US-based cannabis firm Caliva has acquired plant-based beverage brand Zola.

Offering a portfolio of plant-based beverages, Zola’s cannabidiol (CBD) infused products are available in more than 7,000 retail locations across the US.

Zola CEO Chris Cuvelier was quoted by as saying: “We believe hemp-based CBD is the ultimate plant-based ingredient and that beverages offer a unique way to deliver the many health and wellness benefits of CBD.

“I am excited to leverage Caliva’s expertise, consumer insights and technology to create a portfolio of delicious and functional hemp-based CBD beverages.”

“Beverages offer a unique way to deliver the many health and wellness benefits of CBD.”

Upon completion of the deal, Cuvelier will oversee and execute beverage initiatives at Caliva.

Caliva CEO Dennis O’Malley was quoted by as saying: “Consumers are looking for trusted CBD solutions in their beverages. We couldn’t be more excited to team up with Zola and Chris to bring Caliva CBD beverages to a supermarket near you.”

Caliva further explained that the deal positions it to capitalise on a nationwide release of infused beverages.

In addition, Caliva is exploring entering the infused beverage market in several categories, including sparkling water, functional shots and powders, teas, cold-brew coffees and sports drinks.

Last December the US Government passed the farm bill, making hemp legal on a federal level in the country.

US-based adult beverage maker Bom Bom Brands has introduced a new alcohol drink that features hemp milk as one of the main ingredients.