People Moves: Martines Moves On From Kroger; Runa, Nutpods Add Sales Leaders

In this edition of People Moves: Mathis Martines joins branding firm Concentric; Runa hires former Whole Foods executive to top sales post; Nutpods taps Mark Nunn as VP of sales; Maker of Wild Tonic Kombucha names Steven Siegel as CEO; Ryan Lake joins OMAC Beverage Advisors as managing director.

IFT17 to Feature Over 1,100 Exhibitors

Over 20,000 CPG manufacturers, marketers and formulators will gather next week (June 25-28) at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas for IFT17, the annual show for Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Video: Bill Weiland Talks Bankable Trends in Beverage

In a wide ranging presentation on beverage trends, Weiland discusses topics such as the rapid growth of drinkable bone broths and fermented beverages, why cold brew coffee still has room to expand, and why he thinks tree waters are a way off from competing with coconut and watermelon waters.

Key Takeaways From Whole Foods’ Dialogue with Employees

Following the Friday announcement that e-commerce pioneer Amazon would be purchasing natural products retailer Whole Foods Market, there has been rampant discussion over what the merger means for the retailer and industry. In communications to team members, both through email and a “town hall meeting” at Whole Foods headquarters, some information has come to light.

Video: Why Whole Foods Centralized Purchasing Decisions

Three days prior to the blockbuster announcement that Amazon would acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Matt Jimenez, the senior category leader for Whole Foods’ global grocery team took the stage at BevNET Live Summer 2017 and discussed recent changes to the company’s grocery management structure and buying processes.

Emerging Flavor Trends On Display at BevNET Live Summer 2017

During last week's BevNET Live Expo, suppliers and flavoring companies took over the conference floor to showcase their latest innovations. Reporters from BevNET sister site Project NOSH walked the floor to survey exhibitors on what they think are the top trends of the flavor world right now.

Review: Organic Tisane Alkaline Tea

Available in two flavors, Hibiscus Berry and Vanilla Chai, Organic Tisane Alkaline Tea is a low-calorie herbal tea that was designed with hydration in mind. Brewed using alkaline water (with 8.0 pH+), the products have rooibos tea at their base.

Video: Rankings, Reviews, Keywords — E-Commerce Advice for Food & Beverage

In terms of setting up direct-to-consumer marketplaces, creating “full basket” solutions with Amazon Fresh, and simply providing a place for customers to search by keywords for specific products, the e-commerce titan has begun to exert an outsized influence in the ways consumers shop.

Review: Bontá Hydration

Bontá Hydration is a line of functional beverages that feature ingredients that are part of the Mediterranean Diet. Right off the bat, what the company is pitching seems a bit complicated. The products, while sporting a polished layout, nevertheless is complicated enough to require you to pick up the bottle and examine it.

In-Depth: Why Amazon Scooped Up Whole Foods

In a deal that’s shaking the shopping experience for consumers, retailers, and food and beverage companies, Amazon’s scooping up of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion on Friday has hardened talk of large-scale disruption in the way consumers buy their groceries.

Amazon Announces Plans to Purchase Whole Foods

Amazon announced Friday that it will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $13.7 billion, including Whole Food’s net debt.