Review: Cha Cha Matcha Ready-to-Drink

Cha Cha Matcha, which operates five matcha cafes that are split between New York and Los Angeles, is launching its first ready-to-drink product with this four-SKU line of low-calorie canned matcha teas.

BevNET Live Winter 2019 Room Block Available; First-Come, First-Served

Founders, top-level executives, investors and experts gather at BevNET Live to network, hear from all-star speakers and discuss innovation and what’s next. The leading industry conference is returning to Santa Monica, California this December 9+10 for a Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel takeover. Register now and gain access to the discounted room block, plus save $200 by registering early.

Taste Radio Ep. 179: High Brew Coffee’s David Smith: “Culture Is Everything”

High Brew Coffee founder/CEO David Smith reflected upon his 20 year journey as a beverage entrepreneur, from the development and eventual sale of Sweet Leaf Tea to his next act in the coffee business. During our conversation, he explained why a strong company culture is key to success, the importance of planning for growth, and why, no matter how well you plan, mistakes are unavoidable.

AQUAhydrate Acquired by The Alkaline Water Co.

The Alkaline Water Company Inc. announced today it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire premium water brand AQUAhydrate in a stock-only transaction.

Buoyed by Branding, Snowing in Space Builds Back End

While it doesn’t offer brews infused with CBD or blended with plant milks, Virginia-based Snowing in Space has instead focused on more practical concerns: scaling production and distribution operations, including moving from its current 4,000 square foot home into a new 10,000 square foot facility this fall.

Wells Fargo: C-Stores Report Solid Growth Over Labor Day Weekend

Convenience stores are capping off a strong summer with 4.1% growth in Labor Day beverage sales, according to Wells Fargo Securities’ latest Beverage Buzz c-store retailer survey released today. The survey collected responses from retailers representing nearly 20,000 convenience stores nationwide. Overall beverage sales, including alcoholic drinks, were up 4.1%.

National Beverage: Q2 Earnings Show Slower Summer for LaCroix

LaCroix maker National Beverage Corp. saw year-over-year revenue drop 9.9% to $263 million in the second quarter, marking the Florida-based company’s fourth consecutive quarter in which it underperformed analyst expectations. The diminished year-over-year results reflect a subdued summer for LaCroix.

Review: Bluestone Lane

Bluestone Lane, which is an Australian brick and mortar coffee purveyor that’s rapidly expanding their U.S. footprint, has recently launched a ready-to-drink line of iced coffees.

Gallery: August’s New CBD Drinks

As summer fades into fall, the momentum behind CBD beverages looks set to continue well through the end of 2019 and beyond. In this gallery, we showcase some of the notable CBD-infused beverages to debut over the past month, including a two-SKU shot line from Tempo, a sparkling water from Colorado craft brewery Left Hand and Mike Tyson’s DWiiNK.

People Moves: Stratus Group Hires CORE Vets to Lead Sales Growth

Stratus Group Hires CORE Hydration Veterans to Lead Sales Growth; KOPU Names Richard Harrison as Director of Sales; Owl’s Brew Expands Advisory Board; Waterloo Co-Founder and Former CMO Launches CANTEEN Spirits; BevMo! Names Matthew Champion as SVP and CMO; Pawan Kalra Named CEO at Pressed Juicery

Gallery: August’s New Product Launches

As summer comes to a close and retailers make the transition from summer to autumn, beverage brands are getting into the spirit with fall-themed coffee creamer from Coffee Mate, seasonal oat milk latte flavors from Chameleon and a MTN Dew Halloween mystery flavor.