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.

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: Braintrust Revamps Inko’s, Blue Buddha

Approximately 12 months ago, Braintrust Investments, a Burr Ridge, Ill.-based private investment firm, announced that it had acquired premium white tea brand Inko’s. Over the past year, Braintrust, led by former Pabst Brewing CEO Kevin Kotecki, has tweaked Inko’s branding, formulation and product lineup, and the company showcased the updates at the recently held 2015 Natural Products Expo East.

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.

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.

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.