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The Erosion of Indulgence: Cold Brew is Changing the Game

So far, sweeter coffee drinks dominate the category. But cold brew is changing the game. Over the past several years, the cold brew coffee wave has excited investors, intrigued consumers, and breathed new life into a once peripheral beverage category. But beyond the buzz that has made cold brew the fastest growing sector of the ready-to-drink coffee category, it’s worth remembering that Starbucks still controls 78.3 percent of the dollar market share, and that a lot of that is from the decidedly NOT cold brewed Frappuccino line.


2019 Cannabis Food and Beverage Guide

The Cannabis Food and Beverage Guide is a directory of packaged food and beverage products produced with cannabis, plus companies that provide goods and services to those brands. It is a who’s who of new and established food and beverage products containing CBD, THC, hemp and other cannabis derivatives.

Proof Positive: A Look at Whiskey, Brandy, Gin and Other Spirits

Anytime someone mentions the American spirits market, it’s more than likely that the first thing that comes to mind is whiskey. And that, for the most part is justified. However, other categories have been aggressively inserting themselves into the conversation and whiskey, increasingly, has been ceding some of the spotlight.

2019 Flavor & Ingredient Trends

Making predictions about the future of the beverage industry is a dangerous game. Trust us on this one; we do it every year for our January/February issue, and we’re about to put ourselves on the line again right now. BevNET reached out to a group of suppliers, brands and industry experts to get their insights as to where the market for ingredients and flavors in beverage will be going in 2019.

Rosé, Regionals Driving Resurgence in Cider Sales

At the National Beer Wholesalers Association meeting in September, Nielsen vice president Danny Brager delivered a simple message to attendees who stopped by his early morning breakout session: Cider is back. According to data from the firm, off-premise sales of hard cider were up 6 percent over the 52-week period ending on August 11. But if you look at the most recent 26-week period, also ending August 11, category-wide sales were up 13 percent.

2018 Natural Snack Food Guide

The 2018 Natural Snack Food Guide is a directory of “better-for-you” packaged snacks and the suppliers and services companies that support those brands.

HPP’s Hurdles: Why Premium Juice is Struggling and How it Can Push Ahead

When high-pressure processing (HPP) emerged as a force in CPG, the non-thermal alternative to heat pasteurization was heralded as a powerful disruptor in the beverage industry. Today, however, cold-pressed juice has plateaued. Speaking with industry leaders, many in the HPP and juice spaces recognize early mistakes but also paths forward.

Fat Profits! The Rise of Keto Beverages

While diet trends come and go, the rapid rise of the ketogenic diet represents a new variation on the evergreen low-carb approach to nutrition. Keto meal shakes such as Sated, Cave Shake and Bear Squeeze are on the rise.

Trading Up in Tea

Millennials are changing the way tea brands think about innovation. Experts in the space highlight attributes that are attractive to the demographic and present data to demonstrate changes in the tea category.

Premium, Organic Offerings Drive Growth In Tea

Tea continues to impress. Premium and better-for-you offerings are driving much of the growth. For years upstart brands have fueled innovation in the category...but bigger companies are catching on.

Worth a Shot

Despite the category's challenges, brands still see big opportunity in small format offerings.

2014 New Beverage Guide’s 2014 New Beverage Guide provides a catalog of new products within the beverage industry.

Soda Swap

Energy Drink Takeover: Will they replace soda?

From Zima To Rita

Zima paved the way (and offered critical insights on what worked and what didn’t) for successors.


How Sierra Nevada turned a new package and a new style into a remarkable weapon.

Energy Level

Has the hottest brand in recent memory finally cooled?

Miss Muffet Broadens Her Palate

Advances in protein technology, rising raw materials costs, and lifestyle changes have combined with an overall upsurge in demand

Aiming for Enhancement

Adapting to a desire for variety and convenience, a multitude of brands have altered their approach to beverages.


Small Package, Big Universe

Too Productive?

Products beyond fresh juices are squeezing into the produce section.

Frap Fighters

It might not mean much now, but there is an evolving set of Frappuccino options out there

Watered Down

Why Bottled Water Companies Can’t Shake the Doldrums

Restoring An Icon

Under new CEO Bill Meissner, Jones Soda looks to get the easy parts right.

