KANSAS CITY — Consumers clamoring for caffeine while still watching their added sugar intake will have no shortage of new ways to get their better-for-you energy fix, thanks to recent caffeinated beverage and bar innovation.
The Coca-Cola Co. is rolling out a new flavor of its AHA sparkling water: Mango + Black Tea. The beverage contains 30 mg of caffeine and no sugar, calories, sodium, or sweeteners.
Nestle SA’s S.Pellegrino sparkling mineral water brand is launching a new line of coffee-inspired S.Pellegrino Essenza beverages designed to evoke the flavors of an Italian coffee bar, the company said. The carbonated beverages contain no calories, no sugar, 30 mg of caffeine and no sweeteners. The drinks come in three flavors: vanilla, cocoa and caramel.
“Building on the popularity of our S.Pellegrino Essenza, featuring fresh Mediterranean fruit flavors, we turned to Italian coffee bars as inspiration for this new line,” said Sara Mayer, senior marketing manager for S.Pellegrino. “With sophisticated and indulgent hints of vanilla, cocoa and caramel, and a gentle dose of caffeine, this new offering is the perfect accompaniment to perk up your daily breaks and snack times.”
Your Super is expanding its plant-based bar line with the new Energy Bomb Bar. The plant-based bar is made with dates, cashews, sesame seeds, raisins and a serving of the brand’s Energy Bomb superfood mix, which includes acai, guarana, maca, lucuma and banana powder. USDA certified organic and Non-GMO Project verified, each gluten-free bar contains 210 calories, 5 grams of protein, 39 mg of caffeine and no added sugars.
“Convenience shouldn’t mean giving up healthy choices,” Your Super said. “With only real ingredients, Super Bars are a healthy, clean-eating option for snack time, post-workout fuel, or a quick nutritious breakfast. Naturally high in caffeine, antioxidants, and adaptogens, Energy Bomb bars are made with consumer lifestyles in mind: healthy, convenient, organic, and powered by plants.”
Enroot is debuting with its flagship line of small-batch, cold-brewed, organic sparkling teas. Made in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the beverages are made using a 20-hour cold-brew method and contain 25 calories per bottle with no added sugar or sweeteners. The five varieties — Relax, Reenergize, Revitalize, Rejuvenate and Revive — range from caffeine-free to caffeine equivalent to one espresso.