Kvass: from Russia with love

Posted by Josette Dunn on 30th June 2010

Kvass has been a Russian staple of refreshment for centuries, enjoyed by generations of Russians across the country. Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin describes how Russians believed they needed Kvass like the air for living. This unique taste lands on the shores of America this month when Coca-Cola North America launches Krushka & Bochka Kvass in the New York City area.

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Opening a bottle of Kvass releases a fragrant bouquet reminiscent of freshly baked bread cooling on a windowsill. Malty with a sweet finish and light sparkle, Kvass is truly a thirst quencher like no other. Based on a traditional Russian recipe, Coca-Cola created and launched Krushka & Bochka Kvass in Russia in 2008. Since that time, Krushka & Bochka Kvass has become one of Russia’s best-selling brands in the fast-moving non-alcoholic fermented beverage category.

“We are pleased to be able to introduce authentic, Russian Kvass to New York in recognition of President Medvedev’s historic visit,” said Deryck Van Rensberg, president and general manager, Venturing and Emerging Brands, Coca-Cola North America. “Importing Krushka & Bochka Kvass directly from Russia allows us to provide the New York metro area with a unique beverage of the highest quality, steeped in Russian culture and enjoyed for a thousand years. ”

“With our unmatched global reach, we are in a unique position to bring world beverages to leading customer partners and delight U.S. consumers. We will continue to do so, leveraging our more than 500 brands from around the world,” said Van Rensberg.

Available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores in the New York metro area, Kvass is fermented with high quality rye and barley and flavored with natural sugar for a clean, sweet finish. Kvass’s complex taste and authentic flavors will entice those looking for a refreshing, robust and unexpectedly crisp malt taste. Though made through a process like beer, Kvass’s fermentation is closely monitored to ensure the alcohol level falls within the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for a non-alcoholic beverage.

Every detail of the Kvass brand is distinctive, including its packaging. The 16.9-ounce embossed bottle design suggests freshly harvested stalks of wheat. Kvass will be available in single resealable bottles perfect for the on-the-go consumer.

For the launch, the New York City area will be treated to unique opportunities to try Kvass, including Russian Cossack dancers who will entertain crowds while samples and coupons are distributed. Various Whole Foods Market stores in the New York metro area will also offer a free taste of Kvass, along with information and coupons.