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Dahlicious Prepping Launch of Dairy-Free Kefirs

The Leominster, Mass.-based brand unveiled the new line, which will be launching this June in 24 oz. plastic PET bottles and available in Mango, Vanilla and Strawberry varieties, in January at the 2017 Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.

KombuchaKon 2017 Recap

Category growth, testing methodology and distribution strategies were just a few of the topics bubbling inside the Long Beach Convention Center over the weekend at the fourth annual KombuchaKon.

Starbucks Launches Teavana RTD Teas

Starbucks today announced that a new line of bottled teas under its Teavana brand will soon hit the market in four states. The news comes approximately eight months after Starbucks and Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) announced a partnership in which the beer giant would manufacture and distribute the teas.

5-hour Maker Ordered to Pay $4.3M in Lawsuit

Living Essentials, maker of 5-hour Energy, and its venture capital arm Innovation Ventures were ordered to pay nearly $4.3 million in penalties and legal costs following a trial in Washington in which a judge found the company in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

Tractor Soda Partners With AccelFoods

Tractor Soda founder Travis Potter praised the investment as a partnership that will align the company with AccelFoods’ broad network of industry contacts and provide guidance on corporate staffing.

Dirty Lemon Looks to Expand Post-Fundraising Round

In an interview with BevNET, Normandin, who founded baby and toddler organic food brand Little Duck Organics, said the company was in the middle of closing the fundraising round and declined to go into specifics. He said that the new resources would be directed towards the company’s current focus on marketing initiatives and developing new products.

Coke Year-End Investor Call Assures "Future for No Calorie"

Incoming CEO James Quincey told investors during its Q4 and year end results conference call Thursday that zero-calorie sparkling beverages and smaller package products will be a focus area for the company over the next two years.

POM Sues Bai Over “Super Tea” Trademark

A cursory search of U.S. trademark registration records indicates that both companies may indeed have reasonable arguments to present with regard to their ownership of the term.

Class Actions Target Alt-Milk Nutritional Standards

Last week two leading alternative milk producers were hit with class action lawsuits alleging their products falsely claim to be equally or more nutritious than dairy milk, one against WhiteWave Foods, producer of Silk, and another against Blue Diamond Growers, producer of Almond Breeze.

Muscle Milk Founder Launches Flavor Company

As the founder and creator of Muscle Milk, Greg Pickett helped make protein drinks palatable for mainstream consumers. In his latest venture, Pickett wants to elevate taste profiles across the beverage spectrum.

Distribution Roundup: Juice Served Here Taps Health-Ade

Health-Ade Kombucha is now on tap at 12 California Juice Served Here locations, Liquid I.V. secures distribution in six new states and the District of Columbia, Long Island Iced Tea Corp. heads to Colombia.