Ray Latif

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Peet’s to Acquire Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Peet’s is likely to lean on Stumptown’s proficiency in production and distribution of cold-brew coffee with an eye on launching its own ready-to-drink offering.

Industry Veteran Takes the Reins at FulHum Water

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.

TTB Launches New Kombucha Page

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.

WSJ: Coke Will Not Renew Sponsorship of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

Keurig Launches New “Kold” Beverage System

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.

Report: Monster Settles Lawsuit for “Substantial Dollars”

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.

Expo East 2015 Video: Rebbl With a Cause

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.

Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s Add Honest Kids to Menus

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.

Video: A Recap of the 2015 Natural Products Expo East

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.

Expo East 2015: All Grown Up

Perhaps more than any particular hot new trend, what stuck out at last week’s Natural Products Expo East trade show at the Baltimore Convention Center was the visible growth and continued maturation of beverage categories and brands which were in their infancy just a few short years ago.

Goodnature Unveils Countertop Cold-Pressing Unit

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.