Beverage companies are looking to enter the cannabis sector. An article in FoodDive about Jones Soda entering the sector quotes Duane Morris partner Seth Goldberg:
Seth Goldberg, a team lead for Duane Morris’ cannabis industry group, said more companies are recognizing beverages as a way to expand their product offerings and connect with a new segment of consumers. Unlike smoking and vaping marijuana, consuming it through a drink is more publicly accepted and allows the individual to enjoy a smaller amount of the drug — making the liquid form more appealing to beverage and cannabis consumers alike.
Seth co-authored an article in Cannabis Industry Journal with Michael Bronstein, president of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) discussing the fast-growing cannabis beverage sector.
Soft drinks, beer, juice, tea, coffee and bottled waters are major categories of the beverage industry, valued at approximately $1.5 trillion globally and $150 billion in the U.S. It’s no secret beverage companies have long eyed the next big growth opportunity in the cannabis market. Beverage makers, large and small, are now experimenting ‒ some even bringing to market ‒ cannabis-infused drinks in each of these categories.