Bottles of Ocean Spray Diet Blueberry Juice on a shop shelf.
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Ocean Spray’s cranberries are now used not only for juice and the jellied cranberry sauce to accompany the Thanksgiving turkey.
The company, led by CEO Tom Hayes, is now turning to wellness and functional beverages to expand its innovation.
“Any brand marketer will know that Ocean Spray’s tremendous brand awareness benefit, 99% brand awareness, is just the beginning,” Hayes said in an interview with CNBC’s Tyler Mathison at the CNBC Evolve Summit Tuesday. “You have to keep the brand relevant.”
Concerns about sugar consumption have caused the entire juice category to decline in recent years. Instead, consumers have drank water, kombucha, and other beverages that promise health benefits.
For example, Ocean Spray began testing CarryOn in Colorado in June. The line of CBD sparkling water was developed by the company’s innovation incubator called Lighthouse. Another line of herbal mixed drinks produced under the new Atoka brand was also the idea of the incubator.
“What we’ve done at Ocean Spray is transforming the company from cranberry-focused to health and wellness consumers,” said Hayes, CEO of Tyson Foods until 2018.
Hayes acknowledged that not every new product will be a huge hit for the farmer-owned cooperative.
“But they bring new life to the category. We need to move from a traditional and well-understood brand to an exciting brand with a portfolio that consumers want to interact with,” he said.
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