Brad Avery

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Distribution Roundup: ROAR Organic Expands in 7-Eleven

ROAR Organic Expands in 7-Eleven; Harmless Harvest Launches Ecommerce; Jèn Collagen + Aloe Vera Drinks Grows Footprint; Lemon Perfect Enters Wegmans; Tractor Beverage Company Adds B.GOOD Locations

Coke: On-Premise Challenges Offset Retail Sales Growth in Q3

Slumping on-premise accounts “more than offset” an increase in retail sales for The Coca-Cola Company during Q3 of this year, according to a company earnings report released today. Global case unit volume fell 4% in the quarter, while net revenues declined 9% year-over-year. Organic revenues fell 6% and operating income was down 8%

PBR, Infused Wines Among Vertosa Cannabis Beverage Partnerships For Fall 2020

Vertosa, a California-based cannabis infusion company specializing in emulsion technology, this month announced a slate of partnerships to develop THC-infused drinks with multiple beverage companies this fall, including beer maker Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) and sessionable tonic maker Cann.

Bulletproof Announces Brand Refresh, New Cold Brew Line

Bulletproof 360 is launching redesigned packaging and a new line of cold brew lattes as the company targets nationwide, omnichannel retail expansion. The new packaging is aimed at streamlining the brand’s look and feel across all products, including beverages, food and supplements

Something New Under the Cap: Functional ‘Pops’ Take on Soda

A slate of low calorie, functional products bearing the hallmarks of classic sodas has begun hitting the shelves nationwide. Generally focused on promoting gut health through the addition of pre- and probiotics, these products are still young and not wholly proven, but strong sales momentum and institutional interest suggest they may have the potential to become a viable new subcategory.

Sweet Reason Expands CBD Portfolio With ‘Evening Blend’ Line

CBD sparkling water maker Sweet Reason is expanding its platform as a relaxation-driven beverage brand with today’s launch of Evening Blend, a new line of adaptogen-infused beverages containing 30 mg of broad spectrum hemp CBD per bottle.

BioSteel Taps Constellation Brands DSD Network For U.S. RTD Launch

As athletic consumers look to cut sugars and artificial ingredients from their sports drink intake, BioSteel Sports Nutrition is aiming to compete head-on with category leaders via a new all natural, zero-sugar, RTD Tetra Pak line launching this month.

Report: Ball Corp. Says Alcohol, Water Driving Growth in Aluminum Cans

As the beverage industry continues to embrace sustainable packaging initiatives, the North American market for aluminum cans is expected to grow between 4-6% through 2025, according to Ball Corp., the leading U.S. manufacturer of metal packaging for beverages.

OXIGEN Closes $15M Series B Round Featuring Celebrities, VCs

OXIGEN, maker of a line of oxygen-enhanced waters, announced today it has raised $15 million in a Series B funding round, backed by individual investors including pro athletes, musicians and venture capitalists. The round includes NBA star Kevin Love and country music singer Brett Eldredge join this round as fellow investors.

GURU Closes $34M Funding Round Ahead of Going Public

In preparation for taking the company public on the Canadian Stock Exchange later this year, energy drink maker Guru Beverage Inc. announced this week that it has raised $34.5 million in private financing. The fundraise surpassed GURU’s fundraising goal of $20 million and was completed through a group led by Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.

Coke Cuts Continue, With Zico Next To Exit

The Coca-Cola Company announced today it will discontinue coconut water brand Zico by the end of the year as part of a long term project to drop underperforming product lines from its portfolio. The move comes after months of declining sales for the brand, which Coke acquired in 2013.

Distribution Roundup: LifeAID Adds Target

LifeAID Adds 1,000 Target Stores; Sol-ti Expands to Sprouts; NewAge to Distribute Wingman Smart Energy; VIDE Adds Savannah Distributing; Marquis Adds DSD Houses in the West