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Big Geyser Inks Agreements With WhiteWave, Argo Tea

Big Geyser COO Jerry Reda said the company will carry a new 12 oz. line of ready-to-drink Silk almond milks and cashew milks, as well as Stok, WhiteWave’s new three-SKU line of shelf-stable cold-brew coffee.

No Brakes on Food and Beverage Investment: Video

In the month since Natural Products Expo West closed, food and beverage companies have announced millions of dollars’ worth of investment, from strategic investment in companies like Juicero and Body Armor to advanced funding rounds in brands like Perky Jerky and Health Ade.

Messina Departs VEB to Become CMO at Beam

As part of VEB’s senior leadership team, Messina played a critical role identifying emerging trends and investment opportunities for VEB, whose primary objective is to find and nurture the next generation of billion-dollar brands. for Coke.

The Coconut Water Situation

Coconut water has seen a surge of innovation of late with brands pushing the category into previously unchartered territories via new products, packaging choices and processing methods.

Hiperbaric to Introduce New HPP Verification Program

The “Cold Pressure Verified” program establishes a set of criteria for implementation of HPP, a non-thermal safety method that uses high pressure to preserve packaged foods and beverages. Participating companies will be able to use a Cold Pressure Verified seal on labels and other marketing material.

Steaz Hits The Sale Block

Documents obtained by BevNET indicate that Steaz has retained the services of First Beverage Financial, the investment banking arm of First Beverage Group, who have sought a $30 million minimum bid to acquire the company.

Dr Pepper Snapple Acquires Additional Stake in BodyArmor

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG) has increased its ownership position in BodyArmor, having invested an additional $6 million in the premium sports drink brand. The deal, finalized in March, comes approximately seven months after DPSG acquired an 11.7 percent stake in BodyArmor for $20 million. DPSG now owns 15.5 percent of the brand.

Juicero Founder Talks Launch of Countertop Cold-Pressing System

In a wide-ranging interview with BevNET, Evans discussed the development of Juicero, a new countertop cold-pressing juicing system. Evans shares details about the company's $120 million capital raise, its diverse investment group, the target demographic and sales projections for Juicero, and how it fits into the competitive landscape of cold-pressed juice.

Expo West 2016 Video: An Interview with WTRMLN WTR Founder Jody Levy

Having raised millions in new capital, WTRMLN WTR is pressing forward with brand-building and marketing initiatives as well as a new sourcing partnership to support growing distribution of the cold-pressed, high pressure processed juice.

FDA Sends Warning Letter to Pressed Juicery

In the letter dated March 23, 2016, FDA district director Kathleen M. Lewis wrote that Pressed Juicery failed to meet requirements of section 21 CFR 120 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and as such, its juice products “are adulterated in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.”

Tio Gazpacho's $1.25M Round Led by General Mills’ 301 INC Unit

Proceeds from the round, which was raised on equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp, will go toward new sales and marketing initiatives designed to expand placement and awareness of Tio Gazpacho’s high pressure processed, ready-to-drink soups.

20 Years of BevNET and a Product Review Overhaul

Seeing as how 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of BevNET’s existence as a platform and community for the beverage industry, it seems like an appropriate time to change up the format of our flagship content: product reviews.