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Taste Radio Insider Ep. 8: Why ‘Digital First’ Is The Ugly Way to Succeed

Ugly Drinks co-founders Hugh Thomas and Joe Benn discussed growth planning for both the U.S. and U.K. markets, how the perspective of Ugly as a “digital brand” has shaped its overall business strategy, and how its loyal consumers -- aka the “Ugly Mob” -- have enabled the company to rapidly iterate and innovate.

Report: Index Ranks U.S. Food Giants on Access to Nutrition

The first-ever U.S. Access to Nutrition Index, produced by the Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF), an independent non-profit organization, assigns a numerical score on a scale of one to 10 based on an evaluation of what the top ten food and beverage companies in the U.S. are doing to increase consumers’ access to healthy and affordable products.

Drinks For Thought: Nootropic Beverages Offer Brain Benefits

Nootropics, sometimes called “smart drugs,” are a niche but rising segment of the supplements industry that is extending its reach into beverage via shots and energy drink alternatives that promise consumers better focus, better memory, and improved overall mental function.

Flower Power: New CBD Beverages Offer Relaxation, Relief

As CBD continues to infuse itself within the beverage industry and with talks of an upcoming Farm Bill clearing a path for opening the market for CBD products, several new brands -- Joybird Wellness, Recess, Lumen, and DRAM Apothecary -- have emerged with fresh takes on the trend.

Distributor Profile: Hensley Grows Beyond Beer

According to president Andrew McCain, Hensley is approaching 3 million cases of volume shipped for its non-alcoholic portfolio this year, with annual growth expected to land between 15 and 20 percent for the next few years.

Monster: Coke Energy Dispute Revealed in Q3 Earnings

Monster is fighting against increased competition in the energy space, CEO Rodney Sacks said during the company’s Q3 earnings report yesterday, including from one of its most prominent shareholders: The Coca-Cola Company.

‘Powered By FORTO’ Brings JAB Coffee Brands into Shots

FORTO has announced it has entered an agreement to produce a line of coffee shots for brands including Donut Shop, Gevalia, Green Mountain, and Krispy Kreme that will be brewed with their respective source coffees and sold in the same package as its core line.

Joyride Sells Minority Stake to Continental Grain Company

Family-owned investment firm Continental Grain Company (CGC) has taken a minority stake in Joyride Coffee Distributors for an undisclosed sum, the first outside investment for the keg distribution house.

Verve Enters RTD Stakes With ‘Flash Brew’ Coffee

Rather than steeping coffee in cold water like a traditional cold brew, Verve creates its "flash brew" RTD with a blend of Peruvian and Ethiopian coffee brewed hot in an oxygen-free environment before being flash-chilled and infused with nitrogen.

Dirty Lemon Discontinues Sales and Production of CBD Elixir

Functional beverage brand Dirty Lemon announced today that it will discontinue sales of its cannabidiol (CBD) infused SKU, +cbd, until the regulatory framework around hemp-derived CBD is clarified on a federal and state level.