Amid a saturated market for RTD cold brew coffee, we decided to take a look at a few beverage categories that we see as ripe for disruptive and timely innovation. Listen to our take, which includes examples of a few companies quietly taking advantage of white space in traditional categories, in the latest edition of the BevNET podcast.
Rau co-founders Daren Myers and Brian Watrous stopped by BevNET’s West Coast office in San Diego this week to share the latest from the growing San Diego-based brand.
A recently published study examining the effects of Berkeley, Calif.’s first-in-the-nation tax on soda and other sugary drinks found that consumption of the beverages has fallen by over 21 percent in the city's low-income neighborhoods.
Conscious Cultures, the maker of Barefoot Bucha, a Virginia-based kombucha brand, has agreed to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Barefoot Wine owner E. & J. Gallo. Conscious Cultures issued a press release on Tuesday which stated that founders Ethan and Kate Zuckerman have not admitting to any wrongdoing, but agreed to change the name of Barefoot Bucha.
Wells Fargo Securities highlighted slowing growth in the energy drink category in a new report detailing Nielsen xAOC (expanded all outlets combined) year-over-year sales data for the four-week period ending on August 13. While dollar sales growth was modest or in decline across most beverage categories, Wells Fargo noted energy’s soft performance recently, up just 3.3 percent in the measured timeframe.
Honeydrop, which produces a line of high pressure processed, cold-pressed lemonades sweetened with honey, today announced new chainwide distribution at natural retailer Sprouts Farmers Market. The beverages are now available at all 250 Sprouts locations across 13 Southern U.S. states stretching from California to Georgia.
The return of Crystal Pepsi came with a few updated graphics, but it’s clear that PepsiCo is aiming for nostalgic appeal. In this podcast, we discuss what, if any, impact retro and throwback products and packaging might have for a brand. We also examine similar attempts of reviving dated imagery and discontinued products by companies seeking a sentimental response.
Beginning this week at Mamma Chia is Lance Dermeik, who has come aboard as the company's new vice president of operations. Dermeik joins Mamma Chia, a maker of chia-based beverages and snacks, after eight years at Hain Celestial as director of contract manufacturing where he oversaw operations on more than 40 contract manufacturers and 15 natural and organic brands.
Earlier this month, PepsiCo introduced a new packaged format for its Stubborn line of craft sodas. Scott Finlow, vice president of innovation and insights for global foodservice at PepsiCo said that the company views craft beverages as an important part of the company’s future, telling Fortune that “Craft is not a fad. It is here to stay.”
Errol Schweizer continues to fill out his post-Whole Foods resume, joining another pair of former executives with the chain to work with natural products veteran Eric Schnell’s new consulting conclave, Beyond Brands.
At next month’s Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore, the New York-based brand will debut an organic line extension of “electrolyte infusions” targeting an older demographic and tilting toward more female consumers, the founder says.
Last week natural products distributor United Natural Foods Inc. announced the acquisition of Gourmet Guru, a natural and organic food and beverage distributor and merchandiser serving the Northeast.
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Steaz CEO Linda Barron said the transaction “will provide the company with resources and strategic synergies to further accelerate the growth of the brand.”