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Phocus introduces a caffeinated sparkling water

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Clear/Cut Phocus has put its own spin on water. The Louisville Ky.,-based company is introducing a new sparkling water that contains caffeine, which is derived from green tea.

Phocus sparkling waters were created as a natural alternative to sugary, calorie-laden sodas and energy drinks, the company said. Each product contains as much caffeine as an eight-ounce cup of coffee and is Kosher, vegan, non-dairy, non-GMO and gluten-free.

“As active, health-conscious individuals, we found ourselves, like so many others, wanting to shift away from high sugar, artificially sweetened and otherwise unhealthy coffee and energy drinks, but still wanted a quality beverage that could deliver an energy boost,” Tom O’Grady, CEO of Clear/Cut Phocus, said. “When nothing seemed to fit the bill, we set out to create Phocus, a great tasting energizing sparkling water without any of the ‘bad stuff’ that you’d find in most energy drinks and sodas.”  

Currently, available online and in select Louisville retailers, Phocus comes in an 11.5-oz can for the suggested retail price of $1.99. Each sparkling water comes in four flavors: Grapefruit, Cucumber, Blood Orange and Yuzu and Lime. 

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Alter Eco unveils a new line of products for the snack aisle

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Alter Eco, a brand that looks to provide chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed food to consumers is entering the snack category by launching Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters.

The products are organic and fair-trade snacks, with five grams of sugar per serving, the company said. Each Dark Chocolate Coconut Cluster contains the brand’s 70% Ecuadorian chocolate with coconut flakes substantially harvested from whole coconuts that are sliced and toasted. 

“Our new Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters mark an exciting milestone for Alter Eco,” Edouard Rollet, co-CEO and co-founder at Alter Eco, said. “Forty-six percent of Americans snack more than three times a day, and that number is expected to surge in the next five years. We saw an opportunity to fill a void in the snack aisle and pave the way for a next-level enlightened indulgence – one that’s filled with sustainable, superior ingredients and mind-blowingly delicious flavor.”

The three new flavors are:

  • Original – contains five grams of sugar, a sweet-and-salty flavor sprinkled with sea salt and dark chocolate;
  • Seeds + Salt – contains dark chocolate treat baked with roasty-toasty crisp pumpkin, sunflower seeds and five grams of sugar; and
  • Cherry + Almond Butter – contains tangy-sweet cherries, dollops of creamy almond butter unite with rich dark chocolate and six grams of sugar.

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Coconut Clusters are now available for purchase online and in select retail stores which include National Co+op Grocers, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, Hy-Vee and H-E-B stores. A 3.2-oz. pouch of the product can be purchased for the suggested retail price of $4.79. 

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Coca-Cola paves way for new president

BY Gisselle Gaitan

It has been announced that Coca-Cola has elected a new senior vice president and president of Coca-Cola North America, or CCNA. James L. “Jim” Dinkins, the current president of the Minute Maid business unit and chief retail office of CCNA, will be taking over for J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas Jr., who previously announced his retirement.

“I am incredibly grateful to James Quincey and everyone within our North American system for giving me the opportunity to lead our business through a period of phenomenal change,” Douglas, said. “I feel incredibly positive about what lies ahead for our system because I have tremendous confidence in James, Jim Dinkins, our CCNA leadership team, our bottlers and our people throughout the United States and Canada.”

In his new role which will take effect on Jan. 1, Dinkins will report to current president and CEO, James Quincy. In order to ensure a smooth transition for the role, Douglas will formally retire on March. 1.

Dinkins began his career within the Atlanta-based company in 1988, and since then has held a variety of roles including senior vice president, sales in national retail for select grocery, club and convenience retail customers. He also was president of the 7-Eleven global customer team. 

“I am honored and humbled to lead CCNA during a time of great opportunity in our industry. I am excited about James’ vision for the company, and I am thankful to Sandy for his leadership in building a strong foundation for Coca-Cola North America," Dinkins said. 

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