Review: Matcha LOVE Matcha Colada

With its sharp branding and intense flavor, Matcha LOVE is one of our favorite brands that Ito En has created for the U.S. market. In fact, it was the winner of the award for “Best Tea” as part of BevNET’s Best of 2015. Matcha Colada, which blends coconut water (70 percent), matcha, green tea and natural flavors, is the latest line extension for the brand.

Distribution Roundup: Premium Water Brands Pick Up the Pace

April was packed with distribution news from entrepreneurial beverage companies spanning a range of categories. Premium water brands made significant traction this month, adding new placement at natural, conventional grocery and convenience store retailers.

Review: NuMoo

NÜMOO is a line of organic high pressure processed nut milks that are made without the use of stabilizers, gums, or any other additives commonly found in dairy alternatives. The product line, which was announced in February, comes in strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors and four different nut milks: cashew milk, almond milk, pecan milk, and pistachio milk.

Video: BevNET Live Winter 2015 -- Relive New Beverage Showdown 10

16 different early-stage beverage brands competed in the New Beverage Showdown 10 on the BevNET Live Winter 2015 stage this past December. The application is now open for the 11th edition of the New Beverage Showdown at BevNET Live Summer 2016.

Review: Thea’s English Tea

The advent of brands like Honest Tea has changed the conversation around the RTD tea category to address the origins of the tea used inside the product. Still, the rich heritage of English tea has, at least in the past decade, been somewhat overlooked. Enter Thea’s English Standard Tea, which, as the name suggests, is focused on bringing that story back to life.

Review: Modern Alkeme

Modern Alkeme is a self-described “Clearing Tonic” and is available in a single 8 oz. formulation that is high pressure processed. On the surface, this appears to be a new take on a cleanse product, with a suggested regimen of two bottles per day for three days along with plenty of water and a healthy diet, followed by a bottle per day for daily maintenance.

Review: Pressery Coconut Drinking Vinegar

Pressery Coconut Drinking Vinegar is a line of organic cold-pressed beverages that are made with juice and coconut vinegar. Pressery, which is a Colorado-based company that also produces a line of traditional cold-pressed juices under the same brand, has done a great job of creating something that is authentic but approachable.

A Brand By Any Other Name

I’ll get right to the point: in two decades of reading branding handbooks and observing marketers’ branding efforts, my conclusion is there ain’t no science to branding.

Review: Ginger People Bottoms Up Ginger Beer

The Ginger People, which is a company that has long focused exclusively on ginger based food and beverage products, has partnered with Gordon Biersch Brewing Company to produce Bottoms Up, which was apparently designed with ginger beer purists in mind.

Channel Check: Refrigerated Juices

There’s a lot of SKU-shuffling from bigger companies like Bolthouse, Naked, and Odwalla, as established varieties are replaced by organic or new products get pushed through the system.

Review: Chia Star Shakes

Chia Star’s new "shakes” are plant protein-based smoothies. Unlike the company’s core line, comprised of juice-based and pasteurized offerings, the Shake line is high pressure processed and uses coconut milk as its base.

Nor-Cal Beverage Adds Multi-Process Can Line to Anaheim Facility

The investment in adding canned production to the plant, which until recently had only produced PET and HDPE bottles, came out of Nor-Cal’s 2014 sale of its Anheuser-Busch distributorship to Markstein Beverage of Sacramento.

Complete Video Coverage of BevNET Boot Camp Now Available

Last month BevNET and Project NOSH hosted the first BevNET Boot Camp for food and beverage entrepreneurs. For those that weren’t able to join us in person, complete video coverage of the day is now available for viewing on our YouTube channel.