HopTea Wins New Beverage Showdown 16

Hoplark HopTea claimed victory today in New Beverage Showdown 16 at BevNET Live Winter 2018, as the non-alcoholic hop-infused tea earned bragging rights and a $10,000 prize package.

Taste Radio Ep. 140: How to Solve Billion-Dollar Problems, According to Method/Ripple Foods Co-Founder Adam Lowry

Adam Lowry explored the development of both Method and Ripple and how lessons from the former factored into the foundation for the latter. He also shared his perspective on how the funding environment for CPG brands has changed, why it was important to hire a CEO early into Method’s life cycle, discussed Ripple’s mission and its innovative technology, and why he believes that “raising money is not an indicator of success.”

BevNET Live Day 1 Recap: Taking the Journey

Entrepreneurship is a journey, and the speakers on stage during the first day of BevNET Live Winter 2018 shared their personal stories of traversing the beverage industry. Speaking today in Santa Monica, Calif., industry leaders from emerging and established companies shared their insights into building a thriving beverage business in the current landscape.

New Beverage Showdown 16 Finalists Revealed at BevNET Live 2018

BevNET Live Winter 2018 kicked off with a glimpse at the next generation of innovative beverages, as 12 emerging entrepreneurs took the main stage to pitch their products during the semi-final round of the sixteenth edition of the conference’s pitch competition, the New Beverage Showdown.

New Age Beverages Eyes Global CBD Beverage Market with Morinda Merger

In an effort to establish itself a global provider of cannabidiol (CBD) infused beverages, New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ:NBEV) today announced plans to merge with Morinda, Inc., a Utah-based company that produces and sells Tahitian Noni Juice.

Yerbae Raises $5M, Signs with Big Geyser

Yerbae, maker of a line of enhanced sparkling waters made with yerba mate, has raised $5 million in a round led by Arizona-based firm Zenfinity Capital. The investment will fund the company’s 2019 distribution expansion, which includes a partnership with New York metro distributor Big Geyser set to begin in January.

BevNET Live Winter 2018 is Sold Out; Waitlist Now Available

BevNET Live Winter 2018 has officially hit capacity and is sold out. Over 775 beverage industry founders and executives registered to attend the leading conference for the U.S. beverage industry next week in Santa Monica, Calf., which makes it the largest BevNET Live conference to-date.

Review: Rambler Sparkling Water

Rambler Sparkling Water is a mineral water that launched earlier this year out of Austin, Tex. This latest entry into the fast-rising category is filtered with Texas limestone and has added minerals in 12 oz can.

BevNET Live Livestream: Watch Main Stage Presentations & Additional Interviews

Next week’s BevNET Live Winter 2018 is tracking to be the largest conference to-date and will likely sell out. But even if you don’t have a seat at the conference, we don’t want you to miss out on the important conversations happening on the main stage and in the Livestream Studio. We will make a free livestream available on December 3rd and 4th, thanks to the support of ADM and Origin House.

Huel Launches Ready-to-Drink Line

Nearly a year-and-a-half after launching in the U.S., British meal replacement powder brand Huel is releasing a line of ready-to-drink “nutritionally complete” beverages. The new products generated massive single day sales when they became available for pre-order online this week, according to the company.

Elevator Talk: HyVida Hydrogen-Infused Sparkling Water Brings Consumers Antioxidants

Rick Smith, President & CEO of HyVida, has engineered a functional sparkling water line by adding hydrogen gas. Incorporating hydrogen through a unique technology provides consumers a beverage with added antioxidants. With new technology and a unique concept, Smith has found developing a narrative the most challenging piece of the puzzle.

Editor’s Note: In Memoriam – Ryan Ziegelmann

Ryan Ziegelmann, president of Starbucks-owned organic beverage brand Evolution Fresh, passed away from cancer on November 8, the company told BevNET in an email.