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BEVERAGE TRENDS: Lohan’s kombucha habit; 28 billion tea liters; 104 drinks in one nozzle

Reported by the New York Times:

Along with her SCRAM bracelet, Lindsay Lohan has recently been seen with another new accoutrement, bottles of an unfamiliar organic drink. So what is the fizzy liquid? It’s kombucha, an ancient drink made from fermented tea. Among its purported health benefits (not yet evaluated by the FDA) are that it speeds up metabolism, cleanses toxins, reduces cholesterol, fights wrinkles, and the nonalcoholic drink is also said to be useful in kicking addictions. Well, mostly nonalcoholic: The label on GT’s Kombucha — the brand favored by Lohan — includes a warning that “due to the fermentation, this product may contain a trace amount of alcohol (less than 0.5%).” Madonna, Kirsten Dunst, and Halle Berry have all been spotted chugging the pungent, vinegar-like potion. Gwyneth Paltrow prefers the raw, organic kind over those mixed with fruit juice.
(For more on kombucha market, consult The Kombucha Report: http://www.teareport.com.)

Reported by nutraingredients.com:
28,991,600,000: The approximate number of liters of tea drinks consumed worldwide annually, according to Canadian/Dohler Market Research

Reported by the Chicago Tribune:
Visitors queued up to check out a high-tech, touch-sensitive Coca-Cola soda fountain that dispenses 104 different drinks through one nozzle. The Freestyle fountain, on display at the National Restaurant Association’s annual show in Chicago, is being tested in Atlanta and California and expected to formally debut in Chicago in August.

Reported by Johnmariani.com:
According to the Wine Market Council, 53 percent of winedrinkers in the U.S. are women. Also, as of 2009, women are now dead even—50 to 50 percent—with men as so-called “core drinkers,” those who drink wine at least once a week.
Nevertheless, when a man and woman sit down to dinner at a restaurant, it’s almost inevitable that the guy grabs or is handed the winelist and chooses the bottle. A survey done by Women & Wine reported that “A majority of [women] stated that when a man is seated with them in the restaurant, the man is usually presented with the wine list. Even more remarkable, 61% of women surveyed noted that even when they had ordered the wine, half the time the waiter presented the bottle to the male at the table.”
Despite Virginia Philip’s renown—the American Sommelier Association declared her the Best Sommelier in the U.S.A. in 2002– she finds that her fellow male Master Sommeliers “literally pounce on the list. I allow them to make their selections. I may order a glass of something else just to get what I really want or to put my two cents in. If I want to see that list, I have to ask for it. Strange right?”

Reported by Nutraingredients.com:
New research from the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) suggests white wines stored in plastic packaging remain fresh for only six months. Glass is still the dominant force in wine packaging but new formats such as the bag-in-box and PET bottles are gaining in popularity.

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