Review: Shaktea Kombucha

Based in Iowa, Shaktea Kombucha positions its six-SKU line of drinks as “Nature’s Healthy Soda Alternative.” Of the varieties that we sampled, each had a nice and light flavor profile that could have some mainstream appeal. The labels, however, could use some work.

Shaking Things Up: A Q&A with Powell & Mahoney

At the recently held 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show, we sat down with Mark Mahoney, co-founder of Powell & Mahoney, to discuss the evolution of the cocktail mixer category and how his company is keeping up with a burgeoning shelf set, as well as new retail and distribution opportunities for craft-centric brands and trends we can expect to see blossom in the coming months.

Review: Suavva

Suavva, which we first reviewed in 2012, has been given a makeover, both in its packaging and formulation. While maintaining its key ingredient, cacao juice, the beverage, which had been a pasteurized 70 percent juice product, now sports a 100 percent juice formulation that is high pressure processed and promoted as “cold-squeezed.”

Review: Jay Street Coffee Shot

Jay Street Coffee, the coffee brand marketed by Japanese tea giant Ito En, has added a potent 6.4 oz. “Coffee Shot” to its lineup. It’s pure unadulterated coffee and made with only two ingredients: water and coffee. Aside from being a nice alternative to Ito En’s tea-based shots, we think that this is a great showcase for the company's ability to also be a high quality coffee contender.