BevNET.com's Best of 2013

Whereas added functionality -- often in the form of energy or health and wellness benefits -- has been a key driver of innovation over the past decade, 2013 represented a turning point for the beverage industry in which the most dynamic new brands highlighted natural functionality and flavors. And for the 16 winners of BevNET's Best of 2013 awards, it wasn't so much about what was added, it was about presenting beverages in their most natural form, particularly as consumers pay greater attention to total calories, and grow more wary of artificial ingredients, sweeteners.

From our perspective, the majority of significant and disruptive innovation came from natural beverage categories, with cold-pressed juices, coconut water and kombucha drinks representing many of the most visible new product introductions that we saw in 2013. And while the beverage industry saw a boom in the number of Sparkling ICE-style product launches, there was little true or sustainable innovation in the market for zero-calorie, artificially sweetened, carbonated waters.

With a spate of innovative, polished and well-executed products launching in 2013, judging this year's BevNET's Best of was perhaps the toughest task we've had in the 11 years of awards. Nevertheless, we are pleased to present what we believe are the top new brands in the beverage industry, and on a path to lead their respective categories for years to come.

Suja

Product of the Year

Kevin Klock, CEO, Talking Rain

Person of the Year

Health-Ade

Best Functional Beverage

Balance Water

Best Enhanced Water

Monster Zero Ultra

Best Energy Drink or Shot

Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Tea

Best Tea or Tea-Based

Califia Farms Almond Milk

Best Non-Carbonated Beverage

Suja Elements

Best Smoothie or Meal Replacement

Coco Cafe

Best Coffee or Coffee-Based

Project Fresh

Best Juice or Juice-Based

Motto

Best Carbonated Beverage

Chameleon Cold Brew

Best Mix, Concentrate or Powder

Live Kombucha Soda

Best Product Revamp

FOUND Beverages

Best Packaging Design

Vita Coco Kids

Best Packaging Innovation

“Drink Up” Initiative

Best Marketing Campaign