Making Carbonated Beverages with Honey

Coming to a vending machine near you…soda with honey. Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

The growth of artisan sodas is mirroring the increasing popularity of craft beers. If you think about it, the two categories are kindred spirits. Once niche segments in a category laden with powerful mainstream brands. Today, the tide is turning and craft sodas, similar to craft beers, are gaining sales and shelf space.

Clean labels, all-natural sweeteners and outstanding flavor are key attributes to craft soda new product development, which is why many developers are turning to honey. Not only does this all-natural sweetener provide an exceptional sweetness and flavor profile, but honey also gives beverage developers a sweetener with a positive perception.

Plus, the use of honey provides manufacturers of carbonated sodas a way to use lower quantities of sweetener due to honey’s sweetness profile. Because honey imparts more sweetness on a dry weight basis than sugar, manufacturers can use less honey than sugar and still accomplish the same result in the end-product.

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