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Drink Spotlight: KonaRed® Expands Retail Presence and Product Lines in 2019



Hawaiian Coffee Company Continues National Expansion with Award Winning Cold Brew Coffees and New Innovations


Carlsbad, Calif. (March 1, 2019) KonaRed®, maker of premium Hawaiian coffee products, has achieved significant retail growth across the US for its line of ready-to-drink (RTD) cold brew coffee, and announced today several new product lines Having launched the original line of  cold brew coffees in 2016, KonaRed has since secured shelf space with more than 4,000 retailer doors across Grocery, Natural, Drug and Convenience channels.  It expects to continue that momentum with these new product lines, Including shelf stable RTD cold brew coffee cans, a line of bagged coffee and single serve cups.


One of the fastest growing brands in the RTD cold brew coffee segment, KonaRed® is expanding its footprint this year with key new retailers including HEB, Whole Foods – Southern Pacific region, additional Walgreens stores and Safeway Northern California. Its award-winning cold brew coffee line is the only product on the market to include US sourced coffee (Hawaii) as well as Hawaiian cascara, resulting in an ultra-smooth and delicious option for retailers and consumers alike.


“We are excited about the incredible growth trajectory we are seeing on our Cold Brew Coffees,” said Kyle Redfield of KonaRed. “And this year we are not only growing distribution on our existing line of ready-to-drink cold brew coffees, but we are also expanding our offerings in store to include our Kona Blend Single Serve Cups, small-batch roasted bagged coffee beans and shelf stable cold brew coffee cans  We feel these new products complement our existing portfolio and provide new opportunities for our brand to reach consumers."


Previously only available online at Amazon and www.KonaRed.com, KonaRed coffee beans and single serve cups are starting to gain retail distribution as well. Namely now available at Sprouts stores nationwide with other leading retailers close behind.  KonaRed premium Kona Blend coffee beans (whole and ground) as well as its most recent launch, Single Serve Cups, are both available in medium and dark roasts. KonaRed® coffee beans are roasted in-house in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness.  The company is also showcasing a new line of RTD shelf stable cold brew coffees at the upcoming Expo West tradeshow In Anaheim March 7-9.


For product and sales inquiries, please contact sales@konared.com or (808) 212-1553. To learn more about KonaRed and its coffee products, including its coffee beans and coffee fruit (cascara) juice, please visit www.konared.com.



About KonaRed® Grown on the Big Island of Hawaii in the Kona coffee belt, 2,400 miles from the nearest continent, KonaRed's ultra-premium coffee begins with the finest beans; a direct result of the pristine growing conditions. A combination of the highest-quality volcanic soil, sun kissed mornings, pure rain water and afternoon shade creates the most exotically rich and robust coffee possible. On this remote island oasis, the brand’s farmers take pride in growing and harvesting what is widely regarded as some of the best coffee on Earth. Offering a variety of deliciously smooth ready-to-drink cold brew coffees, coffee beans and coffee fruit juice and syrup, all KonaRed products are made with all-natural and GMO-free ingredients, with several products containing gluten-free and vegan ingredients. For more information, please visit www.konared.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.






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Sweetener Spotlight: Foods 2.0 launches Sugar 2.0 in 24 stores across the Aloha State.



LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In a bid to contribute towards Hawaii's goal of preventing obesity and diabetes from spreading further, Foods 2.0 is starting sales of their product, Sugar 2.0 across the Aloha State via the Times Supermarkets and its subsidiaries totaling 24 stores.

Though Hawaii is known as the healthiest of the 50 U.S. states, the native population is quite heavily affected by obesity and diabetes.

Native Hawaiians — like other Pacific Islanders — have higher cancer death rates, triple the rate of type-2 diabetes, and nearly twice the likelihood of obesity compared to their non-Hispanic white counterparts, according to Healthline.

Furthermore, data from America's Health Rankings annual reports show the prevalence of obesity in Hawaii has steadily risen over the past 25 years. In 1990, Hawaii's obesity prevalence was 9.1 percent, and in 2014, it was 22.1 percent. The obesity rate has more than doubled over the last 15 years, with similar trends occurring with diabetes rates.

"The United States needs to change its healthcare spending priorities, spending less on gadgets and pills and more on prevention. Such a shift would help close the rift between those who can afford the resources to be healthy and those who cannot," Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor at UnitedHealth stated on Healthline.

