Campbell’s new C-Fresh division is drawn and determined to grow — even if it takes buying other companies to get there. That was just one message delivered by Scott LaPorta, the president of Campbell-owned Bolthouse Farms, at this year’s BevNET Live in Santa Monica.
Switchel, the apple cider vinegar-based drink pegged as Brooklyn hipsters’ soft drink du jour, is making its way well beyond the borders of the trendy borough, courtesy of CideRoad.
Earlier this year Bulletproof, a brand best known for a recipe of grass-fed butter-and-oil-infused coffee that is said to increase energy and improve health, opened its first retail store. In this video, BevNET speaks with manager Christopher Szeto about the brick-and-mortar location and its role in sharing the brand's philosophy of "biohacking."
With the launch of a new 20,000 sq. ft. production facility and foray into high pressure processing (HPP), Juice Served Here is aiming for continued expansion in the availability of its raw, cold-pressed juices, yet is focused on maintaining its identity of “Never Conventional.”
Many beverage exhibitors at the 2015 NACS show indicated that convenience store operators are -- like their counterparts in grocery and club -- increasingly looking to add natural and better-for-you beverages to their shelves and coolers. It’s a trend that, for C-stores, has been bubbling at the surface for years, but appears to have achieved significant traction over the past 12 months.
At the 2015 NACS show, BevNET sat down with Aquahydrate CEO Hal Kravitz for a video interview that covered several topics, including the company’s celebrity owners, Aquahydrate’s positioning as a “performance lifestyle brand,” and the non-traditional marketing approach of the alkaline water line.
In a video interview filmed at the 2015 NACS show, Matt Buckley, Mamma Chia's senior vice president of sales and marketing, discussed the company’s foray into convenience stores, noting that the retailing channel may offer access to millennial consumers.
Premium water brand Voss has introduced its first flavored line extensions. Packaged in Voss’ cylindrical glass bottles, Lemon Cucumber and Tangerine Lemongrass joined the brand’s subset of sparkling waters.
Marketing a range of products that have both unique names and formulations -- including a "medicinal mushroom"-infused, coconut milk-based chocolate drink called Reishi Chocolate -- Rebbl's business philosophy is as deeply entrenched in unique sources of nutrition as it is in organic and fair trade sourcing methods.
The category of cold-pressed juice has matured, and at Whole Foods, the largest retailer in the natural grocery channel, there's not much more room -- if any -- for brands seeking a national presence within the chain. That's the assessment of a high-ranking Whole Foods executive who spoke with BevNET on the floor at the 2015 Natural Products Expo East.
Approximately 12 months ago, Braintrust Investments, a Burr Ridge, Ill.-based private investment firm, announced that it had acquired premium white tea brand Inko’s. Over the past year, Braintrust, led by former Pabst Brewing CEO Kevin Kotecki, has tweaked Inko’s branding, formulation and product lineup, and the company showcased the updates at the recently held 2015 Natural Products Expo East.
In the following videos, we take a deeper dive into the fast-growing segment, having queried brand owners and company executives at the recently held 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show — including Powell & Mahoney co-founder Mark Mahoney, Jim Pickett, the co-founder of Pickett’s Ginger Beer, Q Drinks founder Jordan Silbert, Owl’s Brew co-founder Maria Littlefield, among several others — about the continued development of bottled cocktail mixers.
Managing Partner Tom First said he hopes to close the fund by the first half of the summer, although other investors could join by the fall.
Watch the video to hear more from Nicholson about Red Jacket Orchards’ participation in the Founders’ Forum, its new Half & Half beverage, and the company’s position on high pressure processing.