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The Top 10 Most-Read BevNET Stories of 2016

As 2016 nears the finish line, it’s time to reflect on some of the biggest beverage stories of the past year. We at BevNET checked the most popular stories on our site and have put together our Top 10 of the most read of the past year.

FDA Warning of Stay Fresh Raises Questions Over Low-Acid Juice Policy

While both regulators and industry experts have indicated skepticism about the ability of HPP to inhibit spore growth to an acceptable level in a low-acid beverage, there seems to be no definitive rule that clearly indicates their safety or acceptability.

Humm Kombucha Amps Up Production At New Facility

Humm Kombucha is gearing up for a big year as the Oregon-based company prepares to move into a new manufacturing facility that will give it the ability to dramatically increase production of its fast-growing kombucha line.

Charities to Receive O.F.C. Vintage-Dated Bourbon

Two hundred lucky charitable recipients received an extra special holiday gift from Buffalo Trace Distillery this year, as the last of the bottles of the O.F. C. Bourbon have been shipped all across the United States. From there, it’s up to the charities to hold fundraisers of their choosing with hopes of raising thousands of dollars for their cause. The only requirement from Buffalo Trace is the charity hold their fundraiser by March 1, 2017 and report back how much money it raised.

Linie Aquavit, Aalborg Taffel, Aalborg Jubilaeums Now Available in U.S.

The Sazerac Company entered into a new partnership with Arcus Gruppen in early 2016 to act as the sole importer for Linie Aquavit, Aalborg Taffel and Aalborg Jubilaeums in the United States. Each of these brands are now available for purchase in the United States, and if not seen on store shelves, retailers can order them directly from their state wholesaler.

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum to Launch in U.S.

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof, the last rum issued by the modern British Royal Navy to its enlistees in 1970, will launch in seven U.S. markets July 31 to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Black Tot Day. Gunpowder Proof is an aged overproof expression at 54.5 percent which was the formula last used by the Admiralty. This follows a highly-successful introduction in Europe.

Harmless Harvest Settles Lawsuit Questioning Legitimacy of Organic Certification, “Vigorously” Denies Allegations

On Tuesday Harmless Harvest announced in a statement emailed to BevNET that it had agreed to settle the lawsuit, citing a desire to avoid a long and costly legal battle. However, the company “vigorously” denied any wrongdoing and liability and asserted the legitimacy of its organic certification. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

GT’s Kombucha Acquires, Rebrands Tula’s CocoKefir

GT’s Kombucha, has acquired Tula’s CocoKefir, the maker of coconut-based kefirs and yogurts that are fermented with vegan probiotic cultures. The transaction took place earlier this year, according to GT's founder GT Dave, who told BevNET that he has long had a fondness for Tula’s products.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 39: What Happens at BevNET Live…

It took us a couple of weeks to recover from the biggest BevNET Live conference yet, but in this edition of the podcast, we reflect on the three-day event, which was held from Dec. 4-6 in Santa Monica, Calif.

People Moves: Hain Celestial Announces Executive Appointments

Hain Celestial announces executive appointments, former Pabst CEO to head lettuce company, Top Note Tonic hires former Heineken VP and Mike Jaeger leaves C. Mondavi & Family which will now be helmed by interim CEO John Lennon.

H2rOse Brings Flower Flavors to Hydration

H2rOse is an all natural, ready to drink, rose water beverage infused with saffron and other natural ingredients that hydrate while also providing additional health benefits. At only 60 calories per bottle, H2rOse is perfect for the health conscious consumer without compromising on flavor.