourself. You couldn’t believe that they could make food taste like this. But they did. And we bring you the same Golgappe ka Pani. Well, minus the aftermath of the gastrointestinal horrors that you might or might not have faced.



functional benefits of golgappe ka pani

Other than the functional benefits of salivating (of there are many we’re sure), Golgappe ka Pani has tamarind, lemon juice and a hint of red chillies. The tamarind makes it a awesome immunity booster (what with its anti-oxidant properties and all), while the lemon juice makes it a potent digestive aid. The chilli bits make it a powerhouse of nutrients like Vitamin A and E, copper, iron and potassium. Who knew something this tasty could be this good for you?



Company: Hector Beverages Private Limited
Brand: Paper Boat
Slogan: drinks and memories
Origin: India
Category: Drink
Packaging: 250ml
Claims: nature-identical flavoring substances, immunity booster
Variants: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: www.paperboatdrinks.com







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Drink Spotlight: Paper Boat Anar




If you asked scientists to invent a way of packing ambrosia into delicious pearl-sized pouches*, they’d look at you quizzically and ask, "Have you not met Anar?"
(*We’d advise you ask scientists to invent other, umm, fruitful things. Like something that postpones Mondays. And submissions. And submissions on Mondays.)
Yes. Pomegranate. Loved by all. Misspelled by all. Precious rubies of respite on a hot day. Powerhouse of nutrients. Ma’s best friend. And your white shirts’ worst enemy. Originally from Iran, this princely fruit descended the Silk Route to our short break’s tiffin dabbas. And today, its nectar has been painstakingly collected and presented to you without fuss, frills, pollutants or preservatives.
It would be disservice to call it a mere drink. Anar, is elixir.



functional benefits of anar

Anar, we’ll have you know, is quite the old hat. So old, that its first sightings have been traced to the Bronze Age. Maybe that’s why it’s so good at beating aging. Packed with polyphenols, Anar has such commendable antioxidant properties that it probably lectured green tea on the matter. And speaking of beating – Anar is good for the heart, its fiber is kind to the weighing scale, and its abundant Vitamin C is great for immunity.
If Ma could wish for a happy-health-elf to follow you around, it would be Anar.



Company: Hector Beverages Private Limited
Brand: Paper Boat
Slogan: drinks and memories
Origin: India
Category: Juice
Packaging: 250ml
Claims: natural and nature-identical flavouring substances
Variants: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: www.paperboatdrinks.com







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Drink Spotlight: Happy Planet Lemonade



Chill out on hot summer days with our thirst-quenching coolers. Where does this special kind of delicious come from?  It comes from fresh organic lemons, squeezed for every last drop of goodness.
Ingredients: water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice, organic lemon juice concentrate, natural lemon flavour.






About the company

We started with a farmful of organic carrots, a blender and the dream of the world as a happier place. Today Happy Planet makes smoothies, juices, soups and health shots - all fresh and all good.

We make food and juice that makes you smile. It has to do you good and taste great - that's Happy Planet.



Company: Happy Planet
Brand:  Lemonade
Slogan:  Happy Planet
Origin:  US
Category:  Iced Tea
Packaging:  1.5L
Claims:  Thirst quenching, fresh organic lemons
Variants:  View product range here
Price: Coming soon
Where to Buy:  US
Website: http://happyplanet.com/



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Company Spotlight: Tu Me Turmeric Infused Sports Drink


If you’ve never been to the tropical forests of South East Asia, don’t worry. We have. Many times. And, lucky for all you athletes, and health conscious folks, we’ve brought back the ancient healing herb turmeric to develop our main ingredient in Tu Me waters: TurmericXtract.

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia, and it’s one of the key ingredients in many native dishes. It has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy, primarily for its anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in vitamins, Antioxidants, and Phyto-Nutrients. The golden herb infused in all Tu Me beverages, is now being recognized in the Western world for its magical properties, more and more research is discovering the significant health benefits of this golden herb.



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About the company
The old adage “necessity is the Mother of invention” is appropriately applied to the birth of Tu Me Turmeric Infused water.  What drove us to start Tu Me, falls back on our innate desire to help others, and we did not have to go very far to reach out to those in need.   Having grown-up in South East Asia, Nasir was familiar with the practice of incorporating healing herbs into his daily routine—be it the amazing curry dishes that his mother would lovingly prepare daily, or the homemade turmeric paste she would apply to his boyhood cuts and scrapes.  The recollection of this tradition shed illumination when his daughter complained of exercise-induced inflammation.  His daughter Shaina had a passion for sports and was a collegiate and professional basketball player. But all the playing took a toll on her body and she was not happy that in order to ease her pain and stiffness she had to rely on conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which cause irritation to the stomach as well as possibly causing other harmful effects to her body.<



So we thought, why can’t there be an easier, low-calorie way to get turmeric’s known healing powers into your daily diet?  It came to us- turmeric infused water!  We began experimenting with ways to eliminate the bitter taste of of turmeric and establish curcumin potency. Hundreds of gallons later, we took their recipe to, and joined forces with a world-renown food chemist and arrived at the cutting edge formulation of Tu Me Water.



