Video: Category Trends, Emerging Brands from Expo East 2014

Filmed on location at the Baltimore Convention Center, BevNET CEO John Craven and BevNET Editor-in-Chief Jeff Klineman break down the show and its impact on natural beverage categories.

Buzzfeed: Mamma Chia Debuts Clean Energy Line

White space is hard to come by in the energy category, but Mamma Chia has introduced a new line that CEO Janie Hoffman sees as filling a gap in the sub-segment often referred to as “clean energy.”

Where Can I Find Potential Investors For My New Brand?

As one of the co-founders of Nantucket Nectars and a Managing Director at First Beverage Group, Tom First is well-versed in what it takes to launch and run a successful beverage company. In this video on BevNET Food and Beverage University, First draws on his expertise in financing new ventures to discuss where and how entrepreneurs can look to find investors for their brand.

Video: BevNET’s Mid-Year Report, Part 2

In part of two of our segment, we discuss investment deals seen in the non-alcoholic beverage business and offer predictions on what’s to come for growth categories in the second half of 2014.

Video: BevNET’s Mid-Year Report, Part 1

As emerging categories continue to evolve, BevNET CEO John Craven and Editor-in-Chief Jeff Klineman discuss notable developments in the beverage industry during the first half of 2014.

Connecticut Rep. DeLauro Working on Soda Tax

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) says that she’s working on legislation to tax beverages with added sugar. She hopes to introduce the legislation “in a matter of weeks.”

Video: Hiball Expands Staff, Looks to Bolster Distribution

Amid booming sales and new distribution of Hiball, however, Berardi will look to quadruple his staff to eight, filling out a new sales force that will enhance and bolster the brand’s presence in a variety of retail channels as well as regionally along the East Coast, California, Texas and the Midwest.

Video: Barnhorn Leads New CircleUp Investment Fund

As the lead in one of the seven “Circles” funds, Brad Barnhorn, a long-time beverage investor and advisor, will focus on investment opportunities in the healthy food/beverage and healthy living space.

The Convenience Channel’s Weight

A recent report by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) says that the convenience frontier keeps growing. According to the report, U.S. convenience stores increased in-store sales in 2013 to a record $204 billion. As of Dec. 31, 2013, the U.S. convenience store count had increased to 151,282 stores, a 1.4 percent increase from the previous year.

Video: Expo West 2014 Profile — Baagua

In the embedded video, which was filmed at Natural Products Expo West 2014, Baagua founder and CEO Dale Starnes said that the inclusion of whole-piece ingredients was “a happy accident.” It started as a practice of efficiency.