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Black Momma Beverage Industry

PepsiCo Recycling expand Zero Impact Fund

PepsiCo Recycling, a division of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc., is expanding its second year of the Zero Impact Fund, which offers eligible colleges and universities an opportunity to bring campus eco-innovations to life. 

Folgers releases 6 new flavored coffees

Folgers, a brand of Orrville, Ohio-based J.M. Smucker Co., announced the release of Folgers Simply Gourmet flavored coffees.

HOTSHOT looks make hot, RTD coffee mainstream

New York-based HOTSHOT, an innovative company that got an initial jolt from an appearance on ABC's Shark Tank, is bringing HOT canned coffee to consumers.

Duckhorn Wine Co. acquires Calera Wine Co.
Duckhorn Wine Co. (DWC), Napa Valley, Calif., announced the acquisition of Calera Wine Co. The sale includes the Calera winery, its brand, tasting room, estate vineyards, and all inventory and assets.

Black Stallion Estate completes solar installation
Delicato Family Vineyards, Manteca, Calif., announced the completion of the installation of a solar electric energy system at its flagship winery in Napa Valley. The 347.93 kW PV system includes more than 1,000 panels that were installed on building roofs at Black Stallion Estate Winery by Sunworks.

Funky Buddha joins Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands Inc., Victor, N.Y., announced its purchase of Oakland Park, Fla.-based Funky Buddha Brewery, reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the United States. Funky Buddha will join Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group.

Monster Beverage Corp. releases Q2 results
Monster Beverage Corp., Corona, Calif., reported financial results for the three- and six-months that ended June 30.

Southern Glazer's partners with Coravin Inc.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Miami and Dallas, has become the preferred on-trade sales partner for the Coravin Wine System, a technology that enables users to pour a glass of wine without pulling the cork.

Evolution Fresh announces 2018 smoothie innovations

Evolution Fresh, a brand of Seattle-based Starbucks Corp., previewed its 2018 innovations: seven new organic smoothies that combine cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice with probiotics, coconut milk and other functional ingredients. 

Breweries celebrating National Honey Month

The National Honey Board, Firestone, Colo., is celebrating National Honey Month in September with the help of breweries across the United States. National Honey Month is an annual celebration of honey, honey bees and the ingredient that plays an essential role in brewing, the Board says.

Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky releases custom packaging

St. Louis-based Luxco’s Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, which previously had established a partnership with Ducks Unlimited, a leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, announced that as part of its continuing partnership, it is releasing a second 750-ml custom decanter, which is available this month throughout the United States. 

Wandering Bear Coffee unveils on-the-go packaging

New York-based Wandering Bear Coffee introduced a cold-brew coffee in a single-serve, 11-ounce TetraPak carton. 

Starbucks debuts new cold-pressed espresso beverages

Seattle-based Starbucks Corp. announced the development of a new, patent-pending cold-extraction process that produces a concentrated, smooth-tasting shot of cold-pressed espresso. 

Packaging That Sells Conference Provides Insights And Solutions

With less than two months until its debut, the 15th annual Packaging That Sells Conference offers a dynamic lineup of branding and packaging experts. 

McDonald’s announces new McCafé experience

Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's USA relaunched its McCafé experience, introducing a new look, new café-quality espresso beverages and expanded retail offerings. The move is part of a commitment by McDonald's to raise the bar for its consumers by offering them All Day Breakfast; Chicken McNuggets made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives; McDelivery; and more, the company says.

Birra Moretti announces fall marketing program

Birra Moretti, a brand of Five Points Trading Co., a division of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, announced it is teaming up with Bocce, Italy’s beloved pastime, to encourage legal-drinking aged consumers to come together and enjoy two Italian classics with friends, family and fellow patrons at their favorite local bar, at home or at other outdoor social gatherings this fall. 

Keurig releases K-Select coffee maker

Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Waterbury, Vt., unveiled the new Keurig K-Select coffee maker. The latest in Keurig brewing innovation, the versatile K-Select coffee maker features a strong brew with a removable water reservoir and an intuitive interface, the company says.

Pacific Foods adds Cashew Non-Dairy beverage to lineup

Pacific Foods, Tualatin, Ore., is adding Cashew Non-Dairy to its existing seven varieties of shelf-stable dairy alternatives. The new variety is made with Organic and Fair Trade-Certified cashews that are ethically sourced.

Starbucks announces return of Pumpkin Spice Latte

When a group of Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. employees teamed up to create a fall espresso beverage 14 years ago, little did they realize that they would be launching a nationwide trend that would extend far beyond coffee.

Brockmans Gin awarded gold at SIP, International Craft Spirits competitions

Brockmans Gin, United Kingdom, a super-premium, new-style gin, was awarded gold medals at both the 2017 SIP Awards and the 2017 International Craft Spirits Awards. Brockmans, available in nearly 30 countries, has seen tremendous growth around the world and continues to build impressive momentum in the United States, the company says. 

Dos Equis announces ‘The Most Interesting Fan of College Football’

To help fans "Stay Thirsty" this college football season, Dos Equis, a brand of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, returns as the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoffs and is on a mission with its newest campaign to champion those Saturday football fanatics who choose "Game Day Over Everything."

Canada Dry announces Busy is a Four-Letter Word campaign

In an effort to combat the busy state of being driven by everyday pressures, Canada Dry, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas, wants to make people more aware of what is keeping them from doing the things they love and is encouraging its fans to move past their busy work and social schedules to maximize their relaxation with its newest marketing campaign: Busy is a Four-Letter Word.

Lime-A-Rita partners with NFL

St. Louis-based Anheuser Busch’s Lime-A-Rita brand announced that it will be an official sponsor of the NFL for the first time. Lime-A-Rita has brought fun to stadiums for the past five years, and this season, the brand is looking to take it to the next level, the company says. 

Catalina releases infographic detailing impact of Philly sugar tax
On Jan. 1, the city of Philadelphia instituted a new tax on sweetened beverages. Any drink containing a sugar-based sweetener or artificial sweetener is now subject to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce sugar tax.

Readers name their favorite beverage of July

The warm days of summer tend to motivate consumers to reach for light, refreshing beverages — whether it be non-alcohol or alcohol. The readers of Beverage Industry also found favor for this beverage profile in the Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for July.

’Merican Mule Inc. expands Moscow Mule in a can distribution

Long Beach, Calif.-based 'Merican Mule Inc, the manufacturer of Moscow Mule in a can, announced the launch of its product’s distribution across Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif.

Tequila Avión partners with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for limited-edition packaging

Continuing to celebrate “the best for the best,” Tequila Avión, New York, has created a limited-edition, commemorative bottle of the brand's ultimate tequila offering, Avión Reserva 44 Extra Añejo. 

Talking Rain Beverage Co. announces strategic alliance with Tata Global Beverages

Preston, Wash.-based Talking Rain Beverage Co., the maker of Sparkling Ice flavored sparkling waters, announced a strategic alliance with Tata Global Beverages, Kolkata, India. The agreement will enhance the brand reach of Himalayan Natural Mineral Water under the Talking Rain Beverage Co. umbrella, leveraging the Sparkling Ice distribution network to launch the mineral water in the United States, the company says. 

Mike’s Hard Lemonade partners with Lil Dicky, Drizly

This summer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Chicago, is delivering happiness and humor with a little help from rapper and comedian Lil Dicky and Drizly, the technology company behind the first eCommerce alcohol app. 

CÎROC unveils French Vanilla vodka

CÎROC ultra-premium vodka, a brand of Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America Inc., is celebrating the arrival of its newest luxury addition to the global collection of CÎROC flavors: CÎROC French Vanilla.


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