Trong Nguyen, CEO and Founder of Foods 2.0, couldn't agree more, "Prevention is so much more effective than cure and it's a great social equalizer, as everyone can afford it. Now we just need to further raise awareness of what the issues are."

Sugar 2.0 is an innovative product that replaces half the sugar content with naturally sweet soluble fiber, thereby reducing the consumer's sugar intake without affecting taste. Soluble fiber is not only naturally sweet; it also helps slow the absorption of sugar in the body.

"We are trying to fight obesity and diabetes as well as other diseases caused by excessive sugar intake without the need for the individual to completely disrupt their normal diet or palate," Nguyen explains, "With Sugar 2.0, our favorite sweets are better than ever but with just half the sugar content!"

Sales in Hawaiian supermarkets launched in November.

As Hawaiian Health Director Loretta Fuddy said, "The state has taken many positive steps in the last year, but chronic disease and obesity are still major growing concerns, especially when it comes to our children. We must turn the tide on these issues for our next generation."

About Foods 2.0, LLC.

Foods 2.0 began with one father's desire to lower his kids' sugar intake — with a solution they'd actually love. Fortunately, this dad was also a food product developer. Founded in 2015 and based in Southern California, Foods 2.0 strives to create "clean label" foods, using just a few main non-GMO ingredients – no byproducts or fillers – with a mission to reduce or eliminate added sugar. Its products, Sugar 2.0 and Sugar 2.0 + Probiotics is currently available in the baking aisle in 800 stores across the U.S.

For more information please visit: www.sugar2pt0.com

About Times Supermarket

Times Supermarkets operates 24 stores under the Times Supermarkets, Big Save, Shima's and Fujioka's Wine Times banners, on the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui and Kauai. We support local farmers so we can provide you with quality, fresh local produce.






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Coffee Spotlight: Starbucks® Kopelani Blend® (Hawaii Only)



Starbucks® Kopelani Blend®

Offered exclusively for our Hawaii foodservice operators, this is a blend of African, Latin American and 10% native Kona coffees that capture the spirit of the Big Island with a juicy and refined flavor.

Region: Asia/Pacific
Type: Regular
Pairs well with: Tropical fruits, citrus, and sweet foods
Recommendations: Makes a great fit for island resorts and events.



About Starbucks Corporation

Since 1971, Starbucks Corporation has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. In addition to its Starbucks retail stores, the company produces a wide range of branded consumer products globally, including ready-to-drink beverages, packaged coffees and premium ice creams. The company's brand portfolio features Starbucks Coffee, Tazo Tea, Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia Coffee, enabling Starbucks to appeal to a broad consumer base. For more information, please visit us online at www.starbucks.com.



Company: Starbucks Coffee Company
Brand: Starbucks
Origin: USA
Category: Coffee
Packaging: 16 oz (1 lb.) / 9 oz
Claims: Whole bean coffee. 10% Ka'u coffee blend
Variants: View Range Here
Where to Buy: Contact your representative to order
Website: www.starbucksfs.com




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Company Spotlight: Maui Brand Natural Cane Sugar


Maui Brand Natural Cane Sugar is the only sugar that comes exclusively from the beautiful island of Maui. Always has and always will.


Our Source
We believe the Hawaiian island of Maui is the most beautiful place in the world, which is why we are so proud to say that it’s where all of our natural cane sugar comes from. Since 1882, our sugarcane has been harvested from Maui’s lush sugarcane fields, made rich and fertile by thousands of years of volcanic activity. Maui Brand – Made in Maui.


Our Process
We kettle cook our sugarcane in small batches to bring you superior quality natural sugars that will enhance the flavor of your favorite beverages, cereals, baked goods, and recipes.


Our Products
Maui Brand Natural Cane Sugar comes in two styles: Maui Raws and Maui Whites, and are packaged for convenience and ease of use.



Maui Raws

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Turbinado Natural Cane Sugar retains natural molasses in the crystals to create the natural sweetness of paradise.

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Maui Whites

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Natural Cane Sugar is crystallized from freshly-extracted cane juice for a natural taste that evokes the rich earthiness of Maui.

