Expo East 2017: RTD Tea Innovates with Ingredients

At Natural Products Expo East 2017, held Sept. 14-16 in Baltimore, Md., several beverage entrepreneurs showcased what have until now been largely unseen types of tea, as well as innovative herbal infusions, in the U.S. market.

Glanbia Nutritionals Launches Heat Stable and Soluble Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

Glanbia Nutritionals, a global leader in nutritional solutions and value-added protein systems for the food, beverage and supplement industries, is pleased to announce the launch of ProTherma™ hydrolyzed whey protein for the hot ready-to-mix powdered beverage and food markets.

Expo East 2017 Recap

Natural product brands and manufacturers of all sizes and types came from across the country to Baltimore, Md., last week for Natural Products Expo East 2017. From subtle product updates to category-disrupting innovations, this year’s expo, held Sept. 13-16 at the Baltimore Convention Center, gave attendees a chance to see and experience the latest developments in beverage firsthand

Bhakti Closes Series B Investment

Bhakti, a Boulder-based manufacturer of craft-brewed chai tea secured a $5.1 million Series B investment led by Cleveland Avenue with participation from another strategic investor, as well as Colorado Impact Fund and other existing investors.

David S.K. Lee Joins Moonshine Sweet Tea Board of Managers

Mr. Lee is a member of the University of Southern California Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame and brings an incredibly robust resume to the Moonshine Sweet Tea team, including his appointment by Governor Gary Davis as Commissioner to the Small Business Reform Task Force of the State of California. Mr. Lee will focus on market expansion and international growth.

ARYA Announces Launch in Drug Stores Nationwide

ARYA Turmeric Sparkling Water comes in three naturally flavored, refreshing carbonated water varieties: Lime, Lemon and Mixed Berry. It has zero calories and no added sugar. Each 12-ounce can provides the curcumin benefits (in terms of absorption by the body) of approximately one tablespoon of turmeric.

Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea Launches RTD at Expo East 2017

Packed with Anthocyanins, Antioxidants and Polyphenols our purple teas offer a wide level of therapeutic, restorative and longevity benefits superior to other teas. Available in five delicious, earthy and sweet fruity flavors (raspberry, peach, lemon, lightly sweetened and unsweetened) our teas are organically grown and produced.

GT’s Kombucha Introduces Limited ‘Living in Gratitude’ Seasonal

GT’s Kombucha introduces their new, limited edition offering, Living in Gratitude, with a warm welcome to the flavors of fall and an easy way to give back to those in need. Partnering with the leading hunger-relief network in the U.S., the #1-selling Kombucha brand since 1995 is on a mission to donate up to half a million meals across the country.

Taste Radio Ep. 75: Grandy Oats’ Founders on Why Authenticity Matters; The Evolution of Plant-Based “Meat”

Taste Radio Ep. 75 features an interview with Aaron Anker and Nat Peirce, who are the co-founders of organic granola maker Grandy Oats. We also explore the growing market for plant-based meat in the latest edition of Why is This a Thing? And we chat with Cindy Kasindorf, the co-Founder of Remedy Organics in this week’s Elevator Talk. This episode is presented by Virun.

Nestlé Acquires Majority Stake in Blue Bottle Coffee

As reported in The Financial Times, Nestlé, the world’s largest coffee company, has paid up to $500 million, at a valuation of over $700 million, for a 68 percent stake in Blue Bottle. The company will continue to operate as an independent entity and current management and employees will retain a minority stake in the business.

Bhakti Secures $5.1M Investment

Bhakti, based in Boulder, Colo., markets a variety of ready-to-drink chai teas and tea concentrates that are sold nationwide at natural and conventional retailers such as Whole Foods, Sprouts and Target.

B’more Organic Announces Packaging Change and Rebrand

The Baltimore-based company will be showcasing it in their hometown at the 2017 Natural Products Expo East. The rebrand is in partnership with Interact Boulder, the leading design agency focused on the natural products industry.

DRY Sparkling Announces Three Additions to Executive Team

DRY Sparkling, creator of beautifully refreshing, culinary-inspired sodas, announced the promotion of Ed Lilly to executive vice president of sales, as well as the additions of Jim Flood as vice president of sales strategy and Anna Johnson as vice president of operations.