Jeffrey Klineman

Posts by Jeffrey Klineman

Learning from a Dairy Diaspora

There’s an increasing number of people questioning the whole premise for dairy milk, either because they’ve embraced non-dairy paleo lifestyles, have environmental concerns associated with a dairy-centric agricultural system, or just plain don’t like the taste as much.

Five Years in Review

Brands create categories. But declining categories can smother brands. That’s what a five-year analysis of topline category data tells us.

Chobani to Launch Food Incubator

Billionaire yogurt maker Hamdi Ulukaya, who started Chobani, announced plans today to "invest in and cultivate emerging food entrepreneurs," according to an announcement from the company.

The Flavor Rules

Promising brand propositions can fall apart if the flavor isn’t there, while marginally functional products can catch fire behind great taste. Brands will do whatever they can to maintain their flavor advantage (Coke’s secret formula, anyone?) while a switch in sweetener mix can totally undermine a product (Vitaminwater’s recent stevia experiment comes to mind).

NACS Video: Here’s Why Sparkling Ice Launched Tea

Even with the presence of major players like Lipton, Nestle, AriZona, and Coke in the category, Talking Rain CEO Kevin Klock said, there was an opportunity to bring in a new, single-serve brand that could add to the company's volume. "We're between categories," Klock told BevNET during a videotaped interview on the floor of NACS. "That's where the white space is."

Going Pro?

For probiotic beverages, rising interest in both gut health and overall natural health have led to increased attention on the tiny bacterial strains embedded within the bottle. Mainstream growth is starting to come, with conventional retailers expanding the presence of brands like GT’s Kombucha, Lifeway Kefir, even newcomers like KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink and Goodbelly juices.