Review: Bossi, For Kids?

People have tried several times to market a ready-to-drink rooibos tea to children, and it has always failed to catch on. To us, there seems to be a big disconnect between the purchaser (the parent who might be in tune with this) and the end user (a child). Can Bossi, a line of USDA Organic rooibos drinks marketed for kids, succeed where others did not?

Review: Koia Takes Plant-Based Protein To New Levels

Koia is a plant-based protein drink brand that is launching in three flavors. Koia's key selling points are its protein content (16-19 g per bottle depending on the variety), low sugar content, and non-GMO vegan formulation. It also has some really sharp looking packaging.

Review: Mr Mak’s Ginbao

Mr. Mak’s Ginbao is this new company’s take on an Asian ginger bao (broth) that is delivered in ready-to-drink form. The product comes in three flavors, Original Dynasty, Dragonwell, and Queen Bee, each of which is packaged in an attractive looking 13.9 oz. glass bottle.

Pressing Forward, Juicero Taps Dunn as New CEO

Dunn, most recently the president of Campbell Soup’s Campbell Fresh (C-Fresh) division, takes the reins from Juicero founder Doug Evans, who will retain his role as chairman of the company.

N.C. Kombucha Brands Plot Growth With New Facilities

Charlotte-based organic kombucha and beer brewer Lenny Boy moved into a new 29,000 square foot production facility in September, while Buchi is preparing to relocate to a similarly sized space near Asheville by the end of 2016.

Reed’s Reports Record Q3 Sales Amid Board Restructuring

Speaking with BevNET after the earnings call, Reed said that four independent board members with expertise in marketing, supply chain, governance and finance, respectively, would be announced in about a week and a half.

Review: Bowery Coffee Co. Cold Brew

Bowery Coffee Co. is a Los Angeles, Calif.-based company that recently launched a five-flavor line of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee beverages. In an overflowing pool of cold brew brands, does Bowery do enough to tell its story in such a way that connects with consumers?

KeVita/PepsiCo Deal on Track

Sources have confirmed that a deal for PepsiCo to acquire KeVita is nearing the end stages, with the larger company paying between $400 and $500 million for the brand.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 30: The Dirty Secret About Beverage Success

In this edition of the BevNET podcast, we’re joined by Gerry Khermouch, a longtime beverage reporter and the editor of email newsletter Beverage Business Insights. Khermouch shares insights from over two decades as a beverage journalist, including what he calls the “dirty secret” about successful beverage brands.

Early Registration for BevNET Live Winter 2016 Ends TODAY

Today is the last day to take advantage of early registration pricing for BevNET Live Winter 2016. The two-day business conference will be held on Dec. 5 and 6 at the Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. After today, tickets will increase by $200 per person.

FDA Enlists Public for Potential “Healthy” Label Revision

In its newest guidance document, the agency released an interim definition, as well as a temporary enforcement policy, that stated it does not intend to enforce the regulatory requirements for certain products that use “healthy” (or related terms such as “healthful,” “healthier,” or “healthfulness”) on their labeling.

Distribution Roundup: COCO5, Reed’s Expand in Target; Honest Kids Hits Subway

COCO5 today announced new distribution of its all-natural flavored coconut water beverages in 415 Target stores across the U.S. Meanwhile, premium soda and kombucha maker Reed’s, Inc. announced that its Reed’s Ginger Brew products are now available in 1,335 Target stores throughout the country.

BevNET’s 2016 NACS Show Planner Now Available for Download

The 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual show begins next week. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center the event is a key show for the beverage industry. This year’s show features over 110 beverage companies and for attendees, we’ve compiled a handy list help you navigate the show.