Putting the Pea in Protein

While soy, long the go-to alternative to animal-based protein, is falling out of favor with many of today’s increasingly health-conscious consumers, peas have emerged as the trending plant-based protein source du jour.

Review: Hiball Energy Rich & Creamy Coffee

Hiball Energy made its first foray into the coffee category with the launch of its new three-SKU “Rich & Creamy” line. Formulated with organic and Fair Trade coffee beans that are cold brewed and blended with nonfat milk, cream, organic and Fair Trade cane sugar, the drinks are also infused with organic guarana, ginseng and B vitamins. 

Review: Jade Monk Matcha Green Tea Drinks

Last year, Jade Monk unveiled a new line of ready-to-drink, matcha-based beverages, which the company showcased at BevNET Live's New Beverage Showdown 8. Available in four varieties, the drinks are cold brewed and high pressure processed. From our perspective, Jade Monk has done a commendable job, and with a few tweaks, has a winner on its hands.

DPS Investment in Bai Based on $500M Valuation

Bai CEO Ben Weiss today revealed that Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s (DPS) $15 million acquisition of a minority stake in his company was based on a half-billion dollar valuation. The deal gives DPS a 3 percent ownership position in Bai, which also recently secured a $25 million line of credit from global investment banking firm J.P. Morgan Chase.

Review: Project Juice – New Varieties

San Francisco-based Project Juice, which operates several retail storefronts in the Bay Area and Southern California, has extended its line of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and shots. The company has, once again, shown a knack for impressive formulations and created some of the best juice products we've reviewed this year.

Review: Caribbean Rainforest Agua de Chia

Despite having a line of fruit-flavored beverages that’s focused on “natural,” there’s no juice in any of Caribbean Rainforest's Agua de Chia products. To compound matters, the company's selection of candy-like flavors is a bit of a head scratcher given that chia is a health-oriented product.

Review: Banjo Cold Brew Coffee

Banjo’s Cold Brew Coffee, which is made in Decatur, Ga., is a ready-to-drink, cold-brewed coffee that is made “specialty grade beans,” according to the company. The product definitely looks the part of the cold-brew coffee segment. As for what’s inside the bottle...

Review: Core Natural Water

While water brands often do a lot to describe the methods they use to make their water superior to others, it’s hard to really gauge the superiority of the liquid just by drinking the product. It's the packaging that sets brands apart. On that front, Core Natural has succeeded in creating something that stands out and has a fresh look to it.