BUSINESS INSIDER: mood33 Takes Two 'Best of 2018' Beverage Digest Award Honors
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“California's premier innovator in cannabis-infused beverages, was among the winners of the 2018 Beverage Digest Awards, announced Monday. mood33 won both the Best Premium Drink and Best New Drink Concept categories, beating out dozens of globally recognized brands. This is the first time that Beverage Digest has granted an award to a cannabis beverage in the history of its annual awards. In fact, it's also incredibly rare for one brand to win two Beverage Digest Awards in the same year.”
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“mood33’s line of sparkling herbal beverages contains all-natural ingredients, tailored dose ratios of THC and CBD, and only 33 calories per 12oz bottle. The brand was created as an attractive smoke-free choice for the cannabis consumer living a healthy and active lifestyle. “
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“Grossman of Papa & Barkley shared with me that a good friend of his was able to wean himself off the benzodiazepine Klonopin using the company’s cannabis tincture. And just as Papa & Barkley is offering cannabis alternatives to opiates and benzos, beverage companies such as California Dreamin', a low-dose cannabis soda, and Mood33, cannabis-infused sparkling tonics, are offering cannabis users an alternative to alcohol that they can sip on. Not too long ago, at a friend’s wedding in Boulder, I was delighted to learn I could drink cannabis tonic from a champagne glass and join in a toast without drinking alcohol. And yes, I like the high; I’m not about to pretend I like weed solely for its medicinal benefits.”
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“With Americans more stressed than ever before, Schnell envisions a not-too-distant future in which social occasions seek alternative refreshments. Switching from caffeine products to alcohol isn’t always the most seamless of handoffs, and in many ways, indicative of the modern work lifestyle. Mood 33 is betting on Americans opting for a cannabis can in lieu of a Coors, or maybe even shaking up the family barbecue.”
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“Artistic elements like palm trees, surfboards, driftwood, and bright pastels have always screamed “California” -- now these aesthetics are dominating the cannabis industry. Brands are embodying the beach and surf culture in order to become synonymous with the West Coast mentality. Caliva’s palm tree-clad packages dominate the Bay area and much of southern California. Walking into its dispensary home base in San Jose feels much like entering a surf shop. Cold fizzy drinks are also a big hit year-round with the California crowd, like the fruity, low-calorie natural beverages from Mood33, and California Dreamin' low-dose sodas.”
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Cheddar was kind enough to host mood33’s Chief Mood Officer, Michael Christopher, to discuss the recent summer launch, why cannabis infused beverages are so exciting and why cannabis products should brand themselves for the modern, wellness focused consumer seeking functional, mood-enhancing benefits.
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“Eric Schnell says he doesn’t believe that “cannabis is a gateway to doing coke.” But he hopes that “one day Coke will be a gateway to cannabis.”
Schnell, co-founder of ready-to-drink tea brand Steaz, is looking to bring consumers one step closer to that potential future with his newest venture: Mood33, a cannabis-infused sparkling tonic. Developed under BeyondBrands, a beverage incubator and accelerator Schnell co-founded in 2016, Mood33 launched earlier this year with a party on April 20 and began selling in California dispensaries on June 1.
The project is led by 33 Brands Mgmt principal owner Michael Christopher. Speaking with BevNET this week, Christopher said the goal for the brand is to build a “next generation” cannabis-infused beverage line that can become a pioneering brand in the category.”
mood33 is proud to announce that Harborside, one of the nation's most influential and patient focused dispensary groups, has chosen mood33 for its first and only beverage for retail sale at both their Oakland and San Jose store locations.