Blue Marble Wins at 2021 Bartender Spirits Awards

Blue Marble Wins at 2021 Bartender Spirits Awards

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

June, 2021

Results from this years’ competition are below accompanied with point ratings and judges tasting notes.

Blue Marble Spiked Seltzers

Spiked Seltzers Citrus Joy

Citrus Joy

84 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Light, bright, and balanced. A dry style of seltzer with light lemon zest nuances.

Spiked Seltzers Tropical Retreat

Tropical Retreat

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Tropical flavors as sweet as candy finished with crisp bubbles on the finish.

Spiked Seltzers Pure Love

Pure Love

78 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Straightforward with a clean finish. A good vodka for a base cocktail.

Spiked Seltzers Berry Bliss

Berry Bliss

Blue Marble Cocktails

Vodka Soda Cocktail

Vodka Soda

81 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Nuances of light citrus. A rich and satisfying texture from the natural juice.

Coconut Island Cocktail

Coconut Island

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Flavors of coconut and sugar upfront. Overall sweet and refreshing.

Mojito Cocktail

Mojito

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Nice pre-made mojito flavors. A touch on the sweeter side.

Screwdriver Cocktail

Screwdriver

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Flavors of orange on the palate. A touch sweet on the finish but would be good over ice.

Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

78 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Slight notes of tomato and Worcestershire. Pleasant and balanced. A robust Bloody Mary cocktail that is spicy, savory, and rich.

Cosmo Cocktail

Cosmo

76 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Strong taste of cranberry and orange. Nuances of lime on the finish.

Marble-rita Cocktail

Marble-rita

74 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Flavors of sticky lime. A nice sweetness on the palate.

Blue Marble Spirits

Blue Marble Vodka

Vodka

74 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Flavors of sticky lime. A nice sweetness on the palate.

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

June, 2021

Results from this years’ competition are below accompanied with point ratings and judges tasting notes.

Blue Marble Vodka

Vodka

  • 92 points, Excellent, Highly Recommend
  • Great Value Award
  • TASTING NOTE: Vivid and clean on the nose, which is awash in hints of white currant, citrus oil, peach pit, and white flowers. The palate is mineral and crisp, with slight touches of biscuit dough and black pepper which last on the tongue.

Blue Marble Cocktails

Greyhound Cocktail

Greyhound

  • 90 points, Excellent, Highly Recommend
  • Great Value Award
  • TASTING NOTE: This is a tropical, juicy, and flavorful cocktail. The flavor of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is perfectly matched by the sweetness and natural tartness. The touch of bitterness adds complexity and balances the luscious profile of this summery drink.
Mojito Cocktail

Mojito

  • 89 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Abundantly minty and green fruited on the nose with hints of apple, lime zest, cucumber, and honeydew melon. Salty and sweet at the same time, lime juice and mint are dominating on the palate with a slight spritz which makes it very refreshing.
Screwdriver Cocktail

Screwdriver

  • 89 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Perfect for brunch or a sunny-day picnic, this is a refreshing combination of fresh orange and a clean vodka, resulting in a rich and quenching cocktail that will likely disappear before the ice has melted.
Vodka Soda Cocktail

Vodka Soda

  • 88 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: One of the more potent vodka sodas on the market, this has a splash of fresh lime to brighten up the profile. Very dry, with big, persistent bubbles to drive the flavors and satisfy the palate, it finishes on a bitter lime zest note.
Marble-rita Cocktail

Marble-rita

  • 86 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Sweet up front, but a citrus kick of lime and peppery tequila balance out the drink for a refreshing and classic profile of margarita. Pour over ice or add sparkling water for even more zesty refreshment.
Cosmo Cocktail

Cosmo

  • 85 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Tart and bright with generous flavors of cranberry and lime, this cocktail refreshes while remaining punchy and delivering concentrated fruit flavors. Perfect for summer parties and picnics, enjoy over ice or mix with club soda for a fun one-and-one.
Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

