Cannabis Forum: Challenges for Cannabis Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial journey is difficult - and entering an emerging and fast-changing market doesn’t make it easier. At Cannabis Forum next month a panel of industry trailblazers will help those entrepreneurs better navigate the ambiguous space by providing their take on the challenges that face cannabis entrepreneurs.

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: 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.

Coffee Giants, Startups Target Growth in “Flash Brew”

Japanese beverage giant Suntory and Mass.-based startup Elemental Beverage Company are both seeking to develop the market for flash chilled coffee — the general term for coffee which is brewed hot and then quickly cooled without being diluted with ice or water — which is prized by coffee aficionados for its ability to capture the nuanced flavor notes and complex aromatics that emerge during a hot extraction process.

Tribucha Closes $1.5M Series A

North Carolina-based kombucha maker Tribucha has closed a $1.5 million Series A funding round, the company told BevNET this week. The raise comes as the five-year-old brand, which markets its product in 12 oz cans, plans to expand distribution by more than 600 accounts this year.

Taste Radio Ep. 163: Oatly Failed and Probably Will Again. But That’s Okay. Here’s Why.

On its way to becoming one of the hottest brands in food and beverage, oat milk brand Oatly had “already failed in the biggest ways possible,” according to the company’s U.S. general manager Mike Messersmith. In an interview included in this episode, he explained the simple philosophy that guided Oatly through its growing pains: “It’s all about progress.”

Boxed Expands Private Label Offerings With Seltzer Launch

In April, online retailer Boxed made its entrance into the space with the launch of Stellar Seltzer in 12 oz. cans. The four-SKU line of naturally flavored, zero calorie sparkling waters is the next step in Boxed’s plan to feed the beverage segment of its private label business with engaging brands that can compete in high velocity foundational grocery categories such as water.

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.