Review: Hopwater

Hopwater is a unique line of carbonated beverages that are flavored with natural hop tincture. Sweetened with cane sugar, the line, marketed as a craft soda and mixer, comes in an original variety and three flavored products.

Review: Zola Mango & Chia

Zola’s Mango & Chia is an organic juice beverage that’s made with a blend of acai, mango, and chia (oil and ground seeds). From a flavor perspective, the product’s flavor is, first and foremost, that of an acai drink.

Review: Clearly Kombucha Pumpkin Spice

With the pumpkin flavor craze making its way into nearly every food and beverage category, it was only a matter of time until someone attempted to use it in a kombucha. That honor goes to Clearly Kombucha, which has done a pretty nice job with it.

Review: Four Point Zero Seltzer

Four Point Zero Seltzer uses 4.0 volumes of CO2 in the formulation of its products, a level that the company claims is the optimal level of carbonation. In our tests, it’s certainly a nice happy medium of not being over- or under-carbonated.

Review: Pressed Juicery – Seasonal Varieties

Pressed Juicery has introduced a couple new products as part of its fall seasonal lineup. The company's Pomegranate, Persimmon, Apple juice and its “Spiced Almond,” an almond milk made with dates, sea salt, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon are nice additions to Pressed Juicery's portfolio, but we think there's a bit of work to be done on the labels.

BevNET Live Winter ’15: After the Showdown

In a panel to be held at the upcoming BevNET Live Winter 2015 event, audience members will have the opportunity to hear how the market treats fledgling beverage brands, even those that have emerged as winners of the competition.

F.A.S.T. Announces $24 Million Capital Raise

Led by the early-stage investment arm of global health care giant Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the raise also brought on a new investor in Lumira Capital, while existing investors like Sofinnova Ventures, Redmile Group, and HealthQuest Capital, among others, also increased their stakes in the company as part of the capital raise.

Smartwater Looks to Sparkle With Carbonated Extension

The Coca-Cola-owned brand yesterday announced the launch of Smartwater Sparkling, which will roll out to select retailers, including upscale dining locations and hotels, online sites and club stores, in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami this month.

Review: Alova (Updated Formulation)

Alova, a brand of sparkling beverages made with 15 percent aloe vera juice, has undergone a few changes to its formulation and packaging. Overall, we like Alova’s approach and the solid flavor that it has created, but the branding needs an upgrade.