Harmless Harvest Sues Vita Coco Over Coco Community

Harmless Harvest, which pioneered and leads the super-premium segment of the coconut water category, has filed a lawsuit claiming that labels and packaging for Vita Coco’s new Coco Community line are “confusingly similar” to its own.

Bolthouse Farms and Muscle Milk Issue Voluntary Recalls

On June 17, HP Hood LLC initiated a recall of select Muscle Milk products produced in its Sacramento, Calif. facility. The recall was posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Safety Alerts page, which indicated that a possible packaging defect may have resulted in product spoilage.

So Rad: Owl’s Brew Launches RTD Cocktail Line

Tea-based cocktail mixer brand Owl’s Brew has introduced its first line of ready-to-drink products. Dubbed “Owl’s Brew Radlers,” the new beverages are made with premium light beer, fresh-brewed organic tea and infused with real fruits and botanicals. Owl’s Brew featured the line at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show, which was held earlier this week.

Review: SAP!

Sap! is a two-SKU line of beverages that are made with a single ingredient: carbonated maple sap. It’s a play that’s not dissimilar from that of maple water, which is also maple sap but in its natural, non-carbonated format.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 12: Talking Points, Insights from BevNET Live

In this edition of the podcast, we examine the evolution of BevNET Live’s New Beverage Showdown competition and the categories in which entrepreneurs are identifying opportunities for innovative concepts. The discussion leads to one about the market for cold-pressed juice and RTD coffee and ways that we saw entrepreneurs attempt to stand out from the pack.

Sonoma Brands Launches Bottled Soup Brand Züpa Noma

The line will debut in July, with Sprouts as its launch partner, and then soon after move into other retailers. Over the course of roughly 90 days, Züpa (which will retail at $6.99) will be tested in about 1,000 stores up and down the West Coast.

Review: Veritas “Cold Press” Coffee

Given the current onslaught of cold-brewed coffees, upstart players face a renewed need to innovate and differentiate. While some companies are doing this with flavor or packaging, Veritas is using a different method of producing the coffee itself.

BevNET Live Summer 2016 Day Two Recap

After Day One of BevNET Live’s summer session took a look at the plight of the entrepreneur and an exploration of some of the keys to finding success in the beverage business as an upstart, Day Two began with a data-driven dive.

L.A. Libations Launches Aloe Gloe With Coke Investment

The news that beverage incubator L.A. Libations had spawned Aloe Gloe as an independent brand partially funded by Coke’s Venturing & Emerging Brands Group (VEB) means a new stage for both entities.

Review: Sparkling Bitters Bring a New Taste to Sparkling Water

Sparkling Bitters, made with a blend of sparkling water and a dash of tonic bitters, is an unsweetened zero-calorie line of sparkling beverages. In terms of sparkling beverages, it’s a unique and interesting concept: the base of the drink is basically a lighter cousin of tonic water.