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Video: Juice Served Here Co-Founder Discusses Rapid Expansion

With the launch of a new 20,000 sq. ft. production facility and foray into high pressure processing (HPP), Juice Served Here is aiming for continued expansion in the availability of its raw, cold-pressed juices, yet is focused on maintaining its identity of “Never Conventional.”

F.A.S.T. Announces $24 Million Capital Raise

Led by the early-stage investment arm of global health care giant Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the raise also brought on a new investor in Lumira Capital, while existing investors like Sofinnova Ventures, Redmile Group, and HealthQuest Capital, among others, also increased their stakes in the company as part of the capital raise.

Smartwater Looks to Sparkle With Carbonated Extension

The Coca-Cola-owned brand yesterday announced the launch of Smartwater Sparkling, which will roll out to select retailers, including upscale dining locations and hotels, online sites and club stores, in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami this month.

Premama Prez Talks $1.4 Million Financing Round

The announcement followed what had already been a busy year for the Providence-based brand, which added lactation and fertility supplements to complement its Premama Essentials line of prenatal vitamin drink mixes in July.

Goldman Reduces Role at Honest, Transitions to “TeaEO Emeritus”

The plan is for Goldman to remain at Honest in an at-large capacity, scouting for new interesting brands for its parent unit, Coke’s Venturing and Emerging Brands group, where he has already helped at least serve as a source of information about Coke for other entrepreneurs who have been purchased by the company.

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.

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.

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.

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.