NOSH L.A. Educates, Inspires Emerging Brands

Featuring upwards of 20 seasoned experts from the space as presenters and panelists, the audience of entrepreneurs were treated to an educational event that dove deep into an accelerating and evolving natural and organic foods world that has become more norm than niche.

Spice Attacks the Beverage Aisle

Demand for peppery potables has not only generated a significant amount of innovation in the spirits category, the non-alcoholic beverage side of the market is also evolving. Spicy ingredients are making their way into a number of beverage categories at a steady rate, often used to enhance the final product rather than showcased a primary taste.

Tio Gazpacho Rounding Out $500K Raise

Soup-in-a-bottle brand Tio Gazpacho is aiming to wrap up a $500,000 round of funding that will be used primarily to expand sales and marketing of its high pressure processed, organic gazpacho products, according to company founder Austin Allan.

From Vitaminwater’s Roots, Many Branches

The new generation of enhanced and functional waters features nuances that magnify the differences between Smartwater and Vitaminwater while forming the core branches of the family tree.

Moringa Moves to Be the Superfood of the Moment

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a tree grown in subtropical areas of Central and South America, Africa and South Asia. The moringa tree’s seeds and leaves are both edible. However, it’s the leaves that are being heralded by Western companies as a superfood.

Peet's to Acquire Majority Stake in Intelligentsia

Just weeks after Peet’s Coffee & Tea announced that it would acquire third-wave coffee darling Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the company is making another blockbuster investment in the super-premium coffee segment, today announcing that it has agreed to buy a majority stake in specialty roaster and retailer Intelligentsia Coffee.

News Skoop: Mix1 Founders Back in the Game

For Greg Stroh, Healthy Skoop represents an opportunity to avoid many of the challenges associated with ready-to-drink products, including the formulation blunders and distribution woes that he encountered with mix1, while still offering shelf-stable, healthy and innovative food options for consumers.

Reaction to the Peet’s/Stumptown Deal

While consumer reaction to the deal varied (some fretted about the possibility of decline in quality of Stumptown coffee), industry executives and analysts largely praised it as one that will build upon growing awareness and demand for packaged cold brew products.

REBBL Names Sheryl O’Loughlin CEO

O’Loughlin’s 25-year career in food and beverages began with stints at food giants Kraft and Quaker Oats, followed by a decade at Clif Bar, the last three years of which she spent as CEO.

5-hour Energy Founder Invests in Global Change

Eleven years since the launch of 5-hour Energy, sales of the energy shots have made founder Manoj Bhargava a billionaire several times over. He’s already pledged to give the vast majority of that wealth to charitable causes before he dies. Now he’s using some of his money to fuel innovation that addresses global health and sustainability issues.