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Argo Tea Pushes Premium Growth Strategy

Since founding Argo Tea in Chicago in 2003, Avakian has seen his business model for natural, premium-priced beverages go from niche to mainstream. Having entered the beverage space promising a drink with a “transparent” supply chain, Avakian hedged his bets that American consumers would eventually recognize better-for-you was in fact better.

Press Clips: USDA Clears Aurora Organic Dairy

USDA clears Aurora Organic Dairy after investigation; Walmart doubles down on grocery after Amazon buys Whole Foods; Bloomberg speculates that LaCroix's bubble may burst; Attitude Drinks shuts down; Nooyi speculates on Bezos

Juice Press Makes Travel Play at NYC Airports

Cold pressed juicery Juice Press is seeking to expand its grab-and-go business to travelers from around the world via a partnership with airport retailer OTG that will put some of the company’s ready-to-drink and energy bar products in three major New York City area airports.

Distribution Roundup: Tio Gazpacho Hits California

Tio Gazpacho continues its expansion with California Whole Foods entry; Bizzy Coffee Shots expected to close year with 500 stores; Teatulia enters Midwest region via grocery channel; ARYA lands nationwide CVS partnership.

“Chewie, Punch It!” Star Wars Space Punch Launches in U.S.

The branded line of sparkling, erythritol-sweetened “vitamin drinks” in 12 oz. cans will launch with in-store displays and social media backing from Star Wars trademark holder The Walt Disney Company, following a successful debut in Europe last year.

Cold Vault Forum Reveals Shifts In C-Stores

Speaking at CSP Magazine’s Cold Vault Forum in Chicago last month, Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog presented the latest news on shifting consumer trends and offered predictions which suggest hope is on the horizon for retailers looking towards upcoming innovations to reinvigorate declining sales.

PepsiCo Sees Beverage Sales Slip in Q3

Pinning the decline on poor weather conditions across North America leading to fewer C-store sales, CEO Indra Nooyi sought to reassure investors “that the issues are temporary” and action has been taken to improve sales in the new quarter.

People Moves: Brew Dr. Brings On New Talent

Brew Dr. brings on talent from Stumptown; Ocean Spray Cranberries makes new executive position announcements; Scott Lewis leaves VEB for Evolution Fresh; Tom Friscia goes from energy drinks to juice; Welch's announces new president for U.S. division; Cahillane takes Kellogg's CEO position; Improper Goods nabs Pok Pol Som operations manager for VP position.

Harvest Soul Aims to Be the “Anti-Pressed” Juice

In April, Harvest Soul moved into a 30,000 sq. ft. cold production facility, giving it added capacity that has enabled the company to grow more rapidly, Kevin Quirk said. The facility is also an USDA organic certified co-packer, and Harvest Soul is currently working with 10 clients.

Extra! Hudson News Distributors Adds Beverages, Snacks

For decades Hudson News Distributors has been one of the leaders in the magazine and book direct store distribution network, servicing more than 15,000 retail stores in the Northeast U.S. But this year, the company has decided to “wet” its palate, adding a CPG beverage leg that counts LaCroix, Nestle Waters, and now Hint in its growing portfolio.

MOM’s Organic Market Benefits from Natural Product Trends

Continuing throughout the 90’s with its combination of brick & mortar, home delivery, and mail order sales operations, the company has begun a much more intense period of expansion over the past 10 years, expanding from five to 18 stores since 2007, with added locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Carton Waters Take Different Routes to Growth

Although they still only make up a fraction of the category, innovation and unique marketing strategies within the paper-packaged sector are driving growth and attracting loyal, socially-conscious consumers, banking on millennials to lead the charge.

Expo East 2017 Video: How Oatly is Bringing a European Fixture to U.S. Consumers

Speaking with the company’s U.S. general manager Mike Messersmith at Natural Products Expo East 2017, held Sept. 13-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md., BevNET reporter Brad Avery gets the word on how the company intends to compete within the U.S. market and why it believes oat milk offers dairy-free consumers a high quality alternative to other alt-milks.

Death Wish Coffee Issues Recall on RTD Line

Death Wish Coffee on Wednesday issued a recall of its first RTD nitro cold brew production batch this week after a peer review showed their canning process could potentially lead to the growth of clostridium botulinum, the bacteria responsible for botulism.