BevNET Podcast Ep. 6: The 2016 Craft Brewers Conference

In this edition of the BevNET Podcast, Chris Furnari, the editor of Brewbound, joins us to discuss his takeaways from the massive, 14,000-attendee Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo America, including some of the factors that are enabling massive growth in the craft beer category.

Review: Vive Organic Wellness Shots

Vive Organics is a recently launched line of cold-pressed organic shots that the company calls “Wellness Shots.” The company describes them as plant-based formulations featuring ingredients that “we know to be beneficial” that have been cold-pressed and are delivered in the “closest possible form to the living plants they originated from.”

BevNET Live: Tuesday Night Afterparty

This year, in place of our traditional cocktail and networking event on-site, we’re all heading a couple blocks away for a rooftop reception in cooperation with our buddies at BevForce.

Review: Bolthouse Farms 1915 Protein

Announced prior to Natural Products Expo 2016, Bolthouse Farms has extended its 1915 line of organic beverages to include three plant-based protein drinks.

New Age Marriage: Bucha, Xing Announce Merger

Brent Willis, the CEO of Bucha, a publicly traded kombucha company, announced the merger today with Xing, a Colorado-based natural tea line that is also owned by Tom Lebon and Scott Lebon, the brothers who run Denver distribution powerhouse New Age Beverage.

FDA Unveils Updates to Nutrition Facts Panel

First Lady Michelle Obama - who has played an active role in efforts to update the Nutrition Facts panel since 2014 - said the label changes “make a real difference in providing families across the country information they need to make healthy choices.”

BevNET Podcast Ep. 5: Weighing in on Water’s Premium Set

In this edition of the BevNET Podcast, we discuss the swelling ranks of premium water brands and efforts by marketers to stand out from the pack. We also examine why a growing number of beverage entrepreneurs are bypassing co-packers and opting to build their own production facilities.

Review: Nooma

Nooma is a new entry into the sports hydration category. Its key selling points are its coconut water-based formulation and its low-calorie content. On the surface, the products seem to do what many other coconut water based sports drinks have attempted to do: straddle the sports drink category without actually calling the product a sports drink.

Co-CEO Comes Aboard at Lucky Jack

Continuing to staff up the cold brewed coffee company they purchased six months ago, celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, announced that marketing expert Matt Ammirati had joined Lucky Jack as a co-CEO.

Review: Komodo Energy

Komodo is an energy drink that uses coconut water and an all-natural formulation as its key points of differentiation. It’s sweetened with sugar and stevia and has 50 calories per 12 oz. can.