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How teenagers in the US view alcohol and cannabis

If only briefly, alcohol and cannabis met for the first time in 27 years in 2019, with consumption trends among one grouping of US teenagers...

COVID-19 a double-edged sword for CBD

Recent launches of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are well-aligned with consumers' health & wellness trends that are developing in re...

What is the outlook for CBD in Europe? - Focus

Recent comments from regulators in Europe have left some in the food and beverage industry worried about what's ahead for the region's nasce...

FDA must lead CBD out of legal shadows - Comment

In declining to define CBD as a Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) ingredient this week, and sending warning letters to 15 companies sellin...

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"Was Coca-Cola the right company to buy Zico? In hindsight, probably not" - just-drinks speaks to Zico founder Mark Rampolla 19 Jan 2021

Andy Morton

Mark Rampolla founded Zico Coconut Water in 2004, building the brand into a major force in soft drinks and introducing a generation of consumers to low-sugar, functional waters. The strength of the brand was underlined in 2013 when The Coca-Cola Co bought Zico for an undisclosed fee. Last year, in a sharp reversal of fortunes for the brand, Coca-Cola announced Zico was one of about 200 brands earmarked to be discontinued as the group implemented a major cost-cutting programme. Last week, in yet another twist for Zico, Rampolla's investment company, Powerplant Ventures. acquired the coconut water from Coca-Cola, returning Rampolla to the brand he created. Yesterday, just-drinks spoke to him about his journey back to Zico, what changes he has seen in the beverage industry while away and why Coca-Cola is not the best company to build emerging categories.


"Who knew we'd launch in the middle of a pandemic?" - just-drinks speaks to Jade Padua, co-founder of new CBD beverage company G&Juice 23 Apr 2020

Andy Morton

The whole world may be in lockdown, but despite the coronavirus pandemic the drinks industry refuses to stop. An example is G&Juice, a Californian, hemp-derived CBD beverage start-up whose plans for the release of its first products were thrown into disarray by COVID-19. Meetings with leading retailers and distributors scheduled for Expo West were lost when the Anaheim trade show was cancelled at the last minute, potentially cutting off G&Juice's route-to-market at a crucial stage. Undaunted, the three women at the helm of G&Juice have reassessed their plans, turning to smaller outlets in California that were calling out for stress-busting CBD products in a time of national emergency. Yesterday, just-drinks spoke to G&Juice co-founder & CMO Jade Padua, currently in lockdown in her home city of Toronto, Canada, about reacting to the cancelled Anaheim show, the positives of launching during a global pandemic and what US food safety authorities have in store for CBD beverages.

Latest News

If you read only one thing... - This week's must-reads on just-drinks - Results Special 12 Feb 21

Rhodri Morgan

Here's a look at the biggest stories and the best content from just-drinks this week.


From the just-drinks cellars - What happened in drinks on this day in … 11 Feb 21

Rhodri Morgan

Here's a look at what was happening in the drinks industry on this day in ...


US cannabis trade group forms beverage council 9 Feb 21

Andy Morton

A US cannabis trade organisation has launched a beverage offshoot in a bid to provide a united front for its members.


Distell makes CBD play with Rethink brand stake purchase 1 Feb 21

Olly Wehring

Distell has branched into cannabis in its home market, buying into South African "cannabis wellness" brand Rethink.


Anheuser-Busch InBev partner Tilray widens Sweetwater Brewing US distribution 25 Jan 21

Rhodri Morgan

Canadian company Tilray, the cannabis partner of Anheuser-Busch InBev, is to expand the footprint of recently-acquired craft brewer Sweetwater Brewing to Colorado.


Portman Group issues retailer alert on Silent Pool Distillery's CBD gin 20 Jan 21

Andy Morton

UK alcohol advertising watchdogs have told retailers not to stock a CBD gin after the brand's packaging broke guidelines on promoting drug use.



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