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Expo West 2019 Recap Pt. 2: Sparkling Water Innovates, Brain Function Rises

In the second part of our Natural Products Expo West coverage, we take a look at how new entrants in the sparkling water space are moving the category away from natural flavors in favor of botanicals and other infusions. As well, we look at how MCT Oil and nootropics are fueling a rise in brain function beverages.

VIVIC Launches Botanical-Infused Sparkling Coffee Line

As the ready-to-drink coffee category continues to grow and innovate, California-based VIVIC launched last month with a line of sparkling coffees, which its co-founders hope will stand out with unique flavor profiles infused with roots and botanicals.

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Resigns

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today, effective next month. According to The Washington Post, the move was unexpected. Gottlieb was reportedly well-liked in the government, but told officials he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Former CORE CMO Eric Berniker Joins Roar Organic

Veteran CPG marketing executive Eric Berniker, who most recently served as CMO of CORE Hydration, has joined organic sports drink maker Roar Beverage Company as its new CMO and its investor AccelFoods as an operating partner.

Kuli Kuli Raises $5M, Will Launch Supplier Arm for Moringa

Moringa-based food and beverage brand Kuli Kuli announced yesterday it has raised $5 million in a Series B round co-led by product development company Griffith Foods and previous investor eighteen94 capital, the venture capital arm of the Kellogg Company.

Monster: Company Beats Expectations for Strong Q4

Bolstered by international growth, Monster Beverages Corp. beat analyst expectations in its fourth quarter and full year earnings, reporting a 14.1 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, according to financial results released yesterday by the company.

Riff Cold Brewed Makes Natural Energy Play

After less than a year on the market, Bend, Ore.-based coffee maker Riff Cold Brewed is expanding its brand platform with a new line of Sparkling Superfruit Teas made from dried cascara, which will launch next week at Natural Products Expo West 2019 in Anaheim, Calif.

Positive Beverage Partners with L.A. Libations

California-based Positive Beverage has partnered with beverage incubator L.A. Libations to fast-track the brand’s retail expansion. Launched in 2015, Positive markets a line of electrolyte-infused sparkling drinks.

In the Courtroom: Sunny Delight Wins Lawsuit

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. won a class action lawsuit that claimed that labelling for the brand’s fruit-flavored drinks did not clearly indicate the products were artificially flavored; Capri Sun sues manufacturer for breach of contract; Connecticut mulls its own soda tax.

People Moves: Q Mixers Taps Nestlé Talent

New York-based Q Mixers has hired Mike Atkins to serve as EVP of retail; Former PepsiCo general manager Walter Cybulski has joined antioxidant water brand Napa Hills as VP of Sales; Distill Ventures announced this week the hiring of Nicolas Proszenuck as investment director; Lisa Chang has been named The Coca-Cola Company’s new chief people officer.

Brand Profile: PathWater Seeks to Reroute PET Water

PathWater is a California-based water brand packaged in reusable aluminum bottles intended as an environmentally-friendly alternative to single-use plastic. The company’s founders say they’re not overly concerned with the brand’s profit margins, but are seeking to launch a “revolution” that will reduce waste and curb the industry’s carbon footprint.