Ray Latif

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Snap Kitchen Partners with La Colombe on Co-Branded Bottled Coffee

Snap Kitchen, a fast-growing retail chain that sells healthy grab-and-go meals, snacks and beverages, has partnered with super-premium coffee company La Colombe to launch a co-branded line of bottled coffees. Snap Kitchen operates 49 locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia and the new products, both made with La Colombe’s “cold-pressed” coffee, are sold in all of its stores.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 27: The Next Investment Target for General Mills’ 301 Inc. Unit Is…

BevNET's podcast team recently sat down with John Haugen, the vice president and general manager of General Mills’ 301 Inc. incubation unit. In this edition of the podcast, Haugen discusses how 301 evaluates opportunities for investment in emerging trends and early-stage companies and why finding “natural ways for food to work harder” is an important consideration in the unit's investment strategy.

Expo East 2016 Video: Cham Sees Big Potential for Cold Brewed Tea

At Natural Products Expo East 2016, BevNET spoke with Cham co-founder Niko Nikolaou who discussed the company’s approach to aligning awareness for cold brew coffee with tea, how Cham is educating consumers about health benefits derived from cold brewing tea and why high pressure processing is of critical importance to the brand.

Expo East 2016 Video: NüMoo Emphasizes Innovation in Alt-Dairy

Super-premium dairy alternative brand NüMoo unveiled a revamped label and several innovative line extensions, including an Edamame Soy Milk, at Natural Products Expo East 2016. In an interview with BevNET, NüMoo co-founder Joe Savino said that the updates represent a continued focus on producing nutrient-laden and clean label formulations for plant-based milks.

Video: Secret Squirrel Eyes Bigger Piece of Cold Brew Pie

Having aligned itself with a powerful strategic partner, Secret Squirrel, a Los Angeles-based producer of cold brew coffee, is aiming to make the leap from regional brand to national player in the fast-growing realm of cold brew beverages.

Video: A Recap of Expo East 2016

A showcase for emerging and fast-growing beverage trends, Expo East 2016 most prominently featured the continued evolution of cold brew coffee and the swelling ranks of brands participating in the space.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 25: What Are The Next Billion Dollar Brands? Tom First Tells.

This week, the podcast team is joined by veteran entrepreneur, investor and advisor Tom First who offers his take on emerging trends in the beverage business, including why he sees a big future for gut health and protein. First also shares his thoughts on the kind of beverage companies that are primed to become billion dollar brands.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 24: Hacking Expo East

Natural Products Expo East 2016 opens next week, and this edition of the podcast offers our take on how exhibitors and attendees can make the most of the event.

Suja’s Charcoal-Infused Juice Gets Limited Edition Treatment

Suja CMO Heather MacNeil Cox said that the limited-edition release of Midnight Tonic was an extension of the brand’s 2016 “Surprise + Delight” initiative, one in which Suja “sought out creative ways to give back to our community." Only 1,000 bottles were produced and made available for sale only on Suja’s website.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 23: It’s Effectively Our Take on Probiotics

In this edition of the podcast, we follow up on a recent BevNET Magazine article that examined a growing controversy regarding standards and regulation in the expanding world of probiotic beverages. BevNET Editor-in-Chief, who authored the article, joins us for a lively discussion on the topic.

Solti Hopes to Shine Bigger Light on UV-Processed Juice

Founder Ryne O’Donnell asserts that Solti’s process of exposing juice to UV light, in conjunction with an atmosphere controlled aseptic filler, “is proving to have more nutrients, flavor, aroma and shelf life” than juices that undergo high pressure processing (HPP), a common safety method for cold-pressed juices.

MALK Goes National With Kroger

Organic and cold-pressed nut milk brand MALK has landed placement at 1,200 Kroger-owned grocery stores. The deal with Kroger gives MALK a coast-to-coast presence and a foothold in the premium set of the fast-growing dairy alternative category.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 22: Milking It — Alt-Dairy Continues to Roll

What’s driving the evolution of the dairy-alternative category and continued growth for almond milk? In what ways are brands attempting to disrupt and innovate with single-serve varieties? And can sales remain on this upward trajectory? We hash it out in this edition of the BevNET Podcast.