People Moves: ‘Exclusive Beverage’ Founder Joins Jones Soda

Steve Gress joins Jones Soda as executive vice president of U.S. sales; IZZE co-founder becomes advisor at Top Note Tonics; John Blackington enters hemp-infused market with role at Rocky Mountain High Brands; Former Coke, Juicero VP joins Koia

Review: GT’s Kombucha Living in Gratitude Seasonal

Continuing with the theme of limited edition flavors that started with their 20th anniversary flavor, launched back in 2015, GT’s Kombucha has recently released a 2017 Fall seasonal flavor called “Living in Gratitude.”

Dairy Farmers of America Acquires Cumberland Dairy

Dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced last week that it had acquired New Jersey-based Cumberland Dairy, a family-owned producer of ultra-pasteurized food and beverage products, for an undisclosed sum.

KonaRed Closes Capital Raise With Venice Brands

Hawaiian coffee company KonaRed has closed a “significant capital raise” from venture capital fund Venice Brands, which will be directed towards supporting sales, marketing and distribution of the brand’s range of coffee products.

Plant-Based Brands Lobby Against Dairy Pride Act

Last week, representatives from dairy alternative producers including MALK, Good Karma Foods, New Barn and Oatly traveled to Washington to argue against the Dairy Pride Act.

Quietly Building, Cascadia Capital Starts to Spread Its Bets

In order to distinguish themselves within the highly competitive food and beverage space, Seattle-based investment firm Cascadia Capital must identify the right opportunities -- and get to them before their rivals do.

Review: Poppilu Lemonades

Poppilu is a line of all natural lemonades that is attempting to position itself as an antioxidant lemonade that’s “bold on citrus, not on sugar.”

Only 30 Days until the Beverage Industry’s Leading Conference, BevNET Live

In just one month over 500 beverage industry entrepreneurs and experts, including more than 150 beverage brands, will converge on the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. for BevNET Live Winter 2017. For two and a half days they will examine the current market, collaborate and identify the leading edge, and predict where the industry is headed.

Starbucks Announces TAZO Sale to Unilever

Starbucks Corporation today announced an agreement to sell the TAZO tea brand to Unilever for $384 million, a move that will allow the Seattle-based coffee giant to focus on supporting its other premium tea brand, Teavana.

Review: Caskai Sparkling Cascara

Cascara beverages, which are made from the dried husk of the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean, are growing in number, although consumer adoption still seems very much at its infancy.

Nestlé Acquires Chameleon Cold-Brew

Nestlé USA today announced its acquisition of Chameleon Cold-Brew for an undisclosed sum, roping the Austin, Tex.-based brand into its widening coffee portfolio.