Within a fast-growing kombucha category, Health-Ade shined the brightest in 2016. The Southern California-based brand produces a line of organic kombucha drinks that are often lauded for a high quality and approachable flavor profile. Health-Ade’s continued commitment to great-tasting formulations is a big reason that CAVU Venture Partners, a fund focused on investment and incubation in healthy food and beverage companies, invested $7 million in the company earlier this year. The CAVU funding primarily went the construction of a new 50,000 sq. ft. production facility, putting Health-Ade in a position to press the gas on new retail and distribution initiatives for 2017. And in a category steadily gaining momentum among soda drinkers looking for better-for-you alternatives, it’s clear to us that Health-Ade will continue to drive new consumers to the space.