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Caribou Coffee introduces Bold North Blend

Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee introduced new Bold North Blend. This full-bodied dark roast was created as a tribute to the northern spirit, the company says. The Bold North Blend was designed for the thousands of football fans flocking to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII, taking place Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, it adds.

RNDC, Breakthru Beverage announce merger

Republic National Distributing Co. LLC (RNDC), New Orleans, a distributor and broker of premium wine and spirits, and Breakthru Beverage Group LLC, New York, a distributor and broker of beer, wine and spirits in the United States and Canada, announced the execution of a Letter of Intent to combine their assets and operations.

Readers name their favorite new beverage of October

Heritage brands are finding more ways to ensure consumers who are looking for something new and exciting will find favor with storied brands through new product innovation. In the recent Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for October, we saw that the readers of Beverage Industry feel the same way.

Beam Suntory donates $100K to Operation Homefront

Chicago-based Beam Suntory announced that it donated $100,000 to Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they've worked so hard to protect. The funds will support Holiday Meals for Military, a program providing more than 8,400 family meals across the country this holiday season, run by Operation Homefront.

Newcastle Brown Ale unveils a new look, new plan

Newcastle Brown Ale is unveiling a new look and a fresh, localized plan for growth in the United States under management of the Five Points Trading Co., White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken’s venture aimed at incubating a range of premium global beer brands in the United States. 

Small Town Craft Spirits debuts with Not Your Father’s Bourbon

Monroe, Wis.-based Small Town Craft Spirits announced the launch of Not Your Father’s Bourbon, the first in a new line of spirits from the craft spirits company. The company is putting a spin on the centuries-old spirit for a new generation of whiskey drinkers and cocktail connoisseurs, it says. 

Twinings announces new herbal teas

Twinings Tea, a brand of New York-based Twinings North America, is inviting tea drinkers to unwind with its three latest herbal tea blends: Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion and Buttermint. 

Constellation Brands announces Q2 2018 results
Constellation Brands Inc. announced second quarter net sales for fiscal year 2018 were nearly $2.1 billion, a 3 percent increase.

NBWA honors members at 80th convention
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) welcomed many to the 80th Annual Convention and Trade Show, which took place Oct. 8-11 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

NPEE welcomes more than 450 new exhibitors
Both large and small brands continue to launch innovative products that further their health, wellness, community building and sustainability missions.

BevOps Fleet Summit addresses sustainability, automation and more
This year’s event was the first time that the summit was produced by BNP Media’s Events Division with Beverage Industry serving as its media partner.

IBWA highlights water’s role in preventing disease on World Diabetes Day

Drinking water instead of one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage can save a person about 100 calories, which might help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, says the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Alexandria, Va. The association is reminding the public of water’s important role in helping people live healthier lifestyles and has partnered with other organizations and groups around the world in recognizing World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14. 

Pepsi, Aaron Judge ink contract

Pepsi, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc., announced its partnership with the Yankees' rising star Aaron Judge — a member of the newest Yankees generation — the "Baby Bombers." Judge, an outfielder for the team, will serve as the face of Pepsi, championing the spirit and excitement of baseball, both on and off the field, the company says. 

Comax Flavors releases 2017 flavor trends
Comax Flavors released new primary research on consumers’ behavior, usage and attitudes toward flavored water.

Dunkin’ Donuts releases new flavored coffee

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee at Home, a brand of The J.M. Smucker Co., Orrville, Ohio, announced Dulce De Leche Cookie flavored coffee is the newest addition to the Dunkin' Donuts Bakery Series coffee lineup.

Whole Foods reveals 2018 food trends

Whole Foods Market, a division of Seattle-based Amazon, announced the most anticipated food trends for the year ahead. Floral flavors, functional mushrooms and root-to-stem recipes are just a few of the picks expected to take off in 2018. 

Premium plant-based protein drink launches

San Francisco-based Après launched a plant-based protein beverage specifically developed for premium whole-body replenishment. The beverage utilizes a proprietary blend of plant proteins, virgin coconut oil and coconut water in a shelf-stable format for convenient on-the-go consumption. 

Nestlé USA to acquire Chameleon Cold-Brew

Glendale, Calif.-based Nestlé USA continues to diversify its coffee portfolio with the acquisition of Chameleon Cold-Brew, Austin, Texas, a manufacturer of premium-crafted coffee that is consciously sourced and sustainably grown. 

Unilever to acquire Tazo from Starbucks

Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Unilever North America announced an agreement to acquire the TAZO brand from Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. TAZO is a leading brand in the fast-growing specialty tea category.

Craft Beverage Expo welcomes industry veterans as keynotes

Craft Beverage Expo (CBExpo), the conference for independent producers, announced that industry and marketing experts Christian McMahan and Tom Flanagan will lead the event’s keynote sessions. The CBExpo will take Nov. 7-9 in Portland, Ore.

Readers name their favorite beverage of September

New age beverages are generating their fair share of attention in the U.S. market. In Beverage Industry’s Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for September, that trend continued.

Coca-Cola completes refranchising of bottling operations

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, marks a major milestone as nearly 70 independent Coca-Cola bottlers across the United States now are running their trucks and bottling operations as a fully refranchised system.

Constellation Brands acquires stake in medicinal cannabis manufacturer

Constellation Brands, Victor, N.Y., has signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Ontario, Canada-based Canopy Growth Corp., a provider of medicinal cannabis products.

Coca-Cola announces North America leadership change

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. announced that J. Alexander “Sandy” Douglas Jr. will retire as president of Coca-Cola North America (CCNA). He will be succeeded by James L. “Jim” Dinkins, who currently serves as president of the Minute Maid Business Unit and chief retail sales officer for CCNA.

Pure Leaf launches bagged matcha teas

Pure Leaf, a brand of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Unilever, announced the launch of its first-ever home-brewed Matcha Teas. Sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea estates in Kagoshima, Japan, the two new matcha offerings from Pure Leaf — Pure Matcha and Matcha with Ginger — are available in pre-portioned, individually wrapped sachets to give tea lovers a perfect cup of Matcha every time, it says.

Budweiser introduces 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager

Budweiser, a brand of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, is giving beer lovers the chance to experience and taste history with the release of its limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager. The recipe behind Repeal Reserve dates back to the pre-Prohibition era when Adolphus Busch created and brewed a special Amber Lager for his friends and local community to enjoy, the company says.

Red Stripe launches Skip The Winter, Fly Away for Spring Break sweepstakes

Red Stripe, a brand within the Five Points Trading Co., a company of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, announced that it is inviting legal-drinking-aged (LDA) consumers to choose Red Stripe for a shot at a spring break getaway to the brand’s island home, where they can enjoy the carefree spirit that Jamaica offers all year round. Red Stripe’s ‘Skip the Winter, Fly away for Spring Break’ national sweepstakes program kicked off at retail and on-premise this month.

Talking Rain debuts new products at NACS 2017

Talking Rain Beverage Co., Preston, Wash., will share two major announcements at the 2017 National Association of Convenience Stores Show (NACS), which takes place Oct. 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

7-Eleven introduces Trojan Horse wine brand

Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. announced that it is expanding its selection of private brand wines with the launch of two white wines - Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. The convenience retailer created the Trojan Horse brand for this new line of wines.

California's regional wine associations unite

In the wake of the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties in California, participating wineries and other wine-loving businesses throughout California are donating a portion of their proceeds during the month of October to support those affected by the devastating Northern California wildfires.


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