(Nov. 9) How do you get fresh fruit to show up on a list of technological innovations? Infuse it with carbonation using a patented process and see what happens.

Portland, Ore.-based Fizzy Fruit Co. did just that and its carbonated grapes landed on Popular Science magazine’s “Best of What’s New 2006,” a list of what it calls the top 100 technological innovations of the year.

The magazine highlights on its Web site Fizzy Fruit’s FizzyCup, which contains 5 ounces of carbonated grapes, as one of the best new products in the General Innovations category.

The 5-ounce cup of grapes is Fizzy Fruit’s first retail item. It is currently sold only in select supermarkets in Sacramento, Calif., said Miz Nakajima, communications and marketing manager.

The company plans to extend its reach, she said. It plans to introduce carbonated pineapple to the retail market in December. She also said that 7-Eleven Inc. stores in Texas are expected to carry Fizzy Fruit starting in December.

Through Dec. 31, the Fizzy Fruit Co. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. are offering consumers a $3 rebate when they buy The Polar Express movie on DVD and a Fizzy Fruit product.