Brand Looks to Capitalize on ‘Rapid Hydration’ Trend Without Going Into 'Hole.'
February 16, 2023
’We’re Not Desperate,” Co-founder Says, Thanks to Military Focus.
Military-focused isotonic brand Hoist is on the hunt for outside investment capital to help fund a deeper and eventually wider push into traditional retail markets, according to the brand’s founders. Hoist currently derives more than half of its revenue from US military sales, Co-founder and President Kelly Heekin told BD in an interview. Outside of the armed forces, Hoist’s traditional retail footprint comprises about...
KDP CEO Says Investment, Distribution Deal to Unlock C-Stores, Cold Placements
December 19, 2022
Keurig Dr Pepper followed its surprise $50 million November investment in Athletic Brewing with a far larger deal in December – an $863 million investment in C4 performance energy drink maker Nutrabolt. KDP also becomes Nutrabolt’s long-term sales and distribution partner. While ready-to-drink C4 ...
Bang Energy, whose parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection, announced today that it will expand to the UK and Ireland. Meanwhile, the brand told retailers and distributors last week that the words “Fuel Your Destiny” will replace “Super Creatine” at the top center of the brand’s
The beverage industry is full of niche and regional brands that find ways to remain relevant as consumer trends come and go. We drop into two such brands today – Jel Sert and Ale-8-One. Each has a century of history that started with determined founders.
Jel Sert began life in 1926 making instant gelatin desserts. Founders Charles and Lillian Wegner created the product using...
We’ve added a new category to the Beverage Digest Awards. Best Powdered Functional Beverage. In January, I wrote about the emergence of single-serve powdered beverages and one analyst’s view that the category could become...
Plus, Expectations Coming Out of Pandemic. Gatorlyte Launch Details.
May 25, 2021
PepsiCo’s recent extension of Gatorade Zero into a protein-infused variant may be just the start of the brand as a functional platform. “I do think there is future functionality we can do with G Zero,” Gatorade SVP and General Manager Brett O’Brien said in a recent interview...
Consumer Interest in Single-Serve Beverage Mixes on The Rise
April 30, 2021
Consumer Interest in Single-Serve Beverage Mixes on The Rise. “The pandemic accelerated this whole idea of ‘enhance my water.’” One brand that stands to gain from an increasing and potentially disruptive consumer acceptance of single-serve beverage mixes is Nuun (pronounced Noon). The 16-year-old hydration brand is among a number of just-add-water mixes that have translated functionality to a powdered domain previously focused more on lemonade, punch and tea. Growth for single-serve beverage mixes will be driven by: