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These Are The Latest Trends Emerging In The Drink World

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By Cooking Panda

In the world of beverages, the cutting-edge is becoming mainstream.

Coca-Cola and Food IQ recently teamed up to discuss the seven biggest flavor trends in the beverage industry, and the list might surprise you! Read on to learn what types of drinks will be popular in bars, grocery stores, and soda fountains over the coming year.

1. Healthy

Move aside, soda. According to FoodNavigator-USA, consumers are becoming increasingly interested in better-for-you drinks such as water and aloe juice. Expect to see more light, fresh, and green-tasting beverages hit stores over the next few months.

2. Exotic

Beverages that reflect different traditions and cultures are also increasing in popularity. Examples of such drinks include specialty teas, which are experiencing a major spike in sales.

3. Botanical

One of the more unexpected beverage trends this year is the rise in consumer preference for herbal and floral flavored drinks. Everything from basil to mint is hot right now, and “floral flavors are off the charts and growing like crazy.” In other words, prepare for a whole slew of rose, lavender, and hibiscus flavored drinks to hit the market in the coming year.

4. Subtly Savory

Not to be confused with herbal beverages, the subtly savory designation includes those drinks that are seasoned with flavors and spices not typically associated with sweets. Examples of popular subtly savory flavors are turmeric, chipotle, and cilantro.

5. Handcrafted

The popularity of handcrafted beverages is trickling down from high-end bars and cocktails to more mainstream beverages. Food IQ expects drinks with a “story to tell” to be especially trendy.

6. Specialty Citrus

Specialty citrus, such as burnt orange, is also rising in popularity due to customer affinity for “bold” and “sour” flavors. Other examples of flavors that fall under this category include tamarind, pickled fruit, and unique lemonades.

7. Bitter and Sour

According to Food IQ, the unexpected rise of drinking vinegar highlights the increasing popularity of bitter and sour flavors in beverages. In fact, bitter and sour flavors are so popular that they were given their own category by the drink experts, despite notable overlap with specialty citrus. 

Source: FoodNavigator-USA / Photo credit: Power Supply

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Hack Starbucks’ New Drink With This Recipe For Coffee Jelly (Video)

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Move over, Pink and Purple Drinks!

There’s a new Starbucks beverage named Coffee Jelly Starbucks taking the Internet by storm—the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino. Unfortunately, however, unlike the Pink and Purple Drinks, it’s available only in Japan, rendering the exciting new concoction out of reach for most of us.

After Googling the cost of plane tickets to Japan, we settled upon a cheaper way to bring the Coffee Jelly Frappuccino into our hands and onto our Instagram feeds. It turns out that coffee jelly is not only easy to make, but also perfect in a myriad of recipes, from drinks to dessert!

Even better, we found a video demonstrating how to make coffee jelly using instant Starbucks VIA packets, ensuring that your delicious creation is as authentic as possible.

We have a feeling that we’ll be making coffee jelly a lot this summer—it’s refreshing, trendy, and downright delicious. The Starbucks Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is crafted by topping coffee jelly with layers of vanilla custard, frozen blended coffee, and whipped cream, but feel free to customize the recipe to your liking!

Watch the video below, and then get to cooking! While you may not be able to fly to Japan, there’s no reason why that should stop you from enjoying the latest Starbucks trend in the comfort of your own home.

Source: Angel Wong's Kitchen/YouTube / Photo credit: Starbucks Japan/TwitterTags: beverages, blended coffee dessert, coffee, Coffee Jelly, cold coffee, food hacks, frappuccino, Frappuccino recipes, Starbuck, starbucks beverage
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Coca-Cola Reveals New Design In ‘One Brand’ Campaign (Photo)

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Coca-Cola has decided to unify the branding for its four types of Coke, which may cause some confusion when the beverages are introduced in U.S. stores in 2017.

According to Buzzfeed, the regular type of Coca-Cola will remain in the same all-red container. However Diet Coke, also known as Coca-Cola Light in various countries, will also be displayed in a predominately red container, but with a silver border. Coke Zero and Coca-Cola Life will have black and green borders, respectively.

The new packaging will debut in Mexico in May 2016, and in various markets throughout 2016 and 2017. Coca-Cola believes the new design will remove distinctions between the four types of Coke. Sales of Diet Coke fell by six percent in 2015, whereas sales Coca-Cola zero increased by six percent. Regular Coke increased one percent worldwide.

“We’re extending the strong brand equity of Coca-Cola across the trademark to offer consumers more choice and to also better promote our great-tasting diet and light portfolio,” said Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent. As the organization is attempting to unify all four into one ad campaign under the “One Brand” strategy, the redesign is believed to be a more cost-efficient move for the renowned beverage brand. 

Sources: Buzzfeed / Photo Credit: Buzzfeed

Tags: beverages, Coca-Cola, one brand strategy, redesign
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