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Argo Tea Pushes Premium Growth Strategy

Since founding Argo Tea in Chicago in 2003, Avakian has seen his business model for natural, premium-priced beverages go from niche to mainstream. Having entered the beverage space promising a drink with a “transparent” supply chain, Avakian hedged his bets that American consumers would eventually recognize better-for-you was in fact better.

Talking Rain, Ex-CEO Klock Face Harassment, Retaliation Complaint

A former employee of sparkling water company Talking Rain is suing the company and its former president and chief executive officer, Kevin Klock, alleging sexual harassment, disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and retaliation. The complaint was filed on Oct. 10 in the King County Superior Court, in Seattle, Washington.

Press Clips: USDA Clears Aurora Organic Dairy

USDA clears Aurora Organic Dairy after investigation; Walmart doubles down on grocery after Amazon buys Whole Foods; Bloomberg speculates that LaCroix's bubble may burst; Attitude Drinks shuts down; Nooyi speculates on Bezos

Ganeden President Weighs In on Kerry Acquisition

Ganeden president Michael Bush explained to NOSH why he decided to trust his gut with his decision to sell the leading probiotic company to Irish global nutrition and food conglomerate, Kerry.

Juice Press Makes Travel Play at NYC Airports

Cold pressed juicery Juice Press is seeking to expand its grab-and-go business to travelers from around the world via a partnership with airport retailer OTG that will put some of the company’s ready-to-drink and energy bar products in three major New York City area airports.

Forto Partners With The Hershey Company For New SKU, JAB Invests

Forto today announced the launch of two new reduced caffeine SKUs to its line of organic cold brew coffee shots: Pure Black Espresso and Hershey’s Chocolate, a co-branded release developed in partnership with The Hershey Company. The new flavors, which contain 100mg of caffeine in each 2 oz. serving, will be showcased for the first time on the NACS show floor ahead of a planned roll out on November 1.

In the Courtroom: Gatorade Settles Water Complaint; SSB Warnings Overturned

In this roundup of legal news around the beverage industry, Gatorade settles a bizarre complaint in which it was accused of using a Usain Bolt-branded video game to portray water as a hinderance to athletic performance. Also, a San Francisco ordinance requiring health warnings on outdoor advertisements for sugar sweetened beverages is struck down, and Nestle Waters moves to dismiss a suit claiming Poland Spring bottled water products don't meed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) definition of spring water.

Taste Radio Ep. 79: Nourish Snacks’ Joy Bauer Has a Healthy Take on Indulgence; Remus and The Rye Whiskey Experts

In episode 78, we feature an interview with Joy Bauer, who's best known as the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s “Today” show and is the founder of granola bites brand Nourish Snacks. We also speak with Gus Griffin, the CEO of MGP, a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits that's played a key role in the emergence and development of the craft spirits segment. And in the latest edition of Elevator Talk, we chat it up with Marcel Gozali, the founder of avocado and coconut smoothie brand Avonut.

Kerry Group Grabs Ganeden

At a presentation to investors yesterday, Kerry Group CEO Edmond Scalon announced that the Irish global nutrition and food conglomerate had acquired Ganeden, an ingredient company focused primarily on gut health and probiotics.

Distribution Roundup: Tio Gazpacho Hits California

Tio Gazpacho continues its expansion with California Whole Foods entry; Bizzy Coffee Shots expected to close year with 500 stores; Teatulia enters Midwest region via grocery channel; ARYA lands nationwide CVS partnership.

GT’s Launches Alive Probiotic Ciders Line

Alive will be available in three varieties, each featuring a blend of adaptogenic mushrooms and apple cider vinegar paired with a different tea: Mate Mint, Guayusa Turmeric and Pu-erh Root. Each will be packaged in a 16 oz. glass bottles and contain 30 calories and 7g of sugar.

Chicago Commissioners Vote to Repeal Soda Tax

Barely two months after going into effect, the finance committee of the Cook County, Ill. Board of Commissioners today voted 15-1 to repeal its controversial tax one-penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, known as the Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance. The repeal will now go to a full board vote on Wednesday, where it is expected to receive final approval.

Kill Cliff Launches Endurance Line

Fitness recovery drink Kill Cliff today announced the launch of Kill Cliff Endure, a two-SKU subline aimed at supporting hydration and performance during exercise. The line will be available exclusively at the brand’s fitness account partners for its initial rollout.

Supply Side West 2017: Pea Protein Pushes Ahead

At Supply Side West 2017, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from Sept. 26 - 28, BevNET spoke to several companies working in the space about the state of the market for pea protein, what’s driving new innovation on a supplier level, and both the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.