Here are our top five products to stock in the trending FUNCTIONAL BEVERAGES category. For more information and insights see our latest issue of Supermarket News Magazine.

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Remedy kombucha is a fizzy live-cultured drink that’s damn tasty and actually healthy. It’s also chock-full of live cultures and organic acids that are good for your gut and overall wellbeing. Better still, Remedy naturally contains no sugar and is the only Kombucha that has the tick of approval from ‘I Quit Sugar’ to prove it. This is because we make Remedy the old-school way, fermented in small batches using a long-aged brewing process which removes all of the sugar. You can rest assured that Remedy Kombucha is 100% all natural, raw and unpasteurised, certified organic, vegan, gluten free, fructose free and paleo friendly. Remedy Kombucha is available 300ml and 750ml bottles in Original, Ginger Lemon, Raspberry Lemonade, Apple Crisp, Hibiscus Kiss, Cherry Plum and now in 2 more new flavours – Ginger Berry and Lemon Lime & Mint! Assorted flavours are available in slimline 250ml cans.

For more information, contact Deva Dhar at deva.dhar@remedydrinks.com or call 0800 KOMBUCHA (0800 566 282).


E'Stel Water is an independent family owned and operated New Zealand water bottling company. The naturally alkaline, artesian water comes from a source, 890 metres below the ground and is filtered through the Southern Alps, a process that takes 27,000 years to complete. The pristine water holds unique properties creating a great balance within the body, offers an exceptionally subtle clean taste with a gentle silky texture on the palate. The range is available in premium designed bottles of 300ml, 500 ml, 750 ml and 1L in premium cap and the same with the sports sipper, plus 10L bag in a box.

For more information contact Andy Bunny on nzsales@estel.co.nz or 0800 ESTEL NZ.

Switchel is a raw and living prebiotic health drink, featuring raw, unfiltered New Zealand apple cider vinegar. Switchel originated in the Caribbean and had become a popular summer drink in the American colonies in the late 17th century. By the 19th century, it became a traditional drink to serve to thirsty farmers at hay harvest time, hence the nickname ‘haymaker's punch’. A recent winner of the Non-Alcoholic category in the Inspire+ New Zealand Artisan Awards, Greenleaf Organics’ Pineapple Switchel is handmade in New Zealand and BioGro certified organic. It contains filtered water, apple cider vinegar, pineapple, ginger and Grade A maple syrup.

For more information contact chantel@greenleaforganics.co.nz or call 09 379 0817.

Brewed by friends Heather and Sandie, Banjo Brews is a tasty alternative to alcohol that isn’t crammed with sugar, flavouring or concentrates. Handcrafted with biogro natural organic ingredients, Banjo makes kombucha the way it has been traditionally made for centuries. Using a unique blend of organic green and black teas, all flavoured with real fruit, herbs and spices, the resulting beverages are lively, pure and clean tasting. They make six different blends that not only taste amazing but have countless health benefits.

For more information email contact@banjobreweries.co.nz or visit www.banjobrews.co.nz.

28 Black is a different kind of energy drink. Launched in Germany’s hipster metropolis, Berlin a decade ago, 28 Black positions itself as a somewhat more sophisticated energy drink. It operates in the vibrant ‘better for you’ beverage space as it does away with the synthetics (namely Taurine) and uses only natural caffeine. To this day all 28 Black drinks are still being produced in Germany. Its main variant features Açaí Berry flavour, which also boasts a naturally sweetened Sugar-Free version (all in 250 ml). But the Taurine-free energy line does not stop there. It also provides a “Classic” variant which is specifically targeting the taste corridor of traditional energy drinks, making it a viable ‘better for you’ alternative in the on-premise trade. Look out for the exceptional 28 Black Pink Grapefruit Mint and the yet to launch 28 Black Sour Mango Kiwi.

For more information contact info@neillcropper.com or call 09 579 0963.