BevNET Podcast Ep. 59: Margaritas, Mezcal and Money

In this episode, we sat down with Mark Mahoney, the co-founder of premium cocktail mixer brand Powell & Mahoney, who discussed his background as a beverage entrepreneur and the rapid development of the mixer space. We also examined recent investment deals in food and beverage, including a funding round for snack brand Hippeas, one that included Leonardo DiCaprio.

Pediatrics Group Revises Juice Recommendations

The Academy's new policy statement recommends that 100 percent fruit juice should not be provided to children younger than 1 year of age, with the exception of cases in which there is a strong clinical basis for use in the management of constipation

Brinley Shipwreck Launches New White Reserve Rum

Brinley Shipwreck Rums hail from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, where Zach Brinley and his father Bob began hand-crafting Brinley Gold Vanilla Rum in 2002. All their rums are made with blackstrap molasses, which is more concentrated and far less sweet than regular molasses.

A. Smith Bowman Distillery Releases Sequential Series Bourbon

This limited release explores how flavor profiles are affected when bourbon, first aged in new charred white oak barrels, is then finished in different kinds of used barrels for its final years, and also explores how the barrel entry proof affects the finish.

Powell & Mahoney Gains National Distribution at Walmart

Powell & Mahoney is adding a major retailer to its nationwide distribution! The innovative brand of craft cocktail mixers is now available at Walmart stores throughout the country. Select favorites from its award-winning line, including Original Margarita and Sriracha Bloody Mary, will be hitting the shelves by Memorial Day, just in time for the prime cocktail-drinking summer months.

Coke Refranchises In Tri-State Area

The Coca-Cola Company today announced that Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages LLC, a new joint venture between veteran Coca-Cola Refreshments executives Paul Mulligan and Fran McGorry, has signed a letter of intent for bottling and distribution operations in metro New York and Philadelphia, as well as most of New Jersey and a small portion of Connecticut.

Supremia, Promotional Marketing and Procurement Expert, Adds Cartoner to Packaging Operations

Supremia, a leading provider of creative solutions and integrated process management for promotional product development, has added a semi-automatic ADCO cartoner to the company’s packaging operations. The infrastructure investment further expands Supremia’s promotional packaging capabilities and adds capacity during a period of growth for the company.

Eight Oaks Craft Distillers to Launch Non-GMO Bourbon

Eight Oaks Bourbon begins life as non-GMO corn, wheat and rye raised on Eight Oaks farmland in the Lehigh Valley. This mash is fresh milled on site the day we cook it and then double distilled and aged in American White Oak barrels. The mash bill creates a soft, smooth, grain forward bourbon with notes of nutmeg and spice.

Jim Beam Sponsors Car in 2017 Indianapolis 500

The Tony Stewart Foundation announced today that Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world's #1 bourbon, would sponsor the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. The entry, driven by British racing ace Jay Howard, will carry the iconic Jim Beam logo and imagery during the 101st running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Bulletproof Raises $19M in Series B

The round was led by CAVU Venture Partners, a well-known food and beverage investment firm which boasts alumni brands such as vitaminwater, Sweet Leaf Tea and Deep Eddy Vodka.

How Brands Are Building On Campus - Part 2 of 2

The next challenge for nascent beverage startups Up Dog Kombucha and is to build on their on-campus wins and retain their respective student consumer bases as they move on to post-graduation life.

First Beverage Invests in Mezcal Brand

First Beverage Ventures, the private equity arm of First Beverage Group, today announced an investment in mezcal brand Gem&Bolt, marking the first time that the firm has invested in a distilled spirits company.