BevNET Magazine
September-October 2020

Cover Story

Features

The Importance of Imports: A Look at the Import Beer Category in 2020

The mere mention of malternatives, also known as flavored malt beverages (FMBs), can conjure up certain images in the minds of consumers. But despite some outdated stereotypes of spritzy “alcopops” exclusively enjoyed by women, FMBs have doggedly remained a steadfast and growing segment in the alcohol beverage space.

2020 Natural Snack Guide

BevNET’s annual Natural Snack Guide is a directory of “better-for-you” packaged snacks and the suppliers and services companies that support those brands.

Class Acts

Companies large and small, from across all categories, have grappled with a raft of challenges unforeseeable at the dawn of 2020, from supply chain disruption to out-of-stocks at retail to delayed innovations. But for makers of kids beverages, those issues come on top of an entirely unique challenge: how to support parents and kids as the fall school semester — both in-class and remote — gets underway.

Columns

NOSHscape: The Latest Food Brand News

In natural food industry news: Sovos Brands Acquires Birch Benders; Good Karma Announces Buyout of Majority Ownership from Dean Foods; Levain Bakery Moves into CPG; Misfits Market Closes Round, Will Scale Marketplace Offering

Gerry’s Insights: Covid Cash

There’s an old journalists’ joke that the definition of “trend” is “two facts and a deadline.” In other words, we ink-stained wretches don’t always demonstrate great rigor when the presses are about to roll and an anxious editor is leaning over our desk demanding “Whatchagot?”

The First Drop: A Time to Act

The question is, what do you say? What do you do? Actions do speak louder than words, and if you’re interested in actions, what is available? As this is my column, I’ve got a few suggestions.

Brewscape: The Latest Craft Beer Brand News

In craft beer news: Brewers Association Approves Code of Conduct for Members; Carbon Dioxide Shortage Squeezes Craft Brewers; A-B Adds Second Bud Light Seltzer Variety Pack; Reyes to Fold Windy City into Chicago Beverage Systems

Bevscape: The Latest Beverage Brand News

In beverage news: Califia Farms Names Dave Ritterbush CEO, Steltenpohl Stays as Board Member; Hint Closes $25M Round; Lemon Perfect Closes Convertible Note, Capping $11.6M Seed Round

Publisher’s Toast: Thoughts From Walks

As we have passed the threshold of Labor Day, I thought it would be a good time to look back over the last six months, a time unlike anything we have lived through before. About a month ago, encouraged by the fact that pretty much no one else was heading back in, I felt comfortable enough to start walking back downtown to my office.