2018 New Beverage Guide

The 2018 New Beverage Guide is the most comprehensive collection of non-alcoholic beverages featuring new brands, flavors, product updates, packaging and more.

Nobody’s Alternative: Plant-Based Dairy Brands Push Their Platform

As dairy alternatives continue to rise, new brands are rapidly entering the space, bringing with them disruptive innovations and unique platform propositions. But an influx also means brands have to work harder to differentiate, especially when the category still only makes up roughly 5 percent of the dairy space. So the question becomes: how do you build the platform?

Beer Battles Beyond Borders

With all of the talk of tariffs and trade wars, could imported beers end up in the crosshairs? This article takes a look into the performance of some of the leading imported beer companies and how they may, or may not be impacted by the current political climate.

The Style Council

The United States Association of Cider Makers shakes up the category with the release of its first stylistic guidelines.

Who Needs Food Anyways?

According to Michael Averbook, food and drink analyst for Mintel, the nutritional drinks segment, which includes meal replacements, is one of the fastest growing segments in the nutrition and performance drinks category.


No Standard Uniform for Cold Brew

After 5 Hour Who’s Next

Consumers of mainstream retail outlets may not know it, but the shot category has more to offer than 5-hour Energy alone.

BevNET Best of 2013 Awards

2013 represented a turning point for the beverage industry in which dynamic new brands highlighted natural functionality and flavors

The Race to Recycle

By now, most consumers and retailers understand and approve of the idea of recycling.

Beer Goggled

Should we go all the way with the Hangover Category

Tidy Profits

By making Kids' Beverages greener and healthier, companies hop to earn a premium

Fighting Functional Myopia

FRS is still fighting it out to convince consumers that quercetin is worth its hard-to-define health benefits.

New Territory for Tea

It wasn’t slowed by the downturn, it has benefitted from health and wellness trends and has been the category into which many exciting new brands have launched and grown.


Brewbound Live 2018 Examines Cannabis, Company Culture and the Future of Craft

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives from across the beer industry gathered at the 2018 Brewbound Live business conference, held in Santa Monica, California, to discuss category health, cannabis and future product innovations. Craft Brew Alliance CEO Andy Thomas set the tone for the two-day event by asking attendees a simple question on day one: Who is really your competitor?

NOSH Live: Growing Food Tribes

While building a dedicated and loyal audience is essential for any successful CPG food brand, it shouldn’t have to come at the expense of another group. The question of how to bring consumers into new categories and products rather than freezing them out – to grow the tribe, in other words – was posed by editor Carol Ortenberg at the start of the first day of NOSH Live Winter 2018.

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news, Pizza Hut expands beer delivery to nearly 300 stores, US beer sales top $35 billion in 2018 and Texas lawmakers propose companion bills to legalize to-go sales.

Publisher’s Toast: A Joyous Start to 2019

Last year was a strong one for the industry. The number of launches was staggering. Innovation soared, and the drive for healthfulness, functionality and efficacy was unabated. We at BevNET have been introduced to more products than we can sample, too many to review. It’s been a dynamic time. The marketplace couldn’t be stronger.

NACS Review

During this year’s NACS show, entrepreneurial brands weren’t afraid to make news. Hint Inc., Brew Dr. Kombucha, New Age Beverages, Red Bull, Nestle Waters' S. Pellegrino and Perrier, and PepsiCo's Bubly announced new SKUs.

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news, Constellation Brands CEO to step down, Rogue Ales announces leadership changes, Craft Brew Alliance buys 3 beer companies, and Heineken-owned Lagunitas Brewing cuts 12 percent of its workforce.

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news, Riff Cold Brewed Coffee raises $1M, La Croix disputes “cockroach” claims, KDP acquires CORE, Jesus Delgado-Jenkins named Outlaw Energy CEO and KDP to cut 500 jobs nationwide.

The First Drop: Is This Fully Baked

You can’t always judge the state of things by what you see at Trade Shows, but if you roll it up with the rest of the buzz from investors, media, and even the regulatory environment, it’s pretty clear that the cannabinoid compound CBD is having a moment.

