The Oregon-based company announced in an Instagram post last week that it will close down its Townshend’s Distillery business on December 23. The distillery produced a variety of premium spirits made from the alcohol byproduct leftover from its kombucha brewing. However, the announcement noted that the closing of the distillery was not “goodbye,” but merely a “see you later” as the company explores options to reopen under a new model.
A Massachusetts court has ruled “fire cider” is a generic term that cannot be trademarked, potentially ending a yearslong legal battle between herbal brand owners and tonic maker Shire City Herbals; New Class Action Targets Brew Dr.’s Probiotic Count; Court Rules in Favor of 5-Hour Energy in Costco Case
In this slideshow gallery, we highlight some of the notable new kombucha and drinking vinegar products and brand redesigns as seen at Expo West 2019, including shelf-stable cans from Revive, a new look for Better Booch, and Odwalla’s hybrid “Smoobucha.”
Back by popular demand, Brew Dr. Kombucha’s winter seasonal, Vanilla Oak, is now available nationwide and in Canada. The limited-edition flavor features a crisp combination of fresh-scraped organic vanilla bean and oak steeped in a kettle with black tea.
In the second and final part of our Natural Products Expo East 2018 recap, BevNET covers news emerging from the Organic Trade Association meeting and takes a look at some of the new products and developments in plant-based dairy, kombucha, functional waters and other categories.
In this edition of People Moves, Laarni Niro is named COO at alkaline water brand AQUAhydrate; David Ross takes the helm at Live Soda; Townshend Group adds another Stumptown Coffee veteran; ABA President Susan Neely moves on.
Issues regarding the accuracy of sugar, alcohol and probiotic content in kombucha continue to haunt some of the category’s fastest-growing brands, as evidenced by a pair of class action lawsuits filed earlier this month.
The Townshend Group, the Portland, Ore.-based parent company of Brew Dr. Kombucha, Townshend’s Tea Company and Thomas & Sons Distillery, has sold a minority stake in the company to private equity firm Castanea Partners.
At BevNET Live Winter 2017 in Santa Monica, several entrepreneurs, some who sold stake in their company for private equity investment and some who left it on the table, offered their personal experiences dealing with the question of whether to stay independent or not.
Episode 80 features an interview with GT Dave, the founder and CEO of GT’s Kombucha. We also speak with Sean Kelly, the founder and CEO of SnackNation. And in the latest edition of Elevator Talk, we chat it up with Lilly Wunsch, the co-founder and COO of 4th & Heart. This episode is presented by Sovereign Flavors.
Brew Dr. brings on talent from Stumptown; Ocean Spray Cranberries makes new executive position announcements; Scott Lewis leaves VEB for Evolution Fresh; Tom Friscia goes from energy drinks to juice; Welch's announces new president for U.S. division; Cahillane takes Kellogg's CEO position; Improper Goods nabs Pok Pol Som operations manager for VP position.
In a conversation with BevNET assistant editor Marty Caballero, Thomas discussed the origins of Townshend's, a premium tea retailer based in Portland, Ore., and its development of Brew Dr., which has become one of the fastest-growing brands in the breakout kombucha category. This week's episode of Taste Radio is presented by Virun.
This week’s episode of Taste Radio features a captivating interview with Joth Ricci, a veteran beverage executive with one of the most diverse, interesting and impactful track records of anyone in the industry. Over a 17-year career, Ricci has held roles as president of Stumptown Coffee, president and CEO of Jones Soda and managing director with beverage investment and advisory firm First Beverage Group. We recently traveled to Portland, Ore. to meet with Ricci, who is currently the president/CEO of Adelsheim Vineyard.