2014 Drink Trend – Grown Up Sodas
Restaurant chains have been experimenting with “hand-crafted” sodas that often have more sophisticated flavors and are slightly less sweet than traditional soft drinks. Starbucks this summer debuted a line of Fizzio sodas carbonated to order, available in three flavors: Spiced Root Beer, Golden Ginger Ale and Lemon Ale. Sonic Drive-In also rolled out a line of lower-calorie sodas in five fruit flavors. The Sonic Splash line is made by adding flavoring, and in some cases real fruit, to carbonated water.
“For a QSR to go to a product like this says that it’s more than a fad; it’s a trend,” Sonic spokesman Patrick Lenow told NRN earlier this year.Back