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Review: Truronia

Truronia is a line of USDA Organic HPP juices that feature aronia berry as its key ingredient. The product line currently includes four single serve 100 percent juice varieties including Original, Mango, Coconut, and Pineapple.

Taste Radio Ep. 133: The BluePrint For a Legacy of Wellness, Success and Getting a Direct Line to Howard Schultz

BluePrint founders Zoë Sakoutis and Erica Huss discussed the brand’s origins, early wins and struggles, and how a voicemail left by former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz factored into their decision to sell the company. They also spoke about their experience moving into the food space with Erzo, a brand of vitamin-infused biscuits, and explained how their new podcast has provided a way to address some unfinished business.

Review: Clutch Coffee Roasters Coffee Soda Pop

Clutch Coffee Roasters is a Portland, Ore. based coffee company that sells coffee beans, ready-to-drink cold brew coffee, and the coffee sodas that are the subject of this product review.

Elevator Talk: Element Shrub Crafts Functional, Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Element Shrub founder & CEO, Charlie Berkinshaw, has developed a non-alcoholic cocktail alternative that not only tastes good, but is also healthy and functional. The product is ACV-based, which has challenged the brand to change consumers’ perceptions of how the ingredient could taste in a beverage.

Taste Radio Ep. 132: Zevia CEO Paddy Spence: “It’s About Being One Percent Better Each Day”

This week we’re joined by Paddy Spence, the visionary founder of market research firm SPINS and CEO of stevia-sweetened beverage platform Zevia. Hear about the origins of his remarkable career, how marrying personal insights and passion with quantitative data has been central to the success of Zevia, why brands should focus on continuous improvement, his perspective on work-life balance, and whether a multi-billion dollar exit is imminent for Zevia.

Review: VIVIC Sparkling Coffee

VIVIC is a line of ready-to-drink sparkling coffee drinks that were created with quality in mind. The products are packaged in 9.5 oz cans and come in three flavors: Original, Sarsaparilla, and Lavender.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 2: Want Brand Loyalty? ‘Be Consistently Great,’ Says Uncle Matt’s Founder; Insight Into the KDP/Core Deal

In this episode, we feature an interview with Matt McLean, the founder of organic beverage company Uncle Matt’s, who discussed the brand’s evolution from its launch nearly 20 years ago through to its sale to dairy conglomerate Dean Foods in 2017. We also sit down with BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman, who offered insight and perspective into Keurig Dr Pepper’s $525 million acquisition of Core Nutrition.

Elevator Talk: Caskai Takes Cascara to the International Stage

Joel Jelderks, founder of Caskai, has set forth on a mission to introduce premium cascara-based beverages to the global market, noting that coffee consumers are their first target market, as they will likely be more aware of cascara.

Review: Superior Switchel

Superior Switchel is a line of USDA Organic certified carbonated apple cider vinegar (ACV) and ginger beverages. There are currently three flavors available: Lavender Lemon Lift, Honey Cinnamon Kick, and Orange Maple Splash.

Review: Black Medicine Lavender Latte

Black Medicine’s Lavender Latte is the latest flavor from this line of ready-to-drink cold-pressed coffee. Announced in August, Black Medicine is adding this variety to complement their existing Iced Coffee, Mocha, and Latte SKUs.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 1: How Country Archer Turned Rejection Into a Multi-Million Dollar Idea

In Episode 1 of Taste Radio Insider, a new podcast focused on news, trends and innovation in business of food and beverage, we’re joined by Eugene Kang, the co-founder and CEO of fast-growing meat snack brand Country Archer. In our interview, Kang explained how perseverance and thinking outside-the-box have paid huge dividends for the brand. We also discussed trends and innovation in notable beverage categories, including RTD coffee and alt-dairy, as seen at Natural Products Expo East 2018.