  • 82 points, Good, Recommended

Blue Marble Seltzers

Spiked Seltzers Pure Love

Pure Love

  • 87 points, Very Good
  • Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Crystal clear color with a vibrant brightness in the glass. The palate is ethereally light, offering an energizing, invigorating, and thirst-quenching freshness. The very fine bubbles are incredibly persistent and spritzy creating a spring-water-like crisp finish.
Spiked Seltzers Berry Bliss

Berry Bliss

  • 87 points, Very Good. Strong Recommendation
Spiked Seltzers Tropical Retreat

Tropical Retreat

  • 86 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Opening with a perfumey mélange of tropical fruit candy and sugary tiki cocktail notes, this unsweetened seltzer packs a lot of ripe flavor but finishes completely dry, with the lingering fragrance of orange and pineapple. 
Spiked Seltzers Citrus Joy

Citrus Joy

  • 82 points, Good, Recommended
2021 SIP AWARDS Announces Blue Marble’s Winning Spirits

2021 SIP AWARDS Announces Blue Marble’s Winning Spirits

2021 SIP AWARDS Announces Blue Marble’s Winning Spirits

May, 2021

2021 SIP AWARDS, a consumer evaluated international spirits competition, awards Blue Marble with multiple awards at this years’ event. Measuring premium cocktails and spirits against competitors in their respective categories via blind taste test format, the judges of the competition are industry experts and consumers. Blue Marble cocktails, vodka and seltzers were awarded consumer’s choice, double gold, and innovation awards at this years’ competition, proving that ultra-premium beverages are achievable in a can.

Blue Marble Vodka Double Gold & Consumers’ Choice Award
Blue Marble ultra-premium vodka seltzers Berry Bliss – Double Gold; Pure Love – Gold; Tropical Retreat – Gold
Blue Marble ultra-premium cocktails Bloody Mary – Double Gold; Cosmo – Double Gold; Mojito – Double Gold & Innovation Award; Greyhound – Gold; Marblerita – Gold; Screwdriver – Gold; Coconut Island – Silver & Innovation Award.

Keep The Blue Marble Blue by recycling your empty can. The Blue Marble thanks you.

See results on SIP Awards

Blue Marble Cocktails bestowed RTD Producer of the Year at NYISC

Blue Marble Cocktails bestowed RTD Producer of the Year at NYISC

Blue Marble Cocktails bestowed RTD Producer of the Year at NYISC

April, 2021

Blue Marble was honored with RTD Producer of the Year by New York International Spirits Competition; Double Gold medal and RTD of the Year for Screwdriver and Gold medal for the Cosmo. This year marks the 12th year of this competition, judged by real trade buyers in the spirit industry comprised of restauranteurs, retail spirits buyers and the like. With so many spirits in the market, a superior cocktail in a can is sought out by consumers. It is these types of competitions that solidify Blue Marble as a premium brand that buyers are confident to offer to their guests.

 

Click HERE to see all Blue Marble awards from this years’ competition.

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Food & Beverage Magazine Announce 2020 Winners of PR%F Awards

Food & Beverage Magazine Announce 2020 Winners of PR%F Awards

Food & Beverage Magazine Announce 2020 Winners of PR%F Awards

Making a splash of an impact at the end of the year, Blue Marble goes home with 12 awards from this years’ event. Highlighting GOLD for Blue Marble Premium Vodka’s spectacular packaging design and our seltzers were also on podium to win in the Design Distinctive category. The sleek and clean designs were a hit with the judges. In the ready-to-drink category, which has been a huge trend in the market created a buzz as our cocktails and seltzers were awarded for their well-rounded taste. Premium podium power in this category for these cocktails and vodka-sparkling water beverages that collected multiple medals. Rounding on top with GOLD, Blue Marble’s Cosmo and Greyhound at a 91-point rating proving that these canned cocktails and spirits are not just award winning, but also a great value for consumers and trade buyers.

