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Keurig Discontinues KOLD System

Company spokesperson Suzanne DuLong also revealed that the Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 130 employees, the majority of which worked on Kold manufacturing and support teams.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 8: How to Win the New Beverage Showdown

In this podcast, we look back at previous editions of BevNET's New Beverage Showdown and identify key attributes of successful presentations and commonalities among winners. We also discuss where some brands stumbled and things to avoid while under the spotlight.

Starbucks, A-B Partner to Produce RTD Teavana Tea

The division of labor for the joint venture will see Starbucks “contribute Teavana’s tea expertise, industry-leading retail activation, and consumer engagement capabilities,” while Anheuser-Busch “leads production, bottling and distribution to retailers nationwide,” the companies revealed via press release.

Organic Avenue Re-Opens with Denise Mari at the Helm

Seven months after ceasing operations and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the New York City juice and food chain has re-opened its Bleecker Street location, with plans to re-open an additional five stores.

Lawsuit Targets Vita Coco’s “Born in Brazil” Tagline

The plaintiffs claim that because some Vita Coco products are manufactured in other countries, including the Philippines, and Malaysia, All Market “is unjustly enriched by continuing to market and sell its [coconut water] in a way that misleads consumers into believing that all Vita Coco is Brazilian, manufactured in Brazil and made from Brazilian coconuts.”

FDA: Evaporated Cane Juice is “False or Misleading”

The agency recommends that food and beverage companies that list evaporated cane juice as an ingredient instead use “sugar” and optionally accompany it with “a truthful, non-misleading descriptor to distinguish the ingredient from other cane-based sweeteners.”

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.

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.