SEATTLE, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Talking Rain Beverage Company, the makers of SPARKLING ICE® beverages, has been recognized for the second time in three years as Company of the Year at The Beverage Forum, the only global all-beverage executive conference. Conference presenters - The Beverage Marketing Corporation and Beverage Industry - grant the award annually to recognize outstanding performance in the beverage industry. Talking Rain was again honored in the "Small Companies" category, which recognizes one organization with less than $1 billion in revenue.
Additionally, Talking Rain President and CEO, Kevin Klock, served as a Featured Speaker at this year's Beverage Forum. Klock answered industry questions as part of his in-depth interview.
"Talking Rain started as an entrepreneurial company and has grown into a leading business that maintains its bold and independent spirit," said Kevin Klock, CEO of Talking Rain. "We are so proud to have a product, team and focus in place to position Talking Rain for continued and accelerated growth, and it is a tremendous honor to once again be recognized by The Beverage Forum as Company of the Year."
Talking Rain Beverage Company is an industry leader in creating and promoting brands using innovative ingredients and ideas, as evidenced through the tremendous success and growth of the SPARKLING ICE beverage line. Category innovation and a U.S. Direct Store Delivery (DSD) distribution network comprised of more than 275 distributors have made SPARKLING ICE flavored water one of the fastest-growing non-alcoholic beverages in the country, jumping from retail sales of $10 million in 2010 to more than $500 million in 2014.
The Beverage Forum honor complements recent trade awards and industry recognition for both Talking Rain and the SPARKLING ICE brand, including Beverage World's 2014 Liquid Refreshment Company of the Year, a BCG and IRI "Best-Performing Company" award among Small Companies in 2014, one of Washington's Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2014 from Puget Sound Business Journal, and an Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Company in 2014.
Talking Rain is now one of the fastest-growing beverage companies in the United States. SPARKLING ICE has disrupted its category, and with a formula for continued success in place comprised of an entrepreneurial team, new channels, international expansion, authentic partnerships and CSR, SPARKLING ICE is poised for exponential growth.
About Talking Rain Beverage Company
The Talking Rain family of beverages includes thirst-quenching product lines: SPARKLING ICE, Talking Rain Fusions™, Talking Rain Mountain Spring Water and Talking Rain Sparkling Essence Water, all of which are created to refresh the body and renew the mind. For 27 years, Talking Rain has stayed true to its vision and its commitment to community by continually creating great tasting, refreshing beverages. For more information, visit www.talkingrain.com and www.sparklingice.com.
About SPARKLING ICE® Beverages
SPARKLING ICE combines sparkling water, natural flavors, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants to offer a great tasting lightly carbonated beverage all without the calories. SPARKLING ICE is the Bold Side of Water, offering a bold, flavored, lightly-carbonated beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in eleven refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple and new in 2014 Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon. SPARKLING ICE Lemonades®, launched in 2013, are available in six refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Lemonade with Tea, and new in 2014, Peach Lemonade and Mango Lemonade. SPARKLING ICE Teas will be available nationwide by 2015, and include Raspberry Tea, Lemon Tea, and Peach Tea flavors. SPARKLING ICE can be found in retailers nationwide. SPARKLING ICE is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate SPARKLING ICE visit www.sparklingice.com.
SOURCE Talking Rain Beverage Company