Fever-Tree Reports Double-Digit Growth as On-Premise Channel Rebounds

As the cocktail mixer category sees renewed growth with the rise of at-home alcohol consumption, U.K.-based premium brand Fever-Tree is feeling the buzz. The company reported U.S. revenue growth of 42% on a constant currency basis in the first half of 2021, with on-premise sales rebounding rapidly following last year’s channel shutdown.

Platform Plays Present Opportunity for Functional Powder Brands

Brands like Zolt, MANTRA Labs and Plants by People launched during the height of the pandemic last year as ecommerce plays and are now establishing themselves in a period where consumers are seeking out solutions to stress, immunity and sleep issues. Meanwhile slightly more established players like the aforementioned Beam and Blume have seen sales spike online and embraced new innovation.

Actress Blake Lively Launches Mixer Brand Betty Buzz

Actress Blake Lively is the latest film star to throw her hat into the beverage industry as the founder of Betty Buzz, a new brand of non-alcoholic sparkling mixers launching today. Available in five flavors -- Tonic Water, Sparkling Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon Club Soda, Sparkling Lemon Lime and Ginger Beer -- Betty Buzz mixers are non-GMO and are made with no artificial sweeteners or colors.

Winter Fancy Food Show to Move to Las Vegas in 2022

The Specialty Food Association (SFA) announced today that its Winter Fancy Food Show will be relocating from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 2022. The annual event, previously set to be held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, will now be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on February 6-8.

Press Clips: Non-Alc Beverages Present a Sobriety Challenge

The New Yorker looks at how the rise of non-alcoholic alternative beverages is impacting alcoholics in recovery; Super Coffee is profiled by the Austin American-Statesman after relocating the company to Texas; Reuters probes how climate change is prompting American farmers to plant coffee trees.

Monster Energy Vet Dan Lamb Joins A SHOC As CCO

Better-for-you energy drink maker A SHOC announced today that former Senior VP of Monster Energy, Dan Lamb, has joined the company as its new Chief Commercial Officer.