Review: Genius Coconut Smoothies

Genius, which is a USDA Organic certified coconut smoothie, recently extended its line to include two new flavors: Coconut and Turmeric.

L.A. Libations: 10 Years of Relentless Hustle

Started by three Coca-Cola execs in 2009, through years of ups and downs and relentless hustle, L.A. Libations has become the nation’s preeminent emerging beverage incubator with world class brands and relationships. L.A. Libations and their friends look back and celebrate the 10-year journey!

In the Courtroom: FDA Confiscates CBD Edibles at Arizona Smoke Shop

The FDA confiscated CBD edibles at an Arizona smoke shop last week, taking products manufactured by companies Hempful Farms and CBD Living Water; Jammin Java loses appeal over Marley Coffee trademark and must pay $2.4 million; Monster Energy lead counsel dismissed in Bang/VPX lawsuit.

Review: HopTea

HopTea, winner of New Beverage Showdown 16 at BevNET Live Winter 2018, is a line of zero calorie non-alcoholic hop-infused “tea” drinks that feature hops as the primary flavor ingredient.

Euromonitor Forecast: Water Keeps Flowing, Sports Drinks and Juices Fall

According to market research group Euromonitor, which released its five-year growth forecast for U.S. soft drinks on Monday, unsweetened flavored waters, sparkling waters and plant-based hydration drinks have reached a mature growth phase which is set to bring a host of opportunities -- and challenges -- in the years ahead.

Sipp Rebrand Embraces Better-For-You Platform

Last month, Sipp announced a comprehensive rebrand, including a packaging redesign of its slim cans and a reformulation to cut calories and sugar in half. The announcement comes as Sipp rolls out its organic sparkling water line Sipp Infusions.

BevNET Live Winter 2018 Video: L.A. Libations at 10

L.A. Libations marked ten years in business in 2018, a decade that has taken the Coke-affiliated beverage accelerator down different paths and directions with a wide variety of products and entrepreneurs. In this clip from BevNET Live Winter 2018, co-founders Pat Bolden, Danny Stepper and Dino Sarti reflected on the journey thus far and shared some of the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Taste Radio Ep. 144: How The Creator of Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s Gin Builds Iconic Brands

Steve Grasse discussed the roots of his career in branding and design and how he built Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick’s from concepts into best-selling brands. He also explained why he views his creative agency, Quaker City Mercantile, as a “spirits company that does corporate gigs to pay for experimentation," how it helped revitalize Guinness beer and why he identifies as a “filmmaker that makes booze.”

Nielsen: 2018 Ends With Bump in CSD, Energy Sales

All three major beverage manufacturers enjoyed individual sales increases during the four-week period ending on Dec. 29, with all-channel dollar sales up 5.8 percent, according to an analysis of Nielsen data by Wells Fargo Securities.

CBD Retailer Aligns with Brands, Emphasizes Education

Cannabidiol (CBD) is enjoying its moment as one of the hottest ingredients in the food and beverage industry. But even as regulations on hemp production have been lifted and more states adopt pro-cannabis stances, consumer education remains a key concern for the nascent CBD market.

BevNET Live Winter 2018 Video: Building Premium Brands with Spindrift’s Bill Creelman

In this clip from BevNET Live Winter 2018, Spindrift founder and CEO Bill Creelman joined BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman for a discussion of the company’s journey so far and the key decisions that put it in a position to thrive. Reflecting on Spindrift’s early days, Creelman talked about the importance of developing the brand in the food service channel during its first four years, his decision to “leave the conversation and stand for something different” with regards to using natural flavors, and why brands in fast moving categories need to be committed to continually measuring performance or risk being left behind.

Review: Dram Adaptogenic CBD Sparkling Water

Dram Apothecary is a Colorado-based company that has up until now been known primarily as a purveyor of cocktail bitters and syrups. Recently, the company branched out in to cannabidiol (CBD) products, including a line of drops as well as these ready-to-drink sparkling beverages.

Distribution Roundup: BrainJuice Enters Whole Foods and GNC

Cognitive function brand BrainJuice saw its retail footprint rise from 150 to nearly 4,000 stores last year, adding Whole Foods Market and more than 1,000 GNC stores this month; Coca-Cola names Boxed exclusive retailer for Smartwater alkaline and antioxidant lines.