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Drink Spotlight: Botanic Lab Cold Pressed Kola



Cold-pressed Kola from the source: a clean kick from the aromatic Kola Nut with cool Shiso Leaf, Citrus and Ginger. The ancient Samurai restorative Umeboshi Plum completes a fruity and floral blend to reset the system and awaken the senses.




Kola Nut
Umeboshi Plum
Raw Cane Grass
Filtered Water
Shiso Leaf




Energy: 60kcal
Protein: 0.25g
Fat: 0g
Carbohydrate: 9.2g
Total Sugar: 8g
Caffeine: 24mg
Potassium: 225mg (16% of RDA*)
Vitamin C: 10mg (42% of RDA*)
* per 250ml bottle



About the company

Botanic Lab develops potent dynamic drinks and botanical tonics from the purest organic ingredients, specially selected for their powerful health-giving properties.

Unique herbal formulae give the invigorating potions their distinctive flavours, while a hydraulic cold press method ensures that the meticulously sourced ingredients are delivered live and nutritionally intact.

We never outsource: all our organic juices and tonics are produced in The Lab, here in London. This means we deliver our complex recipes according to our own highly specialised methods - and ensures our rare, organic ingredients are treated with the meticulous care they deserve from kernel to cup. The result is superior quality and flavour, fresh to you.



Company: Botanic Lab
Brand:  Cold Pressed Kola
Slogan:  Botanic Lab
Origin: UK
Category: Juice
Packaging:  250ml
Claims:  Cold pressed, ancient Samurai restorative, awakens the senses.
Variants: View product range here
Price: £60 for 8 bottles
Where to Buy: UK, Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: http://botanic-lab.co.uk/



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Soft Drink Spotlight: Caleb’s Kola

Hundreds of batches
Determined to craft the best kola using our quality ingredients, we tested batch after batch and spent months talking and tasting kola- until the right balance was achieved. Our kola recipe is comprised of a blend of sustainable Fair Trade cane sugar, kola nuts from Africa, a special blend of spices from around the world, and a hint of citrus. And, when poured, you’ll notice Caleb’s Kola has just the right amount of carbonation resulting in a distinct foamy head. We love it and hope you will, too.



Kola Nut Extract
With a unique, slightly bitter flavor and a small amount of caffeine, the kola nut is an evergreen tree nut originating from the tropical rainforests of Africa. The nut itself is the fruit of the kola tree and can range in size from as small as a chestnut to as large as potato! Widely used to flavor drinks, we’re extracting the kola nut’s natural flavor as the key ingredient in Caleb’s Kola.




Fair Trade Cane Sugar
The cane sugar we use is certified Fair Trade, which helps support local farmers and promotes sustainability. The unrefined qualities of our cane sugar gives our kola just the right touch of sweetness.




Brown Spices
While searching for the perfect combination of flavors and ingredients, we turned to our very own kitchen cupboard for some inspiration. Our secret blend of brown spices comes from around the world and gives Caleb’s Kola its unique flavor.




Citrus Notes
Kola and citrus are a perfect match! While great on their own, their combined flavors create an entirely new experience. The oils from the citrus fruit give Caleb’s Kola a sharp flavor and amazing freshness you won’t find in other kola.





Company: Pepsico
Brand: Caleb's Kola
Slogan: Honor in Craft
Origin: USA
Category: Soft Drinks
Packaging: 10fl oz bottle
Claims: Low Calorie, Fair Trade Sugar, Craft
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Store Finder
Website: calebskola.com














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Drink Spotlight: Gusto Organic Sparkling Kola


Our Gusto Sparkling Kola recipe has remained unchanged since 1990. Fourteen carefully blended botanicals combine to create the original Gusto.Inspired by a 12th Century Taoist recipe to aid concentration, Gusto Organic Sparkling Kola combines Amazon Guarana with African Kola Nut and 7 year old forest grown Panax Ginseng to create a unique tasting Kola that restores, refreshes and revitalizes.

Gusto always use Fairtrade organic apple juice to sweeten and never add sugar. Perfect for that morning lift, afternoon pick me up or to add a little fizz to your evening. Gusto Sparkling Kola is your little bottle of great tasting organic energy.





Features Ingredients
Kola Nut
Amazonian Guarana
Chinese Angelica
Siberian Ginseng



Full Ingredients
Sparkling fairtrade apple juice 98% (from concentrate), herbal extracts 1% (guarana, panax Ginseng, Siberian ginseng, kola nut, chrysanthemum flower, Chinese angelica, spine date seed, panax pseudoginseng, red sage root, scrophularia root, red peony root, figwort root, Szechuan lovage root, four leaf ladybel root), malt extract, natural flavourings


Nutritional Information Per 100ml
Energy: 220 KJ (51 Kcals)
Protein: Trace
Fat: Trace
Carbohydrates: 13.2



About the Company
Gusto Sparkling Kola started life back in 1986, the creation of Craig Sams who founded Green & Blacks chocolate and Whole Earth Foods. Originally a recipe developed in Craig’s kitchen laboratory on the Portobello Road, Gusto was a family recipe for parties and nights out where alcohol free stimulation was required.

In 1990 Craig’s kids Karim and Rima launched Gusto – the world’s first organic, apple juice sweetened, herbal energy drink. In a world now crowded with synthetic, sugar and caffeine based energy drinks Gusto has remained a unique and consistent source of organic, sugar free natural energy.

In December 2011 Karim Sams and his business partner William Fugard sketched out a new future for Gusto. Winter and Spring were spent in research and recipe development and Gusto Sparkling Lemon and Gusto Sparkling Orange were born.

In May 2012 the original Gusto, now called Sparkling Kola, and the two new flavours went into production and hit the shelves in July 2012.
The Gusto family of drinks remain true to their roots. We never use sugar, just sweeten with fair trade apple juice. Gusto drinks are organic, powered by a generous pinch of Amazon Guarana and each drink has a unique blend of botanicals to stimulate, aid concentration, strengthen the immune system and alleviate stress.

Company: Gusto
Brand: Gusto
Slogan: Nature's Energy
Category: Soft Drinks
Origin: UK
Claims: Organic
Variants: Kola, Orange, Lemon
Price: £1.69
Where to Buy: Stockists, Buy Online
Website: drinkgusto.com



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