Distribution Roundup: COCO5, Reed’s Expand in Target; Honest Kids Hits Subway

COCO5 today announced new distribution of its all-natural flavored coconut water beverages in 415 Target stores across the U.S. Meanwhile, premium soda and kombucha maker Reed’s, Inc. announced that its Reed’s Ginger Brew products are now available in 1,335 Target stores throughout the country.

BevNET’s 2016 NACS Show Planner Now Available for Download

The 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual show begins next week. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center the event is a key show for the beverage industry. This year’s show features over 110 beverage companies and for attendees, we’ve compiled a handy list help you navigate the show.

People Moves: KonaRed Adds Soylent COO to Board

Brad Paris, Soylent KonaRed Adds Soylent COO to Board of Directors In the midst of “a major period of revenue growth,” KonaRed, a producer of coffeefruit drinks and cold brew…

Mansi Joins AccelFoods Portfolio

Last week food and beverage accelerator and investor AccelFoods announced the addition of six brands to its portfolio, including calamansi juice brand Mansi. Calamansi is a high-intensity citrus fruit that is used extensively in the Philippines, and Mansi’s single SKU blend is the company’s version of a “Filipino lemonade.”

WTRMLN WTR, LifeAID to Present at BevNET Live

The founders of a pair of young but fast-growing companies with useful, non-traditional, tactical advice for their fellow entrepreneurs will each hit the stage at BevNET Live in Santa Monica this Dec. 5 and 6.

Review: Saratoga Juice Bar Cold-Pressed Shots

The cold-pressed/high pressure processed segment of the shot category is still a relatively young concept. This is both a good thing in that Saratoga will have less clutter to cut through, but it’s also adds a near term challenge in that the shelf space for this category isn’t as defined as it is for full size juices.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 29: Why Suja Investor ACG Doesn’t “Make Bets”

Trevor Nelson, the co-founder and managing partner of private equity firm Alliance Consumer Growth shares some details about the firm’s approach to evaluating investment opportunities. In particular, Nelson explains why ACG, which closed on a new $210 million fund in February, doesn’t “make bets” when it comes to funding decisions.

Review: Caveman Nitro Cold-Brew

Caveman Coffee is a third wave coffee company that was founded by health conscious competitive athletes. As the name implies, there’s a strong paleo diet and “biohacking” bent to the company and a big part of what they do comes from their supporting products, which include coconut MCT oil and cacao butter.

Press Clips: Study Critical of Big Soda Money to Health Groups

The study, authored by Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University school of public health, and Daniel Aaron, a student at Boston University’s medical school, tracked soda industry donations and lobbying spending from 2011 through 2015.

Review: Alpha Wolf

Alpha Wolf is a low calorie line of supplement drinks that were designed to help improve the drinker’s ability to focus.

Review: Solti Takes a New Approach to Cold-Pressed Juice

Solti Juice is a San Diego-based company that produces cold-pressed organic juice drinks that are aseptically processed with ultraviolet (UV) light filtration. The company claims that this delivers the best tasting and most nutrient-rich juice out there (aside from truly raw, of course).

CSPI Sues PepsiCo Over Marketing of Naked Juice

CSPI faults PepsiCo with misrepresenting some Naked products, including the brand’s “Kale Blazer,” by claiming that they "predominantly consist of high-value ingredients," but in actuality are mostly comprised of orange and apple juice.