Starbucks Refreshers beverages deliver thirst-quenching refreshment from real fruit juice and a boost of natural energy from a new source, green coffee extract. The new beverage platform gives the company an opportunity to introduce a completely new offering globally.
“The launch of new products such as Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffees and customizable Frappuccino are great examples of how we continue to leverage our coffee expertise. If anyone was going to innovate in coffee while delivering on an untapped energy and refreshment need state, it would be Starbucks,” said Annie Young-Scrivner, global chief marketing officer for Starbucks and president, Tazo Tea. “The energy category is the fastest growing category within measured CPG channels at $8 billion, up 16% over the last year (IRI YTD ending December 25, 2011). The launch of Starbucks Refreshers beverages continues to support our growth strategy to innovate with new products, enter new categories, and expand into new channels of distribution.”
The introduction of the Starbucks Refreshers beverages brand platform is an evolution of the coffee market using a new breakthrough coffee experience using green coffee extract, resulting in low-calorie refreshment with a boost of natural energy from caffeine and fruit juice. Unlike the traditional process, the green coffee extract used in Starbucks Refreshers beverages is unroasted—resulting in a beverage with a mild and fresh flavor while still retaining naturally occurring caffeine. Made with green coffee extract from 100% arabica beans, customers will be able to experience Starbucks Refreshers beverages in multiple formats, making it easy to re-energize wherever they are.
At 60 calories per 12-oz. can, Starbucks Refreshers beverages are available in Raspberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Lemonade and Orange Melon, in lightly sparkling, ready-to-drink form. By the end of April, customers will find ready-to-drink Starbucks Refreshers beverages at more than 160,000 points of distribution where they buy groceries in the U.S.