Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Oxnard, Calif.-based KeVita, a producer of fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. The transaction will expand PepsiCo's health-and-wellness offerings in the premium chilled beverage space, the company says.
BluePrint, a brand of New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Hain Celestial Group, announced the launch of a new line of certified USDA organic kombucha drinks. Currently, the line is available at Whole Foods Market and local retailers in the New York Tri-State area and will be in Whole Foods Market Midwest- area stores starting in September. Additionally, starting Aug. 25, BluePrint Kombucha Drinks will be available in Sprouts Farmers Market locations, it adds.
Appearing in the June 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the "Trends in Obesity Among Adults in the United States, 2005 to 2014” study concluded that the prevalence of obesity was 35 percent among men and 40 percent among women in 2013-2014, while an increased prevalence was found among women, but not men, during the 2005-2014 timeframe.
With more than 77,000 attendees, the 36th annual Natural Products Expo West and Engredea experienced another record-setting year with 6.9 percent growth. Produced by New Hope Network, Boulder, Colo., the 2016 Expo West brought together more than 3,000 exhibiting companies, including more than 600 first-time exhibitors. The show took place March 9-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Clearly the readers of Beverage Industry are fans of kombucha as Clearly Kombucha won the August New Product of the Month poll. The organic beverage obtained 21 percent of the votes. Voting took place between Sept. 8 and 18.