Press Clips: Nestlé Loses Michigan Water Lawsuit

Nestlé Loses Michigan Water Lawsuit; Retailers May Shy Away from CBD Following FDA Ruling; Twitter Users Call For Whole Foods Market Boycott in Mitch McConnell Mixup; Man Claims He Got High From Spiked McDonald’s Tea

New Beverage Showdown 18: Semifinalists and Judges Announced

We can’t wait to kick off BevNET Live next week with New Beverage Showdown 18, our centerpiece competition of the two-day event. In just 5 days, 12 innovative beverage brands will take the stage to pitch their business plans to a panel of expert judges and the 800-plus beverage professionals in the crowd. It’s time to reveal the contenders.

Which Cannabinoids are Going to be the Next Big Thing?

On grocery store shelves, on display in pharmacies, and in ads in major print magazines -- CBD seems to be everywhere these days. This cannabinoid is IN and has found its way into nearly everything because of its medicinal and non-intoxicating effects. Yet did you know that CBD and its other well-known cousin THC are just two of over one hundred cannabinoids in the cannabis plant? If you’re interested in what may be the next cannabinoid to hit the market, keep reading!

850+ are Registered for BevNET Live; See Who’s Attending

Join REBBL, Revive Kombucha, Califia Farms, KOR Shots, Koia and more at the leading event for the beverage industry, held Dec. 9+10 in Santa Monica. Gain insights from brand leaders, investors, retailers and experts who will take the stage, network with your peers, and explore opportunities for growth. See who's registered to attend and reserve your ticket today.

Brew Dr. Shuts Down Townshend’s Distillery

The Oregon-based company announced in an Instagram post last week that it will close down its Townshend’s Distillery business on December 23. The distillery produced a variety of premium spirits made from the alcohol byproduct leftover from its kombucha brewing. However, the announcement noted that the closing of the distillery was not “goodbye,” but merely a “see you later” as the company explores options to reopen under a new model.

Gallery: November’s New Coffee and Energy Launches

Several of November’s new product launches are offering consumers a jolt of energy as we head into the end of the year. Check out the gallery below for the latest energy and coffee product launches this month, including new lines for Kitu Life Super Coffee, Pop & Bottle and Bolthouse Farms.

In Memoriam: Benjamin Zuckerman

Zuckerman, who was president of the fourth-generation bottling and canning firm Zuckerman-Honickman, left his son Michael in charge of the company and a strong legacy of innovation within the industry.

Review: Feelz CBD Seltzer

Feelz is a line of flavored sparkling water enhanced with 20 mg of CBD as well as electrolytes, B-vitamins and antioxidants. All three flavors -- Lemon Lime, Peach Ginger and Blackberry Lavender -- contain zero calories and no sweeteners.

Taste Radio Ep. 191: How This Mission-Driven Entrepreneur Won Millions For Her Brand

Alix Peabody is the 28-year-old founder of Bev, a wellness-focused canned wine brand that aims to change the narrative around how women are projected and perceived by the alcohol industry. In this episode, she spoke about aligning mission and brand, tapping tech investors for capital, and strategizing around digital content. This episode is presented by Blue Pacific Flavors.

Strength in Numbers: Spartan Race Expands CPG Partnerships

The recent development of niche fitness subcategories has opened new opportunities for Spartan Race to partner with innovative brands like rapid hydration mix Liquid I.V. and performance energy drink Adrenaline Shoc.

BevNET Live Winter 2019: Beverage Financing and the Next Decade

Have strategics found themselves spending too much on innovative concepts that seem like good fits but fail to scale into the larger system? How impactful will new interest in non-alcoholic beverages by beer and spirits companies ultimately turn out to be? Those questions and many more will be addressed during a special panel that will end BevNET Live Winter 2019, taking place on December 9 and 10 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 62: How To Get Ahead By Going Back To The Basics

In this episode, we’re joined by the founders of two U.K.-based companies -- Suzie Walker, the founder of paleo-inspired snack maker The Primal Pantry and Dan Broughton, the co-founder of Dalston's, a brand of better-for-you craft sodas -- each of whom have built successful businesses by adopting a back-to-the-basics approach to product development and marketing.

Gallery: November’s Holiday and Limited Edition Releases

The holiday season is in full swing, and beverage brands celebrated this November with seasonal plays and limited edition launches. Check out the gallery to see this month’s festive flavors and special offerings, including Coke’s first U.S. holiday release, spiced tea from Teakoe and Pepsi’s non-alcoholic take on pink wine.

FDA Issues CBD Warnings and Alerts of Possible Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued 15 warning letters to cannabidiol (CBD) companies and updated its advice for consumers to follow while regulations are developed. Citing numerous safety concerns and a lack of scientific information, FDA said it cannot recognize CBD as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in human or animal food.