New Coke Finds New Life on Netflix’s Stranger Things

Starting May 23 at 5 p.m. EST, Coke will release a limited amount of New Coke, made using the original 1985 recipe, as part of a promotion with Netflix's hit series Stranger Things.

Review: Somatcha Sparkling Matcha

Somatcha is a line of sparkling matcha beverages that comes in two varieties, both of which are packaged in slim 12 oz. cans and feature a sleeve wrap label.

The Beverage Industry Will Meet This June at BevNET Live

Take two days away from the office to network with the industry, hear from respected speakers and discover the latest beverage products. Hundreds of beverage entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, retailers, suppliers and service providers will be at BevNET Live Summer 2019 this June 12 and 13 in New York City. View the list of registered companies and start planning your meetings.

Review: GoodBelly Probiotics’ Bubbles

GoodBelly Probiotics’ Bubbles is a two-SKU line of refrigerated USDA organic sparkling probiotic beverages and is the company’s first sparkling line extension.

BevNET Live Summer 2019 Agenda Released

We’re excited to release the official agenda for BevNET Live Summer 2019, which returns to the Metropolitan West in New York City in just 22 days. Packed with beverage industry veterans and thought leaders, the agenda is curated to tackle the challenges faced by companies within the beverage industry and provide insight into the future.

Zola Acquired by Cannabis Brand Caliva

The acquisition will help Caliva to broaden its vertically-integrated cannabis business -- which produces flower, vape, and oil products -- into beverage through its access to Zola’s research and development team and established retail distribution network.

Review: Wedderspoon Goes RTD with Unfiltered Apple Cider Drinking Vinegar

Wedderspoon is a company that produces manuka-honey based products, including personal care products, drinking vinegars and candy, as well as raw manuka honey in a variety of different formats. Now the company is jumping into the RTD beverage game with a three-flavor line of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) beverages.

Soda Tax Update: Study Finds Philly Sales Down by Half

The results found that sales of sugary beverages dropped 51% in the first year after the city’s soda tax took effect in 2017. The tax also led to an increase in beverage prices and a sharp decline in volume sales, dropping from 2.475 billion ounces in 2016 to 1.214 billion ounces in 2017, according to the report.

Cannabis Forum: Professional Advice on Regulation and Finance

In the cannabis business, there’s still so much in motion from a legal standpoint that entrepreneurs are constantly subject to regulatory and financial uncertainty. So how do you navigate the river when its path keeps moving? We’ll talk about it at Cannabis Forum next month, with experts who spend their days charting the course.

Press Clips: The Cultural Influence of AriZona Iced Tea

Last week, Eater analyzed the eternal cool factor of AriZona Iced Tea, the 99 cent 24 oz. gas station mainstay which hit shelves in 1992. The brand has withstood the test of time, somehow avoiding the trappings of trendy 90s nostalgia to become what Eater calls simply “a mood.”

Help Yourself: Vending Tech Aims to Solve Keg Cold Brew’s Cost Issues

Arlington, Va.-based Commonwealth Joe, which roasts, brews and provides kegs of cold brew to clients on the East Coast, is one of several partners across the country working with Smart Beverages Technologies (SBT) as a provider of the company’s Kegerator Vending Machines (KVM), an innovative self-serve concept that aims to address one of the major hurdles to cold brew providers.

Reed’s: Strong Virgil’s Sales Drive Q1 Growth

The company generated $8.4 million in net sales during the first quarter, up 2% from 2018. Sales of the core Reed’s Ginger Beer line were up 15% while craft soda Virgil’s grew 46%. Gross profit increased 9% to $2.5 million and gross margin increased 185 basis points to 30%.

Elevator Talk: Bhoomi Aims to Redefine Sugar Cane Juice in the Western Market

Arpit Bhopalkar is the co-founder and CEO of Bhoomi, a mission-based brand that makes cold-pressed sugar cane beverages. The company hopes to change consumers’ perception of sugar cane and it’s health benefits, while supporting minority farmers in the U.S. and focusing on sustainability.