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Crystal Geyser Water Company Introduces Tejava® Tea Pod

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Crystal Geyser Water Company Introduces Tejava® Tea Pod Launch in Collaboration with Intelligent Blends 

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 30, 2017

In 2016, it was reported that over 30% of US households own a single serve brewer. With this expanding market, Crystal Geyser is excited to announce the availability of Tejava single serve tea pods and a partnership with single serve pod manufacturer Intelligent Blends. Tejava is a 100% all-natural, unsweetened black tea that recently claimed 1st place at the Global Tea Championship™ and also holds five 1st place awards from the North American Tea Championship™.

“Many of our loyal Tejava fans use these one cup brewing systems.  We are thrilled to be able to give them a new way to enjoy their favorite tea,” said Judy Yee, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for the company. “We heard our consumers tell us they enjoyed Tejava hot as well as iced.” For its initial launch, Tejava has released their Original Black Tea, Black Peach Tea, and Black Pineapple Mango, with the plan of releasing additional blends over the next year.

To make this a reality, Tejava worked diligently to find an experienced co-packer with the talent to assist in this endeavor. “It’s a great relationship in a great market,” says Owner and President of Intelligent Blends, Michael Ishayik. “Over the past 4 years, the single serve beverage market has only seen growth and the largest opportunities now lie in specialty drinks such as Tejava’s new premium tea line.”

Once again, the Tejava brand has shown its commitment to high quality by continuing to push innovation and product development. Intelligent Blends Roast Master, Jeff McIntosh added, “Working with the people at Tejava, collaborating on these new tea blends has been nothing short of an incredible process. Spending many hours meticulously creating what we believe is the perfect tea pod, we think we nailed it. I’m personally very excited to see how the tea community reacts to this new easy use method.”

Another key component in this new offering from Tejava is that all pods are made from a recyclable #5 plastic with an easy peel tab that allows pods to be recycled after use.

The Tejava tea pods are available online at Amazon.com with distribution to other retail outlets soon. Tejava will continue to be sold in PET plastic bottles and the traditional 12-ounce and 1-Liter glass containers.

About Crystal Geyser Water Company

Crystal Geyser Water Company was founded in 1977, with a mission to provide the best natural sparkling water in the world. Our name was chosen to represent the purity and clarity of the water, and our highest priority has been to preserve and maintain the water’s refreshing, natural character. Based in California, our company offers sparkling water and a variety of healthy alternatives to sodas and artificially-sweetened drinks. Crystal Geyser remains committed to employing sustainable business practices, using PET bottles, which are BPA-free, phthalate-free, and 100% recyclable. For more information, visit http://www.crystalgeyser.com and www.tejava.com.

About Intelligent Blends:

Intelligent Blends is a Company dedicated to the pursuit of making single serve cups available to brands & suppliers of all sizes. Intelligent Blends operates a dedicated 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Southern California and our veteran management team has a combined average tenure of 25 years in manufacturing and co-packing experience. Our advanced, state-of-the art single-serve conversion equipment was custom designed for the launch of Intelligent Blends – from Stainless Steel Nitrogen flushed totes, to grinders and packaging lines, down to the Agtron for testing.  Serving one of the fastest growing markets in retail, Intelligent Blends has a current capacity of over 200 million single serve cups per year. Visit www.intelligentblends.com

GFSI Certification Achievement

Intelligent Blends -GFSI Certification Achievement 2017: Grade AA

San Diego, CA, April 20th, 2017-

Intelligent Blends has announced it has renewed/earned certification with a AA Grade through the British Retail Consortium (BRC) under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for its manufacturing location in San Diego California.

“The BRC certification is validation of our long term commitment to providing the highest quality food safety standards within the supply chain” explains Patricia Tjong Quality Control Manager. “A growing number of manufacturers, retail and food service companies globally and in North America require this independent certification”

Michael Ishayik, President for Intelligent Blends explains the rationale in seeking the certification.
“Globally recognized certification such as BRC helps us to ensure our product manufacturing and food safety practices are meeting the best possible standards and provide valuable third party recognition of our commitment to our customers”

Intelligent Blends is also Certified by BRC/GFSI, QAI/USDA Organic, Costco/GMP, Star K Kosher and Fair Trade.

About BRC:

BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program, used by over 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies.

The Standards guarantee the standardization of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfill their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers.

Originally introduced in 2006, the Global Standard for Storage and distribution provides the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing standards and the end user, retailer, and the food service company. BRC has been recognized internationally as the leader in food safety certification. As a member of the GFSI, the BRC is committed to continuous improvement of its food safety standards and requires the same continuous improvement from the distribution centers they certify.

For More Information:
Patricia Tjong – Quality Control Manager
Patricia@intelligentblends.com

About Intelligent Blends:

Intelligent Blends is an exciting new Company dedicated to the pursuit of making single serve cups available to brands & suppliers of all sizes. Intelligent Blends operates a dedicated 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Southern California and our veteran management team has a combined average tenure of 25 years in manufacturing and co-packing experience. Our advanced, state-of-the art single-serve conversion equipment was custom designed for the launch of Intelligent Blends – from Stainless Steel Nitrogen flushed totes, to grinders and packaging lines, down to the Agtron for testing – our equipment is top of the line and brand spanking new. Serving one of the fastest growing markets in retail, Intelligent Blends has a current capacity of over 200 million single serve cups per year.

Bulk single-serve pods

Buy bulk single-serve pods at wholesale pricing direct from the manufacturer. Fresh batch-roasted gourmet coffees and premium teas in recyclable capsules.

