Taste Radio Ep. 187: An Iconic Cooking Brand ‘Doesn’t Do Anything’ Without Knowing This First

David Nussbaum, the chairman and CEO of America’s Test Kitchen, spoke about how the venerable cooking brand has maintained a remarkably loyal following amid a changing landscape for food and media, how it evaluates its role as a thought leader, and how trends, competition and technology factor into its future. This episode is presented by Flavorman, the beverage architects.

Better Booch Releases Hola Horchata Flavor

Today Better Booch premium small craft kombucha released its eighth and newest flavor, Hola Horchata. This take on the classic Mexican treat is the first-ever horchata kombucha on the market. The all-new blend contains notes of cinnamon, star anise, and creamy rice with oolong tea.

Alpine Distilling Releases Park City Special Bourbon in Florida and Utah

Alpine Distilling, Park City’s award-winning locally-owned-and-operated craft distillery, announces the exclusive release of Park City Special Bourbon (ABV 44 %) at Alpine Distilling’s two retail locations in Park City and at 122 ABC Fine Wine & Spirits locations throughout Florida.

Mooala Closes $8.3M Series A Round

Plant-based dairy maker Mooala announced today it has raised $8.3 million in a Series A financing round led by Sweat Equities. The round brings the three-year-old brand’s total funding to more than $13 million. The round also includes additional financing from M3 Ventures, which led Mooala’s $5 million seed round last year.

Beverage Veterans Join CBD Brand Ojai Energetics

Upstart CBD brand Ojai Energetics has added two beverage industry veterans to its management team, with former Coke executive Tom Hicks coming on as COO and Jim Tonkin joining the company’s advisory board.

Teatulia Organic Tea Soda Expands to the East Coast

Fans of a healthier alternative to conventional soda can now find Teatulia’s Organic Tea Soda on the shelves of leading retailers on the East Coast (Wegmans, The Fresh Market, Earth Fare) and in its home Rocky Mountain region (Natural Grocers and Lucky’s Markets in Colorado).

Aluminum Bottled Water Brand Surfwater Announces Launch

Surfwater, a new 100% recyclable aluminum bottled water company, has officially launched out of San Diego. Inspired by its SoCal roots, Surfwater expertly and effortlessly embodies the California lifestyle.

Industry Responds to USDA Hemp Guidelines

The USDA last week added its interim final rule for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program to the Federal Register. As the guidelines are implemented, hemp industry leaders reacted with a mix of relief, excitement and hope for a future of regulated cannabis food and drink products.

Putnam Single Malt Whiskey is Now “Bottled in Bond”

Boston Harbor Distillery, Boston’s premier whiskey distillery, located at the Port on Boston Harbor in the Neponset/Dorchester section of Boston, proudly announced today that it has released their ‘bottled-in-bond’ Putnam New England Single Malt Whiskey.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 58: The Path From Niche To Mainstream

In this episode, we’re joined by Kelly Heekin and Ben Schmidt, the co-founders of Hoist, a brand of hydration beverages developed to be a more palatable version of Pedialyte. They discussed their strategy for mainstreaming a niche concept, why “staying power and the ability to adapt” have been critical to Hoist’s development and how they communicated their vision to stakeholders.