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Top 10 start-ups that are making a mark in Beverages Industry

US soda intake reached a 30-year-low last year according to Beverage Digest’s yearly report, and we’ve observed a sequence of fresh investments into healthy beverage startups flowing in to fill the gap. From kombucha to pH-balanced water and pea milk, these startups are marketing their distinctive ingredients and advanced processing techniques.

we organized a list of early-stage beverage startups with great momentum and recent funding rounds. None of them raised beyond a Series B, and all have raised since 2014. All these high-momentum startups concentrate on nutritious beverages, and many of them consist of distinctive elements such as pea protein, kombucha, or ginseng.

Juicero

Juicero delivers an at-home cold-press juicing machine, along with organic produce packs that fit into the machine for juicing. Their packs do not consist of any additives or preservatives, and the company says its produce-chopping patterns produce maximum juice.

Total divulged funding: $100M

Previous round raised: Series B

Select Investors: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Thrive Capital, Two Sigma Ventures, Campbell Soup Company, Acre Ventures, Artis Ventures, First Beverage Group, Google Venturesjuicero - at-home cold-press juicing machine

Health-Ade

Health-Ade offers kombucha — sweetened, fermented tea containing probiotics — in nine different flavors. The company ferments and bottles its beverages in all glass, no plastic, and says it brews in tiny batches. Health-Ade is organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO.

Total divulged funding: $15M

Previous round raised: Series B

Select Investors: CAVU Ventures, First Beverage Group

Core Natural

Core says it utilizes a proprietary filtration technique to generate water with a pH level that Core says suits human bodies’ normal balance. This company also sells organic, low-calories fruit beverages with antioxidants.

Total divulged funding: $27M

Previous round raised: Series B

Select Investors: 7-Ventures

Ripple

This company produces dairy-free, high-protein, plant-based milk. Based on pea protein, Ripple maintains that it offers the same quantity of protein as dairy milk with only half the sugar, less saturated fat, and more calcium and vitamin D. It is gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan, and comes in various flavors. Ripple has started to roll out in stores throughout April and May 2016.

Total divulged funding: $13.6M

Previous round raised: Series A

Select Investors: Prelude Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Blueberry Ventures, Eagle Cliff Partners

Spindrift

This company makes seltzers and sodas with authentic fruit juice and no additional sugar.

Total divulged funding: $12M

Previous round raised: Series A

Select Investors: New Ground Ventures, RiverPark Ventures, Revelry Brands, Prolog Ventures, Warbros Venture Partners

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ASPIRE Beverage

Aspire sells nutritious sports drinks with no enhanced sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. It is made sweeter by using cane sugar, and is gluten-free and lower-calorie than other mass market sports drinks.

Total divulged funding: $10M

Previous round raised: Series A

Select Investors: InnoVentures Capital Partners

Sipp

It makes organic craft sodas intended for use in cocktails, with flavors such as ginger blossom and summer pear.

Total divulged funding: $1M

Previous round raised: Series A

Select Investors: Emil Capital Partners

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It makes cold-pressed juice from “cast-off melons,” discarded by stores due to visual imperfections. The company aims to decrease food waste while producing a drink with elevated levels of vitamins and electrolytes but little sugar. Beyonce attracted the company publicity when she invested in May 2016.

Total divulged funding: $7M

Previous round raised: Angel

Select Investors: CAVU Ventures, Beyoncé Knowleswtrmln wtr

Fred Beverages

It sells water in flask-shaped bottles that better fit the form of people’s pockets and that can be replenished and reprocessed. Its water is obtained from the US and claims excellent taste based on a neutral pH and low minerality.

Total divulged funding: $5M

Previous round raised: Series B

Select Investors: Tudor Ventures

Kill Cliff

Kill Cliff promotes sports recovery drinks along with protein bars and canned cold brew coffee. Its products are low-calorie and contain vitamins, ginseng, green tea extract, and enzymes intended at post-workout use. This company was founded by a Navy SEAL and provides special offers to military members.

Total divulged funding: $11M

Previous round raised: Series B

Select Investors: Sherbrooke Capital

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