September 11-15, 2017

Blog Entries Tagged as awards

Let the Games Begin: BevStar 2013 Call for Entries

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With the dawn of a new year comes a new chance for your brand to shine. Whether you're playing in the alcohol or non-alcohol space (or both even), you are cordially invited to submit your product to our third-annual BevStar Awards competition. It's our annual celebration of innovation across all of the major beverage categories. And the best part? It's absolutely free to enter, aside from whatever shipping costs you need to incur to get a sample of your product to our judging team.

Since this is about innovation, we ask that your product be new(ish). That means it should have been launched no earlier than Sept. 2011. If it hasn't been launched yet, that's fine. As long as you've got a product, a package and a plan to roll it out before summer 2013, it's eligible. (The product has to exist. Ideation is great, but execution is critical.)

Once again, we'll be awarding gold, silver and bronze awards in the following categories:

• Carbonated Soft Drinks

• Water/Enhanced Water

• Functional Beverages (including sports drinks, but not including energy drinks—those get their own category. We got a ton of energy entries last year.)

• Energy Drinks

• Beer

• Mead, Cider and Sake

• Wine

• Spirits

• Ready-to-Drink Tea & Coffee

We'll also present special achievement awards for marketing innovation, social media initiatives and environmental sustainability.

To enter, please e-mail the following to :

1. Product Name

2. Parent Company Name

3. Contact Info (address, phone & e-mail)

4. High-resolution product image

5. A brief description of the product and why you believe it should win a BevStar award.

6. The names of any packaging, label design, ingredient and branding companies or individuals that helped develop or market your product.

If your product passes the written test, we'll send you instructions on where to ship product samples for the practical test. We ask that you limit the samples to one bottle/can/carton/etc. per product entered.

Keep in mind, tasting is only one component of our selection process. Your product has to offer the whole package, which includes, well, the package and its overall market positioning.

The submission deadline is March 1. Winners will be notified by June 1 and we'll showcase winning products in the July 2013 issue of Beverage World.

If you've got any questions you can e-mail me directly.

We're looking forward to your entries!





BevStar Awards 2012: We Finally Have Our Winners!

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After a lengthy judging process involving a record number of entries this year and a self-imposed media blackout until the official winners' issue started arriving this week, we are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Beverage World BevStar Awards. For those just joining us, the BevStars recognize new product innovation across all of the major beverage categories.

We received a particularly robust shower of entries in the Energy & Functional category—so many that we decided to split it into two separate categories this year. It really reflects the level of innovation in those segments. If you recall from our 2012 State of the Industry report, energy drink volume returned to double-digit growth last year, with an increase of more than 17 percent in 2011, according to Beverage Marketing Corporation.

Without further ado, here's the list of this year's winners. For details on all of these brands, read the July 2012 issue of Beverage World. Congratulations to all!

Ruthless Rye IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Gold: Ruthless Rye IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Silver: Deviant Dale's IPA, Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
Bronze: Bronx Pale Ale, The Bronx Brewery

Gold: MyCause Water, Panacea Beverage Co.
Silver: Elevate Enhanced Fiber Water, 912 Corp.
Bronze: Karma Wellness Water, Karma Kulture LLC

Gold: Spindrift, Spindrift Soda co.
Silver: Dr Pepper Ten, Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Bronze: HotLips Cranberry Soda, HotLips Soda Co.

Gold: Monster Rehab, Monster Beverage Co.
Silver: Slap Frozen Energy, Brain-Twist
Bronze: Berry Rain, RevHoney

Gold: Neuro Sun, Neuro Beverage
Silver: Ralph & Charlie's Aloe, Ralph & Charlie's Beverage Co.
Bronze: Modjo Hydrate Elite, Cellutions

Gold: Honest (Not Too) Sweet Tea, Honest Tea
Silver: RealBeanz, RealBeanz LLC
Bronze: Tao of Tea, The Tao of Tea

Gold: Purgatory Vodka, Alaska Distillery
Silver: Apple Pie Moonshine, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Bronze: BuzzBallz, BuzzBallz LLC

Gold: FlasqWines, JT Wines
Silver: Blanc de Bleu, Premium Vintage Cellars
Bronze: Xavier Flouret La Pilar Malbec, Cognac One LLC

For those brands that entered but didn't take a gold, silver or bronze in any of the categories, don't fret. Competition was particularly stiff this year and the decisions were all very difficult for all of us on the judging panel. And there's always next year. We'll be announcing a call for entries some time in December.

