Distribution Roundup: COCO5, Reed’s Expand in Target; Honest Kids Hits Subway

COCO5 today announced new distribution of its all-natural flavored coconut water beverages in 415 Target stores across the U.S. Meanwhile, premium soda and kombucha maker Reed’s, Inc. announced that its Reed’s Ginger Brew products are now available in 1,335 Target stores throughout the country.

BevNET’s 2016 NACS Show Planner Now Available for Download

The 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual show begins next week. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center the event is a key show for the beverage industry. This year’s show features over 110 beverage companies and for attendees, we’ve compiled a handy list help you navigate the show.

People Moves: KonaRed Adds Soylent COO to Board

Brad Paris, Soylent KonaRed Adds Soylent COO to Board of Directors In the midst of “a major period of revenue growth,” KonaRed, a producer of coffeefruit drinks and cold brew…

Mansi Joins AccelFoods Portfolio

Last week food and beverage accelerator and investor AccelFoods announced the addition of six brands to its portfolio, including calamansi juice brand Mansi. Calamansi is a high-intensity citrus fruit that is used extensively in the Philippines, and Mansi’s single SKU blend is the company’s version of a “Filipino lemonade.”

BevNET Podcast Ep. 29: Why Suja Investor ACG Doesn’t “Make Bets”

Trevor Nelson, the co-founder and managing partner of private equity firm Alliance Consumer Growth shares some details about the firm’s approach to evaluating investment opportunities. In particular, Nelson explains why ACG, which closed on a new $210 million fund in February, doesn’t “make bets” when it comes to funding decisions.

Press Clips: Study Critical of Big Soda Money to Health Groups

The study, authored by Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University school of public health, and Daniel Aaron, a student at Boston University’s medical school, tracked soda industry donations and lobbying spending from 2011 through 2015.

CSPI Sues PepsiCo Over Marketing of Naked Juice

CSPI faults PepsiCo with misrepresenting some Naked products, including the brand’s “Kale Blazer,” by claiming that they "predominantly consist of high-value ingredients," but in actuality are mostly comprised of orange and apple juice.

Snap Kitchen Partners with La Colombe on Co-Branded Bottled Coffee

Snap Kitchen, a fast-growing retail chain that sells healthy grab-and-go meals, snacks and beverages, has partnered with super-premium coffee company La Colombe to launch a co-branded line of bottled coffees. Snap Kitchen operates 49 locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia and the new products, both made with La Colombe’s “cold-pressed” coffee, are sold in all of its stores.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 27: The Next Investment Target for General Mills’ 301 Inc. Unit Is…

BevNET's podcast team recently sat down with John Haugen, the vice president and general manager of General Mills’ 301 Inc. incubation unit. In this edition of the podcast, Haugen discusses how 301 evaluates opportunities for investment in emerging trends and early-stage companies and why finding “natural ways for food to work harder” is an important consideration in the unit's investment strategy.

Reuters: Bai Exploring Potential $2 Billion Sale

The story, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the situation, states that Bai has hired JP Morgan Chase & Co. to conduct an auction and contact potential buyers.