Kombucha Starts Returning to Bay Area Shelves

Things are still tense in the kombucha industry. Earlier this summer, several federal agencies announced they were investigating the fermented tea to see if its alcohol content was high enough to regulate kombucha like an alcoholic beverage (the Half Moon Bay Register has a concise, comprehensive article about the situation). Within days, most of the markets in the Bay Area yanked kombucha off their shelves. Rainbow Grocery's drinks case looked like a Soviet-era market, and the West Coast's best-known brand, Synergy Drinks (aka GT's Millennium Kombucha), disappeared overnight.

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