In this edition of the BevNET Podcast, Chris Furnari, the editor of Brewbound, joins us to discuss his takeaways from the massive, 14,000-attendee Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo America, including some of the factors that are enabling massive growth in the craft beer category.
Vive Organics is a recently launched line of cold-pressed organic shots that the company calls “Wellness Shots.” The company describes them as plant-based formulations featuring ingredients that “we know to be beneficial” that have been cold-pressed and are delivered in the “closest possible form to the living plants they originated from.”
Announced prior to Natural Products Expo 2016, Bolthouse Farms has extended its 1915 line of organic beverages to include three plant-based protein drinks.
Nooma is a new entry into the sports hydration category. Its key selling points are its coconut water-based formulation and its low-calorie content. On the surface, the products seem to do what many other coconut water based sports drinks have attempted to do: straddle the sports drink category without actually calling the product a sports drink.
Komodo is an energy drink that uses coconut water and an all-natural formulation as its key points of differentiation. It’s sweetened with sugar and stevia and has 50 calories per 12 oz. can.
Uncommon Coffee Roasters, which is a Saugatuck, Mich.-based coffee roaster and cafe operator, has launched this line of dairy style cold-brew coffees that are offered in three flavors: Straight, Cold-Brew Coffee with Chocolate Milk, and Cold Brew Coffee with Half & Half.
The premise behind GoldenBrew Tea, which hails from Portland, Ore, is to create micro-brewed organic teas. The company's attention to ingredient detail starts with using whole tea leaves rather than “fannings” (leftovers from higher grade tea) used by other tea brands. The teas are sweetened products with either honey or agave.
This variety, which blends watermelon, red pepper, cucumber, tomato, lemon, sea salt, cilantro, olive oil, white wine vinegar, black pepper, and cayenne, has that bright flavor that we love about the original Tio Gazpacho, along with the refreshing flavor of watermelon.
Bizzy Coffee is a St. Paul, Minn.-based startup focused on the cold brew coffee category. The company's initial offering comes in the form of a shelf-stable concentrate, which is USDA Organic certified and contains no calories or sugar.
Based on a 1,000-year-old West African recipe, Ginjan is a beverage that features ginger, pineapple, lemon, vanilla and anise as its key ingredients. The product is also sweetened with sugar, which results in a total of 30g of sugar and 120 calories per bottle.
Just Chill, which is a “calming drink designed to help reduce stress and enhance focus,” recently launched a zero-calorie extension. Unlike Just Chill’s other flavors, which have 70 calories per can, this product contains no sugar and uses a blend of erythritol and stevia.
Happy Tree Maple Water’s Cold Brew Coffee offering is a high pressure processed (HPP) blend of maple water and coffee. What’s really unique about this offering is that Happy Tree actually cold-brewed the coffee with maple water rather than water. This results in a unique and smooth flavor profile that’s really outstanding.
Starting with the packaging, the design of Gundalow Juice is something that is a bit different than your standard HPP juice. This starts with the use of a black shrink sleeve label that covers almost all of the bottle aside from a small portion of the bottom where the liquid can be seen. It’s eye-catching, but less vibrant than competing brands, which often focus on bright, positive colors rather than black.
Vim + Vigor, or “V+V Apothicaire” as the company now refers to itself, has expanded its offerings from cold-pressed juice to include chilled drinkable soups. The soups, which come in three flavors, including Heirloom Gazpacho, Kale Avo’ Basil, and Harvest Melange, are said to “marry European culinary influences and functional nourishment.”