A former Coca-Cola Co. executive, John Blackington arrives at FulHum with over 30 years of experience in the beverage business, including the last 10 as a managing partner at consumer product advisory firm GBS Growth Partners.
Premium mixer and soda brand Q Drinks has announced new partnerships with three liquor wholesalers, including those representing California, Michigan, Georgia and Louisiana, as it builds upon a focused distribution strategy that leans on partnership marketing with spirits producers.
Unlike competing at-home cold beverage machines, Kold does not use a carbon dioxide canister to create carbonated beverages. Instead, its sparkling drink pods contain what Keurig calls “Karbonator beads,” each of which hold beverage-grade carbon dioxide that is released during the drink-making process.
Marketing a range of products that have both unique names and formulations -- including a "medicinal mushroom"-infused, coconut milk-based chocolate drink called Reishi Chocolate -- Rebbl's business philosophy is as deeply entrenched in unique sources of nutrition as it is in organic and fair trade sourcing methods.
The category of cold-pressed juice has matured, and at Whole Foods, the largest retailer in the natural grocery channel, there's not much more room -- if any -- for brands seeking a national presence within the chain. That's the assessment of a high-ranking Whole Foods executive who spoke with BevNET on the floor at the 2015 Natural Products Expo East.
With new American-made copper stills, a veteran distiller and a handcrafted ethos, Dogfish Head Distilling Co. is expanding its distilling program this November with the launch of its 100% scratch-made spirits line.
Within the natural channel, the development of the cold-brew coffee category has been rapid and highly visible, and a new report from market research company Mintel confirms that the beverage is a hot commodity.
In a move indicating its continued vigilance of the kombucha category, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has updated and consolidated information on its website regarding the production, labeling and sale of kombucha beverages.
Coke’s decision is part of a broad review of its partnerships, according to a company spokesperson, and comes just weeks after the cola giant was criticized for its behind-the-scenes funding of a non-profit which downplayed the role of soft drink consumption on obesity.
Details of the settlements have not been released, however, Bruce Schechter, an attorney with R. Rex Parris Law Firm, told LawyersandSettlements.com that Monster had recently paid the family of a 14-year-old who in 2011 died of cardiac arrest.
A few months after Honest Tea partnered with Wendy’s to launch a new organic green tea beverage exclusively in the fast food chain, the company’s Honest Kids brand is now being rolled out nationwide at Wendy’s as part of a revamped kid’s meal and is currently available in select Chick-Fil-A stores.
Hood's Milkwise beverage is described by the company as “a proprietary blend of water, lowfat milk, sugar and other ingredients blended together to optimize taste while delivering lower sugar, fewer calories and more calcium than traditional dairy milk."
As demand for cold-pressed juice continues to expand, Goodnature, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial cold-pressing equipment, sees opportunity to make production simple and feasibly available for a wide range of retailers, particularly neighborhood cafes and small, independent grocers, with the launch of a new machine designed to fit on most commercial kitchen countertops.
As volume sales of carbonated soft drinks remain in a freefall, major soda manufacturers continue to push the envelope with price increases, yet struggle to offset the sustained declines.