Ray Latif

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Early-Stage Intros: Meeting The Next Generation of Beverage Brands

It’s fair to say that tea-based tonics, birch tree water and canned wine are beverage concepts that might not be ready for mainstream grocery aisles. However, they may represent the kind of bleeding-edge innovation that has propelled significant change on beverage shelves over the past decade.

Cogo Northwest Reduces Area Coverage

The move, confirmed by company president Jimmy Stewart, represents another reduction in area coverage for Cogo Northwest, which in addition to Columbia Gorge juices carries those from Stumptown Coffee, GT’s Kombucha and HotLips Soda, among others, on its trucks.

Reboot: New CEO, Investor Group Take The Reins at Life Juice

Life Juice founder Ety Deutsch is still the face of the cold-pressed, high pressure processed juice brand, but a new investment team and CEO are now at the helm and they’ve pushed the reset button on distribution and retail placement.

Video: Cocktail Mixers, Craft Soda Shine at 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

Yes, the Fancy Food Show has evolved. Yes, it now attracts food and beverage products not traditionally viewed as “specialty.” But make no mistake: the event is still a showcase for decadent and unique flavors, and the 2016 winter edition didn’t disappoint.

Golazo Ceases Operations

Golazo founder and CEO Richard Tait said that despite continued growth of the brand in natural and conventional grocery channels as well as a loyal customer base, the company hadn’t reached profitability and was unable to secure the capital necessary to “take it to the next level.”

2016 Winter Fancy Food Show: New Product Photo Gallery

In the following gallery, culled from our social media coverage of the Fancy Food Show, we offer a comprehensive look at new products and brand updates from beverage companies exhibiting at the event.