Review: Velu

Velu is a beverage that’s focused on a classic ingredient for juice bars: wheatgrass. It’s one of those under-loved ingredients that is generally consumed -- many times in shot form -- purely for health purposes rather than flavor. That’s what Velu is setting out to change with its flagship product.

Channel Check: Refrigerated Fruit Drinks

This category is reflective of some of the new energy coming into conventional stores through both the produce and chilled natural sets. While Sunny D and other big brands dominate the center, take a look at what GTs, Kevita, Mamma Chia and Goodbelly are doing.

Review: Mansi Premium Calamansi

Mansi is a straightforward blend of water, calamansi juice, sugar, honey and ascorbic acid. If you haven’t had calamansi before, it’s basically a citrus fruit that has a flavor profile that’s very close to lemon. That being said, the flavor of this product is basically that of a slightly exotic lemonade. So really, anyone could pick up a carton of Mansi and enjoy it. It is, however, quite sweet.

New Beverage Showdown Returns to BevNET Live — Apply Today!

We’re pleased to announce that New Beverage Showdown, BevNET’s signature beverage brand competition, will be part of the agenda at the upcoming BevNET Live Summer ’15 conference. Since the Showdown’s debut in 2011, the level of talent and promise of these entrepreneurs and their brands has consistently risen, and we expect the trend to continue into 2015

Review: Califia Farms Concentrated Cold Brew Coffee

Califia Farms, which had previously produced only ready-to-drink coffees, has officially jumped into the cold brew coffee concentrate category with this product. The key selling point of this multi-serve beverage is, much like other cold brew products, its low acidity level, which Califia touts as being 60 percent lower than hot brewed coffee.

Review: KOR Shots

Packaged in 1.7 oz. plastic containers, KOR is a line of organic, high pressure processed (HPP) juice shots that come in two varieties: Ginger and Turmeric. While the small format makes it intuitive that the product is a shot, it's both a challenge and a potential opportunity for the brand in that it’s not fighting for the same shelf space that’s currently taken up by HPP juices.

Review: Daily Greens Half Pint

A couple weeks ago, Daily Greens unveiled a brand extension called Half Pint, which is a three-SKU line of 8 oz. cold-pressed juice blends designed for kids. It's an interesting move for the green juice-focused brand, and, from our perspective, well-executed in terms of package and formulation.