Shaking Up Powdered BeveragesMay 30, 2014
“Consumers are increasingly looking for on-the-go products. The only portable solution for many powdered products are small on-the-go powder sticks the consumer needs to add to a water bottle. But, adding powder to water is not the best mixing method. It’s better to start with the powder and then add water for a well-mixed beverage. This led us to design this new breakthrough product,” said Steve Callahan, president of Perimeter Brand Packaging. “BlenderPak provides powder users a way to drink a fresh, cold drink whenever and wherever they want. While ready-to-drink shakes are convenient, keeping them cold all day, while on the go, is a challenge.”
BlenderPak is an ideal solution for many powdered products that need to be mixed with water, such as protein, meal replacement, nutraceuticals, sugared beverages, and other powdered mix products. The unique MixingMesh technology helps break up the clumps of powder and deliver a smooth shake. The pouch is pre-filled with one serving of powder, so the consumer only needs to fill it with water, shake and drink.
“Anyone who drinks powdered mixes will tell you that a clumpy beverage is a terrible experience,” said Callahan. “The MixingMesh technology makes sure consumers have a smooth beverage every time.”
In the development and consumer insights process, Perimeter worked with active protein powder consumers in both the concept and final design verification phases. The reaction from consumers was clear—consumers want to make healthy choices and they say the convenience of BlenderPak will help them do that. There’s good news for brands too. Consumers said because BlenderPak is convenient, they would drink these powdered mixes more often and in more places.
“There have been times when I’ve forgotten my blender bottle and craved the protein, but I just skipped it,” said one consumer. “If I had something like this, I’d probably drink protein seven times a week [versus just a few].”