Beverage Industry News, Reviews, & Events

Review: Runa Orange Passion

Runa, which markets a line guayusa-infused beverages, has added a new Orange Passion variety to its "Clean Energy" carbonated sub-line. Compared with the other flavors of Runa Clean Energy, we really like use of an orange accent color, which appears on some of the text and in the fruit images.

Review: Suja Essentials “1-Day Renewal” Set

Once again, Suja has added to its vast line of cold-pressed, high pressure processed juices with the launch of a new “1-Day Renewal” set that is sold exclusively at Target. Coming under the banner of its "Essentials" sub-line, the set includes three new items: a probiotic-infused juice, a green juice, and a protein-rich, almond milk-based beverage.

Review: Shaktea Kombucha

Based in Iowa, Shaktea Kombucha positions its six-SKU line of drinks as “Nature’s Healthy Soda Alternative.” Of the varieties that we sampled, each had a nice and light flavor profile that could have some mainstream appeal. The labels, however, could use some work.

Shaking Things Up: A Q&A with Powell & Mahoney

At the recently held 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show, we sat down with Mark Mahoney, co-founder of Powell & Mahoney, to discuss the evolution of cocktail mixer category and how his company is keeping up with a burgeoning shelf set, as well as new retail and distribution opportunities for craft-centric brands and trends we can expect to see blossom in the coming months.

Review: Suavva

Suavva, which we first reviewed in 2012, has been given a makeover, both in its packaging and formulation. While maintaining its key ingredient, cacao juice, the beverage, which had been a pasteurized 70 percent juice product, now sports a 100 percent juice formulation that is high pressure processed and promoted as “cold-squeezed.”