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.
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.
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.
Ziegelmann, who was named GM in May, has been with Starbucks since 2010, where he started as VP of Finance, Global Marketing, Category and Strategic Pricing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to a press release, the funds will allow for the expansion of production lines, improvements in operational processes and a strengthening of WOW!’s capital structure.
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.
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.
Camillos had served as Managing Director at First Beverage Ventures, the private equity division of First Beverage Group, since 2013.
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.