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Taste Radio Insider Ep. 52: The Path Never Traveled Might Be The Best One

In this week’s episode, we sat down with Rise Nitro Coffee Co. co-founder/CEO Grant Gyesky who spoke about how the fast-growing brand considers innovation and distribution amid an evolving market for RTD coffee, why first-time entrepreneurs often make better decisions than industry veterans, and why it’s critical to choose the right advisors.

Expo East 2019 Gallery: CBD, Tea, and Energy Drinks

Hemp was one of the top ingredient trends at this year's Natural Products Expo East 2019. In this gallery of new products as seen at, we take a look at some of the brands innovating in CBD beverages, as well as new teas and energy drinks.

Kuli Kuli Aims for Conventional Appeal With Walmart Launch

Kuli Kuli has launched in 2,500 Walmart locations. The brand will roll out two products in Walmart: its flagship Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder and its Moringa Green Smoothie Mix in Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor. This smoothie SKU, which launched last year has served as a more accessible option to those unfamiliar with the superfood.

All Market Inc. Names Martin Roper as President

Roper -- who spent 23 years at the craft brewing giant, including 17 as CEO before departing in 2018 -- will oversee “operational and executional priorities,” the company said in its announcement. During Roper’s tenure at Boston Beer revenues quadrupled and the company expanded its portfolio with brands including Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard, and Truly Hard Seltzer.

CBD News Roundup: McConnell Pushes for Guidelines, FTC Issues Warnings

This past week has seen several new developments in the U.S. government’s plans to regulate hemp and CBD, including a push from Sen. Mitch McConnell to fast track FDA guidance, warning letters sent to CBD companies by the FTC, and a hemp cultivation draft submitted by the USDA.

Elevator Talk: M Kombucha Boosts Function with CBD and Adaptogens

Adi Ramon is the co-founder of M Kombucha, a company focused on using plant medicine to provide consumers additional functional benefits. Hemp extract and adaptogens are selected to complement the probiotic beverage, creating a product for healthy lifestyle consumers.

Expo East 2019 Video: Katy Perry Talks Bragg Investment, Bringing Apple Cider Vinegar Mainstream

In this video interview recorded at Expo East 2019, pop star Katy Perry talks about learning the beverage industry, why she always takes apple cider vinegar with her on the road, how her entertainment background helps her to bring “outside the box” thinking to the board room, and why she considers herself a “lightworker” and “part of the higher consciousness of humanity.”

Wells Fargo: Modest All-Channel Gains Over Labor Day

Non-alcoholic beverages enjoyed a decent end to the summer season, as carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), energy drinks, water and several other key categories reported increases in dollar sales and volume, according to a Wells Fargo Securities analysis of Neilsen all-channel data.

Expo East 2019 Gallery: Coffee & Creamers

In this gallery of new products as seen at Natural Products Expo East 2019, we highlight some of the notable product launches and revamps in the coffee and creamer categories, including innovations in alt-milk pairings and shelf-stable varieties.

Expo East 2019 Video: New Products and Trends in Brief

In this brief video recap filmed at the show, BevNET managing editor Martin Caballero touches on some of the notable new products and trends from this year’s Natural Products Expo East, including developments in coffee, CBD and tea.

Iris Nova Announces First Brands in Investment, Distribution Portfolio

Functional beverage company Iris Nova has announced the first four beverage brands to be featured on the company’s “c-commerce” platform, which allows customers to order via text message and receive product within two days. The company has also taken an equity stake in each of the brands.

Taste Radio Ep. 180: Billions Invested In Natural Food Is ‘Capitalism At Its Absolute Best’

Influential natural foods entrepreneur and investor Steve Hughes reflected upon his roles as the founder of Boulder Brands and co-founder of investment firm Sunrise Strategic Partners. As part of our conversation, he explained why he believes the funding environment for natural CPG brands is “capitalism at its absolute best,” and what he sees as the most exciting development for the industry.

Wells Fargo: Monster Still Lagging Behind Category Growth

Monster Energy Corp. showed mixed sales results for the four-week period ending September 7 as the company’s growth continues to lag the broader energy category, according to a Wells Fargo Securities analysis of Nielsen data.

Expo East 2019 Recap Pt. 1: Honest Tea Embraces Cold Brew, Mood33 Targets Mainstream

At Natural Products Expo East 2019, BevNET’s editorial team saw established brands tackle new innovations and new strategies, including Honest Tea’s take on cold brew coffee, Mood33’s new CBD line, DrinkSimple exploring growth through B2B partnerships, and a reshuffling of Great Point Brands’ product portfolio.