Taste Radio Insider Ep. 77: A Bloom Is On The Horizon. Here’s How To Prepare For It.

This week’s episode focuses on ways that the BevNET and NOSH teams are working with entrepreneurs to support their businesses during these uncertain times, and also includes an interview with Candice Crane, founder/CEO of botanical drink brand Petal Beverage, who discussed how the company is leaning into its digital marketing strategy amid an evolving retail landscape.

COVID-19 Poses Marketing Challenges, Risks for Brands

While the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise worldwide, the food and beverage industry has been forced to swiftly adjust to the crisis. Just as consumers have changed their shopping habits by racing to grocery stores to stock up before indefinite periods of self-quarantine, many brands and entrepreneurs have fast begun tailoring their messaging to comment on the virus.

Ugly Debuts Still, Unflavored Sparkling Water in Tallboys

Ugly Drinks is extending its product range with the addition of still and unflavored sparkling waters in 16 oz. tallboy cans, joining an expanding group of bottled water brands embracing non-PET packaging options.

Elevator Talk Livestream Round 3: LIFEAID, Remedy Organics, CLEAN Cause

We're back for another Elevator Talk Livestream today, March 19th. The third round of 30 food and beverage brands includes LIFEAID, Upton's Naturals, Better Booch, Teatulia, True Made Foods and Caveman Coffee. Watch their founders and CEOs jump into the livestream and provide a brief recap of recent Expo West news and updates.

Review: Spindrift Pineapple

Pineapple is the latest line extension for Spindrift, a line of sparkling water beverages that are flavored with real squeezed fruit. 

Strategics Grapple With COVID-19 Impact

As the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic continue to ripple across all facets of economic and social life, even the most reliable of blue-chip beverage corporations are having to adapt to new realities.

New Products Gallery: CBD, Protein Among Mid-March Highlights

In this gallery, we highlight some of the notable new products, line extensions and package redesigns from around the beverage world, including new CBD-infused drinks from Day One and Vita Coco, an expansion of packaging options from Perfect Hydration and JUST Water and releases from two protein-focused brands, Iconic Protein and Vital Proteins.

Lance Collins Launches Sustainable Beverage Brand ZEN WTR

Veteran beverage entrepreneur Lance Collins announced this month his latest venture -- ZEN WTR -- a bottled water brand he hopes will help clean the world’s oceans by using recycled packaging. ZEN WTR is a line of 9.5 pH alkaline waters packaged in recycled rPET bottles sourced from “ocean plastic” salvaged from the coast of Thailand.

Taste Radio Ep. 205: Why A Future Of ‘Real Food For Everyone’ May Not Be Far Away

Kimbal Musk, co-founder & chairman of The Kitchen Restaurant Group, Big Green and Square Roots, spoke how his urban farming venture, a food literacy project for children and a restaurant chain focused on accessible, healthy meals are contributing to his mission of ‘real food for everyone’ and the advancement of the food system.

Review: Onu Hemp Infused Tea

Onu is a line of organic and fair trade green tea infused with 20 mg of hemp CBD, as well as other functional ingredients. The line currently features three flavors: Peaceful Peach, Tropical Chill and Laid Back Lemon.

Spirits Feature: Titans Expand Reach By Investing in Upstart Brands

Big spirits players like Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Stoli are expanding their portfolios by investing in small, entrepreneurial brands, to boost not only their bottom lines but their ability to connect with changing consumer preferences.

Expo West Cancelled, New Hope to Focus on Fall Show

In an email to attendees late this afternoon, Natural Products Expo West producer New Hope announced it would cancel the natural products trade show in favor of focusing on its next large show, Expo East.