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Company: Maui Brand
Brand: Maui Brand
Slogan: Pure natural sweetness
Origin: USA
Category: Sugar
Packaging: 32oz and 12oz canisters. 50 individual sticks
Claims: The only sugar that comes exclusively from the beautiful island of Maui. Handcrafted.
Variants: Maui Raws and Maui Whites
Where to Buy: Find Maui Brand
Website: www.mauisugars.com






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Snack Spotlight: One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Kettle Chips


Mahalo to the south pacific for sharing your sweet and tangy flavors with us. Come, kick back and enjoy the sun and BBQ at our luau. We're sure you'll savor every bite! So relax, the flavor is on us!


- Kettle cooked in small batches
- Expeller-pressed sunflower oil
- All Natural - no artificial flavors or ingredients, no preservatives
- Gluten Free
- No MSG




About the Company
We believe in a world where a snack food that is better for you can still be exciting and tasty.

Our chips are kettle cooked in small batches. They are all natural and gluten free with no MSG. We use sunflower oil, which contains vitamin E and monounsaturated fat (the good fat!). For over fifty years now, we have been making crisp, delicious chips right here in the United States.

So here's to a world naturally fun and delicious, as it was meant to be!


Company: One Potato Snacks
Brand: One Potato Two Potato
Category: Snacks
Origin: USA
Packaging: 57g
Claims: All Natural
Variants: Naked Sea Salt, Hawaiian BBQ, Sweet Onion, Cracked Pepper, Sweet Potato
Price: $23.76 (24 x 2oz bags)
Where to Buy: Buy Online
Website: onepotatosnacks.com





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Product Spotlight: Organic Ocean Vodka


A pristine taste developed from the purest ingredients, Ocean Vodka serves as an excellent choice for martinis and fine cocktails as well as straight up or “on-the-rocks” enjoyment.


Ocean Vodka is certified 100% USDA organic and is the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane. As a result Ocean Vodka is naturally gluten free – perfect for those intolerant of gluten in their diet. Our fine spirit contains absolutely no GMOs (genetically modified organisms), herbicides, or pesticides all of which ensure the cleanest, purest, most refreshing martini experience.


Handcrafted on the beautiful island of Maui, Ocean Vodka is the only spirit in the world made with deep ocean mineral water. The high mineral content of our water imparts a unique character to our vodka and adds great depth of flavor to the traditional vodka cocktail.

All 80 proof vodkas are comprised of 60% water, so the quality of the water source dramatically influences the quality of the vodka. Our Hawaii deep ocean mineral water originated as Greenland glacier melt over 2,000 years ago, traveling gradually around the globe through deep ocean currents until arriving in Hawaii.

Our water is then sourced from 3,000 feet below the big island of Hawaii, where it is ice-cold, deeply pure, and full of naturally occurring minerals. Once our water is brought to the surface on the Kona coast, it is organically purified and desalinated through reverse osmosis, natural filtration that removes sodium while retaining rich minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.


Company: Hawaii Sea Spirits
Brand: Ocean Vodka
Slogan: One World, One Ocean
Origin: USA
Category: Liquor
Claims: Organic, Gluten Free
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Website: oceanvodka.com



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Product Spotlight: MaHalo Hawaii Deep Sea Water


MaHaLo Hawaii Deep Sea® Water has all the natural building blocks of life gleaned from ancient glaciers and the mineral-rich channels of the sea. Koyo USA has created new technology to gently filter out the excess sea salt, while maintaining the essential minerals to produce this pure and exhilarating drinking water.

Naturally Clean &
Mineral Rich

The Deep Sea Water used for MaHaLo bottled drinking water is very old. It takes between 1,200 and 2,000 years for the water to travel from the North Atlantic Ocean through the freezing Arctic currents, under the vast glaciers of Greenland, where it gathers ancient minerals that leach down from the ice.

Then it flows around and back down toward the deep channels of the Pacific Ocean. It is there, at the Water Rejuvenation Zone just off the coast of Kona, Hawaii, that the water is at its very purest. This is why Koyo USA placed its processing and bottling plants on the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

From Hawaii, the most remote islands in the world.

MaHaLo Hawaii Deep Sea® Water is drawn from 3,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. At this depth the water is very cold, about 43° F (6°C), and is safe from surface pollutants caused by industry, farming, chemicals or human waste.

