CHICAGO -- Fourteen packaged beverages, from juices and energy drinks to malt beverages and craft beers, earned spots on Convenience Store Products' 2018 Hot 100. The list features the most clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Oct. 1, 2017, through Oct. 1, 2018. CStoreProductsOnline.com is constantly updated with the newest products being released to the c-store industry. Here's a look at the packaged beverages that earned a spot on the list ...
No. 81: Ice Dog Slushie
Sunny Sky Products
Ice Dog, rolling out in a Cherry Limeade flavor, is a ready-to-drink 4-ounce 100% juice pouch that transforms into a healthy slush variety when frozen, according to the manufacturer. Packaged in a stand-up pouch, Ice Dog contains 100% juice, all-natural flavor, no artificial colors or added sugar and is low in calories. The product contains vitamin A, B12 and 100% daily value of vitamin C, and is also regarded as a good source of fiber.
No. 75: Beetology
Kayco is introducing a line of functional, craft beet beverages called Beetology. Made with beets, the lineup of organic, cold-pressed juices comes in five varieties: Beet + Lemon + Ginger; Beet + Veggie; Beet + Tropical Fruit; Beet + Berry; and Beet + Cherry. Beetology is packaged in six 8-ounce bottles per case and is available for an SRP of $3.99 per bottle.
No. 71: Pumpkin Patch Ale
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue’s Pumpkin Patch Ale uses pumpkins that are handpicked and delivered 77 miles across the Oregon Coast Range to Rogue’s brewery in Newport, Ore., where they are toasted in a pizza oven and tossed into the brew. Pumpkin Patch Ale is available in 750-mL bottles.
No. 70: Heineken aluminum bottles
Heineken USA Inc.
Heineken is releasing its beer in limited-edition aluminum bottles in four locations: New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Hawaii. The bottles’ design pays homage to the culture and geography of each location; it also features Heineken’s red star and signature green color.
No. 59: Extra Kinky Pink, Gold and Blue
Kinky Beverage Co.
As part of its Kinky Cocktails line, Kinky Beverage Co. is launching Extra Kinky in 16-ounce cans and in three flavors with an ABV of 8%. Extra Kinky Pink is a fusion of mango, blood orange and passion fruit; Extra Kinky Gold is a blend of peach and tropical fruits; and Extra Kinky Blue is a combination of wild berry and tropical fruits. These varieties join the premium vodka Kinky Pink Liqueur. In addition to Extra Kinky cans, the product line offers 12-ounce bottles in all three flavors with an ABV of 5%.
No. 54: Tipsy Tomato and Frank’s Red Hot Bloody Mary
Ennoble Beverages is launching two all-natural, malt-based ready-to-drink bloody mary cocktails: Tipsy Tomato and Frank’s Red Hot Bloody Mary. Tipsy Tomato (5.5% ABV) combines California ripe tomatoes and Sriracha sauce with the natural flavors of celery, lime and lemon. It is available in a 16-ounce can for an SRP of $1.99 or a four-pack for $7.99. Frank’s Red Hot Bloody Mary combines Frank’s hot sauce with ingredients such as California ripe tomatoes, celery, lime juice, seasoning salt and Worcestershire sauce. It comes in a four-pack of 12-ounce glass bottles for an SRP of $8.99.
No. 43: Star Wars Space Punch
Drink Department One
Star Wars Space Punch, a ready-to-drink sparkling, fruit-juice-infused vitamin drink, hit shelves last October. Drink Department One Group and Coast Brands Group partnered with Disney to launch the all-natural beverage, which contains 10% fruit juice and only 20 calories. It came in 20 different collectible cans featuring “Star Wars” characters.
No. 31: Shaq Fu Punch
AriZona Beverages USA
Following the launch of Soda Shaq, Shaq Fu Punch is the second variety to launch from a partnership with former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. Vitamin C-fortified and containing 10% real fruit juice, Shaq Fu Punch delivers a crisp, fruity taste in three flavors: grape, strawberry and pineapple. At 90 calories per serving and with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, the variety is available in 20-ounce tall-boy bottles with an SRP of $1. The three Shaq Fu Punch labels feature vibrant colors that correspond with each flavor.
No. 25: Capriccio Bubbly Sangria
Florida Caribbean Distillers
Capriccio Bubbly Sangria is made with premium grape wine; real fruit juices, including orange and pineapple; and 100% natural fruit flavors. It has no preservatives and an ABV of 13.9%. A four-pack of 375-mL bottles is available for an SRP of $9.99, and a 750-mL bottle has an SRP of $3.99.
No. 20: Malibu Strawberry Kiwi Cans
Pernod Ricard USA
Malibu Strawberry Kiwi Cans are the newest addition to the company's ready-to-drink portfolio. The premixed cocktail combines strawberry and kiwi flavors with a hint of Malibu Coconut. Malibu Strawberry Kiwi Cans join the current line of flavors: Malibu Fizzy Pink Lemonade, Malibu and Pineapple and Malibu Island Spiced & Club Soda. A four-pack of 200-mL cans is available for an SRP of $9.99. A single can retails for $2.50.
No. 16: Mike’s Hard seasonal flavors
Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.
In response to customers seeking different and refreshing tastes, according to the manufacturer, Mike’s Hard Blackberry Lemonade and Mike’s Hard Tropical Pink Lemonade rolled out as seasonal varieties. Mike’s Hard Blackberry Lemonade is a tart variety infused with ripe blackberries, while Hard Tropical Pink Lemonade features tropical fruits, such as pineapple and citrus, blended with lemonade.
No. 9: Summer Edition Coconut Twist
Red Bull North America
Continuing the success of its limited-time Summer Edition offerings, Red Bull released Summer Edition Coconut Twist this year. The energy drink was available from April 30 through Sept. 3. It came in a premium white can and had a light, summery coconut taste profile.
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