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Welch’s Concord Grape Juice to Launch Across Mainland Europe

Welch’s Concord Grape Juice to Launch Across Mainland Europe
October 14
09:44 2015

USA-based Welch’s is to sell its Concord grape juice concentrate on the European mainland for the first time, giving beverage companies the chance to harness its one-of-a-kind taste and natural plant nutrient content to produce innovative products. Welch’s is one of America’s oldest juice companies with nearly 150 years’ experience of growing Concord grapes and transforming them into 100% grape juice.

Today, grape is the fourth most popular 100% juice flavour in the US and a firm family favourite. Native to North America and grown by Welch’s nearly 1,000 family-farmer owners, the dark purple Concord grape is renowned for its distinctively sweet and bold flavour and is recognised as a truly American ‘superfruit’.

Under an exclusive distribution agreement with Netherlands-based Wild Juice, Concord grape juice concentrate will now be available for companies across the EMEA region to use in branded and private label beverages.

The Concord grape is a plant nutrient powerhouse and its 100% juice has more polyphenols than many other commonly consumed juices. A recent publication also showed that Concord grape juice has a greater concentration of polyphenols than several ‘superfuit’ juices. According to this study, Concord grape juice delivers 13% more polyphenols than blueberry juice, 24% more than acai juice and 53% more than cranberry juice.

Research suggests that certain polyphenols may play a role in supporting a healthy heart, and the polyphenols in Concord grape juice are no exception. In fact, Concord grape juice delivers many of the same polyphenols – and many of the same heart-health benefits – as red wine.

Wayne Lutomski, vice president international for Welch’s, says: “American consumers have enjoyed Welch’s Concord grape products since 1869. It’s part of the fabric of American society and its unique taste and health benefits are loved and recognised throughout North America and beyond. Now for the first time, thanks to our partnership with Wild Juice, we are able offer our Concord grape juice concentrates to beverage manufacturers and brands operating in mainland Europe. It’s a truly exciting development in the history of this wonderful juice.”

Dirk Oyen, commercial director at Wild Juice, says: “We often see new fruit juice flavours coming to Europe from exotic locations – especially superfruits – and they get a lot of attention. What is different about Concord juice is that it is already a very well known and liked flavour in some parts of the world, including the US and Japan. Additionally, the Concord superfruit itself, unlike most superfruits, actually tastes really good. This means it will only be a matter of time before the Concord flavour conquers Europe. Consumers will love it not just for its health benefits but because they will enjoy the new flavour, too.”


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