Ceres Natural Remedies Acquires Tretap

Cannabidiol (CBD) retailer Ceres Natural Products announced on Tuesday it has acquired maple water maker Tretap for an undisclosed sum.

CBD Update: NYC, Maine Health Depts. Crack Down

Confusion over the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD) as an ingredient in food and beverage products was highlighted again this week after state health departments in Maine and New York took actions to crack down on the popular ingredient.

C-Store Survey: Retailers Optimistic Despite Slow Q4

While poor weather conditions led to a slower fourth quarter for convenience stores last year, total beverage sales grew 2.9 percent and retailers are optimistic for strong growth throughout 2019, according to the latest “Beverage Buzz” survey of c-store retailers by Wells Fargo Securities.

Gallery: Premium Whiskeys, Coconut Water Rum Highlight New Spirit Launches

Two new releases by The Macallan -- including an ultra-limited 52 year-old expression -- as well as the debut of a premium dark rum blended with coconut water highlight our roundup of recent notable spirits launches, along with three new products from New Orleans-based Atelier Vie and a bourbon-inspired release from Bumbu.

Elevator Talk: Cadence Cold Brew Focuses on Quality Coffee and Clean Label

Cadence Cold Brew President Roy Lavalley is focused on delivering the top scoring nitro-infused cold brew coffee in a convenient RTD format. With no added sugar, flavors or other ingredients, Cadence highlights its single-origin beans in each SKU, bringing a clean label energy drink to market.

Canada’s Collective Arts Brewing to Enter Cannabis Market

The Hamilton, Ontario-based craft brewery, located about 50 miles from the New York border, has established a sister company called Collective Project Limited that will develop and sell cannabis-infused beverages, which may include non-alcoholic beer, as well as cold brew coffee or tea.

Nielsen: CSD Pricing Holds Strong, Sparkling Water Posts Gains

Non-alcoholic beverage and snack sales across all retail channels grew by 7.9 percent in the four-week period ending January 26, according to an analysis of Nielsen data by Wells Fargo Securities. Analysts attributed the growth to “favorable New Year’s timing” and strong pricing for carbonated soft drinks (CSD).

Taste Radio Ep. 148: Why Craveability is The Key to a Great Food Business, According to La Brea Founder Nancy Silverton

One of America’s greatest chefs, Nancy Silverton spoke about her approach to cooking and food innovation. She also explained why “having a business is not a hobby,” why she’s always trying to create food that is craveable, and how she navigates the challenges of modern marketing… aka making your restaurant bathroom “Instagrammable.”

In the Courtroom: Big Soda Wards Off SF Warning Labels; ‘Fiji Water Girl’ Sues

In this roundup of recent beverage-related legal news, an appeals court in San Francisco hands soft drink makers a win in their fight against health warning labels, while Fiji's highly successful Golden Globes marketing activation faces backlash from its star. Elsewhere, UNFI files suit against Goldman Sachs for "ill-gotten gains" in its role as an adviser in its $2.9 billion Supervalu acquisition.

Brand Profile: Two Decades On, Guru Seeks Gains in U.S. Energy Market

When it launched in 1999, energy drink brand Guru was the first organic and one of the few natural products in the category. In the years since, the Montreal-based brand has watched as energy drinks have developed into a $12 billion market in the U.S., but it’s only relatively recently that growth trends have shifted in the favor of natural products.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 19: Think You’re Outworking Your Competition? Try Knocking on 500 Doors in 25 Days.

Tiesta Tea co-founder/CEO Patrick Tannous explained why hitting the pavement and building strong relationships with retail buyers has been critical to the development of his company. Robert Jakobi, a serial food entrepreneur and founder of better-for-you soup company Bou, chronicled his journey from the U.K. to the U.S. and discussed differences in how business works within the two countries.

Distribution Roundup: LIFEAID Goes Chainwide in Walmart

LIFEAID Goes Chainwide with Walmart, Plans Triple Growth in 2019; CELSIUS To Expand in China with Royalty License Agreement; Oral I.V. Partners with McLane Company; Circle City Kombucha Expands in Chicago; Hoist Adds Two Kroger Divisions

Protein2o Introduces Energy Line Extension

Protein2o Plus Energy contains 125 mg of natural caffeine from green coffee beans and 15 g of whey protein per 16.9 oz. PET bottle and is available in Blueberry-Raspberry and Cherry Lemonade flavors.