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Will the summer's poor diet soft drink sales be the catalyst for jump-starting innovation?

Despite growing interest in health and wellness, large declines in diet soft drink sales of late suggest that the "regular to diet" strategy is unraveling to the point where the entire diet soft drink industry may need a reboot in order to save the future of the category.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2013
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Product Launch Analytics Innovation of the Week: a new chip from Asia made from fungi

Chips have long been made from potatoes and corn, but a chip made from fungi? That is the proposition with Taiwan Yifan Taiwan Agriculture Products' chips, which are launching in two flavors, each made with a different type of fungus and promoted as being high in fiber. New in Taiwan, this chip product is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2013
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a hard cider that goes beyond the usual apple flavor

Who says hard cider has to be apple-flavored? Certainly not Annings Fruit Cider, a new four-flavor line of hard ciders that is offered in flavors that go beyond the usual apple cider flavor profile, like Strawberries & Lyme and Crushed Mixed Berry. New in the UK, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Aug 2013
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a spicy new ice cream that breaks all of the flavor rules

"Sweet with a kiss of heat" describes the newest flavor innovation in ice cream. Bonfatto's Spice Cream starts with vanilla ice cream, but then lightly infuses Bonfatto's spicy Wing Sauces into the ice cream for a "tickle of heat" and a daring savory flavor breakthrough. New in the US, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2013
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Craft distillery concept looks like early days of the craft beer market

In 2012 alone, the craft brewing industry in the US saw volume growth sprint ahead by 15%, dwarfing the overall beer market's estimated 0.9% volume gain, according to the Brewers Association. Now it looks like the liquor industry is following in the footsteps of the craft beer industry thanks to an explosion of new craft distilleries that could eventually upend the liquor market.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Aug 2013
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a retro air freshener that entertains while it fragrances the air

New Diptyque Paris Baies Hourglass Home Fragrance Diffuser is as attractive to look at as it is effective. This hourglass-shaped diffuser uses gravity to drip liquid fragrance through a special core, and is designed to be turned over again and again, until the scent is depleted. New in the US, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2013
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Packaging Innovation of the Month: pouring just the way you like it

Cooking oil is not a sector known for its innovative packaging. There are some attractive bottle shapes and some with ergonomic grip features, but the issue of product dispensing is often just addressed with a basic anti-glug closure. That is why we were delighted to find Sajo Haepyo's soybean oil from South Korea, which has been named as Pack-Track's Packaging Innovation of the Month for July.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2013
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PLA Innovation of the Week: a healthful snack to "beat the heat" that is inspired by ice chips

Not quite an ice cube or a frozen novelty, new LifeIce Freeze & Eat Bite-Sized Ices breaks the mold. This shelf-stable "freeze & eat" snack is described as a "healthy frozen treat" that - when frozen before consumption - turns into soft-textured "ice" that is a new, healthful way to snack and cool down. New in the US, it is the Datamonitor Consumer Product Launch Analytics innovation of the week.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2013
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New household goods review: cleaning sponges sharpen up with cactus fiber ingredient

"Natural" ingredients and fragrances are continuing their penetration into the household goods industry, with this month's rundown of the latest industry launches looking at a new cleaning sponge containing cactus fiber and a bamboo-inspired air freshener. Elsewhere, scented candles are looking to tap into the popularity of in-vogue bacon and salt caramel flavors.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2013
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New non-alcoholic drinks review: instant coffee gets a probiotic boost

This month's look at the latest launches from the non-alcoholic drinks industry sees manufacturers pursuing new functional positioning, including a product claimed to be "the world's first probiotic instant coffee" and an ultra-concentrated acai drink. In other news, an anti-hangover drink is looking for shelf impact with a "traffic light" design, and green tea is tapping into the cupcake craze.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2013

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