We cleaned out the notebook with news in distribution, innovation and brand development from the heap of this year’s beverage attendees at Expo East.
The investment is intended for Runa to use both the cash infusion and MetaBrand’s long, varied reach to grow its drinks business.
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.
SupplySide West 2014 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from Oct. 6-10. Attendees can download our printable Supplyside West show planner for all beverage-related exhibitors listed both alphabetically and by booth number.
After a leap into lemonade, Sparkling ICE is attempting to make a splash in another on-trend category.
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.
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.
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.
The healthy foods retailer will carry Minta Original and Minta Strawberry in 10 oz. cans and 12 oz. glass bottles for a suggested retail price of $1.25.
While much of the industry’s strength in the channel can be attributed to sequential improvements by energy drinks and teas, let’s not forget about CSDs.
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.
The pricing change will impact beverages that the company sells to its distributor partners and is expected to result in higher prices for consumers.
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.
In taking a closer look at WhiteWave’s recent acquisition of So Delicious, one key question comes to mind: doesn’t WhiteWave already sell almond milk?