Review: Minna

Describing itself as “kind of like tea” and “kind of like sparkling water,” Minna is an unsweetened, zero-calorie, and USDA Organic certified line of carbonated beverages that is positioned as an alternative to flavored sparkling water.

Soda Tax Update: California Bill Collapses, ABA Attacks Philly Mayor

In this update or recent news around taxes on sugar sweetened drinks, legislative efforts in California to introduce a two cents per fluid ounce tax on sodas and sugar-sweetened drinks have been put on hold until next year, while the American Beverage Association targets Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney with a new round of negative ads.

Taste Radio Ep. 159: How SoBe Co-Founder John Bello Spun ‘Sugar Water’ Into Gold

As part of a wide-ranging interview, John Bello discussed the creation and development of SoBe, the lifestyle brand that he co-founded and sold to PepsiCo for nearly $400 million. Bello explained how an era of “healthy hedonism” turned SoBe into a top-seller and why he now describes the products as “sugar water.” He also chronicled his career as a beverage executive and entrepreneur and spoke about his current role as the chairman of ginger-centric soda brand Reed’s.

PepsiCo Launches “Connected Hydration Platform” for Foodservice

Billed as the next step in the company’s efforts to reduce its PET bottle footprint, PepsiCo today announced the launch of a new internet-connected water cooler system which will debut in June in select workplaces, universities, and hospitality partners.

Distribution Roundup: Soylent Goes Chainwide in Walmart

Meal replacement brand Soylent is now available in all 4,378 U.S. Walmart locations in five SKUs, including four-bottle multipacks; New Age Beverages partners with Hudson News Distributors; Bimble makes CBD play in Northeast region; ICONIC Protein goes nationwide with Whole Foods, adds 800 Target stores.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 30: The Goal Is To Become a Billion-Dollar Brand

August Vega, the founder and CEO of super-premium nut milk brand MALK, is a “go big or go home” kind of entrepreneur. In an interview included in this episode, she discussed the origins of the brand and why she envisioned MALK becoming a billion-dollar company from the outset. She also explained how MALK has maintained that focus and made strides toward her goal.

Review: Camellia Grove Kombucha

Camellia Grove is a Portland, Ore-based organic kombucha brand. The upstart company currently produces four flavors, each of which uses premium ingredients and is packaged in a 12 oz stubby glass bottle.

Cannabiniers CEO to Speak on Establishing Consumer Trust at Cannabis Forum Summer 2019

In the land of the cannabis entrepreneur, the size of the approach varies wildly, with play ranging from small providers to industrial operations. Michael Hayford, the CEO of Lighthouse Strategies -- the company behind Cannabiniers -- will be joining the Cannabis Forum, Presented by BevNET and NOSH, to speak about an operation of audacious size.

Top Takeaways from SPINS’ Expo West Webinar Recap

Plant-based protein, dairy's efforts to regain relevance, and the continued ascent of CBD and hemp were a few of the major trends to emerge from Natural Products Expo West 2019, according to a show recap presented yesterday by market research group SPINS.

Cannabis Investor SOL Global Takes Stake in Jones Soda

SOL Global, an investment firm focused on the cannabis industry, purchased a 9.8% stake in Jones Soda last month, making it the company’s largest stockholder. SOL CEO Brady Cobb said the firm believes Seattle-based Jones is an undervalued company with strong growth potential.