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Mintel releases 2019 Global Food and Drink Trends

Mintel, Chicago, announced three forward-looking trends that it predicts will lead the momentum of global food and drink innovation in 2019 and beyond.  

PepsiCo unveils Nutrition Greenhouse North America lineup

PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., announced the 10 emerging food and beverage brands that will join its first collaborative accelerator program in North America. Each of the 10 participating startups will receive $20,000 in grant funding and participate in a six-month business optimization program. The Nutrition Greenhouse program is designed to accelerate the growth of these startups with personalized mentorship from experts at some of PepsiCo's leading and emerging brands.

Sparkling Ice releases Cranberry Frost

Sparkling Ice, a brand of the Talking Rain Beverage Co., Preston, Wash., introduced Cranberry Frost, a new limited-edition flavor launching just in time for the holiday season.

Sazerac Co. purchases 19 brands from Diageo

Sazerac Co. Inc., Metairie, La., announced it will be purchasing 19 brands from London-based Diageo plc, including brands across the spirits and beer categories, the company says.

Vintage Wine Estates acquires Qupé brand

Vintage Wine Estates, Santa Rosa, Calif., has purchased wine brand Qupé. Founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist, Qupé is internationally recognized for cool-climate, high-scoring Rhône varietals on California's Central Coast; notably Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne, the company says.

Friends Fun Wine, FIFCO USA announce partnership

Miami-based Friends Fun Wine and FIFCO USA, Rochester, N.Y., announced their intent to enter into a strategic marketing and distribution agreement. The partnership allows the Friends Fun Wine brand to expand across the U.S. market. Friends Fun Wine features a collection of Fun Wine drinks with a 5.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and 71-94 calories in each 4.2-ounce serving, and a slight effervesce. 

Children’s drink line launches in Target

San Diego-based Villager Goods launched Little Villager, a low-sugar and flavorful organic beverage for kids. Co-founded by active and health-conscious parents Josh Landan and Jeff Hansson, Villager Goods is also owned in partnership with a team of professional surf, skateboard, and snowboard athlete investor-ambassadors.

KDP, Danone Waters agree to distribution for evian

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and Danone Waters of America (DWA) jointly announced today that KDP will sell, distribute and merchandise evian across the United States as part of a long-term master distribution agreement designed to accelerate the brand's growth. 

Talking Rain Beverage Co. announces social responsibility initiatives

The makers of Sparkling Ice, Talking Rain Beverage Co., Preston, Wash., announced a range of corporate social responsibility initiatives to support veterans and the fight against breast cancer by collaborating with two organizations: Honor Flight Network, Springfield, Ohio; and UW Medicine, Seattle.

Coca-Cola releases third quarter performance results

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, reported continued momentum in its business for 2018, with strong financial results for the third quarter. Although reported net revenues for the quarter declined because of refranchising, the company delivered broad-based organic revenue (non-GAAP) and volume growth across all operating groups, while gaining value share globally, it reports.

Moscato d’Asti* to be available in single-serve bottles

Prestige Beverage Group, Mendota Heights, Minn., announced that its Risata Wine brand, Moscato d’Asti offering will be available in 187-ml single-serve bottles.

Readers name their favorite new beverage of September

As the cold air has officially taken over, it appears that consumers’ thirst for cold-brew coffee remains hot. In the Readers’ Choice: New Product poll for September, Beverage Industry readers selected Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Lattes.

Frey Farms launches new beverage line

Frey Farms, Keenes, Ill., announced a brand new line of frozen aquas frescas. Sarah’s Homegrown, named after Sarah Frey, the founder, farmer and chief executive officer of Frey Farms, are made with real fruit and all-natural ingredients, the company says.

Planters Peanuts makes first steps into beer market

Planters Peanuts, a brand of The Kraft Heinz Co., Pittsburgh and Chicago, launched Mr. IPA-Nut, the company’s first foray into the craft beer market. Citing a study conducted by 1Q from July, 64 percent of men agree nuts are the best salty snack to pair with beer, the company says.

Mount Gay Rum unveils Master Blender Collection expression

Mount Gay Rum Distilleries, a brand of New York-based Rémy Cointreau USA, unveils the first edition of the Master Blender Collection with the launch of XO The Peat Smoke Expression. The limited-edition blend is a complex amalgamation that marries the aromas of ripe bananas and toasted notes of Mount Gay XO with the salty and smoky notes coming from peated whisky casks, the company says.

