Meagan McGinnes

Meagan McGinnes

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Simply Soupreme Claims Top Prize in New Beverage Showdown 15

The company took the crown from a group of five other innovative early stage beverage brands -- NITRO Beverage Co, Sip City, Cusa Tea, Drink Peloton and Element Shrub -- participating in the final round of the Showdown.

IFF Acquires Frutarom for $7.1B

The New York-based flavor and fragrance giant announced on Monday its plans to acquire Israeli flavors and natural ingredients firm Frutarom for $7.1 billion -- its biggest purchase to date. The deal would boost IFF to a second-place spot in the global natural flavors market, seeing as 75 percent of Frutarom’s sales are in natural.

A Breakdown of the USDA’s GMO Labeling Proposal

The USDA published a proposed rule to establish standards for the disclosure of bioengineered foods on packages in places where consumers can easily find them. However, the long-awaited proposal leaves industry leaders with just as many questions as it does answers.

16 Industry April Fools’ Pranks To Make You LOL

On Sunday, some of the industry’s biggest brands got into the April Fool’s Day spirit, announcing the launch of everything from trendy new flavors to line extensions that we all wished for, or rather, winced thinking about.

Sweet or Sour: Industry Responds to FDA Added Sugar Guidance

The FDA recently provided more context about how brands using natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup should handle the labeling of their sugar content on the new Nutrition Facts label. But the question is, does this guidance provide enough clarity to sweeten industry leaders on this added sugar callout?

IPA Proposes Probiotic Guidelines for Food

The nonprofit trade organization has submitted a proposal to create an updated definition and a set of “harmonized” international guidelines for the use of probiotics in foods and dietary supplements.

Target Acquires Shipt for $550 Million

The big box retailer announced today that it has agreed to acquire Shipt, Inc., a leading online same-day delivery platform, for $550 million in cash. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close before the end of the year, were not fully disclosed.

Taste Takeover: 5 Flavor Trends from BevNET Live

At last week’s BevNET Live in Santa Monica, California, flavor and extract companies predicted their taste trends of 2018. Here’s what they expect consumers to be craving most in the new year.

Bear Squeeze Wins New Beverage Showdown 14

Ketogenic meal shake maker Bear Squeeze emerged victorious from a group of five innovative early stage beverage brands participating in the final round of the Showdown, which closed out the second day of BevNET Live Winter 2017 at the Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.

Leveling Up: New Beverage Showdown 14 Finalists Named

Startup beverage brands Legacy Juice Works, Bear Squeeze, Zen Basil, KRā, Kabaki and Mixwell advanced to the finals of New Beverage Showdown 14 during day one of BevNET Live Winter 2017, moving one step closer to winning the grand prize of $10,000 in cash and prizes.

23 Food & Bev Innovators Land Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

In the seventh iteration of Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 List list, 14 CPG innovators and entrepreneurs were recognized for being young adults who made major contributions to food and drink innovation in 2018.