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Danone to Acquire WhiteWave Foods for $12.5 Billion

The deal will nearly double the size of Danone’s North America footprint, increasing it from 12 to 22 percent of the company’s total portfolio and align it with several fast-growing brands focused on healthy and sustainable lifestyles.

Saint Archer Beer Founders Launch New Food/Bev Platform

Hoping to emulate the early success of his San Diego-based beer company Saint Archer Brewing, which was purchased by MillerCoors last September, entrepreneur Josh Landan is doubling down on the beverage business.

Video: Discussing Califia Farms' New Nitro Coffee

“We think there’s a lot of promise in how you combine these plant-based milks with coffee and then elevate the experience,” Steltenpohl told BevNET. “This is the first time I think it’s all come together in one package.”

BevNET Podcast Ep. 13: Getting Fancy in The City That Never Sleeps

In this podcast, we examine how the Summer Fancy Food Show has evolved to become an important event for beverage brands seeking local and national retail opportunities. We also discuss a thriving scene for Brooklyn-based food and beverage companies as seen at the convention and the ways that some are marketing the borough as part of their brand. Finally, we offer our take on some of our favorite products from the show.

Video: A Recap of the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show

In this video, we sift through notable product launches and line extensions and identify emerging trends in craft soda, sparkling water, RTD coffee and tea on display at the specialty foods convention. We also examine the growing ranks of beverage exhibitors that were targeting food service opportunities at the event.

Harmless Harvest Sues Vita Coco Over Coco Community

Harmless Harvest, which pioneered and leads the super-premium segment of the coconut water category, has filed a lawsuit claiming that labels and packaging for Vita Coco’s new Coco Community line are “confusingly similar” to its own.

Bolthouse Farms and Muscle Milk Issue Voluntary Recalls

On June 17, HP Hood LLC initiated a recall of select Muscle Milk products produced in its Sacramento, Calif. facility. The recall was posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Safety Alerts page, which indicated that a possible packaging defect may have resulted in product spoilage.

So Rad: Owl’s Brew Launches RTD Cocktail Line

Tea-based cocktail mixer brand Owl’s Brew has introduced its first line of ready-to-drink products. Dubbed “Owl’s Brew Radlers,” the new beverages are made with premium light beer, fresh-brewed organic tea and infused with real fruits and botanicals. Owl’s Brew featured the line at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, which was held earlier this week.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 12: Talking Points, Insights from BevNET Live

In this edition of the podcast, we examine the evolution of BevNET Live’s New Beverage Showdown competition and the categories in which entrepreneurs are identifying opportunities for innovative concepts. The discussion leads to one about the market for cold-pressed juice and RTD coffee and ways that we saw entrepreneurs attempt to stand out from the pack.

Sonoma Brands Launches Bottled Soup Brand Züpa Noma

The line will debut in July, with Sprouts as its launch partner, and then soon after move into other retailers. Over the course of roughly 90 days, Züpa (which will retail at $6.99) will be tested in about 1,000 stores up and down the West Coast.

BevNET Live Summer 2016 Day Two Recap

After Day One of BevNET Live’s summer session took a look at the plight of the entrepreneur and an exploration of some of the keys to finding success in the beverage business as an upstart, Day Two began with a data-driven dive.