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FDA Seizes 90,000 Bottles of RelaKzpro

The FDA’s action arrives as the latest in a series of measures it has taken against dietary supplements containing kratom, stemming from concerns regarding the toxicity of the botanical in internal organ systems.

Lance Leonard Departs as CEO of True Drinks

Though no reason for his departure was given, the filing states that “Mr. Leonard’s resignation is not due to any disagreements with the company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices.”

Top 10 Stories of 2015: Our View

Here’s what we thought were the most important stories and trends that we followed throughout 2015.

Koa Makes Strides in Education, Distribution of Olakino Beverages

Despite challenges building awareness and educating consumers about its uniquely formulated calorie- and sugar-free juices, Koa is making headway using a carefully planned marketing strategy to carve out shelf space in specialty and natural retailers in Southern California, Texas and parts of the Northeast.

MetaBrand, Schnell Part Ways

Responsibility for the firm will now lie with Debbie Wildrick and Craig Fortin, currently MetaBrand’s chief strategy officer and President and chief operating officer, respectively.

Essential Revamp: Suja’s Mainstream Line Gets a New Look

Suja has rebranded its mainstream-oriented line of high pressure processed (HPP) juices and smoothies, dropping the word Essentials from its labels and more prominently calling out the products’ organic formulation and ingredients.

Video: A Look Back at BevNET Live Winter 2015

This brief video highlights a few memorable moments from the conference -- including speaker clips from Suja CEO Jeff Church, Stumptown Coffee president Joth Ricci and Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey -- as documented and edited by BevNET videographer Matt Rogers.

Vivazen Removes Kratom in Product Reformulation

In February the FDA issued an “Import Alert 54-15” for kratom, made from the leaves of a tree native to Southeast Asia, effectively suspending its import into the United States for use as a dietary ingredient or supplement.