Brad Avery

Brad Avery

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Brad is a Reporter for BevNET.com.

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Press Clips: Seattle Approves Head Tax to Corporations Chagrin

Seattle Approves Head Tax to Corporations Chagrin; New Study Warns Parents Against Giving Kids Sports Drinks; Study: Drinking Coffee In Groups Makes You Feel Good; Illy Coffee Cans Recalled; PETA Joins Fight Against Dairy Pride Act; Trimino Super Troopers Ads Go Online

High Brew, Rebbl Announce $20 Million Rounds

Twenty is the lucky number of the day as two fast-growing brands -- High Brew Coffee and Rebbl -- kicked off the weekend by announcing $20 million investment rounds.

WTRMLN WTR Launches BLNDS Line Extension

Similar to the existing Lemon, Ginger and Cherry SKUs, the new BLNDS varieties are a combination of cold-pressed watermelon juice and other flavors, in this case Blood Orange, Cayenne, Cucumber, and Mint.

Hood River Juice Company Responds After FDA Warning

Hood River Juice Company, owner of Ryan’s brand apple juices and ciders, says a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month was “completely unexpected” and that it has taken action to correct past violations.

Monster: Q1 Earnings Underwhelm Analysts

Monster Energy reported a rise in net sales in the first quarter of 2018, but a significant drop in gross profits has left investors pessimistic about year-end margins for the energy drink company.

Ugly Sparkling Water Set for U.S. Launch

Ugly Drinks, an United Kingdom-based sparkling water brand, is launching in the U.S. on May 14 via a direct-to-consumer ecommerce platform and at independent retailers in the New York metro area.

Fizzique Launches Sparkling Protein Drink

As the sparkling water and protein drink categories both continue to expand, David Jenkins, a former Olympic sprinter and founder of protein products brand NEXT Nutrition, is looking to marry the two with his latest venture.

Blossom Water Preps New Bloom

Massachusetts-based botanical essence water brand Blossom Water has unveiled new packaging and a reformulation reducing the amount of sugar from 11 g to 5 g per bottle, removing erythritol and agave, and adding probiotics.

Starbucks: Record $6B in Revenue in Quarter

During an earnings call with investors on Thursday, CEO Kevin Johnson partially attributed the company’s growth during the quarter to its $384 million sale of Tazo Tea to Unilever in November, as well as the strategic decision to close Teavana cafes in order to focus on that brand’s CPG products.

Après Raises $1.1 Million in Seed Round

The company, which launched online in November 2017, markets a line of plant-based protein beverages targeted at active women. Each SKU is vegan and non-GMO, contains 180 to 190 calories per 11 oz. Tetra Pak container, and has 13 g of protein.

Diet Coke Revamp, Core Brands Drive Q1 Growth

The Coca-Cola Company touted its Diet Coke rebrand, the performance of Coke Zero Sugar, and its 2017 acquisition of sparkling water brand Topo Chico as positive contributors to its Q1 2018 financial results during a conference call with investors on Monday.

Distribution Roundup: Sound Tea Gains DSD in New York

Sound Tea Gains DSD in New York with Gold Coast, Target Launch Announced; CHERRiSH Partners with CoreMark; Flow Water Enters Sprouts Farmers Market; Hydrive Energy Water Announces Southeast Grocer Expansion

People Moves: Brew Dr. Names Marty Wall as President

Brew Dr. Kombucha has appointed EVP of Business Development Marty Wall as the company’s first President, the company told BevNET on Wednesday; John Fieldly approved as permanent CEO of Celsius