For more information on PR%F Awards and PR%F Awards Design Distinction, PR%F Awards

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Blue Marble is the Best Premium Pre-Mixed Cocktails Producer

Blue Marble is the Best Premium Pre-Mixed Cocktails Producer

Best Premium Pre-Mixed Cocktails Producer 2020

United Kingdom – December 2020

LUXlife magazine announces the winners of the 2020 Food & Drink Awards.
This year has been the harbinger of challenge, and perhaps no more so than for the hospitality industries. Simple things, such as having food traffic, have been far from guaranteed. For many, it’s been a year of ‘worst case scenario’. Something that couldn’t possibly be planned for. However, that’s not to say that 2020 has been completely void of achievements and success. Because, out of the many challenges 2020 has brought to many a threshold, it has also offered an opportunity to adapt in unexpected ways. Businesses have capitalized on uncertainty and wielded impressive reputations and expertise to bring about new achievements. New successes. New growth. It is with that in mind that LUXlife launched this year’s Food and Drink Awards. To celebrate every success, no matter how small they may seem. Commenting on the winners of this year’s awards program, Coordinator Katherine Benton stated: “It’s been a difficult year for the hospitality and food and drink industries. With that, I offer my sincere congratulations to all of those recognized. I hope you have a better and thriving year ahead.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated establishments that have been selected for them, please visit https://www.lux-review.com/ where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

About LUXlife

Published quarterly, LUXlife informs readers on all aspects of high-end lifestyle, including the finest food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewelry, art and technology from around the world. LUXlife is bought to you by AI Global Media, a digital publishing group founded in 2010. The group currently has 13 brands within its portfolio that include luxury lifestyle, construction, healthcare and small business focused publications. AI Global Media is dedicated to delivering content you can trust.

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2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

2020 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION

August 20, 2020

Mojito Awarded Gold and Ready-To-Drink Cocktail Of The Year.

This year’s 11th annual New York International Spirits Competition was held virtually in New York City. There were 1,200 submissions that included over 30 countries and 60 categories to be judged by working trade buyers from the NYC Metro Area including restauranteurs, sommeliers, retail spirits buyers, distributors, and importers. Being recognized for a premium cocktail right now, amongst other established brands, when the ready-to-drink category is so popular just validates that people want a real cocktail. Blue Marble’s mojito is the right balance of sweet mint, lime juice and ultra-premium vodka. We removed all the fuss so you can just enjoy life.

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Keeping the Blue Marble Blue

Keeping the Blue Marble Blue

Keeping the Blue Marble Blue

August 2, 2020

The Tahoe Fund is a non-profit that was formed to help preserve the Tahoe Basin, promote outdoor recreation, and encourage environmental conservation. The projects that the fund promotes include but are not limited to creating mountain-biking trails, erecting nature-based amphitheaters, eliminating invasive species, preserving the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, and contributing to fire restoration projects.

In the summer, they celebrated their 10-year anniversary of the creation of the Tahoe Fund, Blue Marble is proud to have participated in the event with other like-minded partners and philanthropists by contributing in-kind donation of cocktails to support the fund.  This donation will help raise to support the Tahoe Fund’s initiatives and it is part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding our environment and keeping the blue marble blue.  What a fun and tasty way to celebrate the organization and enjoy the planet while sipping on the best ingredients sourced from mother earth in a recyclable can. For more information about how you can get involved with the Tahoe Fund visit https://www.tahoefund.org.

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BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

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BevSource – June 12, 2020

A part of our Beverage Business Breakthrough Series, featuring stories, advice, and insights from beverage entrepreneurs who’ve broken down barriers to reach remarkable goals.

Imagine building a line of ready-to-drink cocktails, hard seltzers, spirits, a co-packing manufacturing business from the ground up, getting the largest distributor in the world to carry your products, and winning countless gold medals, including “World’s Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail.” Now picture accomplishing all of that with no prior beverage industry experience. Alan Miller, Founder, and Danyelle Rabine, Co-founder of Blue Marble Cocktails and Blue Marble Productions, are proof that passion for your product and smart business practices can turn obstacles into beverage building opportunities.

In Search of a Better Cocktail

A successful entrepreneur in the medical technology space, Miller’s journey into the beverage industry started when he couldn’t find a flavorful ready-to-drink cocktail.

