Taste Radio Ep. 83: How Saffron Road Excels At Meeting Millennial Mouths; Forto CEO Takes His Best (Coffee) Shot
BevNET Live: Distill Ventures to Speak; Agenda Posted
Powerful Raises $4M, Plans to Launch Water Smoothie
Review: Genius Goes Back to Its Roots as a Coconut Smoothie
Announced back in August, Genius Coconut Smoothie is a throwback to the company’s original product offering.
Press Clips: Paris Gets Sparkling Water Fountains; Rumors Link JAB to Dunkin
In this Press Clips roundup, a city-wide project to install public sparkling water fountains across Paris is underway, while elsewhere The Washington Post reports on Coke Zero Sugar’s impact on the diet soda market.
Fewer than 30 Days Until BevNET Live in Santa Monica; Register Today
Don’t miss your chance to stay at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel! Registering now grants access to the discounted room block, which will soon sell out. Taking place on Dec. 4+5, the leading U.S. beverage industry conference will attract hundreds of industry professionals representing more than 150 beverage brands. The agenda will feature successful brand Founders/CEOs, highly-regarded consultants, expert investors, and more.
People Moves: Exclusive Beverage Founder Joins Jones Soda
Steve Gress joins Jones Soda as executive vice president of U.S. sales; IZZE co-founder becomes advisor at Top Note Tonics; John Blackington enters hemp-infused market with role at Rocky Mountain High Brands; Former Coke, Juicero VP joins Koia
Review: GT’s Kombucha Living in Gratitude Seasonal
Continuing with the theme of limited edition flavors that started with their 20th anniversary flavor, launched back in 2015, GT’s Kombucha has recently released a 2017 Fall seasonal flavor called “Living in Gratitude.”
Dairy Farmers of America Acquires Cumberland Dairy
Dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced last week that it had acquired New Jersey-based Cumberland Dairy, a family-owned producer of ultra-pasteurized food and beverage products, for an undisclosed sum.
KonaRed Closes Capital Raise With Venice Brands
Hawaiian coffee company KonaRed has closed a “significant capital raise” from venture capital fund Venice Brands, which will be directed towards supporting sales, marketing and distribution of the brand’s range of coffee products.
Plant-Based Brands Lobby Against Dairy Pride Act
Last week, representatives from dairy alternative producers including MALK, Good Karma Foods, New Barn and Oatly traveled to Washington to argue against the Dairy Pride Act.
Quietly Building, Cascadia Capital Starts to Spread Its Bets
In order to distinguish themselves within the highly competitive food and beverage space, Seattle-based investment firm Cascadia Capital must identify the right opportunities — and get to them before their rivals do.
Review: Poppilu Lemonades
Poppilu is a line of all natural lemonades that is attempting to position itself as an antioxidant lemonade that’s “bold on citrus, not on sugar.”
Only 30 Days until the Beverage Industry’s Leading Conference, BevNET Live
In just one month over 500 beverage industry entrepreneurs and experts, including more than 150 beverage brands, will converge on the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. for BevNET Live Winter 2017. For two and a half days they will examine the current market, collaborate and identify the leading edge, and predict where the industry is headed.
NACS 2017 Video: Protein2O s Bob Kral Wants to ‘Grow Categories’
Following a capital raise of $4 million, Protein2O is looking to grow the protein and enhanced water categories with a product that unites the best of both worlds.
Taste Radio Ep. 82: Soylent Co-Founder John Coogan: “A Voracious Appetite for Data Served Us Very Well”
Episode 82 features an interview with Soylent co-founder John Coogan. We also speak with Olivia Ku, an influential food and lifestyle blogger and the creator of LoveHealthOK. And in this week’s edition of Elevator Talk, we chat it up with Shayne Malone, the founder and CEO of Zavu.
Starbucks Announces TAZO Sale to Unilever
Starbucks Corporation today announced an agreement to sell the TAZO tea brand to Unilever for $384 million, a move that will allow the Seattle-based coffee giant to focus on supporting its other premium tea brand, Teavana.
Review: Caskai Sparkling Cascara
Cascara beverages, which are made from the dried husk of the fruit that surrounds the coffee bean, are growing in number, although consumer adoption still seems very much at its infancy.