Fruity and exotic profiles, carbonated effervescence, energy enhancers, functionality and indulgence are just a few of the overarching formulation traits that personify recent non-alcoholic beverage arrivals within convenience-store cold vaults.
Click ahead for a snapshot of seven newer releases …
Ghost Energy added to Anheuser-Busch’s push into the nonalcohol beverage portfolio. First tested in six markets in 2021, Anheuser-Busch launched the drinks cobranded with Sour Patch, WarHeads and other familiar candy brands, available in eight flavors: Sour Green Apple, Swedish Fish, Citrus, Orange Cream, Tropical Mango, Sour Watermelon, Redberry and Blue Raspberry.
Offering antioxidants to support immune function, Naked Juice debuted Naked Antioxidants Mighty Berry, rich in antioxidants and formulated with vitamin A, C and E. Containing no added sugar or preservatives, Naked Antioxidants Mighty Berry blends fruits, available in 15.2-ounce bottles for an SRP of $3.29.
CQ (VCC Brands)
California’s original cannabis beverage CQ (VCC Brands) is a line of carbonated spritzer drinks featuring such flavors as Blackberry Lemon Lime, Mandarin Dream, Pear Vanilla Cardamom and Watermelon Cucumber. Spritzers are CQ’s first foray into 5 milligram, single-serve cans. CQ is vegan, sweetened with cane sugar and real fruit juice and contains no artificial colors, gluten or GMO ingredients.
The newest seasonal release of Aprch CBD sparkling water is a limited-edition Peppermint flavor created with a hint of peppermint. The release follows the launch of Fruit Punch, volume two of Aprch’s Artist Series featuring the artwork of Jess Mudgett. Aprch CBD sparkling water is made with broad spectrum hemp extract, zero sugar, zero calories and zero caffeine. Peppermint is available for an SRP of $12.99 per 4-pack.
Three bold flavors recently joined the 5-hour Energy (Living Essentials) drink lineup in OrangeSicle, Pineapple Splash and Tropical Burst—doubling the number of energy drink flavors in the portfolio. Each 16-ounce beverage contains a proprietary blend that is sugar-free with vitamins, nutrients and 230-milligrams of caffeine. OrangeSicle combines ripe oranges and creamy vanilla; Pineapple Splash features pineapple and coconut; and Tropical Burst combines pineapple and apricot.
Featuring three distinct flavors packed into individual 7.5-ounce mini cans, the Pepsi S’mores Collection includes: Toasty Marshmallow (marshmallow base with layers of toasted notes to mimic a light fireside flavor); Graham Cracker (infused with notes of honey and cinnamon to achieve a graham cracker flavor profile); and Chocolate (notes of cocoa with slight hints of vanilla).