If you’re looking for the best value on single-serve coffee and tea and prefer to buy in bulk, Intelligent Blends offers a growing selection of gourmet coffee and tea made for Keurig® and K-Cup® brewers direct from our manufacturing plant to you. With a variety of gourmet coffee and premium tea blends suit most taste preferences, we’re confident that our wonderful line of single-serve pods will impress your taste buds cup after cup. Please fill out this short form to Request Pricing. We look forward to hopefully serving you!

  • Our single-serve beverages contain only fresh, high-quality ingredients.
  • #5 Recyclable Capsules with advanced biodegradable filters
  • Batch-roasted, 100% Arabica coffee beans
  • We’re experts in creating single-serve beverages
  • Member of the SCAA since 2011
  • R&D Lab and Award-Winning Innovations

Maud’s Righteous Blends is our own brand of single-serve coffees and teas.

Maud’s Gourmet Coffee
Available in 10 blends, Maud’s sources only the finest 100% Arabica coffee beans, which are batch roasted and quickly packed into our advanced recyclable single-serve capsules.

  • Bubbies Breakfast Blend – Light Roast
  • Dunk Your Donut Shop* – Light Roast
  • Maud’s in the House Blend – Medium Roast
  • World’s Best Half Caff – Medium Roast
  • Mellow Mood Decaf – Medium Roast, Decaf
  • Kona Lisa – Medium Roast
  • Organic Fanatic House Blend – Dark Roast
  • Tall Dark and Handsome* – Dark Roast
  • French Roast from the Coast – Dark Roast
  • Espress-O Yourself – Super Dark Roast

Maud’s Organic, Fair Trade Gourmet Coffee
Available in 4 blends. Only the finest 100% Arabica coffee beans, that are USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade certified, are batch roasted and quickly packed into our advanced recyclable single-serve capsules.

  • Colombian – Medium/Dark Roast
  • Ethiopian – Medium/Dark Roast
  • Guatemalan – Medium Roast
  • Sumatran – Dark Roast

Maud’s Gourmet Flavored Coffee
Available in 8 blends, Maud’s sources only the finest 100% Arabica coffee beans, which are batch roasted and quickly packed into our advanced recyclable single-serve capsules.

  • Maud’s Sister Hazel(nut)* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • Dreamy Creamy Salted Caramel* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • Gone Banana’s Fosters!* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • Hottie Biscotti Vanilla Almond* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • Jamaican Rum Yum* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • French Toast Roast* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • Raspberry Choco-Latté* – Medium Roast, Flavored
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Mrs. Brown – Medium Roast, Flavored

Maud’s Gourmet Tea
Available in 4 blends, Maud’s uses only fine premium teas, which are carefully blended and sealed into our advanced recyclable single-serve capsules. Preserving the delicate leafs, our process ensures fresh taste and aroma in every cup.

  • Organic Royally Good English Breakfast – Black Tea
  • Organic Uncle Earl’s Going Grey  – Earl Grey Tea
  • Organic Passion Green – Organic Green Tea
  • Organic Peppermint Patty – Organic, Herbal Tea

Other Fantastic Maud’s Offerings

  • Apple of My Eye Cider – All Natural Apple Cider
  • Loco Hot Cocoa – All Natural Hot Chocolate

*Also available in Decaf

We are a manufacturer selling bulk single-serve pods directly to you and pass along savings

Happy Holidays From Intelligent Blends!

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Happy Holidays!

From the Intelligent Blends Family to You and Yours.

During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those
who have made our progress possible. It is in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely…Thank you and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season!

With tremendous market growth, new capsule innovations and much more, 2015 is sure to be another exciting year in Single-Serve!

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Single-Serve Price Hikes & Custom single-serve pods

Custom K Cups

Keurig® brand pods along with Starbucks, Folgers, Maxwell House, Gevalia, Yuban and Dunkin’ Donuts to raise pricing on single-serve coffee by 9%.

Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) recently announced it plans to hike prices by 9% for the pod packets used in its signature brewing system, as well as other single serve packets, bulk coffee and other products beginning in November.

It’s the latest in a string of price hikes this year as coffee producers pass along higher costs, but the single-serve market had been spared until now. A drought in Brazil dried up the harvest of Arabica coffee beans, driving coffee prices up by 58% in the past year. Starbucks said that they would increase prices by 5-20¢, depending on the order and where the purchase is made. J.M. Smucker also raised prices by 9% for the Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts (DNKN) brand coffee that it makes for sale in grocery stores. Kraft will raise the price of its Maxwell House, Gevalia, McCafe and Yuban pod packs by about 9 percent, effective Dec. 28, due to sustained price increases in associated raw materials, a company spokeswoman said.

These large brands that automatically pass along rising commodity costs to the consumer are losing part of the market because prices never come down when coffee costs fall. The issue is giving single-serve coffee drinkers a choice on pricing and variety. Everything in the licensed Green Mountain world is gravitating from 62¢-65¢ per cup on the low end to 75¢-85¢ on the higher end offerings. With high pricing on what’s often not the best coffee, shoppers are looking for better ways to enjoy single-cup beverages, and that’s where custom pods come in.

Thanks to a small number of companies like Intelligent Blends with advanced production capabilities and substantial capacity, custom single-serve pods are quickly emerging in the marketplace. It’s exciting to see a growing and diverse range of coffees, teas and other beverages becoming available in k cups. The diversification is not just on roast and flavor or blend, but also on price. Shoppers are paying attention to other innovations in the single-serve market including sustainability as private label brands with access to eco-friendly capsules offer recyclable options.

Keurig®-only prices and all of the endless waste from wrapping every cup of coffee or tea in non recyclable plastic will only continue to drive demand for single-serve pods. In 2015, we will also see the latest wave in private label capsule compatibility as manufacturers introduce 2.0 solutions.

Learn about creating your own custom single-serve pods.

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