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Tio Gazpacho Moves to 10 oz. Bottles, Drops Organic, Adds Corn Variety

In a move designed to enhance the brand’s ability to sell in conventional grocery stores, drinkable soup brand Tio Gazpacho has replaced its 12 oz. bottle with a new 10 oz. size. It’s one of two key changes for the brand as the year begins, as it has also dropped its USDA certified organic status.

Ito En North America Rebrands Teas’ Tea As Organic

Amid growing consumer demand for organic beverages, Ito En North America today announced a new USDA certified organic formulation and revamped branding for its Teas’ Tea line. Ito En will debut the updated line at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, which begins this Sunday.

L.A. Libations Partners With ARYA, a Maker of Curcumin Drinks

Coca-Cola-backed incubator L.A. Libations has partnered with ARYA, a maker of enhanced beverages and snacks infused with curcumin, the bioactive component in turmeric, to help expand the brand’s retail footprint. The deal arrives just a few months after the launch of ARYA, which recently introduced a brand revamp and a new sparkling water line developed in conjunction with L.A. Libations.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 41: Sensing Success with Whipstitch's Burgmaier

In this edition of the podcast, Burgmaier, who’s worked with several fast-growing and high-profile food and beverage brands, including Essentia, Spindrift and KeVita, discussed the current climate for CPG financing, competition for investment dollars and what he views as the key attributes for successful brands.

People Moves: Q Drinks Adds Honest Tea Vets; New COO for Zevia

Fast-growing premium mixer brand Q Drinks has added two longtime Honest Tea executives to its sales team as it looks to bolster its presence at retail stores. Meanwhile, Zevia today announced the promotion of Hank Margolis to the role of COO.

Industry Voices: Predictions for 2017

What will 2017 hold for trends, innovation and emerging categories in the non-alcoholic beverage industry? We asked 10 veteran beverage executives and observers for their takes on what’s to come.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 40: The Trends to Watch in Beverage, Beer and Food

In this edition, the podcast team is joined by BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman and the editors of BevNET’s sister sites, Brewbound’s Chris Furnari and Project NOSH’s Carol Ortenberg, each of whom offered their take on the most pertinent trends and issues within the industries they cover.

GT’s Kombucha Acquires, Rebrands Tula’s CocoKefir

GT’s Kombucha, has acquired Tula’s CocoKefir, the maker of coconut-based kefirs and yogurts that are fermented with vegan probiotic cultures. The transaction took place earlier this year, according to GT's founder GT Dave, who told BevNET that he has long had a fondness for Tula’s products.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 39: What Happens at BevNET Live…

It took us a couple of weeks to recover from the biggest BevNET Live conference yet, but in this edition of the podcast, we reflect on the three-day event, which was held from Dec. 4-6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Bulletproof Relaunches FATwater

Nearly a year after Bulletproof’s FATwater line was recalled from the market, the enhanced waters are back with a new formulation and package.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 38: Mouthwatering Innovation? FoodMinds Says It’s In the Can.

In this edition of the BevNET Podcast, we're joined by Grant Prentice, the vice president of strategic insights for FoodMinds, a food nutrition communications and consulting firm, who talked about recent research on how packaging can impact beverage drinkers’ experiences and reinforce or complement beverage brand equities.