As we think on the changing season over the last deeply-frosted beverages demanded by summer’s heat, our minds can’t help but circle back to one persistent, vexing question: why does brain freeze happen?
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Our Day in the Lab blog series takes a closer look at our team members to see what it takes to change what the world is drinking!
Matcha tea has been consumed and loved in Asia for centuries, and its popularity has shifted to the United States in recent years. Thanks to its versatility as a powdered ingredient, matcha has the ability to be used not only as tea, but in other food and beverages as well.
Welcome to the new school – Beverage Boot Camp will teach you how to start a drink company and change what the world is drinking!
One of the greatest joys in this industry is the direct impact we get to have on people’s lives. People all over the world celebrate their triumphs and soothe their losses with drinks, creating indelible memories that can be revisited every time they open a bottle or can. Perhaps one of the reasons so many of us at Flavorman have ended up doing the work we do is because a drink made a big impact on us when we were most impressionable:
Some deep Flavorman history:
Up until the mid-1990s, Jones Soda was a beverage distributor in western Canada for many popular beverages, such as Arizona Iced Tea. When they wanted to develop their own brand of sodas for the emerging alternative beverage market in 1996, they called Flavorman.
In just one month, Flavorman developed all 10 original Jones Sodas flavors, and they were manufactured just one month later. The original flavors were Grape, Cherry, Strawberry Lime, Lemon Lime, Root Beer, Blue Bubblegum, Vanilla Cola, Orange, FuFu Berry, and Cream Soda.
As the relationship grew, Flavorman developed over 15 more soda flavors for Jones, including Green Apple, Pineapple Upside Down, Happy, Crushed Melon, Berry Lemonade, Big Ass Canned Ham Soda (for The David Letterman Show), Billy Pop (for the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade), and diet versions of Lime Cola, Black Cherry, Cream Soda, Root Beer, Pink, Fruit Punch, Lemon Drop, Orange Cream, Peachy Keen, Strawberry & Cream, and MF Grape.
As we continue expanding the types of content we share with you, we think it makes sense to occasionally post up some pure information, with minimal or no interpretation or editorializing. First up, some Top 10 lists:
Back before “Functional Beverages” was even a thing, we were creating functional beverages.
In the early aughts, a small entrepreneurial company name Ardea approached Flavorman to develop a line of soft drinks. The company’s goal was to offer an ever-expanding line of drinks to provide real wellness benefits, to taste good, and to satisfy four consumer expectations:
- Revitalize, with healthy nutrients
- Pass the diabetic test with flying colors
- Appeal to students as a refreshing alternative to sugar-laden sodas
- Mix well in colorful cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies
That was quite a challenge, but Flavorman met and surpassed every one of them. Natural fruit flavors were combined with meaningful levels of vitamins and minerals to improve wellness with every sip. The drinks were sold as Nutrisoda, refreshing carbonated nutrient-enhanced sodas with zero sugar, caffeine, sodium, or aspartame.
With our support, that small company grew and positioned itself for an alliance with a leader in the national beverage industry: Strong sales led to Nutrisoda being acquired by Pepsi, freeing Ardea’s founders to pursue other entrepreneurial ventures, both times choosing Flavorman as their R & D partner. It is a prime example of how we collaborate with our clients over many years.
In this business, knowledge is a prerequisite for success, and if you’re going to make history, you’ve got to know your history. In that spirit, we present a timeline of major beverage events in the region now known as the United States of America for your edification. It is our hope that the items on this in-no-way-exhaustive list inspire you to dive deeper and discover more about how seemingly modest events and innovations can change what the world is drinking.
So you’re one of the millions of people who have discovered the miraculous restorative properties of CBD oil. However, you’ve discovered it causes a side effect: an entrepreneurial itch. So how do you scratch that itch and deliver a new CBD product to the market? From the outside, it looks complicated: a fast-growing market with a lot of competition and even more regulation. But with the right help, it’s easy.