N.C. Kombucha Brands Plot Growth With New Facilities

Charlotte-based organic kombucha and beer brewer Lenny Boy moved into a new 29,000 square foot production facility in September, while Buchi is preparing to relocate to a similarly sized space near Asheville by the end of 2016.

Reed’s Reports Record Q3 Sales Amid Board Restructuring

Speaking with BevNET after the earnings call, Reed said that four independent board members with expertise in marketing, supply chain, governance and finance, respectively, would be announced in about a week and a half.

Review: Bowery Coffee Co. Cold Brew

Bowery Coffee Co. is a Los Angeles, Calif.-based company that recently launched a five-flavor line of ready-to-drink cold brew coffee beverages. In an overflowing pool of cold brew brands, does Bowery do enough to tell its story in such a way that connects with consumers?

KeVita/PepsiCo Deal on Track

Sources have confirmed that a deal for PepsiCo to acquire KeVita is nearing the end stages, with the larger company paying between $400 and $500 million for the brand.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 30: The Dirty Secret About Beverage Success

In this edition of the BevNET podcast, we’re joined by Gerry Khermouch, a longtime beverage reporter and the editor of email newsletter Beverage Business Insights. Khermouch shares insights from over two decades as a beverage journalist, including what he calls the “dirty secret” about successful beverage brands.

Early Registration for BevNET Live Winter 2016 Ends TODAY

Today is the last day to take advantage of early registration pricing for BevNET Live Winter 2016. The two-day business conference will be held on Dec. 5 and 6 at the Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. After today, tickets will increase by $200 per person.

FDA Enlists Public for Potential “Healthy” Label Revision

In its newest guidance document, the agency released an interim definition, as well as a temporary enforcement policy, that stated it does not intend to enforce the regulatory requirements for certain products that use “healthy” (or related terms such as “healthful,” “healthier,” or “healthfulness”) on their labeling.

Distribution Roundup: COCO5, Reed’s Expand in Target; Honest Kids Hits Subway

COCO5 today announced new distribution of its all-natural flavored coconut water beverages in 415 Target stores across the U.S. Meanwhile, premium soda and kombucha maker Reed’s, Inc. announced that its Reed’s Ginger Brew products are now available in 1,335 Target stores throughout the country.

BevNET’s 2016 NACS Show Planner Now Available for Download

The 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual show begins next week. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center the event is a key show for the beverage industry. This year’s show features over 110 beverage companies and for attendees, we’ve compiled a handy list help you navigate the show.

People Moves: KonaRed Adds Soylent COO to Board

Brad Paris, Soylent KonaRed Adds Soylent COO to Board of Directors In the midst of “a major period of revenue growth,” KonaRed, a producer of coffeefruit drinks and cold brew…

Mansi Joins AccelFoods Portfolio

Last week food and beverage accelerator and investor AccelFoods announced the addition of six brands to its portfolio, including calamansi juice brand Mansi. Calamansi is a high-intensity citrus fruit that is used extensively in the Philippines, and Mansi’s single SKU blend is the company’s version of a “Filipino lemonade.”

WTRMLN WTR, LifeAID to Present at BevNET Live

The founders of a pair of young but fast-growing companies with useful, non-traditional, tactical advice for their fellow entrepreneurs will each hit the stage at BevNET Live in Santa Monica this Dec. 5 and 6.

Review: Saratoga Juice Bar Cold-Pressed Shots

The cold-pressed/high pressure processed segment of the shot category is still a relatively young concept. This is both a good thing in that Saratoga will have less clutter to cut through, but it’s also adds a near term challenge in that the shelf space for this category isn’t as defined as it is for full size juices.

BevNET Podcast Ep. 29: Why Suja Investor ACG Doesn’t “Make Bets”

Trevor Nelson, the co-founder and managing partner of private equity firm Alliance Consumer Growth shares some details about the firm’s approach to evaluating investment opportunities. In particular, Nelson explains why ACG, which closed on a new $210 million fund in February, doesn’t “make bets” when it comes to funding decisions.