Welch’s appoints new top executive
Welch’s, Concord, Mass., has appointed Trevor Bynum as president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. Bynum succeeds Brad Irwin, who retired after 10 years leading the organization.

Focus Brands completes acquisition of Jamba Juice
Atlanta-based Focus Brands Inc. (FBI) announced the successful completion of its previously announced tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Jamba Inc. Jamba is now a wholly owned subsidiary of FBI.

Farmer Brothers receives LEED Silver Certification
Northlake, Texas-based Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products, announced that it has been awarded LEED Silver certification for its recently completed headquarter office project.

Juice Products Association launches campaign
The Juice Products Association has launched SipSmarter.org, a website dedicated to educating consumers about the science-backed health and nutritional benefits of 100 percent juice.

Capri Sun, No Bully join forces with new campaign

As October marks National Bullying Prevention Month, Capri Sun, a brand of The Kraft Heinz Co., Pittsburg and Chicago, has teamed up with anti-bullying nonprofit organization No Bully, to create The Together Table, the company says. The companies fashioned one long wave-shaped table that offers an alternative to kids sitting at separate tables, so no kid has to sit alone in a school cafeteria.

WX Brands adds Reckless Love, Sunday Funday wines

WX Brands, Novato, Calif., announced its purchase of the Reckless Love and Sunday Funday wine brands. Reckless Love and Sunday Funday wines join WX Brands' group of brands that include Bread & Butter, Chronic Cellars, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Jelly Jar and Our Daily Wines. 

Welch’s targets Generation X men in new campaign

Welch's, Concord, Mass., launched its marketing campaign Tough as Grapes, which focuses on an audience of Gen X men with a tough and gritty look at how Welch's Grape Juice is made with one of the world's “toughest” antioxidants, the company says.

Soylent launches multipack in 2 varieties

Los Angeles-based Rosa Foods, the makers of Soylent, announced that two of its ready-to-drink flavors — Cacao and Cafe Vanilla — will now be offered in an 11-ounce Tetra Pak, as part of a four-count multipack. The new packaging will retail in both Walmart and Target, which will enable the brand to reach the masses at thousands of Walmart and Target locations, the company says.

Former Red Bull UK CEO launches new drink line

Former Red Bull UK chief executive officer (CEO) Harry Drnec is set to launch a new detox beverage line called Sober Up to help reduce the toxic effects of alcohol, boost mental clarity and help prevent hangovers, the entrepreneur says.

Sparkling Ice debuts caffeinated line

Sparkling Ice, a brand of Preston, Wash.-based Talking Rain Beverage Co., launched its first line of caffeinated products, Sparkling Ice +Caffeine, at the 2018 National Association of Convenience Stores Show (NACS), Oct. 8-10 in Las Vegas. Featured in the Cool New Products Showcase, Sparkling Ice +Caffeine is the newest product line to be added to the brand's portfolio.

Readers name their favorite beverage of August

Even though fall has begun to settle in, consumers continue to thirst for refreshing cocktails. In the Readers’ Choice: New Product poll for August, Beverage Industry readers selected BeatBox Pink Lemonade as their favorite new product release.

Harpoon Brewery, Dunkin’ launch fall beer

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' and Harpoon Brewery, Boston, have come together for the first time to combine the taste of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee with Harpoon's craft beer. Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter features a balanced and smooth brew offering robust and roasted notes, the company says. Dunkin' Coffee Porter was created by Harpoon as a tribute to the help that Dunkin' offered the brew-masters in firing up the brew kettle, it adds.

Johnnie Walker releases ‘Games of Thrones’ Scotch whisky

In collaboration with HBO and “Game of Thrones,” Johnnie Walker, a brand of Diageo North America, Norwalk, Conn., unveiled the new White Walker by Johnnie Walker. The limited-edition Scotch whisky is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on the show — the White Walkers — the company says.

New Amsterdam Vodka teams with NHL

New Amsterdam Vodka, a brand of Modesto, Calif.-based New Amsterdam Spirits Co., and the NHL announced a multi-year U.S. partnership naming New Amsterdam Vodka the Official Vodka of the NHL. 

Dunkin’ Donuts launches canned coffee

Less than two years after launching its first bottled Iced Coffee beverages, Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Donuts is giving the ready-to-drink (RTD) category another jolt with the launch of Shot in the Dark coffee espresso blend, the brand’s first-ever coffee beverage served in a can, the company says. Manufactured and distributed by Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., Shot in the Dark combines Dunkin’s signature coffee and espresso.


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