Last Call for 2012 BevStar Awards Submissions!

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I just wanted to give you a quick heads-up that the submission deadline for the Third Annual Beverage World BevStar Awards is fast approaching.

The awards recognize innovations across the major beverage categories, introduced to the market--US or abroad--during the past 18 months. You can submit as many products as you'd like, as long as they've been released within that time period. We'll award gold, silver and bronze medals in each of those categories, as well as a Best in Show award and special achievement awards for Marketing Innovation, Social Media Initiatives and Environmental Sustainability.

We're happy to announce a new category this year: mead, cider and sake. We felt that these fermented classics got lost within beer, wine and spirits, especially since sake is actually closer to beer than it is wine even though it's frequently lumped in with wine.

Other categories include carbonated soft drinks, water/enhanced water, functional & energy, beer, wine & spirits and ready-to-drink tea.

The first step is to email your submission to That message should include:

• Product Name

• Parent Company

 High-resolution product image

• A brief description of the product and why you believe it should win a BevStar Award — maximum 75 words please

• The names of any packaging design, ingredient and branding companies that played a key role in the development of the product

If your entry passes the initial screening process, expect an email directing you where to mail a product sample.

Good luck to you all!

The perfect gift this holiday season came a bit early.

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When we started the HIT List six years ago we wanted it to be an annual celebration of, well, all things worth celebrating about the global beverage market. We never intended to become part of the story, as, frankly, that would be shamelessly self-serving, wouldn’t it?

But I ask you for a special dispensation just this one time and indulge us a little bit. There’s a kind of synchronicity at work, this being the HIT list issue, as well as the one where we officially return as Beverage World.  I think (and here comes the indulgent part) that’s pretty HIT-worthy, no?

We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished as Beverage Executive, both in print and online (another HIT, if we do say so ourselves). Our team brought the same passion and commitment to covering the worldwide drinks market as we had as Beverage World prior to the incident this summer (publisher Kevin Francella offers a little more on that in his Publisher’s Letter on page 3). We’ve launched a host of regular features that we intend to continue under the Beverage World banner. We’re also keeping the Beverage Executive name alive in a small, but meaningful, way in a Q&A feature we’re launching in this issue, “Beverage Executive of the Month.” We welcome Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman as the inaugural executive.

But Beverage World, with its 130-year heritage, just feels like home to us. While the hiccup that occurred this summer is a definite “Miss,” it’s nice to be able to finally erase it with a bona fide HIT. Being able to actually say the words “Beverage” and “World” adjacent to each other is a HIT in itself! And while I’m on a positive roll here, a most enthusiastic HIT must be bestowed upon our new parent company, Macfadden Communications Group, for its support and commitment to us. First, Macfadden made Beverage Executive possible. Now, the company has gone and outdone itself and made Beverage World possible.

Before I start sounding like Tiny Tim at the end of Dickens’ tale (hey, it’s December), it’s time to get down to business. As has been tradition in the HIT List issue, we’ve kicked off the section with a super-sized cover-worthy HIT. This year managing editor Andrew Kaplan details the metamorphosis from traditional marketing to “branded entertainment.”
Also, as we’re about to close the book on 2011 (and boy, what a year it’s been!) it’s time to look ahead to the major happenings of 2012. Our BevOps/Beverage Fleet Summit conference returns to the M Resort in Las Vegas, April 16-18. Register at Beverage Forum returns, once again, to New York City’s Grand Hyatt, May 22-23; you can register at

And, we’re officially accepting submissions for the 2012 BevStar Awards. See page 32 for submission guidelines. Good luck!

All of us at Beverage World wish you a happy holiday season and a prosperous and profitable New Year!