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Flying Embers expands hard kombucha line

By Beth Newhart

Kombucha continues to grow in popularity, capitalizing on trends like fermentation and functional ingredients. It’s also branching out beyond the tea market and into alcohol with hard, beer-alternative options like Flying Embers.

Can kombucha carve a place in the alcohol category? Yes, says AB InBev's Kombrewcha

Kombrewcha: ‘Consider us your not-so-guilty-pleasure’

Can kombucha carve out a place in the alcoholic beverage category?

By Rachel Arthur

Kombucha has catapulted onto the beverage scene, with the fermented tea appealing to consumers looking for healthier alternatives to sugary soft drinks. But Kombrewcha - AB InBev’s kombucha brand - believes kombucha can also carve out a place in today’s...

 An uptick in ‘health and wellness’ launches usually coincides with the new year and resolution season. Pic: ©GettyImages/Rimma_Bondarenko

Wellness world: Six new functional drinks for 2019

By Beth Newhart

Capitalizing on the popularity of the ‘new year, new me’ mentality that comes around each January, these six beverage launches feature functional ingredients, adhere to specific diets and set out to be a fresh, healthy addition to 2019.

Young people are proving that they want to buy local and small, which is turning out to be one of the greatest opportunities in the specialty market.

Shopping small: 79% of Gen Z buys specialty foods

By Beth Newhart

Both younger generations - millennials and gen Z - are more interested in supporting local, small businesses than their gex X and baby boomer predecessors. The independent, specialty food and beverage market in the US is now worth $140bn and growing three...

Today’s consumers are expecting function, taste, affordability and convenience all rolled into one beverage. Pic: ©GettyImages/baibaz

Superfoods take center stage in specialty beverages

By Beth Newhart

Functional beverage launches were common in 2018, and their popularity is only expected to grow in 2019. At the Winter Fancy Food Show (WWFS) in San Francisco, small-scale brands showcased new drinks packed with functional ingredients like rose extract,...

Bottled water should be available everywhere, says 93% of Americans

By Beth Newhart

A new study from the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) says that 93% of Americans want bottled water available everywhere drinks are sold, and prefer it over all other beverages, furthering its rise to the no. 1 soft drink in the world.

“It’s so important that consumers understand where their food comes from, how it’s produced and why that’s important.

'Sustainability is a process. It’s not a destination, it’s a journey'

McDonald’s McCafe close to 100% sustainably-sourced US coffee

By Beth Newhart

McDonald’s global McCafe division relies heavily on inexpensive, quality coffee, requiring a strong relationship with coffee farmers and a transparent supply chain. The company has committed to sustainably sourcing 100% of its coffee by 2020.

On biodynamic farms 10% of the land has to be set aside for giving back and helping the environment.

Biodynamic farming spreads to coffee

By Beth Newhart

With consumers increasingly concerned about how their food is produced, interest in biodynamic farming is growing. While growing in popularity for wine production in Europe, Holistic Roasters also sees the potential for biodynamic farming in the coffee...

Rise struggled with sourcing oat ‘milk’ that was up to their standards because they place a strong emphasis on organic ingredients.

Organic nitro cold brew oat beverage lattes launching

By Beth Newhart

Coffee brand Rise Brewing Co. has introduced a line of ready-to-drink nitro cold brew lattes, including two flavors made with oat beverages. Consumer demand and ‘flavor profile’ drove the decision to use dairy alternatives, the company said.

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