BevNET Magazine
January-February 2020

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Behind the RTD Boom: Ready-to-Drink Cocktails See Sizeable Growth As Drinking Habits Change

For some time now, the analytic mantra ‘drinking less, but drinking better’ has been the chant du jour for both industry experts and companies. The movement, led by Millenials and Gen Z, suggests that consumers are going out less and opting for low-abv or premium spirits and that they’re also drinking fewer drinks throughout the evening.

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Ingredient and Flavor Trends for 2020

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 2020.

Beyond Basic Black: How Brands Are Innovating in Functional Coffee

For many consumers, coffee is the original functional beverage. The drink’s natural caffeine content has made it a top global commodity for centuries and in the modern era the fast-growing market for ready-to-drink coffee -- over $3.2 billion in retail sales for the 52-week period ending Jan. 15, according to market research firm IRI -- shows many consumers still like to get their energy from a cup (or can or bottle) of joe.

Big Coffee Brews the Future of RTDs

For the major U.S. beverage brands, coffee is one of the centerpieces of their respective strategic growth plans. From cold brew colas to energy-based brews, here’s a rundown on how Coca-Cola, Pepsi/Starbucks and Keurig Dr Pepper are assembling their coffee portfolios.

2020 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.

Coffee and Beer Brands Launch Hard Coffee Innovations

Coffee and beer brands are stirring the pot with new products blurring category lines that offer “hard” coffees appealing to a younger demographic of 21-plus consumers. Offering low ABV and a bit of caffeine, hard coffee began to grow last year as major coffee and beer makers expanded their portfolios to meet a set of consumer interests that have grown beyond traditional beer.


Risk and Reward: BevNET Live Winter 2019 Recap

Taking risks can often be the scariest -- and the most important -- component of success in business. At BevNET Live Winter 2019 in Santa Monica, Calif., beverage industry entrepreneurs discussed when and how to take the biggest leaps of faith, when to stand your ground and how brand leaders can grow on both a professional and a personal level.

Gerry’s Insights: Are We Warming Up to the Cold Chain – Or is the Promise Overbaked?

It’s been one of the more promising developments in beverages, inaugurated by brands like Evolution Fresh a decade ago and a flock of cold-brew players more recently: a rash of refrigerated entries that offer a shockingly vibrant, fresh taste to those who’d gotten accustomed to the pallid flavor of highly pasteurized products, along with the promise of truly delivering the promised nutritional benefits.

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news: Molson Coors to cease production in Irwindale, California; White Claw maker to build $250 million facility in Arizona; Josh Landan, celebrity investors launch hard seltzer brand in California; IRI: off-premise beer sales top $37 billion in 2019; Reyes to acquire Claypool Distributing in California

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news: Califia lands $225M Series D Round led by Qatar Investment Authority; Borden Dairy Co. files for bankruptcy; Oatly kicks off 2020 with a Starbucks partnership; Dyla Brands is running concentrate, powder Mix business for KDP; Olipop raises $10M in Series A Round; and Purity Organic acquires Dunn's River Brands

The First Drop: The Highest, Best Use Standard

So many of the brands we see these days seem to emerge, at least in their founding stories, from kitchen tinkering or from an idea encouraged by friends or some riff on a grandmother’s recipe. It’s strange, though: I could swear that a good subset of those brands also seem to evolve just when a grandmother’s old kitchen formula happens to correlate with an emerging beverage category that’s attracting a little bit of investment.

Decisions and Deals: NOSH Live Winter 2019 Recap

For a conference focused on innovation, it was fitting: the first day of NOSH Live’s winter event in Santa Monica started off with a discussion around one of 2019’s disruptive center-aisle brands. Keith Belling, founder and CEO of alternative rice brand RightRice, reflected on his time at PopChips — and why he saw a unique space for healthier rice options.

Cannabis Forum Recap: A Growing Industry, Slow Regulations

The cannabis industry is complex to navigate, even if the plant is often viewed as a gateway to a simpler state of mind. To help food and drink entrepreneurs grow within it, experts presented data and insights last month at BevNET’s third Cannabis Forum, held December 6 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In natural food industry news: Gathered Foods reels in over $20M more, will expand services; Little Secrets to expand offerings; and PepsiCo acquires PopCorners maker to expand portfolio of healthy options

Publisher’s Toast: The Energy to Soar

I want to talk about BevNET Live. We just completed yet another event, this time with over 850 people in attendance. It was staggering. What started as an idea a little more than a decade ago has morphed into the most powerful assembly of beverage people each year.