Publisher’s Toast: Barry’s Nostalgic Musings

Barry takes a simple game of rock, paper, scissors and creates an analogy to the beverage industry which calls on the harmony that is required between players in the space for the whole game to work, in this throwback article from 2011.

Summer Fancy Food Show Recap

Trends including plant-based milk, matcha, CBD and craft mixers were showcased at the event, highlighting innovation in the space.

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In NOSH news, Tyson tackles food waste with ¡YAPPAH!, Nom Noms World Food launches in North America, Dean Foods acquires majority share of Good Karma, Health Warrior CEO talks 'continuous improvement' and SnackNation to expand beyond offices with $12M investment.

Gerry’s Insights: New Views of On-Premise

An opinion piece that touches on how newer non-alcoholic beverage categories such as cold-brewed coffee, kombucha, drinking vinegars and cocktail alternatives hitting the market are disrupting some of the fundamental occasions that drive our beverage consumption choices.

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In NOSH news, SmartSweets raises $3M to slay sugar, Cleveland Ave. backs Farmwise, how Real Good Foods is seeing 'real good' success, plant protein in bloom, CrossFit grows presence in food, Jonny Moseley goes from slopes to snacks with Iota, True Fresh and NutriFresh launch bi-costal deal.

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news, Pepsi launches sparkling water brand and pod-based drink; Harmless Harvest and Spindrift gain funding; Sunniva Super Coffee on Shark Tank.

Manifesting a Mission: NOSH Live Winter 2017

From investors and innovators to entrepreneurs and industry veterans, CPG’s best and brightest came together for Project NOSH’s biannual business conference and TRIBALÍ Foods cooked up a victory at the Winter 2017 NOSH Live Pitch Slam

Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of shows, it was the not-best of shows. And our entire BevNET team is just catching its collective breath from the frenetic pace of attending and reporting on them, the two major fall trade shows, Natural Products Expo East and NACS.

Selling Meal Kits at the Gold Rush

Just a couple of months ago, the thought was, you gotta have a meal kit, leave your job for a meal kit company, invest, disrupt, pack, deliver, someone get me a chef to partner with! But here’s one place the meal kits are actually headed: your grocery store. And therein lies something of a lesson.

Berardi’s Rules

If Hiball does end up playing a leading role in a flourishing new energy sub-segment, it will be further vindication that a modest operating strategy can eventually have major impact.


The latest food brand news including investments, acquisitions and new hires

The Unsweet Spot

All of a sudden, it seems, after decades of ignored warnings, many consumers seem to be in a desperate lurch away from added-sugar items – and those who market to them are lurching with them.

Restoring Faith

Lets face it. Beverages are a tough industry.

Rekindled Fantasies

285 columns, give or take a few. Those are a lot of thoughts.

Fashionably Late

Observations on meeting deadlines for brand messaging.

Time to Make Room

2016 doesn't mark the end of long-standing brands - it's just time to make room.

Year End Bonus

It’s getting cold out, so it’s time to stay indoors. We’ve created an expanded survey of relevant categories to keep you warm through the New Year.

Four for 2015

A harbinger of what 2016, and beyond, might bring.

Kombucha’s Great Gas Cloud

A near-avalanche of filings about the relative alcohol and sugar content of a stunningly popular beverage.

NACS Review

Energy Drinks Reinforce Ties to Convenience Channel

I Miss the Buzz

Beverage marketing just ain't what it used to be

The Price is Right

The advent of a new generation of beverages has created high-priced offerings and changed the cost structure in the industry.

Taking to the Streets (Again)

I drink a lot of beverages, to state the obvious. I’ve spent 21 years now sampling thousands of brands.

An Honest Accounting

Back in my college days, Driver hit movie screens like a tornado. I can still remember my astonishment.


Two Court Cases Show the Way


Vita Coco Broadens Coconut to Kids


New First Beverage Fund Adds VEB as Investor

Too Hot for Soda

The media is rife with stories about ways that brands seeking an "urban edge" often fall off the edge


Larry T's Brain-Twist shutting down

Resolutions for Entrepreneurs

I’ve inaugurated a new year by offering some resolutions that beverage entrepreneurs might be wise to consider.

BevScape Business

New York AG Digs into Energy Drinks and FDA Sends Durbin to Starbucks

It’s in the Cards

Somehow, I’ve been able to get by and stay connected to the industry just fine.

