Our client is a leader in the manufacture and supply of carbonated beverages in North America, searching
for ways to differentiate a future offering of flavoured sparkling water products. As with other beverage
categories (e.g. craft beer, coffee) the use of innovative processes to enhance the taste, nutritional profile
and consumer experience are equally important as the unique founder / product story that often
accompanies leading brands.
The current and growing trend in the beverage market is for low calorie, non-sweetened, fruit-flavoured
beverages that are perceived as better hydration options for health-conscious consumers. The move away
from traditional sodas has focused on the goodness of water and the use of natural flavours (e.g. citrus) with
minimal calories, but consumers are now demanding greater tasting products and are looking for brands with
a compelling reason for purchase.
Details of the Technology Call
The client company is an established manufacturer of branded beverages, selling to a global consumer base. As a leading innovator in the food and drink market, they have both the experience and development / manufacturing resources to support and/or accelerate the introduction of any technology or product into this category, and are open to discuss the most appropriate form of collaboration. The company is interested in short-, medium- and long-term solutions for their product pipeline, and therefore is able and willing to work with a wide variety of partners (i.e. inventors, academic/industry researchers, start-ups and ingredient suppliers) to deliver innovation into a range of flavoured sparkling water products. The client wishes to deliver the next generation of products in this category, and is therefore actively searching for truly innovative technologies to enable them to deliver gamechanging products for this crowded sector. The consumer’s growing need to understand where the ingredients come from, how they were processed and what benefit can be derived from the product, enables the client to utilise new technologies in a way previously not possible. An example of this is in craft alcoholic beverages, where the source, process and founder story is often a primary reason for success. Therefore, the client is keen to find innovative ingredients, new processing technologies and product concepts to enable a step-change in the flavoured sparkling water market, and could come from any of the elements, such as Water, Flavour, Bubbles, Packaging.
About Strategic Allies Ltd.
Innovation Intermediary from United KingdomStrategic Allies Ltd.
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