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Review: Búcha Yuzu Lemon Kombucha

Bucha’s Yuzu Lemon flavored kombucha is the latest addition to the company’s line of USDA Organic certified beverages. From a flavor perspective, it’s quite mild and it lacks the vinegar like flavor that you’ll find in many other kombucha products. Instead, it has a flavor that’s better described as a carbonated tea.

What Angel Investors Look For In a Natural Foods Company — PLUS Seth Goldman’s Bonus Criteria

A lot of the time in the CPG space, the earliest investors you line up will themselves be successful entrepreneurs who recognize the potential for your product. But do you ever wonder how those experienced food and beverage entrepreneurs think about what companies to invest in themselves? Seth Goldman, co-founder & TeaEO, Honest Tea, has invested in several startup food and beverage companies over the years — and shared this piece with BevNET Food & Beverage University.

Review: Forager Project

Based in San Francisco, Forager Project is a company that produces a range of organic, cold-pressed juices. Marketed as “fast slow food,” the brand includes four sublines — Greens, Nuts, Roots and Cleanse — with two to four juices in each line. While we enjoyed the formulation of the drinks that we sampled, the naming convention for the juices, differentiated by the name of the subline and a letter (i.e. “Greens A” and “Nuts B”) could be improved upon.

Review: TYR Endurance Sport

Last year, TYR, a sportswear manufacturer, launched TYR Endurance Sport drinks. The company has certainly put out a very professional looking first effort, with a formulation that includes EMIQ (a form of quercetin), carbohydrate complex, caffeine and EGCG, and Ace-K and sugar as its sweeteners. From a taste perspective, the products are very drinkable, but the packaging will need some work for this brand to make its mark.

Review: Xiomega Seedless Chia Water

Fortified with chia seed oil, rather than seeds or ground chia, Xiomega Seedless Chia Water has no detectable taste of chia.This could be opportunity for the company, in that some consumers dislike the texture of some some chia drinks. However, we do wonder about Xiomega’s use of agave as a sweetener and think that the label for these products definitely needs an upgrade.

Review: drinkme Juices

drinkme, which markets a line of “cold blended” and high pressure processed juices and smoothies, recently updated its packaging and moved into a new 15.2 oz. round-edged bottle. While the company had done well with the formulation of the products, we’re still left feeling as though the company could do more with the label.

Review: Live Soda Kombucha

Last year, Live Soda Kombucha underwent a very well-designed and well-executed rebranding, landing the company a BevNET Best of 2013 award for Best Product Revamp. Recently, Live Soda added two new flavors, Orange Cream and Sparkling Ginger, that build upon the company’s efforts to reach out to broad range of consumers in both natural and mainstream.

Download BevNET’s Show Planner for Natural Products Expo West 2014

With nearly 300 beverage-related exhibitors, Expo West 2014 looks to be a massive show for innovation, new brands and line extensions. will be on hand to cover the event from the show floor, with instant coverage on social media and in online and print stories in the days to follow. Below, you’ll find details about the show, listings of beverage exhibitors (supplied by New Hope Natural Media), and BevNET’s print-ready show planner.

Review: Seva 100% Maple Water

Sourced from maple sap, but unlike maple syrup, not cooked down into a concentrated form, maple waters have gained some buzz in recent months with a steadily increasing number of brands entering the market. Seva Maple Water is one such brand. With a very light maple flavor, it’s definitely a palatable product and one that is thirst-quenching. But is that enough of a reason to drink this beverage?

Review: Vita Coco Lemonade

Vita Coco’s Lemonade variety is a not-from-concentrate coconut water that is perhaps the company’s most mainstream offering to date. Blending lemon puree, which has a pretty assertive flavor, with coconut water and fruit sugar results in something that tastes much more like lemonade than coconut water. To that end, consumers don’t necessarily need to care for lemonade to enjoy this product.

Review: Kombucha Wonder Drink “Raw”

Kombucha Wonder Drink’s “Raw” line comes in three varieties each containing 13 calories and 2 grams of sugar per 11 oz. bottle. While the beverages have a slightly sour note to them, rather that the vinegary taste associated with most kombucha drinks, the products have a mellow flavor and are quite drinkable. If we have any criticism, it’s for the labels, but overall, this is a great line.

Review: Suja Essentials

Launched in January, Essentials is Suja’s third line of organic, HPP juices and designed to be a more mainstream offering than its other lines. The launch comes with a subtle…

Review: Mastiqua Water

Mastiqua is a sparkling mineral water flavored with mastiha, “a world-renowned natural resin from the Mediterranean island of Chios,” according to the supplier. For most people out there, that really will give no indication as to the taste of this product, which has a flavor that is almost like a light birch or sarsaparilla flavor with a mint finish. While we do like what’s inside the bottle, we think that the branding, which is very heavy on its Greek origins, is not the best way to position it.