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Monster Reveals ‘Performance’ Energy, Tea Innovations

Monster Energy is poised to take on rising rival Bang in the emerging “performance energy” category, one of several new product innovations for 2019 showcased yesterday during an investor meeting and business update.

Distribution Roundup: Hydration Brands Expand in Retail

HFactor expands in the Northern California and Texas markets while Liquid I.V. adds 516 Costco stores nationwide. Additionally, cold brew coffee maker Madrinas has picked up more than 700 Walmart stores and CELSIUS announced placement in DICK's Sporting Goods.

Winter Fancy Food Show 2019 Recap: Rebrands, Acquisitions, and Expansions

Winter Fancy Food Show 2019 was not only an opportunity for brands to launch new innovations, but new initiatives as well. The annual trade show hosted by the Specialty Food Association earlier this week in San Francisco saw beverage brands announce comprehensive rebrands, acquisitions, and new sales strategies. This is some of what we saw.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 17: Crafted & Fancy — Where The Money Is Flowing in Specialty & Spirits

From artisanal foods to craft spirits, this episode explores the evolving landscape for speciality food and distilled beverages. Rabobank’s Steven Rannekleiv discussed the emerging market for craft spirits and how the the investment community is evaluating the space. Specialty Food Association President Phil Kafarakis spoke about how specialty food has evolved in recent years and the ingredients and formulations that are shaping the future of the industry.

Winter Fancy Food Show 2019 Video: Califia Innovates Around Oats, Coffee

In this interview recorded at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2019, Califia Farms co-founder and CEO Greg Steltenpohl shared his thoughts as to why oat milk has captured the interest of consumers (and particularly coffee lovers) and the potential for oat milk to be integrated into Califia’s portfolio of RTD coffee drinks.

BevNET/NOSH Cannabis Forum Video: Building a Cooperative Industry

At the first-ever Cannabis Forum for Food & Beverage, a panel of four speakers — Adam Miron, co-founder and chief brand officer of HEXO; Hesaam Moallem, president and CEO of Charlotte’s Web; Errol Schweizer, co-founder and partner in mood33; and Evan Eneman, founder of Sands Lane Capital — came together to examine how cannabis is developing into a cooperative industry even at an early stage.

New Age To Launch Cannabis Beverages Under Marley Brand

New Age Beverages Corporation is increasing its interest in the emerging market for cannabis-infused drinks, today announcing an agreement to develop and distribute cannabis-infused beverages for Marley Beverage Company.

BevNET Live Winter 2018 Video: Beating the Break Room

According to The Compass Group, the average person today spends between 46 and 50 hours per week at work and U.S. unemployment is at its lowest since 1969 at just 3.7 percent. Today, the break room has suddenly become a tantalizing proposition for CPG food and beverage brands.

Taste Radio Episode 145: Starter, Steel & Swagger — The Rise of Stillhouse Spirits

Stillhouse founder/CEO Brad Beckerman discussed the early challenges, pivots and risks along the brand’s journey. He also spoke about his background in entrepreneurship, parallels between his previous career experience in sports and music apparel and current role, and how country music legend Johnny Cash factored into a partnership with popular rapper G-Eazy.

BevNET Live Winter 2018 Video: Deal Breakdown – Why Dean Foods Sought Good Karma

In this clip, Doug Radi, president and CEO of Good Karma; Sharon Kieffer, managing partner of 2x Consumer Product Growth Partners; and Alex Jacobs, VP of corporate development and strategy at Dean Foods, sat down with BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman to breakdown the mechanics of the deal between Dean and Good Karma.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 16: How to Win Online: Strategies For DTC and Influencer Marketing

In this episode, nutpods founder/CEO Madeline Haydon explained how she laid the groundwork for a thriving DTC business and why focusing on high quality customer service has anchored the brand’s ecommerce strategy. Also, an interview with social media maven Nicole Cogan who spoke about best practices for sponsored social campaigns and how influencer marketing has evolved in recent years.

BevNET Live Winter 2018 Video: How Independent Brands Are Driving Growth

We are riding a “blossoming new wave” of beverage where consumers are breaking from conformity and embracing diverse categories according to SPINS VP of brand growth solutions Andrew Henkel, who broke down how the evolving beverage landscape during a presentation at BevNET Live Winter 2018.