Review: Evolution Fresh Kombucha

As previously reported, Starbucks-owned Evolution Fresh is getting into the kombucha category. The six initial flavors of organic kombucha include Ginger Lemon Honeycrisp, Mango Pineapple, Spicy Greens, Ginger Greens, Turmeric Pineapple Coconut, and Pink Grapefruit.

Califormulations: The Next Big Wave in Beverage Development

Based out of Symrise’s Laguna Beach, California beverage development center, Califormulations features cutting-edge beverage laboratories that specialize in rapid prototyping of beverage products. It is, quite literally, a ‘bench to bottle’ offering, designed to give beverage entrepreneurs not just a winning library of flavors, but much more, including access to everything from full beverage formulation development to scale-up and regulatory support. Read more here…

Review: Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha

Adding prebiotic content to kombucha is Wonder Drink’s latest attempt to differentiate in a category that has seen competition stiffen amid a seemingly never-ending supply of new product entries.

Coke Takes Minority Stake, Distribution Rights For BodyArmor

The Coca-Cola Company today announced it has agreed to purchase a minority stake in BodyArmor, a move that will see the sports drink brand exit its distribution partnership with Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and enter Coke’s nationwide bottling system.

Investment Insight: Uncertainty At KDP, Confidence in Kombucha

Whipstitch Capital's Mike Burgmaier, Blueberry Ventures' Arif Fazal, and Green Circle Capital Partners' Stu Strumwasser weigh in on hot topics in the beverage industry including the future of the DPS allied brands portfolio, new competition for natural energy drinks, and why alcohol companies are interested in kombucha.

Genius Announces Line Extension, Opens Series A

Having re-released its flagship product last year, premium coconut smoothie maker Genius is growing its line with the launch of two new flavors set to debut later this year: Coffee and Turmeric.

Review: Komodo Adds New Flavors and Updated Packaging

Komodo is a line of coconut water-based energy drinks that is designed to be a low calorie offering for “those who care about what they put in their bodies.” The brand’s revised flavor lineup (Komodo was a single SKU when we first looked at it back in 2016) consists of three SKUs: Original, Pineapple, and Mango.

Earnings Roundup: Monster Breaks $1B, KDP Integrating

Monster Energy set sales records and hinted at changes to its Mutant line in a call with investors about its Q2 2018 earnings report, while Keurig Dr Pepper continues to integrate its two businesses in the weeks since the merger between Keurig Green Mountain and Dr Pepper Snapple closed. and Keurig Dr Pepper each released Q2 2018 earnings reports this week,

Kroger Announces Launch of Wellness Your Way Festival

Kroger is taking its focus on wellness to a bigger stage, announcing this week the launch of the Wellness Your Way Festival to be held in Cincinnati from October 4-7, 2018 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Life On Earth Acquires Just Chill

Functional beverage brand Life On Earth has acquired Los Angeles-based The Chill Group, makers of natural relaxation drink line Just Chill.

Elevator Talk: Liquid Death Aims to Beat Energy Drinks at Their Own Game

In this week’s episode of Elevator Talk, meet Liquid Death -- a water brand that’s looking to make healthy hydration a rebellious experience. Tune in to hear Mike Cessario, Founder of Liquid Death, discuss how the Los Angeles-based brand is using its cool factor to target young consumers looking to stay hydrated in a fun and edgy way.

Review: Fizzy Fox Sparkling Shrub

Fizzy Fox is an upstart line of sparkling shrub drinks that are currently available in three flavors: Pineapple Mint, Berry Cinnamon, and Carrot Ginger Turmeric.

Evolution Fresh Launches Kombucha Line

Evolution Fresh, which is owned by Starbucks, has begun the initial rollout for a six-SKU line of organic kombucha at retailers in seven major U.S. cities: Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and New York City.