Ray Latif

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NACS Video: High Brew Solidifies DSD Network, Debuts Protein Variety

Following an expansion of its distribution partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, High Brew Coffee has solidified its national DSD network and set its sights on doubling its presence in the convenience store channel, according to company founder and CEO David Smith. BevNET spoke with Smith at last week’s NACS 2016 show, where the cold brew coffee company unveiled a new protein-infused variety.

Oakheart Genuine Spiced Rum Hits Shelves with New Signature Packaging

The label now embodies both the OAKHEART brand and Americana spirit, with the new icon depicting a barrel with flames extending from each end over a pair of crossed axes – an homage to the charred American oak barrels in which OAKHEART is mellowed, and that are coopered in the American heartland.

NACS 2016 Video: Hiball Hits CVS, Targets Growth in C-Stores

With established footholds at natural and conventional grocery retailers, healthy energy drink maker Hiball has set its sights on expanding distribution in convenience and drug stores. The company recently landed a major deal with CVS and is wading faster and further into the C-store channel.

Talking Rain Execs Discuss Strategy for Sparkling Ice Essence

Amid surging demand for unsweetened sparkling water, Sparkling Ice marketer Talking Rain is planning a major distribution push for its “essence of sparkling water” line. Launched in April, the new beverages are lightly flavored and, unlike other Sparkling Ice products, contain no sweeteners, artificial colors or preservatives.

NACS 2016 Day 2&3 Photo Gallery

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) 2016 show came to a close today, but our coverage of event is just beginning. In this Instagram photo gallery, we revisit new products, line extensions and brand updates introduced at the NACS show.

NACS 2016 Day 1 Photo Gallery: New Products, Brand Updates

The 2016 edition of the National Association of Convenience Stores show is in full swing and BevNET is on hand to cover the massive event, held from Oct. 19-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. This photo gallery covers new products, brand intros and news on trends in the convenience store channel that we saw on the first day on the convention.

Pressing Forward, Juicero Taps Dunn as New CEO

Dunn, most recently the president of Campbell Soup’s Campbell Fresh (C-Fresh) division, takes the reins from Juicero founder Doug Evans, who will retain his role as chairman of the company.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 30: The Dirty Secret About Beverage Success

In this edition of the BevNET podcast, we’re joined by Gerry Khermouch, a longtime beverage reporter and the editor of email newsletter Beverage Business Insights. Khermouch shares insights from over two decades as a beverage journalist, including what he calls the “dirty secret” about successful beverage brands.

Distribution Roundup: COCO5, Reed’s Expand in Target; Honest Kids Hits Subway

COCO5 today announced new distribution of its all-natural flavored coconut water beverages in 415 Target stores across the U.S. Meanwhile, premium soda and kombucha maker Reed’s, Inc. announced that its Reed’s Ginger Brew products are now available in 1,335 Target stores throughout the country.

Mansi Joins AccelFoods Portfolio

Last week food and beverage accelerator and investor AccelFoods announced the addition of six brands to its portfolio, including calamansi juice brand Mansi. Calamansi is a high-intensity citrus fruit that is used extensively in the Philippines, and Mansi’s single SKU blend is the company’s version of a “Filipino lemonade.”

BevNET Podcast Ep. 29: Why Suja Investor ACG Doesn’t “Make Bets”

Trevor Nelson, the co-founder and managing partner of private equity firm Alliance Consumer Growth shares some details about the firm’s approach to evaluating investment opportunities. In particular, Nelson explains why ACG, which closed on a new $210 million fund in February, doesn’t “make bets” when it comes to funding decisions.

CSPI Sues PepsiCo Over Marketing of Naked Juice

CSPI faults PepsiCo with misrepresenting some Naked products, including the brand’s “Kale Blazer,” by claiming that they "predominantly consist of high-value ingredients," but in actuality are mostly comprised of orange and apple juice.