Here’s the latest in distribution news across the beverage industry:
Last month Big Geyser requested a buyout of its contract with Glaceau from Coca-Cola and ever since, there’s been speculation as to which premium water brand the New York distributor would have fill in for Smartwater upon its March 1 departure. This week that question was answered, as Big Geyser COO Jerry Reda confirmed the news that Core Natural has been added to its portfolio. Core Natural, a slightly alkalized water, adds to Big Geyser’s expansive beverage portfolio, which includes Essentia, the fast-growing high alkaline water brand.
BAWLS Guarana has partnered with two new Pennsylvania distributors to strengthen its presence in the Keystone State. L.T. Verrastro Inc, will distribute the brand’s highly caffeinated sodas through 10 Eastern Pennsylvania counties while Full Circle Distributors of Pennsylvania will cover Pittsburgh and 9 counties in Western PA.
The Pulse Beverage Corporation has secured distribution in Mexico for its Natural Cabana Lemonade, Limeade and Coconut Water beverages. The recent agreement will commence by bringing Natural Cabana Coconut Water to over 2,800 stores in Mexico, including H-E-B, 7-11, and Soriana, among others.
- KeHE Distributors is expanding in Northern California, having acquired Nature’s Best’s Stockton facility. The new facility will go by the name Nature’s Best Powered by KeHE. In December, KeHE acquired a Nature’s Best’s Texas Distribution Facility.
- NuAquous will be entering the Kroger system by way of it’s FRY’s Food Stores division. Starting in April, the protein-infused sports drink will be available at FRY’s 110 locations throughout the state of Arizona.
- Also entering FRY’s is nutritional protein shake brand mix1, who will begin shipping into the supermarket chain later this month.
- Chewable juice makers Harvest Soul have received their first purchase order from United Natural Foods, Inc., in preparation for the brand’s launch in Whole Foods. Harvest Soul Chewable Juice will debut in Whole Foods’ Southern Region, making its way into stores in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.