Sales of tea and ready-to-drink tea drinks rose 5.1% in 2011 to $4.3 billion, according to a Mintel report, which notes ready-to-drink tea accounted for most of the growth. With consumers listing flavor as the top reason they drink tea, companies including Arizona, Snapple and Sweet Leaf have introduced beverages that combine iced tea and lemonade.
Hall of Fame Beverages, which includes the Hansen's Natural brand of soda, named Robert Rosario as its new CEO. Rosario brings more than 10 years of business experience to his new position, which is effective May 1.
Connecticut is considering an expanded bottle bill that would include bottled water on the state's deposit list. Critics, however, say that the state should focus on curbside recycling and that the bill will increase costs to consumers.
Carrie Underwood is the newest Vitaminwater representative. The company will create a new label for Vitaminwater energy featuring her name and will include her in a series of commercials featuring other Vitaminwater celebrities.