Big Deal!

It’s easy to get sucked into brand-equity-draining deals when you’re trying to hit a volume number or appease an important retail customer.

Bunnies & BevCos

Why the Annie's Initial Public Offering is Important to the Drinks Business

Lingering Taste

As I write this it’s been a day since the great rock drummer Levon Helm of The Band passed away, and as I write this and the memories have been flooding back sad and strong.

Bevscape Business

Ending months of waiting, the Coca-Cola Co. has finally purchased a majority stake in ZICO Coconut water

The Suits Don’t Match

It's hard to be the bearer of bad news, but thats' just what we've had to do lately.

The Exit Strategy

The love of what you create and the rewards for building lasting brands should be the end goal.

Inside RTD Tea

Look at the way newcomers Gold Peak, Honest and (Monster Beverage Co.-produced, Coke distributed) Peace Tea are performing against Nestea.

You Can Stay Nice

Sometimes the nicest folks are the ones who run into trouble with their business.

Alternative Sweetener Insights

According to research firm Freedonia, U.S. demand for alternative sweeteners will rise by 3.3% annually through 2015.

Inside Incubation

A new way toward product development, distribution and finance.

Set the Standards

The standardization of industry norms and best practices for emerging beverage categories.

GABF Takeaways

If you were looking for the next big craft beer trend at the Great American Beer Festival, you had a lot of choices.

Social Media Drives Purchasing

Restaurant consumers and individuals exposed to social content are significantly more likely to increase their spending and consumption.

Et Tu, Me Too?

With the conference season out of the way, we can move on to the most productive time of the year.

Say What?

Understanding Beverage Lingo.

Channel Check

Spotlight Category: Refrigerated Juice and Juice Drink

Innovation & Regeneration: BevNET Live Winter 2018 in Review

Entrepreneurship is a journey, and one with a map that is constantly being redrawn and reconfigured. The speakers on stage at BevNET Live Winter 2018 shared their personal stories of traversing the wilds of the beverage industry, as industry leaders from emerging and established companies charted different paths towards the same goal of building a thriving modern beverage business.

Gerry’s Insights: Forgotten Energy

These days it’s easy to get excited about emerging categories with breakthrough potential like kombucha, cold-brewed coffee and plant-based protein shakes. No question, they warrant the attention, but they’ve made it easy to take for granted another marvel of continuous innovation and growth, energy drinks. But this category is undergoing a wave of disruption that suggests that complacency is a long way from settling in.

The First Drop: Brands Hold the Key for CBD

Sure, they were arguing for the success of a new business that they’re all tied to, but the panelists at our Cannabis Forum in December made a great point: the most determinative success factor for proving the legal cannabis/marijuana industry overall will be the development of strong brands.

Expo East Review

Natural product brands and manufacturers from across the industry converged at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore on Sept. 13-15 for the annual Natural Products Expo East trade show. As in previous iterations, this year’s event featured a wide array of new products, line extensions, package redesigns and bleeding-edge trends.

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news, Coke splits from Big Geyser, Bulletproof raises $40M, Diplo, Von Miller among celebs backing MatchaBar, and Humm develops a non-alcoholic kombucha brewing process.

The First Drop: Mother’s Milk

Editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman weighs in on the battle between dairy and dairy-alternatives, namely almond milk, from the perspective of his 80-year-old mother. This gripping tale of consumer confusion offers an interesting perspective on a beverage space that has been rapidly changing and continues to do so.

NOSH Live Recap

NOSH Live Summer 2018 in New York City — the company’s first-ever, two-day event — was packed with presentations on topics ranging from how to build a badass brand voice to why you should crowdfund your company. Innovative leaders from the likes of HIPPEAS, Beyond Meat, Coolhaus, Pefrect Bar and more offered insights to help progress the better-for-you natural food industry.

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news, Revive rebrands to showcase ingredients, Califia Farms raises $50M and appoints a new CFO, All Markets Inc. acquires Runa, and leadership changes are afoot at Keurig Dr. Pepper after the recent merger.

