From Salty Yogurt Drinks to Beet-Based Sodas

By: Katherine Pendrill - Mar 4, 2016
Although sweet flavors have long dominated the beverage industry, consumers are gradually beginning to demand more savory drink alternatives. From salty yogurt drinks to beet-based sodas, savory drinks are quickly becoming the go-to beverage of choice for many consumers.

One of the main reasons for the rise of savory drink alternatives is the influence of international cuisine. This primarily concerns salty drinks favored in Asia and the Middle East that are now making their way to consumers in Europe and North America. Some popular examples include salted lassi from India, ayran from Turkey and umami-flavored products from Japan.

Beyond the rise of global flavors, home-grown ingredients are also influencing the kind of drinks consumers are now enjoying. This is particularly true of vegetables that provide a healthy alternative to sugar-rich fruit juices. Some examples of vegetable-infused drinks include beet-based sodas, drinkable carrot yogurts and salty avocado teas.