“Danyelle and I just wanted a great-tasting cocktail we could easily serve to our friends on our boat,” says Miller. “We couldn’t find anything that wasn’t watered down, loaded with sugar, or poorly packaged.”

For Miller and Rabine, the gap in convenient cocktail options signaled an opportunity worth investigating. They spent a year researching the market to learn what it would take to be successful. They met with flavor houses and co-packers and worked on costing and business models. As they learned more about the intricacies of the beverage industry, they quickly realized what they needed to do to launch a successful product.

“The vision behind Blue Marble is to be a company that stands out with premium, all-natural ingredients, and superior products that help make the world a better place through our “keep the blue marble blue” donation program,” says Miller.

Beginning with The End in Mind

With the vision in place, Miller set out to gather his team and get investors. While looking for the right investors Miller invested himself personally and still owns nearly 68% of the company’s stock. Having skin in the game was one of the most important considerations he has for success. From his success in his previous businesses, he knew he needed people with established relationships for distribution and on-premise and off-premise sales. He also needed an exit strategy. It may seem counterintuitive to think about exiting when you’re just starting, but Miller explains why it’s essential for success.

“Having an exit strategy is like plugging in the address of your destination before you leave on a trip,” he says. “Once you know where you’re going, you can estimate how long it will take and measure how decisions will impact your journey.”

Miller has been open about his plan to build Blue Marble nationally and eventually position it for a buyout to expand globally.

Blue Marble curated a staff of industry experts with backgrounds in areas like product development, ingredient procurement, and distribution, as well as leaders from outside the beverage world who could bring in a fresh perspective.

“I don’t care about what’s been done in the past unless it’s applied to what consumers want now,” says Miller, who worked with his in-house PhD and Purdue University to formulate cocktails with ingredients like real lime concentrate. “We knew that with enough passion, talent, and bandwidth, we could navigate the challenges and end up with a dynamite product. And we wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

If You Can’t Find It, Build It

With distribution contracts in place from day one, the biggest challenge Blue Marble faced early-on was finding a facility with the quality standards and capacity to produce the product. When Miller reached out to find co-packers who could package his eight flavors into 200ml cans, he realized that the manufacturing partner he needed might not exist.

“The facilities I reached out to couldn’t do what we needed without a substantial upfront investment in building a new line,” says Miller. “There were canning lines for low-volume production, and there was high-volume capacity, running 1,000 cans per minute for companies like Molson Coors. There really wasn’t anything in between.”

So, Miller set out to build out a canning line in 60 days. He went to Pack Expo and bought machines and materials off the show floor. Blue Marble Productions started small with a 35,000 square foot facility producing 600 cases on a “big” day. But soon, they began receiving requests from other companies for 200ml – 355 ml cans. They upgraded the line and can now produce 350 cans per minute with the flexibility to easily switch between can-type and end-packaging.

“Consumers are changing,” says Miller. “It’s not just Coke and Pepsi in the running. This is the era of craft beverages and cocktails. Companies need more options to meet demand efficiently.”

Canning Gets an Upgrade

Starting a manufacturing company wasn’t originally in the plans. Still, Miller quickly saw the opportunity to bring his background producing medical-grade lasers to create a highly-technical and extremely flexible beverage manufacturing facility.

In addition to incorporating world-class practices in traceability, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and accounting, Blue Marble Productions uses automation to advance beverage manufacturing innovation.

“We’ve gone outside the industry to look at robots, lasers, high-speed cameras, and other technology to improve efficiency and maximize output and quality,” says Miller. “We’re looking at everything to see how we can do it better with more flexibility and less cost.”

The company is also helping brands become more sustainable by reducing waste and introducing non-plastic packaging options like biodegradable, edible trays, and cornstarch wrap.

Blue Marble Productions is already producing for some of the top beverage companies in the world and bringing more processes in-house every day. From managing ingredients and packaging to label design, the ultimate goal is to make premium products more affordable by offering one-stop beverage production.

