SOLA Snacks added an on-trend ginger flavor to its line of snack and meal bars. Officials
with the Frisco, Texas-based company say the
Ginger Solar Bars are sharp, peppery and have
a strong ginger flavor. The bars are low-sugar, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO. Reputed
for being one of the healthiest spices, ginger is powerfully high in antioxidants and often
used to treat stomach upsets like indigestion, heartburn and nausea.
“Ginger was chosen for its high familiarity and reputation that cuts across many cultures,”
says Sola Lamikanra, president of SOLA Snacks. “Everyone uses ginger in some form. It’s a
very good fit for the ingredients we promise in our bars.”
The new addition joins SOLA Snacks’ four other bar flavors, which include Chipotle,
Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt, Cinnamon and Jalapeno. SOLA Snacks combine healthy nuts,
herbs and spices, and have no added sugars, non-natural binding agents or flavor enhanc-
ers. The snacks have less than 1 gram of sugar and no artificial ingredients or anything con-
sumers cannot pronounce.
For more information, visit solasnacks.com
Delivering an all-natural, gluten-free
spritz experience for the ingredient-con-scious consumer, the launch of Itz Spritz
introduces an alternative to artificially-fla-vored malt beverages. Launching in three flavors – Elderflower Citrus, Cucumber Lime
Twist and Golden Pear – the 4.2 percent
alcohol by volume beverages are malt-free
and contain no artificial ingredients.
The beverages were conceived by Kate
Sturdevant, a Greenville, S.C. resident and
third generation descendant of her family’s
beer distributor business. Sturdevant says
she is positioning the brand as an Alcohol
Spritzer – an entirely new category in the
alcohol beverage space.
“Itz Spritz is the culmination of many
dinnertime conversations with my dad,
observations in the store and at the bar, and
ultimately the feeling like I’m always having
to compromise something when it comes to
deciding what to drink,” Sturdevant says. “Itz
Spritz was developed to fill the void in the
market for an elevated at-home spritz experi-
ence that doesn’t have to compromise on
flavor, calories or ingredients. It’s everything
Itz Spritz is available in contemporary
12-ounce slim cans, and each is produced
with five simple ingredients including a
proprietary alcohol base derived exclusively
from cane sugar.
For more information, visit itzspritz.com
Bottled Water Reshaping
Americans are drinking more bottled water
than any other packaged beverage, according to recent findings from the International
Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and
Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC).
Bottled water sales increased by 10 percent
in 2016, and now total $16 billion, per the latest data from BMC, which further found that in
2016, total U.S. bottled water consumption grew
by 8. 6 percent to 12. 8 billion gallons, up from
11. 8 billion gallons in 2015. In addition, per-capita consumption was up 7. 7 percent in 2016,
with every person in America drinking an average of 39. 3 gallons of bottled water.
“Research and polling indicate people are
continuing to make the switch from other packaged drinks to bottled water,” says Joe Doss,
IBWA president and CEO, who points to the
following key reasons for the shift:
• Bottled water is a healthy choice. • Bottled water tastes great, is refreshing
and is conducive for on-the-go lifestyles.
• Bottled water is sold in containers that are
In addition, notes Doss, bottled water has the
lowest water and energy use ratio of all pack-
aged beverages and boasts a tiny water-use foot-
print across the entire industry, which he says is
less than 0.011 percent of all water used in the
U.S. each year.
“Bottled water [has] effectively reshaped
the beverage marketplace,” says BMC’s chair-
man/CEO Michael C. Bellas. “When Perrier
first entered the country in the 1970s, few
would have predicted the heights to which
bottled water would eventually climb. Where
once it would have been unimaginable to see
Americans walking down the street carrying
plastic bottles of water, or driving around with
them in their cars’ cup holders, now that’s the
With the exception of two relatively small
declines in 2008 and 2009 – when most bever-
age categories contracted – bottled water vol-
ume grew every year from 1977 to 2016, says
Bellas, during which time the category posted
17 double-digit annual volume growth spurts.
“Since resuming growth in 2010, bottled water
volume has consistently enlarged at solid single-
digit percentage rates,” adds Bellas.
GHQ SELLING WELLNESS
HEALTHY BYTES By Rebekah Marcarelli