Califia Farms Named 2015 Brand of the Year at BevNET’s Best of 2015

Los Angeles, CA — December 14, 2015 – Califia Farms, one of the fastest growing natural beverage companies in the United States, has been named the 2015 Brand of the Year by BevNet in its Best of 2015 Awards. Califia Farms’ CEO Greg Steltenpohl accepted the award at BevNet Live in Santa Monica, CA last week.

BevNet cited Califia Farms for “bridging the gap between social mission, flavor, function and agriculture,” as well as highlighting the relevancy of the brand, and its “product suite that engaged consumers across the store, creating a brand with the personality of a new friend who you’ve nevertheless known for years…From almond milk to juice to cold-brewed coffee, this brand gets its energy from changing trends in dairy, energy, and changing values states to present something that slides easily into the lives of consumers, with attention-getting packaging that does the trick of engaging them right away and making what might have seemed a bit edgy feel normal through great taste and visuals.”

“We are proud that our brand has resonated so strongly with consumers, and thank BevNet for this important recognition,” said Steltenpohl. “Creating premium products that taste delicious, and are good for people and the planet is core to our brand, as is continuous innovation timed to catch the wave of consumer demand. As we move into 2016, we promise to build on our mission of being the plant-based food and beverage company of the future, stocking the refrigerated case and retailer shelf with more inventive, great-tasting and unique plant-based offerings, all beautifully packaged.”

BevNet continued: “The fact that this company is an agriculturally-based, vertically integrated enterprise coming straight from the fields of California means an unapologetic approach to branding that is in sync with the changing American diet. From single-serve RTDs to smoothie and coffee ingredients, the company is operating like a dairy farm with trees…”

2015 has been a milestone year for the company, which has experienced rapid growth in every product category it is in, from Almondmilks, to RTD Cold Brew Iced Coffees Drinks to Latin-inspired Agua Frescas and Horchatas. This accolade crowns a year of awards for the company, including top honors in Beverage World Magazine’s Global Packaging Design Awards; a 2015 U.S.A. Taste Champion in the American Masters of Taste Championships, being named a “Top 10 Challenger Brand” by the Seurat Group; a “Breakout Brand” by Beverage World, and a winner of Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods Awards. In addition, CEO Steltenpohl, dubbed an ‘eco-friendly revolutionary,’ was named one of the Top 50 Disruptors in the beverage industry and is featured on the cover of this month’s Beverage Industry Magazine.

Available at retailers nationwide and packed with flavor, Califia Farms plant-powered beverages are like no others on the market and use only the finest ingredients and artisanal processes to achieve guilt-free deliciousness. Califia Farms’ Almondmilks, ready-to-drink Cold Brew Iced Coffees, Almondmilk Creamers, Aguas Frescas, Almondmilk Horchatas and limited edition seasonal beverages, including Almondmilk Holiday Nog, Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew and Cranberry Cocktail, are all low calorie, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO, and as of November 1, 2015, carrageenan-free.

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About Califia Farms (pronounced “Cal-lih-FEE-ya,” like California)

Inspired by the bounty of California, Califia Farms’ mission is to innovate delicious plant-powered foods for mindful nourishment. The company was named a 2015 “Breakout Brand” by Beverage World and tripled its revenues in the almond milk category from 2013 to 2014 and is a leader in the revolution to de-commodify the food and beverage industry by creating innovative, healthy and great-tasting premium beverages that make it easy for consumers to go ‘plant-powered’ and dairy-free, without compromise. Founded in 2010 by a farmer’s co-operative based in the San Joaquin Valley and headed by beverage visionary Greg Steltenpohl, Califia Farms is a uniquely California company. Its Bakersfield, Calif. manufacturing plant uses artisanal processes to create healthy and delicious plant-based beverages, is eco-friendly, energy efficient and repurposes more than 90 percent of its post-production byproduct. Califia Farms is one of the fastest-growing natural beverage companies in the U.S., as well as the leading brand in the natural products coffee drinks category.

Califia Farms Media Relations

Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340melanie@mwebbcom.com

Elizabeth Johnson, mWEBB Communications, (213) 713-4865elizabeth@mwebbcom.com