“I see Blue Marble Productions as a place where Google meets canning,” says Miller. “We have a top-of-the-line facility and a fun environment. We offer premium wages and creative incentives like corn-hole, go-kart racing, and tastings. Even as a relatively small company, we’re attracting top talent.”

What’s Next for Blue Marble

For Miller, it’s all about expansion. The new Blue Marble Productions facility (opening this summer) is 181,000 square feet and has enough room to house six complete lines including can sleeving, pasteurization, in-house batching, in-house laboratory testing, and 3PL services. Blue Marble is already canning alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including sparkling/still water, energy drinks, kombuchas, spiked/hard seltzers, and of course, ready-to-drink cocktails. “We want to offer turnkey services to our co-packing clients including private labeling so we can lower their overall cost and give them more of a competitive pricing strategy to their distributors/retailers and ultimately the consumer. If we can help them be successful it means we are more successful,” says Miller. He’s excited about growing Blue Marble’s line of premium products, advancing its support of global conservation and environmental initiatives, and inspiring others.

Blue Marble’s line of beverages has already been expanded to include nine RTDs, four vodka-based hard seltzers, and their own ultra-premium vodka.

“With the onset of COVID-19 we have been approached by restaurants, bars, and more on-premise businesses like arenas, and golf courses, seeking a solution for no-touch or one-touch cocktail service for their patrons.

I am passionate about learning everything I can to advance the brand and our mission,” says Miller. “I want to use what I know and learn to help others succeed. So many people have helped me on my journey, and I am always looking for ways to pay it forward.”

As for advice for aspiring beverage entrepreneurs-Miller says it’s all about passion. “Be fully immersed in whatever you do and make sure you plan on having at least double the money for whatever is in your business plan,” Miller says. “There are no quick wins, but if you believe in what you’re doing and are passionate about it, that will carry you through.”

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Spoon University "Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails" story

Spoon University "Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails" story

Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails

Spoon University – May 30, 2020

By Casey Clark

Raise your hand if you miss going to the bar on a Friday night? Well if you did, then you’re not alone. This quarantine has many people, myself included, missing their weekly social activities. As a way to maintain a sense of normalcy during this crazy time, more people are turning to ‘virtual happy hours’ to socialize and enjoy their favorite cocktails. While that sounds fun, making cocktails can be messy and time consuming, but Blue Marble is here to help.

Blue Marble's Pre-Made Cocktails

Blue Marble offers nine all-natural cocktails and four spiked seltzer flavors. Blue Marble’s drinks come pre-mixed, so there is not need to worry about not having all of the ingredients or making a mess in your tiny apartment or dorm room. The cocktails are made with natural juices, handmade sweet syrups and premium spirits distilled in-house. At 15 percent ABV, Blue Marble’s cocktails make it easier than ever to let loose and relax.

Blue Marble Cocktail Offerings:

Spiked Seltzers: Tropical Retreat, Pure Love, Citrus Joy, Berry Bliss

Marble-rita: Ultra-Premium Tequila, Handcrafted Triple Sec, and All-Natural Lime Juice

Moscow Mule: Ultra-Premium Vodka, Ginger Beer, All-Natural Lime Juice

Greyhound: Made with Ultra-Premium Vodka, and All-Natural Grapefruit Juice

Cosmo: Ultra-Premium Vodka, Handcrafted Triple Sec, All-Natural Cranberry Juice, All-Natural Lime Juice

Mojito: Ultra-Premium Rum, Natural Mint Flavor, and All-Natural Lime Juice

Coconut Island: Ultra-Premium Rum, All-Natural Pineapple Juice, All-Natural Lime Juice, All-Natural Coconut

Bloody Mary: Ultra-Premium Vodka All-Natural Tomato Juice, and All-Natural Spices

Screwdriver: Ultra-Premium Vodka, and All-Natural Orange Juice

Vodka Soda: Ultra-Premium Vodka, All-Natural Lime Juice, and Soda Water

Where To Buy Blue Marble's Pre-Made Cocktails

To find out where Blue Marble’s pre-mixed cocktails are available near you, check out product locator. Stay connected with Blue Marble by following the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

Please remember to drink responsibly.

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