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Identity Crisis Brews For Alt-Milks As Congress Pushes FDA Scrutiny

As the last year ended, a group of 32 U.S. congressmen threw those drinks a holiday-season curveball in the form of a letter that argued so-called “alt-milks” aren’t “milk” at all, and pressured the FDA to take action to reserve that descriptor for dairy products only.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on New Nutrition Facts Label

The draft guidance, a series of recommendations addressing issues ranging from manufacturer compliance and the declaration of added sugars to appropriate spacing between lines on the label itself, is an in-progress version of guidelines that will represent the current thinking of the FDA when finalized.

Private Label Functional Beverages Taking Root in Grocery

In an interview with BevNET, Susan Viamari, vice president of thought leadership at IRI, explained that embracing functional and better-for-you beverages is a way for private label brands to move away from “me-too” types of innovation and carve out more specialized niches.

The Top 10 Most-Read BevNET Stories of 2016

As 2016 nears the finish line, it’s time to reflect on some of the biggest beverage stories of the past year. We at BevNET checked the most popular stories on our site and have put together our Top 10 of the most read of the past year.

FDA Warning of Stay Fresh Raises Questions Over Low-Acid Juice Policy

While both regulators and industry experts have indicated skepticism about the ability of HPP to inhibit spore growth to an acceptable level in a low-acid beverage, there seems to be no definitive rule that clearly indicates their safety or acceptability.

Humm Kombucha Amps Up Production At New Facility

Humm Kombucha is gearing up for a big year as the Oregon-based company prepares to move into a new manufacturing facility that will give it the ability to dramatically increase production of its fast-growing kombucha line.

Harmless Harvest Settles Lawsuit Questioning Organic Claims

On Tuesday Harmless Harvest announced in a statement emailed to BevNET that it had agreed to settle the lawsuit, citing a desire to avoid a long and costly legal battle. However, the company “vigorously” denied any wrongdoing and liability and asserted the legitimacy of its organic certification. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

GT’s Kombucha Acquires, Rebrands Tula’s CocoKefir

GT’s Kombucha, has acquired Tula’s CocoKefir, the maker of coconut-based kefirs and yogurts that are fermented with vegan probiotic cultures. The transaction took place earlier this year, according to GT's founder GT Dave, who told BevNET that he has long had a fondness for Tula’s products.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 39: What Happens at BevNET Live…

It took us a couple of weeks to recover from the biggest BevNET Live conference yet, but in this edition of the podcast, we reflect on the three-day event, which was held from Dec. 4-6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

People Moves: Hain Celestial Announces Executive Appointments

Hain Celestial announces executive appointments, former Pabst CEO to head lettuce company, Top Note Tonic hires former Heineken VP and Mike Jaeger leaves C. Mondavi & Family which will now be helmed by interim CEO John Lennon.

Divinia Finishes Seed Round With $800K in Funding

Divinia Water, a premium filtered line which touts itself as “the cleanest bottled water on Earth,” has finished its seed funding round, pulling in $800,000. The funding will go toward new retail and distribution initiatives beyond its home market of Idaho.