Company: Tu Me
Brand:  Turmeric Infused Sports Drink
Slogan:  The Only Turmeric Infused Sports Drink
Origin:  US
Category:  Sports Drink
Packaging:  500ml
Claims:  Trumeric helps rebuild and recover, fruit flavors, premium hydration
Variants:  View product range here
Price:  $32.00 per 12-pack
Where to Buy:  US, Buy Online
Website: http://drinktume.com/






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Drink Spotlight: Beat Box Beverages



BeatBox Beverages was founded with the belief that boxed wine doesn’t have to be boring. We were tired of all those standard boxed wines, and we knew there was an opportunity to create a better mixed drink experience for people who know what perfection in a box should look and taste like.

There’s no better feeling than having that perfect song play through the speakers that just sums up the way you feel at that moment. We’re passionate music fans, too. So, we designed BeatBox around music and with that euphoric feeling in mind. To us, it’s not just a drink – it’s an experience. BeatBox comes in a sharable 5L box and is best served chilled and with friends. So get out there and laugh with old friends, make some new ones, and live life the way it’s supposed to be lived – with your eyes and ears open.


BeatBox Beverages are delicious wine-based cocktails in a box.

  • Delicious – Our two most popular flavors are delicious Blue Razzberry Lemonade and refreshing Cranberry Limeade cocktails. BeatBox tastes more like your favorite vodka mixed drink than a wine.
  • Party Sized – Each BeatBox contains 5 liters or nearly 7 bottles of wine! That’s enough for 34 5oz servings and one epic party.
  • Wine Based – 11.1% ABV
  • Low Calorie – Each 5oz serving has 120 calories (same as the SkinnyGirl Margarita) and only 7g of sugar.
  • Long Shelf Life - Because of our unique bag-in-box packaging, BeatBox stays good in your fridge for two months after opening.
  • Something for Everyone – Try BeatBox on its own, with a mixer, in a cocktail, or as frozen BeatBoxicles!




Company: Beatbox Beverages
Brand:  Beatbox Beverages
Slogan:  Beatbox Beverages
Origin:  US
Category:  Alcohol
Packaging:  5 liters
Claims:  Low calories, long shelf life, 11.1% ABV
Variants:  View product range here
Price: $24.99 each
Where to Buy:  US, Buy Online
Website: http://www.beatboxbeverages.com/








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Drink Spotlight: älska Nordic Berries Cider



Always wondered what Swedish summer taste like? No worries, we got it. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries squeezed in a glass is the answer. This berry bomb is the perfect combination of sweet and fresh.




Nordic Berries




About the Company
The idea about älska was born in 2012 on a sunny terrace in Stockholm. You know one of these afternoons when you love life and your imagination just starts spinning…the thing about this special occasion though, is that the dreams and visions actually turned into reality. The idea was to create the best tasting fruit cider you will ever pour down your throat as well as a unique, modern brand. The result is älska and the Swedish Cider Company. älska is all about pure love and top quality. You see, älska is the Swedish word for love and we truly believe in spreading 100% natural cider and pure love all over the world.




Company: älska
Brand: älska Nordic Berries
Slogan: The Swedish Cider Company
Origin: Swedan
Category: Beverage
Packaging: 500 ml
Claims: 100% natural, vegan friendly, gluten free
Variants: View their product range here
Where to Buy: Buy online, UK




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Company Spotlight: East Imperial Superior Beverages



The East Imperial story began with passion. A passion to put the tradition back into tonic water. Inspired by a family recipe from 1903, we tracked down the original, handpicked ingredients. Wanting to keep production traditional as well, we designed a small batch production method and a cold filling process, just like they used back in 1903. We then worked with the best bartenders from across Asia and the most skilled distillers from all over the world to create the highest quality range of mixers on the market. But take a sip and we’re sure you’ll agree that it was all worth it.




At East Imperial, tradition and quality are particularly important. All of our products are made using only the purest ingredients, sustainably sourced from Asia and East Africa, home of the original tonic water.

The handpicked Cinchona that we use originated from the very same Peruvian genus that was employed by one of our founder’s great grandfathers at his Kenyan plantation in 1903. Of course the lineage alone is impressive, but did you know it takes seven years for our Cinchona trees to grow, plus the scraping, air drying, smoking and processing takes a further seventeen days? That’s what it takes to put the finest tonic water in your tumbler.

We use all natural ingredients with no artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. This practice provides the best tasting product with the added benefit of being good for you.



Company: East Imperial Superior Beverages
Brand: East Imperial
Origin: Singapore
Category: Beverages
Packaging: 150ml
Claims: all natural ingredients with no artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives.
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Stockists
Website: www.eastimperial.com





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Juice Spotlight: Nature Rain



Nature Rain drinks are thick juices packed with fruit and sweetened with agave honey. They are available in six varieties: mango (35 percent fruit), strawberry-mango (40 percent), blackberry-raspberry (48 percent), cranberry (25 percent), cranberry-mango (40 percent), strawberry (50 percent), and limited edition passionfruit (14 percent). All the juices are a source of antioxidants and prebiotics.



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About the Company
Nature Rain is a company based in Guadalajara, Mexico, which produces 100 percent natural juices. All their products are free from artificial additives to allow consumers to receive the full benefits of the fruits. The company recommends their juices to diabetics and those on a strict diet.




Company: Nature Rain
Brand: Nature Rain
Origin: Mexico
Category: Juice
Packaging: 430ml bottle
Claims: 100 percent natural; free from sugar and other additives
Variants: 240ml bottles of passionfruit and strawberry-mango
Price: $29.90 MXN
Where to Buy: Supermarkets
Website: www.naturerain.mx




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