Review: Sound Sparkling Tea

Sound Sparkling Tea, which launched as Sodterra, is a line of carbonated tea drinks that come in three unsweetened and zero-calorie varieties. In our review of the brand's White Tea and Chamomile products, it's clear that Sound has created beverages that are very enjoyable and, aside from a couple adjustments to the labels, well-executed.

Review: Lumi Juice Shots

Lumi Juice, a producer of cold-pressed, high pressure processed juice blends, has launched a trio of 2 oz. "shot" products. Formulated with a range of trendy and bleeding-edge ingredients (including turmeric and broccoli leaf), the juices are very well-executed and excellent addition to Lumi's portfolio.

Whynatte Latte Enters 1500 Kroger-Owned Stores

Launched in 2008 as a hybrid coffee and energy drink and often promoted as a premium cocktail mixer, Whynatte is now positioned as a ready-to-drink coffee, first and foremost, according to founder Jesse Altman, who said that the beverages will be sold in the natural food sections of Kroger stores.

Exploring a Year of Challenges

With Chris Campbell, Jesse Altman, and Daniel Sullivan on a panel that takes them through the previous year to the present day, the beverage industry will benefit from the immediate past experiences of three thoughtful, driven, strategically conscious brand owners who have all shown a unique openness with regard to discussing their progress and objectives.

Aquahydrate Gets a Few Sips in National TV Ad for Ciroc Vodka

Sean "Diddy" Combs, one of a trio of high-profile investors in Aquahydrate, has once again worked the alkaline water brand into a national television ad, this time for Ciroc Vodka. The ad, which promotes designated driving, comes approximately 15 months after the debut of a widely aired TV spot for Fiat, which also included placement of Aquahydrate.

Review: Teapigs Matcha

Teapigs, a U.K.-based producer of premium tea products, has launched a three-SKU line of ready-to-drink matcha products. In our review of the company's apple and grapefruit varieties, we found the flavor of each to be well-conceived, but feel that the packaging needs work.

Coke Advances its Refranchising Efforts

The deal is expected to close in the Fall of 2015, at which point Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will take on distribution of Coca-Cola products in major markets including Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, Alexandria, and Washington D.C.