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Beer spotlight: The Return of Carta Blanca and Superior



Carta Blanca and Superior are making a comeback after several years of being unavailable in Mexico City. These two popular Mexican beers were previously available only in a few states but are now, once again, being sold across the country and on sale for a lower price than most mainstream beers.


Carta Blanca is a gold beer with 4.5 percent alcohol. It was first created by Cuauhtémoc Breweries in Monterrey, Nuevo León, in 1890. The beer won prizes a number of festivals around the world including in Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Munich, and Rio de Janeiro.


Superior hails from Orizaba, Veracruz. Cuauhtémoc Breweries brought Superior Rubia, a blonde beer, to market in 1902 and Heineken México launched Superior Negra, an amber version, 110 years later in central and southern Mexico.




About the Company
Heineken México produces the majority of commercial Mexican beers including Dos Equis, Bohemia, Tecate, Indio, Sol, and Noche Buena (only available over the Christmas season).


Company: Heineken México
Brand: Carta Blanca and Superior
Slogan: The blonde that everyone wants (Superior Rubia)
Origin: Mexico
Category: Beer
Packaging: 335ml bottle
Price: $9.90 MXN
Where to Buy: Various stores
Website: www.cuamoc.com









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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 Spotlight: Fox Barrel Pacific Pear Cider


Fox Barrel offers a line of delicious ciders.  Naturally fermented using 100% pear juice, not from pear juice concentrate or pear-flavored hard apple cider.

Filtered cold for extra purity, and smoothed with pear juice. With no added colorants, sugar, sorbate or benzoate preservatives. No added malt, spirit, grape or apple alcohols.

Naturally elegant and refreshingly adult with a sparkling clean natural pear finish, and a subtle woody complexity, completed by an intense fresh pear bouquet.

Fox Barrel also offers a number of other products including: Wit Pear Cider, Rhubarb and Elderberry, Limited Releases (Wild Orchard, Wonderwall), English Peary and Pomegranate and Pear Boxed Cider

Cider is Trendy and it´s about to get very popular in the United States.  Already wildly popular in Europe cider has been making its way into the major cities of the US for a number of years now.  Beers sales are spiralling downward as consumers have less money to spend and are increasingly concerned about health and wellness.  Cider offers a great option for those users looking for a healthier more natural option.


Company: Fox Barrel
Brand: Pacific Pear Cider
Category: Alcohol, Cider
Origin: USA
Varieties: Apricot Pear, Blackberry Pear, Pacific Pear
Alcohol Volume: 4.5%
Packaging: 12fl oz
Website:  foxbarrel.com


Pacific Pear Cider 2


Pacific Pear Cider 2


Pacific Pear Cider 2

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Product Spotlight: Wallaby Organic Australian Yogurt


Wallaby Organic was originally inspired by the yogurts we discovered while traveling in Australia. We set out to capture their distinctively creamy texture, delicate body, and subtle sweetness in our signature line of blended lowfat yogurts.

The distinct texture and flavors of Wallaby are the result of time, patience, and premium ingredients. We start with organic milk from local, pasture-based family farms. Made in small batches, using a slow and gentle cooking method, we are able to develop the uniquely creamy and smooth texture of our products naturally. Unlike conventional yogurts, our products offer clean, true flavors with nothing artificial ever added.

Today, Wallaby Organic offers a wide variety of creamy Australian-style yogurts, a European-style sour cream, and now authentically strained Greek lowfat yogurt. While our recipes were inspired by travels abroad, all of our products are made in California’s Napa Valley. As our offering of products grows, you’ll be happy to know that our mission remains unchanged: to bring you and your family outstanding yogurt of the highest quality.


Wallaby is a full service Yogurt company offering a wide variety of products to reach a broad range of consumers.  The companies dedication to providing quality products and innovative offerings is evident in their different lines and flavors.  In today´s ultra competitive yogurt market there is a constant stream of new companies making bold claims about new products and their benefits.  There is no doubt that those companies that can offer consistently quality products that taste good and meet the needs of their clients will be the ones that stand the test of time.  With probiotics being all the rage in Yogurt products we would expect Wallaby to launch their own version shortly.


Company: Wallaby Yogurt Company
Brand: Wallaby Organic
Category: Dairy, Yogurt
Origin: Australia
Varieties: Low Fat, Non Fat, Down Under, Organic Greek, 0% Organic Greek, Wallababy Organic, Wallababy & Joey, European Style Sour Cream
Flavors: Plain, Vanilla, Banana Vanilla, Black Cherry, Blueberry, Key Lime, Lemon, Maple Orange Passion Fruit, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean (full list on website)
Packaging: 5.3oz,  6oz
Website:  wallabyyogurt.com


Dark Chocolate

Mango Lime



Greek Nonfat Mixed Berries





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Product Spotlight: Innocent Bystander Moscato Wine



Innocent Bystander Moscato is authentically made from old-vine Gordo (brown) and Black Muscat (Muscat of Hamburg) grapes exclusively grown for us in the sun-drenched vineyards around Swan Hill on Australia’s Murray River. We have chosen these vineyards because they allow us to pick with acidity, sweetness and alcohol at their optimum levels - thus not requiring manipulation in the winery.



Slim line cans are gaining popularity throughout Europe and other countries like Australia and we expect this trend to spread all over the world.  The versatility these cans offer as well as their low price tag are two of the main advantages of this package size.  Ready to drink beverages such as Moscato are also becoming very trendy.  Consumers are looking for healthier options and smaller pack sizes means you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage without having to worry about packing on calories or getting too intoxicated.  Expect to see 250ml cans everywhere in the coming years.




