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Danone Manifesto Ventures Leads $30M Investment in Harmless Harvest

Organic coconut beverage brand Harmless Harvest today announced it has raised $30 million in growth capital in an investment round led by Danone Manifesto Ventures, the venture arm of French multinational food and beverage corporation Danone.

People Moves: Canvas Brings on Staff Ahead of Launch

Forager CMO Moves to Canvas; Giannella Alvarez Goes to Beanitos; Co-Founder Leaves Distill Ventures; Sol-ti’s O’Donnell Steps Down; Fever Tree Grows Board

CEO Giannella Alvarez Leaves Harmless Harvest

After two years with the company, CEO Giannella Alvarez has left Harmless Harvest, the company confirmed this week. An interim CEO is in place but has not been named publicly.

Harmless Harvest Restocks After Probiotics Line Recall

Harmless Harvest has nearly finished refilling buyer stock of its Harmless Coconut Probiotics beverages after issuing a voluntary recall of the line last month due to spoilage.

People Moves: Suja CMO Heather MacNeil Cox Departs

CMO Heather MacNeil Cox leaves Suja after three years with company; Harmless Harvest VP of Marketing makes jump to outdoor apparel industry; Target adds new grocery-focused executives; DPS shuffles executives following departure of Bai CEO

Taste Radio Ep. 64: Growing Organically With Stonyfield Farm Co-Founder Gary Hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg, the co-founder and chairman of dairy company Stonyfield Farm and a highly influential figure in the organic food movement, shares war stories ranging from the company’s pastoral beginnings, to its decade-long struggle for financing, and on to its eventual sale, mining them for wisdom that will resonate with any food and beverage professional.

Probing Probiotics: Are Beverages Having Their Activia Moment?

As numerous clinical studies confirm the gut benefits touted by brands, probiotics’ popularity with consumers has rocketed and the inclusion of these tiny gut bugs in beverage has sent waves through the industry.

Video: Harmless Harvest CEO Discusses New Probiotic Drinks, Innovative Pipeline

In this video, recently filmed at Harmless Harvest headquarters in San Francisco, we sat down with CEO Giannella Alvarez, who discussed the development of the line, the company’s decision to innovate with probiotics, and how the products fit into its new zero-waste initiative.

Harmless Harvest Settles Lawsuit Questioning Legitimacy of Organic Certification, “Vigorously” Denies Allegations

On Tuesday Harmless Harvest announced in a statement emailed to BevNET that it had agreed to settle the lawsuit, citing a desire to avoid a long and costly legal battle. However, the company “vigorously” denied any wrongdoing and liability and asserted the legitimacy of its organic certification. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Pressure Is Building for HPP Coconut Water

Spurred forward by both safety concerns and the development of new technologies, some coconut water brands, led by Harmless Harvest itself, have recently begun exploring alternatives to HPP.

Harmless Harvest Announces New 32 oz. Harmless Coconut Water

The large format 32-ounce bottle contains four individual servings, encouraging consumers to enjoy great tasting, hydration throughout the day. The company continues to offer their 8.75- and 16-ounce sizes.

Harmless Harvest Sues Vita Coco Over Coco Community

Harmless Harvest, which pioneered and leads the super-premium segment of the coconut water category, has filed a lawsuit claiming that labels and packaging for Vita Coco’s new Coco Community line are “confusingly similar” to its own.
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