Beverage Digest is walking the show floor along with about 65,000 other attendees at Expo West in California this week. We'll investigate natural ingredient trends that could one day drive the growing and profitable functional packaged beverage market. We're also looking for what's new within existing ready-to-drink segments and product lines, and talking to the founders and leaders who propel the sector.
We'll share our observations in live updates here, so check back through the next couple of days.
Subscribers can email us if there is something specific you'd like to ask about. For those attending the show, feel free to send any noteworthy observations as well.
Decades-Long ‘Hobby’ Looks to Capitalize on Consumer Desire for Canned Water
February 1, 2023
Brand Backed By Former Hedge Fund Owner, Major League Pickleball Founder
Richard’s Rainwater has spent the last couple of years making sure the brand won’t be ignored. Fresh off a 2021 Series A funding round that was north of $10 million, the Austin, Texas-based packager of actual rainwater has been expanding shelf presence at retailers including Kroger, Albertson’s and HEB, adding production capacity, and executing an aggressive publicity campaign. If you hadn’t heard of the still nascent brand previously, you’d be...
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Juice-Infused Brand May Add as Many as 50 Distributors This Year, CEO Says
May 9, 2022
Spindrift is targeting 20 new states by the end of this year for its Spindrift Spiked sparkling water as the company forges a new direct store delivery (DSD) network. In an interview, Founder and CEO Bill Creelman said...
PepsiCo CFO Speaks To Strategy Behind Recently Disclosed Investment
March 17, 2022
In December, PepsiCo disclosed for the first time a stake in online bulk grocery retailer Boxed. The disclosure was prompted by the start of trading for Boxed as a public company by way of a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC. PepsiCo had first invested in the privately held Boxed ...