Company:Innocent Bystander
Brand: Moscato
Category: Alcoholic Drinks, Ready to Drink, Wine
Origin: Australia
Alcohol Volume: 5.5%
Price: 24 cans x 250ml - $100 AU
Packaging: 250ml Slim Can



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Product Spotlight: Refine All Natural Mixers


Refine Mixers has created the FIRST line of all-natural, zero-calorie and sugar-free cocktail mixers using the highest quality ingredients and sweetened with the all-natural stevia plant. Refine is the ideal solution for consumers wishing to enjoy a cocktail at social engagements, without adversely impacting their health, diet or the environment. The mixers contain stevia, which is an all-natural sweetener; it is also the only all-natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index.

Refine Mixers are available in three flavors: Mojito Mix, Cosmopolitan Mix and Margarita Mix. Each product retails in 32 fl oz bottle. To promote the launch of these new products, Refine Mixers who recently set up shop in Venice , organized a number of Friday cocktail parties. Combining music, art and cocktails is a natural mix and is a very easy way to introduce new products to consumers in a relaxed environment.

Company: Refine Bevereages Inc
Brand: Refine Mixers
Slogan: All Naturals, Zero Calories
Category: Drinks, Mixed Beverages
Origin: USA
Packaging: 32oz
Claims:  All Natural, Zero Calories
Website:  refinemixers.com





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Product Spotlight: Drink Chia


DrinkChia! is perfect for the fit lifestyle because it’s low in sugar, low in calories, rich in chia and omega 3’s and it’s uniquely delicious.

Drink Chia! helps you get through your personal training regimen, email reading marathon, super-charged dance class, bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, high speed grocery cart race, face-first-in-the-water surfing lesson and all the other stuff on your must-do list.


Brand: Drink Chia
Slogan: Shake it Baby!
Category:  Drinks
Origin: USA
Price: $2.99
Packaging: 8 fl oz
Claims: All Natural, No Sodium, Gluten Free, No Cholesterol, Nothing Artificial
Varieties: Honeysuckle Pear, B Meyer Lemon, Strawberry Citrus, Mango Tangerine,
Website drinkchianow.com

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Drink Spotlight: Cocozia Coconut Water


Epicurex, LLC is poised to enter the coconut water market with its newest health drink, Cocozia. Cocozia is a Kosher, USDA Organic Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified all-natural health drink that will boast a high electrolyte content, no added sugars, and zero fat.

“We love giving people alternatives that are healthy and great tasting,” said Wade Nevill, VP of Marketing for Epicurex, LLC. “And Cocozia is a perfect example. It tastes great, it’s refreshing, and best of all, it’s completely free from anything artificial. That’s exactly the kind of choice we want to provide our customers.”

Cocozia is being billed as a healthy and natural alternative to soft drinks and energy drinks that are heavy in preservatives, fat, and sugar. Coconut water is naturally free of fats, and is chock-full of the electrolytes Magnesium and Potassium, with Calcium and Sodium also included. In fact, you’ll find the same amount of potassium drinking a glass of coconut water as you will by eating a couple of bananas.




Company: Epicurex
Brand: Cocozia
Slogan: Pure and Simple Hydration is essential to life
Origin: USA
Category: Functional Drinks
Packaging: 11.1 fl oz (330ml)
Claims:  100% Organic Coconut Water, Preservative Free, AllNatural
Price: Coming Soon



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Product Spotlight: Mac Ivors Cider


Made from apples grown in a family orchard in County Armagh, Mac Ivors is a hand crafted cider made only with natural ingredients.

Mac Ivors ciders are all made using 100% fresh pressed apples. As growers, they know how much hard work goes into producing a perfectly ripe apple so we take extra care to get the very best out of them.

After pressing the most fragrant apple varieties and using cold-fermenting yeast to preserve their aroma, they blend the matured ciders to achieve a perfect balance...

Fresh & fruity for our Medium Cider,
Full-bodied & complex for our Traditional Dry.


Company: Mac Ivors Cider Co
Brand: Mac Ivors Cider
Category: Alcohol, Cider
Origin: Ireland
Price: €3.45 inc tax
Packaging: 500ml
Varieties: Medium, Traditional Dry
Alcohol Volume:  4.5%
Website:  macivors.com

MacIvors Cider - Our Ciders



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Flavor Spotlight: KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks

Introducing two classic flavors with a delicious twist! Now there’s even more delicious vitality and more KeVita flavors to love!

KeVita Daily Cleanse™ – KeVita Daily Cleanse is spicy and sublime with organic lemon and a touch of cayenne. So delicious between meals!

KeVita Mojita™ - A sassy and sweet mocktail with a hint of mint and a twist of lime. A delicious way to enjoy classic mojito flavor!

Watching your calorie and sugar intake?
Both new KeVita flavors are lightly sweetened with stevia which is low on the glycemic index, and only 5 calories per serving.

New feature!
We’ve enhanced our newest creations with the purest ocean minerals we could find from Blue Ocean Minerals®.

Delicious Vitality
Like all KeVita varieties, Daily Cleanse and Mojita are certified organic and made with our own KeVita Probiotic Culture at our facility in Southern California. Not to mention they are non-dairy, vegan and gluten free!







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