Going Pro?

For probiotic beverages, rising interest in both gut health and overall natural health have led to increased attention on the tiny bacterial strains embedded within the bottle. Mainstream growth is starting to come, with conventional retailers expanding the presence of brands like GT’s Kombucha, Lifeway Kefir, even newcomers like KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink and Goodbelly juices.

BevNET Live Winter ’14: Grow Your Challenger Brand with Peet’s CMO

An astute marketer, Ricks will be speaking on “the elements of challenger brands” – a topic he knows well from his work with Mountain Dew, Bear Naked and Plum, Inc. In each case, those brands were challengers that carved shelf space and profitability from an established category hierarchy: Mountain Dew from the established cola brands, Bear Naked from moribund cereal and granola companies, Plum by applying organic ingredients to the baby food category.

Review: Lumi Honey Crisp Apple

The concept behind Lumi’s Honey Crisp Apple juice is straightforward and something that goes nicely with the not overly processed theme of HPP beverages: take a seasonal ingredient (organic honey crisp apples from Virginia) and make a limited release product.

Review: Foodies Ciders

Taking advantage of momentum for cold-pressed juice, Five Star Foodies has launched a rebrand and reformulation its cider line. Now cold-pressed and high pressure processed, the line comes in three varieties — Ginger, Hibiscus and Jamaican — each packaged in 12 oz. bottles.