Brew Dr. Shuts Down Townshend’s Distillery

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.

In the Courtroom: Court Rules ‘Fire Cider’ Generic Term in Shire City Lawsuit

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

Expo West 2019 Gallery: Kombucha + Drinking Vinegars

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.”

Brew Dr. Kombucha Brings Back Vanilla Oak

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.

Expo East 2018 Recap Pt. 2: Organic Association Meets, Plant-Based Goes Conventional

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.

People Moves: AQUAhydrate Names New COO Ahead of “Rebuilding Year”

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.

People Moves: Brew Dr. Names Marty Wall as President

Brew Dr. Kombucha has appointed EVP of Business Development Marty Wall as the company’s first President, the company told BevNET on Wednesday; John Fieldly approved as permanent CEO of Celsius

Health-Ade, Brew Dr. Targeted In Separate Class Action Lawsuits

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.

BevNET Live 2017: Stay Independent or Take the Money

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.

Taste Radio Ep. 80: GT’s Kombucha Founder: “Successful Businesses Come From a Pure Place”; Mission Mining with SnackNation’s Sean Kelly

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.

People Moves: Brew Dr. Brings On New Talent

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.

Taste Radio Ep. 74: How Matt Thomas Built One of The Fastest Growing Kombucha Brands in the U.S.; Meet The Bitter Housewife

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.

Taste Radio Ep. 73: How Can Premiumization and Portland Define a Rich Career? Ask Joth Ricci.

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.

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