Video: A Recap of the 2015 Natural Products Expo East

The category of cold-pressed juice has matured, and at Whole Foods, the largest retailer in the natural grocery channel, there's not much more room -- if any -- for brands seeking a national presence within the chain. That's the assessment of a high-ranking Whole Foods executive who spoke with BevNET on the floor at the 2015 Natural Products Expo East.

Expo East 2015: All Grown Up

Perhaps more than any particular hot new trend, what stuck out at last week’s Natural Products Expo East trade show at the Baltimore Convention Center was the visible growth and continued maturation of beverage categories and brands which were in their infancy just a few short years ago.

Review: Symbiosis Coconut Water

Symbiosis “Truly Raw Coconut Water” is something that sounds impossible: no heat, no high pressure processing, no radiation, no preservatives, not from concentrate, shelf stable (for four months), FDA compliant and USDA Organic certified

Review: Matcha Love Organic

Earlier this year, Ito En extended its Matcha Love brand with a line of ready-to-drink organic products. Available in three unsweetened and zero-calorie varieties, the products are a nice extension of the company's continued foray into matcha and organic beverages.

Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s Add Honest Kids to Menus

A few months after Honest Tea partnered with Wendy’s to launch a new organic green tea beverage exclusively in the fast food chain, the company’s Honest Kids brand is now being rolled out nationwide at Wendy’s as part of a revamped kid’s meal and is currently available in select Chick-Fil-A stores.

Review: MetaMatcha

Made with organic matcha, organic ginger syrup, organic apple cider vinegar, chlorophyll, organic ginger extract and organic lemon juice, MetaMatcha has one of the more unique formulations for a matcha-based beverage that we’ve seen. If only the packaging could live up to what's inside the bottle...

Expo East 2015: Braintrust Revamps Inko’s, Blue Buddha

Approximately 12 months ago, Braintrust Investments, a Burr Ridge, Ill.-based private investment firm, announced that it had acquired premium white tea brand Inko’s. Over the past year, Braintrust, led by former Pabst Brewing CEO Kevin Kotecki, has tweaked Inko’s branding, formulation and product lineup, and the company showcased the updates at the recently held 2015 Natural Products Expo East.

Goodnature Unveils Countertop Cold-Pressing Unit

As demand for cold-pressed juice continues to expand, Goodnature, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial cold-pressing equipment, sees opportunity to make production simple and feasibly available for a wide range of retailers, particularly neighborhood cafes and small, independent grocers, with the launch of a new machine designed to fit on most commercial kitchen countertops.

Review: Midori Matcha

Midori Matcha is self-described as a USDA Organic cold-brewed and high pressure processed (HPP) matcha green tea that is made with ceremonial grade organic matcha that’s imported from Nishio, Japan.