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BevNET Podcast Ep. 27: The Next Investment Target for General Mills’ 301 Inc. Unit Is…

BevNET's podcast team recently sat down with John Haugen, the vice president and general manager of General Mills’ 301 Inc. incubation unit. In this edition of the podcast, Haugen discusses how 301 evaluates opportunities for investment in emerging trends and early-stage companies and why finding “natural ways for food to work harder” is an important consideration in the unit's investment strategy.

Reuters: Bai Exploring Potential $2 Billion Sale

The story, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the situation, states that Bai has hired JP Morgan Chase & Co. to conduct an auction and contact potential buyers.

Expo East 2016 Video: Cham Sees Big Potential for Cold Brewed Tea

At Natural Products Expo East 2016, BevNET spoke with Cham co-founder Niko Nikolaou who discussed the company’s approach to aligning awareness for cold brew coffee with tea, how Cham is educating consumers about health benefits derived from cold brewing tea and why high pressure processing is of critical importance to the brand.

Expo East 2016 Video: NüMoo Emphasizes Innovation in Alt-Dairy

Super-premium dairy alternative brand NüMoo unveiled a revamped label and several innovative line extensions, including an Edamame Soy Milk, at Natural Products Expo East 2016. In an interview with BevNET, NüMoo co-founder Joe Savino said that the updates represent a continued focus on producing nutrient-laden and clean label formulations for plant-based milks.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 26: Blogging The Food Revolution

Goldberg, a former Wall Street executive, told our team all about his journey from antidepressants to clean-living organic foodie and media figure, with conversational stops along the way on the offerings at Expo East, the difference between Ripple Foods and almond milk, and, most importantly, what he’d do if faced with the choice of eating Arby’s or a bag of organic palm sugar.

Video: Secret Squirrel Eyes Bigger Piece of Cold Brew Pie

Having aligned itself with a powerful strategic partner, Secret Squirrel, a Los Angeles-based producer of cold brew coffee, is aiming to make the leap from regional brand to national player in the fast-growing realm of cold brew beverages.

Coke, Dunkin’ Donuts Partner to Release RTD Coffees in 2017

The joint venture with Coke will be Dunkin’ Donuts’ first venture into RTD coffee. The chain, publicly traded under Dunkin’ Brands, has long been a source of quick-served coffee and iced coffees on the go, and recently entered the cold brew coffee category itself.

Nestlé Waters Seeks Innovation With Imagine H20 Partnership

The goal of IH2O, a so-called “water accelerator,” is to “provide entrepreneurs with the resources, insight and visibility needed to launch and scale water solutions,” according to a press release.

Expo East Roundup: Plant-Based Waters

Following the success of coconut water, beverage producers are further exploring the potential of natural hydration products in various ways with a new wave of plant-based waters.

Video: A Recap of Expo East 2016

A showcase for emerging and fast-growing beverage trends, Expo East 2016 most prominently featured the continued evolution of cold brew coffee and the swelling ranks of brands participating in the space.

Expo East 2016: Steady to the Kor

Since launching Kor at Expo West 2015, founder Jordan Retamar has found fertile ground for the development of the brand in the spaces between the functional supplement and cold-pressed juice categories.