Press Clips: Amazon Increases Minimum Wage for Employees

Amazon increases minimum wage for all its workers to $15 per hour; Bloomberg article questions whether kombucha can make it big or not; Canadian cannabis provider CannTrust exploring beverage opportunities; Dirty Lemon opens storefront.

Elevator Talk: Element Shrub Crafts Functional, Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Element Shrub founder & CEO, Charlie Berkinshaw, has developed a non-alcoholic cocktail alternative that not only tastes good, but is also healthy and functional. The product is ACV-based, which has challenged the brand to change consumers’ perceptions of how the ingredient could taste in a beverage.

Taste Radio Ep. 132: Zevia CEO Paddy Spence: “It’s About Being One Percent Better Each Day”

This week we’re joined by Paddy Spence, the visionary founder of market research firm SPINS and CEO of stevia-sweetened beverage platform Zevia. Hear about the origins of his remarkable career, how marrying personal insights and passion with quantitative data has been central to the success of Zevia, why brands should focus on continuous improvement, his perspective on work-life balance, and whether a multi-billion dollar exit is imminent for Zevia.

Review: VIVIC Sparkling Coffee

VIVIC is a line of ready-to-drink sparkling coffee drinks that were created with quality in mind. The products are packaged in 9.5 oz cans and come in three flavors: Original, Sarsaparilla, and Lavender.

LifeAID Launches Immunity Line

ImmunityAID is the latest product from LifeAID Beverage Company, a brand of functional beverages that serve specific consumer need states. The new orange-flavored SKU launched today at the NACS Show 2018 in Las Vegas.

Taste Radio Insider Ep. 2: Want Brand Loyalty? ‘Be Consistently Great,’ Says Uncle Matt’s Founder; Insight Into the KDP/Core Deal

In this episode, we feature an interview with Matt McLean, the founder of organic beverage company Uncle Matt’s, who discussed the brand’s evolution from its launch nearly 20 years ago through to its sale to dairy conglomerate Dean Foods in 2017. We also sit down with BevNET editor-in-chief Jeff Klineman, who offered insight and perspective into Keurig Dr Pepper’s $525 million acquisition of Core Nutrition.

Soylent Launches Innovation Lab for Food Tech Startups

Upon launching, meal replacement drink Soylent married its Silicon Valley origins with the CPG space, using science and technology to fulfill a company mission of making “complete nutrition” accessible and affordable. Now, the company wants to help others in the food tech space do the same with the Soylent Innovation Lab, a new co-working space designed for similarly disruptive food and beverage brands in Los Angeles.

Brand Profile: New Flavors, Partnerships Keep Flow Water Moving Forward

With the introduction of two new flavors, Blackberry-Hibiscus and Grapefruit-Elderflower, Flow Alkaline Spring Water is continuing to capture “the sophisticated flavor tone of what our target market is looking for in hydration but also in an infused flavor around detoxing," according to founder and CEO Nicholas Reichenbach.

People Moves: Bhakti Chai Hires New VP of Sales

Bhakti Chai Hires New VP of Sales, Cuts Two Execs; Welch’s Names Bynum as CEO; Humm Kombucha Hires New VP of Marketing; Mark Walen Joins Topa as CEO of Beverage Distribution Group; Distill Ventures Taps New Non-Alc Leader

Elevator Talk: Caskai Takes Cascara to the International Stage

Joel Jelderks, founder of Caskai, has set forth on a mission to introduce premium cascara-based beverages to the global market, noting that coffee consumers are their first target market, as they will likely be more aware of cascara.