Ray Latif

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Brew Dr. Kombucha Eyes $50 Million In Revenue By 2019

Propelled by sustained consumer demand for kombucha along the West Coast, sales doubled to nearly $12 million in 2016. Founder and CEO Matt Thomas expects booming growth to continue amid an expansion of the company’s manufacturing capacity and the addition of an experienced sales executive.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 42: Rounding Out the Numbers With CircleUp

Last week the podcast team visited CircleUp’s San Francisco office to speak with Ben Lee, the managing director of CircleUp Funds, the company’s investment arm. We sat down with him to discuss the ways in which CircleUp aims to support early-stage fundraising for beverage entrepreneurs.

Photo Gallery: The 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show

Over the course of the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show, we encountered a broad array of new brands, design revamps and line extensions, all of which are included in this photo gallery.

Winter Fancy Food Show 2017 Video: BevNET Staff Picks

BevNET correspondents sifted through the many of the new beverages that debuted at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show, and in the above video, they offered their takes on the drinks that have the potential to be most impactful for the industry.

Tio Gazpacho Moves to 10 oz. Bottles, Drops Organic, Adds Corn Variety

In a move designed to enhance the brand’s ability to sell in conventional grocery stores, drinkable soup brand Tio Gazpacho has replaced its 12 oz. bottle with a new 10 oz. size. It’s one of two key changes for the brand as the year begins, as it has also dropped its USDA certified organic status.

Ito En North America Rebrands Teas’ Tea As Organic

Amid growing consumer demand for organic beverages, Ito En North America today announced a new USDA certified organic formulation and revamped branding for its Teas’ Tea line. Ito En will debut the updated line at the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, which begins this Sunday.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 41: Sensing Success with Whipstitch's Burgmaier

In this edition of the podcast, Burgmaier, who’s worked with several fast-growing and high-profile food and beverage brands, including Essentia, Spindrift and KeVita, discussed the current climate for CPG financing, competition for investment dollars and what he views as the key attributes for successful brands.

People Moves: Q Drinks Adds Honest Tea Vets; New COO for Zevia

Fast-growing premium mixer brand Q Drinks has added two longtime Honest Tea executives to its sales team as it looks to bolster its presence at retail stores. Meanwhile, Zevia today announced the promotion of Hank Margolis to the role of COO.

Industry Voices: Predictions for 2017

What will 2017 hold for trends, innovation and emerging categories in the non-alcoholic beverage industry? We asked 10 veteran beverage executives and observers for their takes on what’s to come.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 40: The Trends to Watch in Beverage, Beer and Food

In this edition, the podcast team is joined by BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman and the editors of BevNET’s sister sites, Brewbound’s Chris Furnari and Project NOSH’s Carol Ortenberg, each of whom offered their take on the most pertinent trends and issues within the industries they cover.