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.

Download BevNET’s 2014 NACS Show Planner

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual show begins next Wednesday, October 7, in Las Vegas. or attendees, we’ve compiled a handy list help you navigate the event. Download our printable NACS Show Planner for all beverage exhibitors listed both alphabetically and by booth number.

Review: Fire Cider

There’s a lot of buzz -- at least on the bleeding edge -- about apple cider vinegar-based beverages. Fire Cider is one of the more unique approaches that we’ve seen in the space. The product, which is made with apple cider vinegar, honey, oranges, lemons, onions, horseradish, ginger, habanero, garlic and turmeric, has an insanely complex and spicy flavor.

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: Tumeric Alive Golden Milk

Tumeric ALIVE’s first dairy-alternative beverage is a high pressure processed (HPP) blend of coconut cream, hemp milk, turmeric, cardamom, raw honey, bee pollen, chia seed, vanilla bean, ginger and sea salt. While “golden” might not be the best word to describe the color, the flavor of the product is extremely enjoyable.

Drink Your Milk

On July 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced new school nutrition mandates that limit nutritional content and ingredient options. While the changes could hamper mainstay brands of the past, the updates could signal an opportunity for entrepreneurs with a willingness to comply.