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news, cannabis-infused beverages emerge as potential beer industry disruptor, Brewers Association sells top GABF sponsorships to Buffalo Wild Wings and Jameson, newly appointed Heineken USA Chief becomes first woman to lead major US beer company, and Beavertown Brewery sells a minority stake to Heineken International.

Evolving from Scrappy: BevNET Live Summer 2018 Show Review

The leading conference for the beverage industry featured discussions with notable leaders such as Vita Coco's founder Mike Kirban, the president of Nestlés beverage division, John Carmichael, VMG Partners co-founder and managing director Kara Roell, Bhakti's CEO Sarah Bird and more.

The First Drop: Sipping at a New Dream

Beth Wilson-Parentice is leaving Sipp, the company she started plotting out in her kitchen nearly a decade ago with nothing but a gifted palate, creative ambition, and a well of determination.

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news, Green Flash Brewing sold to new investor group, Deschutes reworks plans for Virginia Brewery, MillerCoors and Stone Brewing embroiled in trademark dispute, Laura Bell to 'step away' as CEO of Bell's Brewery.

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news, Dunn’s River Brands invests in Temple Turmeric, Hangover Recovery Shot raises $8M, Kombucha Dog targets four brands in lawsuits, Vita Coco launches PET bottle in 7-Eleven.

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In NOSH news, recent investments and growth in the bone broth category; how better-for-you jerky is changing convenience; RX aims to become platform brand.

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In NOSH news, Almanac Investments focuses on adding value for entrepreneurs, Lactalis buys Siggi yogurt, plant-based burger brand beyond meat raises $55M, consumers save money by shopping online

It’s Time to Rethink the Spokesmodel Standard

But what will we see if we take a view from higher up? At a time when high-profile sexual harassment and discrimination cases are emerging throughout industry after industry, is there another shoe waiting to drop in the beverage business?

Loosen the Reins

I’m seeing a bit more of that attitude in the beverage business these days, as the business takes on the degree of uncertainty and disruption that has long characterized the technology sector.


"The conversation next moved to other products, early on, that tickled my fancy. So, I decided to share with you a few brands, companies and people that made a mark on me early in my beverage world."

Focus and Food: NOSH Live Summer 2017

NOSH Live in Review: Hungry entrepreneurs, investors, retailers and thought leaders were served a hearty helping of industry insights during NOSH Live Summer 2017


Amazon’s announced $13.7 billion bid for Whole Foods has hardened talk of large-scale disruption in the way consumers buy their groceries.

Don’t Forget The Taste

I’ve said this many times, but taste should be the main, and usually, only reason for beverage consumption.

The Brick and Mortar of Craft

These pubs return the tavern to its role dating back to the colonies as a center of community, a place for beer lovers to “rendezbrew”


Lots of Deals, Across Categories

A Call to the Beverage Bullpen

Red Sox fans didn’t shed tears when manager Grady Little left the team following the team’s 2003 playoff catastrophe

Study Hard

Looking for a pick-me-up, because there's too much work to do.

Knock it Off

Create your own signature, don't take someone else's

Spring Cleaning

Barry looks to his beverage collection for insight.

Slow Build to Influence

Products and systems of going to market that may once have been considered on the fringe will be have great influence over the future of the entire business.


Two beverages discontinue distribution while Brew Hub plans $100 Million Brewing Network


Inside the Core Power Deal; Craft vs. Crafty; Mix1 Shuts It


Inside Tenth & Blake and new beer deals

It's in the Cards

Somehow, I’ve been able to get by and stay connected to the industry just fine.

Bunnies & BevCos

Why the Annie's Initial Public Offering is Important to the Drinks Business

La Dolce Barry

In January, I wrote out my last tuition check, so my wife and I took a celebratory vacation to mark the end of 22 years of paying to educate our two kids.

Bevscape Innovation

It turns out that even beverage giants aren’t immune from the recent outbreak of lawsuits

Jiro’s Lessons

The film proved to be a moving experience in ways that I think are relevant to beverages, particularly the innovation space.

Brand News

For most recovery drinks, the sales pitch is pretty simple: "Got a hangover?"

Changes at BPW

The Coca-Cola Co. and Nestle fundamentally changed Beverage Partners Worldwide

Channel Check: Aloe

One distinct trend: that sales for the small category are up by almost 25 percent.


A new category sprouts.