People Moves: Nestlé Waters North America CEO Steps Down

In this roundup of People Moves: Fernando Mercé steps down as CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, SodaStream USA adds Matt Kahn as its first ever United States-based CMO and Jordan Shulman joins Better Booch as VP of sales. Meanwhile, Juliet Blake leaves Lemon Perfect to launch a brand consulting service and Red Thread Coffee Co. names its new VP of sales and operations.

Review: Soul Grind Cold Brew Coffee

Soul Grind is a line of unsweetened cold brew coffees that are infused with 10 mg of hemp CBD. The line includes three SKUs: Black, Vanilla and Mexican Chocolate. All three of these flavors contain a straightforward list of ingredients at their foundation: organic cold brew coffee, natural flavors and broad spectrum hemp extract (which contains hemp oil and coconut oil).

Cut to the Taste: Access BevNET’s Industry Awareness eBook for Brands

Learn how your brand can stand out in our new eBook for food and beverage brands. Access sample marketing plans, best practices and cheat sheets with tactics that will make your most important business conversations, like those with retailers and investors, more effective.

Liquid Death Raises $9M Series A Round

Canned water maker Liquid Death announced today it has raised $9 million in a Series A funding round led by Velvet Sea Ventures, bringing the company’s total funding to $11.25 million. The round will primarily help the brand to build out its sales team ahead of national expansion in retail and on-premise outlets this year and will also help to increase manufacturing output.

In the Courtroom: Court Tosses Wanu Water Suit in Blow to Founder [Updated]

A lawsuit filed by Wanu Water against shareholders and former directors was dismissed last week; Monster and Coke lost a jury trial last week which ruled in favor of the family of Hubert Hansen; LaCroix maker National Beverage Corp. declared victory in a class action lawsuit after the plaintiff retracted allegations that the brand was falsely advertised as “100% natural.”

BevNET Magazine: Ready-to-Drink Cocktails See Sizeable Growth As Drinking Habits Change

For some time now, the analytic mantra ‘drinking less, but drinking better’ has been the chant du jour for both industry experts and companies. The movement, led by Millenials and Gen Z, suggests that consumers are going out less and opting for low-ABV or premium spirits and that they’re also drinking fewer drinks throughout the evening.

Taste Radio Ep. 201: The Heroes Behind Gotham Greens’ Transformative Mission

Viraj Puri, co-founder/CEO of greenhouse innovator and fresh produce brand Gotham Greens, discussed the company’s genesis, its ambitious mission and multifaceted business model, weaving technology and human resources to reach an optimal outcome, how he defines and communicates ‘local’ as a marketing term and best practices for working with local governments and leaders.

Review: BrightFox

BrightFox is a unique beverage concept that describes itself as a “nightlife hydration beverage for a brighter tomorrow.” The product blends vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants into six-SKU line of zero-calorie beverages packaged in 10.1 oz aluminum bottles with either a black or white matte finish.

DFA Agrees to $425M Purchase of Dean Foods Assets

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced today it has agreed to acquire a “substantial portion” of dairy producer Dean Foods’ assets for a base price of $425 million as a stalking horse bidder. According to a press release from Dean Foods, DFA is set to acquire 44 of Dean’s liquid and frozen facilities, including real estate, inventory, equipment, direct store delivery system and other corporate assets.

Bizzy Coffee Focuses on Multiserve with RTD Launch

As demand for cold brew coffee continues to grow, many brands have focused on single-serve innovations to gain a foothold in the category. Minnesota-based Bizzy Coffee, however, believes it can make bigger long term gains as a fridge staple rather than playing me-too in the grab-and-go set.

Pop Up Grocer Expands, Offers Exposure to Emerging Brands

According to Emily Schildt, “We’re living in an age of too much stuff.” With the goal of cutting through this clutter, Schildt, a CPG marketing consultant, founded Pop Up Grocer, a traveling food and beverage brand activation spotlighting a curated selection of emerging natural brands, offering them exposure to consumers, influencers and industry professionals in a candy-colored Instagram-friendly setting.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 72: What Sparked A ‘R.E.D.D.’ Revolution? Plus, How To Stand Out With A Sweet Story.

This week’s episode focuses on how two food companies are evolving to meet the needs of modern consumers. In our first interview, we spoke with Alden Blease and Emma Frelinghuysen, the founder and CEO, respectively, of R.E.D.D. Bar, who discussed the reasons for and execution of a rebrand and reformulation. Later, we sat down with Arnold Coombs of top-selling organic maple syrup brand Coombs Family Farms, who discussed how the company has built consumer loyalty through education about the product’s health benefits along with the development of an innovative package.