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New Age Marriage: Bucha, Xing Announce Merger

Brent Willis, the CEO of Bucha, a publicly traded kombucha company, announced the merger today with Xing, a Colorado-based natural tea line that is also owned by Tom Lebon and Scott Lebon, the brothers who run Denver distribution powerhouse New Age Beverage.

FDA Unveils Updates to Nutrition Facts Panel

First Lady Michelle Obama - who has played an active role in efforts to update the Nutrition Facts panel since 2014 - said the label changes “make a real difference in providing families across the country information they need to make healthy choices.”

BevNET Podcast Ep. 5: Weighing in on Water’s Premium Set

In this edition of the BevNET Podcast, we discuss the swelling ranks of premium water brands and efforts by marketers to stand out from the pack. We also examine why a growing number of beverage entrepreneurs are bypassing co-packers and opting to build their own production facilities.

Co-CEO Comes Aboard at Lucky Jack

Continuing to staff up the cold brewed coffee company they purchased six months ago, celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, announced that marketing expert Matt Ammirati had joined Lucky Jack as a co-CEO.

Totally STōKed: WhiteWave Enters Cold-Brew Coffee Category

Food and beverage conglomerate WhiteWave Foods has waded into the fast-growing cold-brew coffee category with the launch of STōK, a new line of RTD iced coffees. The company quietly launched the brand in March, leading with two multi-serve offerings and recently debuted three single-serve varieties.

AQUAhydrate Signs Distribution Agreement with Europa Sports Products

As for the implications for AQUAhydrate’s existing distributor network, Kravitz said he expects the partnership with Europa to significantly accelerate the brand’s penetration of untapped outlets that land outside the core capabilities of the company’s current distribution partners.

Crowdfunding for the Masses

The food and beverage industry hasn’t been one to shy away from crowdfunding models to date, either via donations on sites like Kickstarter or investment platforms like CircleUp.

People Moves: Suja VP Embarks on Military Career

Weiland Jr., discussed his career pivot during a call with BevNET last week, where he described a longtime passion for the military as “a calling that’s been burning inside me for the last few years.”

BevNET Podcast Ep. 4: Downloading With The Founder of Juicero

In this podcast, BevNET CEO John Craven interviews Doug Evans, the founder and CEO of Juicero, a new high-tech countertop juicing machine. Evans discusses the development of Juicero, its introduction to the market and how it fits into the expanding landscape for cold-pressed juice. He also responds to criticism about the unit’s price tag ($700) and talks about his long-term vision for Juicero.

Talking Rain CEO Discusses Sparkling Ice’s Int'l Expansion

On Monday the fast-growing flavored sparkling water brand announced new distribution to the United Kingdom and Ireland, where it’s launched its three top-selling SKUs - Black Raspberry, Orange Mango and Peach Nectarine - at more than 8,000 stores, with a targeted presence in London, Dublin and Belfast.

PepsiCo Tests Heated Beverages in Boston

PepsiCo recently completed a test of warmed soft drinks and teas at approximately 12 CVS locations in the Boston area. Packaged in 7.5 oz. cans, the beverages, which included colas and teas, were displayed in a countertop warming cabinet heated to 122°F.