Jeffrey Klineman

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Lizard King Redux: Bello Aiming for REED’s Board of Directors

Famous for building SoBe and selling it to Pepsi for close to $400M, Bello is one of two or three potential strategic additions to the board that Reed is hoping will help him hold off a new slate of directors: activist investors met with the ginger brew and root beer maker on Monday, he said, discussing their own slate of board members.

L.A. Libations Launches Aloe Gloe With Coke Investment

The news that beverage incubator L.A. Libations had spawned Aloe Gloe as an independent brand partially funded by Coke’s Venturing & Emerging Brands Group (VEB) means a new stage for both entities.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 7: Coffee With the Beverage Whisperer

The team had a chance to evaluate some products with beverage industry investor, advisor, board member and raconteur Ken Sadowsky when dropped by the BevNET Podcast studio for an interview recently.

New Age Marriage: Bucha, Xing Announce Merger

Brent Willis, the CEO of Bucha, a publicly traded kombucha company, announced the merger today with Xing, a Colorado-based natural tea line that is also owned by Tom Lebon and Scott Lebon, the brothers who run Denver distribution powerhouse New Age Beverage.

Co-CEO Comes Aboard at Lucky Jack

Continuing to staff up the cold brewed coffee company they purchased six months ago, celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, announced that marketing expert Matt Ammirati had joined Lucky Jack as a co-CEO.

Oscar on Board: DiCaprio Invests in Runa

Guayusa-powered natural energy drink Runa confirmed today the long-rumored addition of Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio as an investor, joining a new wave of high-profile individual investors including fellow thespians Marlon Wayans and Adam Rodriguez.

No Brakes on Food and Beverage Investment: Video

In the month since Natural Products Expo West closed, food and beverage companies have announced millions of dollars’ worth of investment, from strategic investment in companies like Juicero and Body Armor to advanced funding rounds in brands like Perky Jerky and Health Ade.

$11 Million for Q Drinks, Led by First Beverage

Premium mixers have been one of the hottest categories in the beverage business in the past few years and Q Drinks has led its growth, transforming the carbonated beverage aisle in many specialty and mainstream retail accounts.

Kirban, All Market Go Artisanal, Not HPP, With Coco Community

The company behind Vita Coco has formed a new partnership, called Coco Community, with Thai coconut processor Cocos Enterprises to produce an organic, fair-trade, single-origin coconut water in what CEO Mike Kirban is calling “the artisanal coconut water” segment.