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Dairy Spotlight: Lala Café con Leche



Lala Café con leche is a ready-to-drink coffee with milk, best served hot. It is made from coffee beans from Veracruz, a state that runs along the Gulf of Mexico, and is rich in vitamins A and D. The Lala product differs from most cold coffee beverages on the market with its low price, larger presentation, and the fact that it is lactose free.


About the Company
Lala is one of the biggest producers of dairy products in Mexico. The company primarily manufacturers low-cost milk, yogurt, margarine, butter, cream, milk-based desserts, and juice.



Company: Lala
Brand: Café con leche
Origin: Mexico
Category: Milk
Packaging: 1 liter carton
Claims: Rich in vitamins A and D
Price: $19.80
Where to Buy: Supermarkets and convenience stores
Website: www.grupolala.com










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Dairy Spotlight: Santa Clara Cappuccino Milk



Lechita (meaning little milk) from Santa Clara is a small carton of ice cream-flavored milk for kids. However, this product line has a difference — along with the three regular flavors of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, Lechita also comes in capucchino [sic] flavor, once again reflecting the Mexican love of coffee.

Lechita is made from reduced fat milk and contains vitamins A, D3, B1, B6, and B12, calcium, iron, zinc, and folic acid to promote healthy growth in children.



About the Company
Santa Clara was founded in 1924 in Pachuca, the capital city of Hidalgo, beginning as a milk delivery business for homes in the area. The company expanded its line to the ice creams it is known for today in 1985, and the first store opened the following year. In 1988, Santa Clara further extended its line of products to yogurts and cheeses, and today produces a wide range of dairy products.



Company: Santa Clara
Brand: Santa Clara
Origin: Mexico
Category: Milk
Packaging: 200ml carton
Claims: Rich in vitamins that promote healthy growth in kids
Variants: Chocolate, strawberry, lactose-free vanilla
Price: $7.00 MXN
Where to Buy: Santa Clara and some supermarkets
Website: www.santaclara.com.mx








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Drink Spotlight: Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee


Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee is more than just a bizarre name. It is a coffee concentrate that requires no brewing and can be mixed with both hot and cold water as well as milk. The product is brewed over 18-24 hour periods using filtered water and ground beans, resulting in a “smooth, rich coffee flavor”.


If you haven’t already bypassed this post to get to the product page, this stuff is available in two or three-bottle packs; each of which can make between 4-7 drinks, depending on the size and strength. It may also be the “secret” pick-me-up squirrels need for their busy days battling bird feeders.

Who are you guys?
The regular people with a passion for coffee, coffee culture, and creative expression


Where did the name come from?
Growing up in Washington DC area a secret squirrel among our friends was the same as an "inside scoop" - knowing a shortcut around traffic, or the hideaway parking spot, or the unknown electrical outlet in the coffee shop. It only seemed fitting for this centuries old method for brewing coffee that few people know about be a Secret Squirrel for brewing coffee.

The other inspiration for the name is that the reason that squirrels are so fast and jittery is that they are secretly drinking coffee.


How many servings in a bottle?
A 16oz bottle of cold brew coffee concentrate makes 6-7 8oz drinks or 4-5 12oz drinks. Really depends on how you like it - strong to mild.


How long does it last?
The the cold brew process locks in the flavor of beans very well. Taste wise It'll keep for 8-10 weeks in the fridge.

When you get your bottle put in the frig to be sure it stays fresh for as long as possible



Company: Secret Squirrel
Brand: Secret Squirrel
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 16oz bottle
Claims: Cold Brew
Price: $20.00 (2 x 16oz)
Where to buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: secretsquirrelcoldbrew.com










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Product Review: Mansanisima, 100% Natural Apple Juice from Mexico


México is a country full of fresh fruits and vegetables and we are starting to see more natural product launches as a result.  Grupo La Norteñita is one of the largest producers of apples and apple derived products in Latin America.  While Organic products are still a very niche market in México the number of new product launches in this category continues to grow.  Health and obesity issues are driving this trend and with a strong agricultural industry there is a tremendous opportunity for local producers to make an impact.


Mansanisima is an all natural product made 100% from apples.  There is no added sugar and the product is being market as 100 % natural.  The ingredients on the bottle are listed as Apple and nothing else. The packaging design is very green and in our opinion a bit cluttered.  A cleaner look might help the product differentiate itself on the shelves. Other products from Grupo La Norteñita include different sized presentations of Apple Juice, Fresh Apples and Dips.


Mansanisima juice is made by the following process:
Washing (of apples)

These products are USDA certified Organic.


Analysis and Impact:
Natural Fruit and Vegetable products capitalizing on the all natural trend will continue to grow in México.  The industry is still very niche however there is a lot of opportunity for this category especially marketing products to children where obesity issues are the strongest.  Smaller presentations and diversified product offerings will help companies like Grupo La Norteñita gain acceptance main stream.



Company: Grupo La Norteñita
Brand: Mansanisima
Category: Juices, Fruit Juices
Spotted in: Superama:  Guadalajara, México
Presentation: 350 ml
Price: $18.90 Mexican Pesos
Available in: Supermarkets
Claims: Organic, All Natural, 100% Natural, No Added Sugar
Website: www.grupolanortenita.com

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Drink Spotlight: Honest Tea Splash



Honest Tea is excited to welcome some new members to the Honest family. An evolution of our Honest Kids pouches, Honest Splash is a great fit for older kids, or kids on the go, who need the convenience of a larger, re-closable container while still meeting the needs of parents who want to provide lower-sugar beverages.

