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Review: Carela Blends Bitter Melon and Green Tea

Carela is a zero-calorie beverage that features up-and-coming ingredient bitter melon extract, paired with green tea, peach juice, flavors, and Rebaudioside A, which is a form of stevia that supposedly has less bitterness and aftertaste.

Review: The Evolution of SOUND Sparkling Tea Continues

Earlier this year, SOUND Sparkling Tea updated its label, which is, at least in our opinion, a sizable step forward. And it’s definitely a huge upgrade from where it started back when the brand was known as Sodterra.

Review: Wicked Lekker Combines Moringa and Rooibos

Wicked Lekker is a USDA Organic line of rooibos tea beverages that are enhanced with moringa, a somewhat bleeding edge ingredient that is purported to have a host of benefits.

Review: Iconic Comes of Age

Iconic is a line of low-sugar protein drinks that has been through a few revisions since it first launched a few years back. Its latest effort, which launched earlier this year, sticks with the PET bottle that came with the last revision, but it features an updated design.

Review: Naturewise Whole Body Vitality Drinks

Naturewise is a line of sparkling, zero-calorie “Whole Body Vitality Drinks” that feature a host of functional ingredients. All three of Naturewise's flavors are nice tasting, but they're fairly similar to that of to other similarly positioned products. And, we’ve said this in many other reviews...

Review: Gatorade Organic

The notion of Gatorade Organic brings mixed feelings. On the one hand, it’s a totally logical extension that is, honestly, long overdue. But on the other hand...

Review: Shamrock Farms Takes a Dairy Approach to Cold Brew

As one might expect from a dairy producer, Shamrock Farms' new cold brew drinks are very heavy on the milk; the coffee flavor is secondary. That being said, the quality of the coffee -- and its benefits over coffee that is hot-brewed -- are much harder to discern.

Review: Glow’s Niche is Too Narrow

Glow is a two-SKU line of functional supplements designed to help promote hydration, energy, and recovery. The company offers “Hydration” and “Energy” varieties, both of which appear to have the same flavor. Regardless of variety name, their primary purpose appears to be to reduce the effects of a hangover.

Review: Black Medicine Moves to Cans

Normally, we applaud companies that choose to shift into a more proprietary or premium package, but, in the case of Black Medicine, moving to a 9.5 oz. slim can is great move.

Review: Cave Shake — Food or Beverage?

Cave Shake is a vegan meal replacement shake that uses coconut milk as its base ingredient. Calling itself a shake as well as a dessert (and using the term “ready-to-eat”), this product seems to straddle the lines between food and beverage.

Review: Califia Farms Black Label Cold Brew Coffee

Califia Black Label Cold Brew represents the first time that the company has released a ready-to-drink straight cold brew. It was really the only piece missing from having a truly complete line.

Pack Expo 2016 Opens Next Week

Held from November 6-9 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., Pack Expo 2016 will feature over 2,200 exhibits. The show is notable for the size and complexity of its exhibits, many of which feature full-scale, functioning packaging lines.

Review: Vit-Hit

Hailing from Ireland, Vit-Hit is a blend of water, juice, tea, and vitamins that is marketed as a low-calorie, naturally sweetened beverage. There is certainly no shortage of those, so why drink a Vit-Hit over the competition? That’s the piece that’s really missing for us.