Ray Latif

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GT’s Kombucha Acquires, Rebrands Tula’s CocoKefir

GT’s Kombucha, has acquired Tula’s CocoKefir, the maker of coconut-based kefirs and yogurts that are fermented with vegan probiotic cultures. The transaction took place earlier this year, according to GT's founder GT Dave, who told BevNET that he has long had a fondness for Tula’s products.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 39: What Happens at BevNET Live…

It took us a couple of weeks to recover from the biggest BevNET Live conference yet, but in this edition of the podcast, we reflect on the three-day event, which was held from Dec. 4-6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Bulletproof Relaunches FATwater

Nearly a year after Bulletproof’s FATwater line was recalled from the market, the enhanced waters are back with a new formulation and package.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 38: Mouthwatering Innovation? FoodMinds Says It’s In the Can.

In this edition of the BevNET Podcast, we're joined by Grant Prentice, the vice president of strategic insights for FoodMinds, a food nutrition communications and consulting firm, who talked about recent research on how packaging can impact beverage drinkers’ experiences and reinforce or complement beverage brand equities.

Evolution Fresh: Snackable Bevs Are “Center of Bullseye”

Cold-pressed juice brand Evolution Fresh is placing greater emphasis on beverages that can be consumed as snacks and is planning to launch a new line of “Organic Superfoods” smoothies next year, according to president Ryan Ziegelmann.

Nielsen Data: CSD Sales Remain Weak, Sparkling Water Surges

Dollar sales of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) decelerated, while sparkling water continues to impress, according to a new Wells Fargo Securities report detailing Nielsen xAOC (expanded all outlets combined) year-over-year beverage sales data for the four-week period ending on Nov. 5.

Big Geyser Signs Exclusive 10-Year Deal With Muscle Milk

In an interview with BevNET, Jerry Reda, the COO of Big Geyser, said his belief in the management and marketing team at Minnesota-based food conglomerate Hormel Foods, which acquired Muscle Milk parent company CytoSport Holdings in 2014 for approximately $450 million, was a key component of the deal.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group to Acquire Bai for $1.7 Billion

In an investor call held this morning, DPS president and CEO Larry Young said that the company is “excited to see this team continue the breakthrough and disruptive innovation providing consumers with great-tasting and low-calorie beverages” and hailed the acquisition of Bai as one that “makes a tremendous amount of sense for us.”