Honest Splash is available individually or as 6-bottle multipacks in 3 delicious varieties – Berry Good Lemonade, Goodness Grapeness, and Super Fruit Punch.



Company: Honest Tea
Brand: Splash
Category:  Juice
Origin: USA
Packaging: 12fl oz
Claims: Low Sugar
Varieties: Berry Good Lemonade, Goodness Grapeness, and Super Fruit Punch.






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Product Launch: Ginger Grouse Ginger Beer

Enter Ginger Grouse, a new alcoholic ginger beer (4.0% ABV) created by the lovely team behind The Famous Grouse whisky.  Sold in 500ml bottles as well as on draught in selected outlets, Ginger Grouse is the first alcoholic ginger beer to be made available to buy on draught.

Company: The Famous Grouse
Brand: Ginger Beer
Category: Alcohol, Beer
Origin: UK
Packaging: 500ml
Alcohol Volume: 4%
Website:  thefamousegrouse.com


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Packaging Design: King Kava Drinks

Two New Yorkers, Ben Berdan and Nick Haycock had a dream to create a tasty relaxing drink with Kava, the plant native to Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga.

We took their initial branding, made it better, and created a label series with flavor extensions  for their brew. We also created a sell sheet for their marketing and distribution purposes.

Designed by:



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Product Spotlight: Firefly On the Go Tonics

Firefly On the Go Tonics.  Original blends of delicious fruit juices and natural botanical extracts with absolutely nothing artificial. Currently Firefly carries three lines: Original, On the Go and Weekenders. Below we have featured the on the go line.

Raspberry & Pomegranate

Take a handful of raspberries, a crush of pomegranates, and a pinch of elderflower and before you know it you'll be whizzing along singing 'I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike'...

So what are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, go!

Still Water
Fruit juices from concentrate:
Raspberry (12%)
Orange (4%)
Cloudy Lemon (2%)
Pomegranate (1%)
Botanical extracts (0.5%)(see website)
Natural flavouring



Lemon & Lime

Do you know your Spanish from your Sicilian?

(We're talking lemons, not lovers, darling)

Well, the answer for us is Sicilian every time.

Mix with a squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of ginger and it'll have you saying "si signor" and wanting to mount Etna!

Still Water
Fruit juices:
Sicilian Lemon (8%)
Cloudy Lemon* (2%)
Cloudy Lime* (1%)
*from concentrate
Botanical extracts (0.5%)(see website)
Natural lemon


Orange & Passionfruit

If advertising has taught us anything, it's that holidays make us happy and oranges taste like sunshine.

We'll drink to that, with this tropical blend of oranges and passionfruits infused with cardomom to put some extra leap in your frog...

Still Water
Fruit juices from concentrate:
Cloudy Orange (15%)
Cloudy Passionfruit (7%)
Grapefruit (0.5%)
Botanical extracts (0.5%)(see website)
Natural flavourings


Company: Firefly Natural Drinks
Brand: Firefly Tonics
Slogan: Natural Drinks
Category: Beverages
Origin: UK
Claims: Natural
Packaging: 16oz
Varieties: Raspberry & Pomegranate, Lemon & Lime, Orange & Passionfruit
Website:  fireflytonics.com





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Drinks to sip while watching ‘Game of Thrones’

Restaurants, bars and a brewery offer libations to drink while watching HBO's hit series

Happy hour is coming — during the season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” that is.

Restaurants and bars — and even a brewery — are creating libations to get you in the mood to watch the noble houses battle it out for the Iron Throne.

Continue Reading @ NYDailyNews

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Product Spotlight: Trevo Drinks

Trévo is not just another fruit drink, nor is it just another multi-vitamin. In a world of sugar-filled juice drinks and caffeine-saturated energy shots, Trévo stands alone as a complete health system in one bottle. Containing 174 of nature’s finest nutraceutical ingredients from around the globe, Trévo is unlike any other nutritional supplement you will find on the market. This remarkable formula provides you and your family with a quick, delicious and easy way to restore, renew and revive your bodies.

The beauty of this unique formulation is that it actually replaces what the body is missing from today’s nutrient-depleted diets. And, because of the way our scientists have designed its formulation, Trévo will work just as well for a 2-year-old as it will for adults of all ages. It really is the best of all nutritional worlds! Trévo is, in fact, a delicious answer to your family’s need for complete, natural nutrition.

So, are you ready to enjoy increased energy, enhanced mental focus, vibrant good health and even weight management support? If so, Trévo is the answer you have been searching for.

The Power of Trévo’s Unique Formula

Trévo provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals, vital trace minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants, digestive enzymes and Co-Enzyme Q10.

The sources of these life-giving nutrients come from around the world and include phytonutrients from familiar garden fruits as well as exotic fruits, green superfoods, garden vegetables, sea vegetables, herbs, and coral calcium complex. And to really supercharge the nutritional benefits of each ingredient, we have added fulvic acid, which is an amazing electrolyte that actually supercharges all the nutrients in Trévo.

Trévo Supports:

• Vibrant good health
• Increased energy
• Enhanced mental focus
• Weight management
• Cardiovascular system health
• Immune system health
• Healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels
• Digestive system health
• Anti-aging
• Proper pH levels
• Sports and overexertion recovery
• A wonderful sense of well-being

Company: Trevo LLC
Brand: Trevo
Slogan: The Power of Wellness
Category: Supplements
Origin: USA
Claims: Kosher
Website:  trevocorporate.com


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