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Distribution Roundup: Tribucha Grows in Grocery

Tribucha Grows in Grocery; Rise Adds 2,000 Kroger Doors, Partners with Nestle ReadyRefresh; Detoxwater Expands in CVS, Adds Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo; Pillars Grows to Over 2,000 Doors; Navy Hill Goes Chainwide in Earth Fare, World Market; CHERRiSH Adds Albertsons/Safeway

MatchaBar Puts ‘Hustle’ First in Rebrand

Two years after the launch of its sparkling energy drink Hustle, New York-based startup MatchaBar is introducing new branding and flavors for the line, now called “Hustle by MatchaBar.” The revamped products will feature new labelling and be split into two product lines: Hustle Energy and Hustle Tea.

Full Plate: Meal Replacement Brands Target Growth in 2020

Last month, four meal replacement beverage makers -- Soylent, Keto & Co., Huel and Après -- announced new products and brand refreshes that play on rising trends such as brain function, keto and better-for-you functionality.

Numilk Seeks National Expansion for Plant Milk Machines

Founded in 2017 by CEO Ari Tolwin and CPO Joseph Savino, Numilk has developed a proprietary vending machine capable of producing nearly any type of plant-based milk. Speaking with BevNET, Tolwin, who previously served as the founder and CEO of Happy Tree Maple Water, said the fountain model allows Numilk to immediately adjust to changing consumer and market demands.

OWYN Closes $7.5 M Round Led by Powerplant Ventures

Plant-based beverage maker OWYN has raised $7.5 million in a financing round led by Powerplant Ventures, the company announced today. Powerplant co-founder and partner Mark Rampolla will join the brand’s board of directors.

Distribution Roundup: Silverback Draft Tea Expands to 250 Doors

Silverback Draft Tea Expands to 250 Doors; Clear/Cut Phocus Adds Tops Friendly Market Stores; Rocky Mountain High Brands Grows Distribution for HEMPd Line; Queen City Hemp Expands in Midwest, Southeast; Glanbia Partners with Kalil Bottling Company for Optimum Nutrition Expansion

New Barn Scales Back Retail Presence to Take Omnichannel Focus

Following a year plagued by out-of-stock issues and high shipping costs, plant-based food and beverage brand New Barn is scaling back retail distribution for its product portfolio to service only the West Coast as it focuses on integrating an omnichannel strategy in 2020.

BevNET Magazine Feature: Sacred (Cold) Space

While dairy will remain on top for the foreseeable future, the cold case is changing today. Dairy industry leaders, however, may be more prepared for that change than anticipated.

L.A. Libations Announces Slate of New Hires

CEO Danny Stepper said L.A. Libations has hired five new team members in an effort to create departmental synergies and help the company “deliver on [its] commitments” to serve as the non-alcoholic brand building arm for Molson Coors.

People Moves: Todd Berardi Exits Hiball

Todd Berardi Exits Hiball; Rowdy Mermaid Names VEB, PepsiCo Vet as VP of Sales & Marketing; Mad Tasty Names Dan Holland as COO; Sprig CEO Michael Lewis Exits Company; Scott LaPorta Joins Sugarfina as CEO; Lemon Perfect Names VP of Sales, VP of Operations; Apple Rush Adds Randy Ornstein to Advisory Board

Koia To Launch Coffee Line at Whole Foods in January

Aiming to expand its products across the refrigerated beverage set, plant-based protein drink maker Koia will launch a line of ready-to-drink coffees next month exclusively at Whole Foods stores nationwide. Koia Coffee contains 200 mg of caffeine, 5 grams of MCT oil, 9 grams of protein, zero sugar and 110 calories per 12 oz. bottle.

Nootropic Soda Maker Koios Preps for DSD Expansion

Like many consumers, Chris Miller has struggled with the overstimulation caused by modern technology. As the founder and CEO of Koios Beverage Corp., Miller is aiming to build on the emerging space for brain health functional beverages with a line of nootropic infused beverages intended to help consumers focus.