Deep Sea Water contains abundant amounts of essential minerals like potassium, calcium and selenium, plus minute amounts of many of the trace elements such as iron, copper, zinc, manganese and chromium, which are missing from common surface water. These trace minerals help humans absorb the vitamins in food and pass these directly into the system. Without these trace minerals, we do not get nearly enough of the total nutrition we need from the foods we eat


Company: Koyo USA Corp
Brand: MaHalo
Slogan: Purely The Best Water in the World
Origin: USA
Category: Water
Claims: Natural, Mineral Rich
Packaging: 1.5 liter
Website: hawaiideepseawater.com


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Product Spotlight: Waialua Soda Works



Five great tropical flavors you can sample, savor and satisfy even the most choosy tastes. Can't make up your mind? Why not try one of each?

About the company:

Waialua Soda Works, Inc. brings back the “experience” of drinking soda by using natural, high quality ingredients to create a refreshing and lightly carbonated gourmet soda. Down to the glass bottle, Waialua Soda Works is a source for the nostalgic soda connoisseur, and those who prefer to savor a purer beverage.

Founded in 2003 by Waialua residents Karen and Jason Campbell, Waialua Soda Works’ recipes are inspired by the elements familiar to the Hawaiian Islands. Reviving a local soda bottling tradition that goes back more than 100 years, the company uses only clear glass bottles, pure cane sugar, and natural flavors to make its pineapple, mango, root beer, and vanilla cream sodas. The products feature local ingredients such as Maui Brand natural white cane sugar, Big Island vanilla, and honey from Kauai. Waialua Soda Works is owned and operated from a warehouse in the historic town of Waialua, located on the famous North Shore of Oahu.

Reaching consumers through hotels, restaurants, and grocery stores as a wholesale distributor, Waialua Soda Works launched pineapple as its first, full-flavored premium soda in early 2004. With aspirations of reaching consumers worldwide, Waialua Soda Works' gourmet products will attract soda connoisseurs with the palate for a light and uniquely flavored beverage.


Company: Waialua Soda Works
Brand: Waialua Soda Works
Category: Soda
Origin: USA
Packaging: Bottle
Variants: Root Beer, Pineapple, Mango, Vanilla Cream, Lilikoi
Website: waialuasodaworks.com

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Product Spotlight: Kona Red Superfruit Juice



Hawaiian Superfruit – Antioxidant Juice

KonaRed™ beverages include a powerful Hawaiian Superfruit! Their main ingredient is the fruit of the coffee plant that surrounds, protects and nourishes the coffee bean (seed of the fruit).
KonaRed™ beverages have an extraordinary level of nutrients and antioxidants that get absorbed at the cellular level.

Ingredients: KonaRed coffee fruit extract, pineapple juice from concentrate, apple juice from concentrate, fruit and vegetable color, malic acid (fruit extract), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavors, vitamin E, stevia leaf extract.

Nutrition: Protein: 2.5g; Total Carbohydrates: 14g

Per Serving size: 90ml, Servings per Container: 1, Total Calories: 50, Protein (g/mg): 2.5g, Dietary Fibre (g/mg): 3.5g, Iron: 10%, Sodium (g/mg): 3mg, Sugar (g/mg): 10g, Total Carbohydrate (g/mg): 14g, Vitamin A: 1%, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): 100%, Vitamin E (Tocopherol): 200%, Caffeine (g/mg): 27mg

KonaRed™ beverages utilizes the previously unused fruit portion of the coffee plant providing additional value to the coffee industry and it’s farmers. We use NO coffee beans, only the red ripe fruit.


KonaRed™ beverages contains unprecedented levels of powerful antioxidants, Quinic Acid, Chlorogenic Acid & Ferulic Acid, resulting in an astonishing ORAC score of 7,900+ that is highly Bioavailable! (Bioavailability is when antioxidants are immediately absorbed at the cellular level where they can actually work.)

KonaRed™ Coffee Fruit beverages are sourced from farms in Hawaii (USA), and can be followed from the field to your bottle, every step of the way. Real time “farm-to-table.”



Company: Kona Red
Brand: Kona Red
Slogan: Drink It! Feel It! Live It!
Category:  Juice
Origin: USA
Packaging: 3oz, 16oz
Claims: Antioxidant
Varieties:  Original, Light, Coconut Water, Stick Packs, Powder, Capsules
Price: $3.29 USD (16oz)
Website: konared.com

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