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Brooklyn Crafted gives labels a makeover

Brooklyn Crafted, Brooklyn, N.Y., unveiled a rebranded label for its craft ginger beer and ginger ale collection. With a nod to the brand’s Brooklyn roots, the new logo features a clean, modern image of the New York City skyline.

Barcardi, Lonely Whale join forces to eliminate plastic straws

Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. and Seattle-based nonprofit Lonely Whale have joined forces to help rid the environment of single-use plastic and to eliminate one billion single-use plastic straws by 2020, the companies said.

PepsiCo announces waste diversion, 2017 packaging results

PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y., released its 2017 sustainability report, showing the company made progress toward its 2025 packaging design goal. The company’s sustainability strategy, called Performance with a Purpose (PwP), aims to reduce PepsiCo’s environmental footprint, expand its nutritional products, while simultaneously working to better the lives of people and families, the company says.


Fiji Water implements new distribution model

FIJI Water, a brand of Los Angeles-based The Wonderful Company, LLC, announced it will be directly handling its product delivery. 

2018 State of the Beverage Industry
Beverage Industry provides an in-depth look at the performances and trends in non-alcohol and alcohol categories in the last year.

Evian launches new creative ad campaign

Evian Natural Spring Water, a brand of France-based Danone, announced its new advertising campaign exclusively for the U.S. market: I Wanna hashtag #Liveyoung. Derived from the company’s global Live young campaigns, the new advertisements will go live on July 16, with out-of-home, social, influencer activations and sponsored events, it says. The new campaign draws inspiration from how people Live young, emphasizing that it is more than an age, but an attitude focused on living a life full of vitality and experiences, the company says.

HOTSHOT Coffee launches on Amazon.com

HOT Canned Coffee, New York, announced that its grab-and-go HOTSHOT hot coffees and hot chocolate now is available on Amazon.com. In addition Amazon PRIME members will receive free two-day shipping and also may register for a subscription service, the company says.

Jäger releases miniature shots

White Plains, New York-based Jägermeister Liqueur released “Mini Meisters,” 20-ml Jägermeister mini-shots. Mini Meisters will be available nationwide and sold in a 10-shots-to-go pack, the company says. 

DPS, Keurig announce finalized merger

Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS) announced that its shareholders have approved two proposals to allow for the issuance of DPS common stock to the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, the company said. The merger agreement, dated Jan. 29, 2018, says that DPS, Salt Merger Sub Inc. and Maple Parent Holdings Corp., the parent company of Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Waterbury, Vt., will share common stock, it adds.

National Honey Board to host Honey Spirits Competition

The National Honey Board, Longmont, Colo., announced that it is hosting its first Honey Spirits Competition aimed at recognizing distillers who use honey in their products.

Brew Dr. Kombucha cracks open new cans

Brew Dr. Kombucha, Portland, Ore., is releasing its delicious, refreshing kombucha in aluminum cans nationwide, becoming the first kombucha brand to offer its products in cans, the company says. 

Readers name their favorite beverage of May

With summer in full force, consumers continue to thirst for the refreshing taste of water including flavored waters with in innovative flavors. In the Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for May, the readers selected WTRMLN WTR as their favorite new product release.

El Tesoro Tequila unveils new packaging

El Tesoro de Don Felipe, a brand of Fielding & Jones Ltd., Chicago, unveils a new look on its El Tesoro Blanco, Reposado and Añejo tequilas. Within the packaging refresh is a new artisanal bottle and label that more visually communicates the time-honored process and attention to detail, the company says.

Sprite announces summer limited-edition collection

Sprite, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., announced the launch of its new summer limited-edition collection, The Fresh Faces Series. The series builds on more than 30 years of celebrating the sound and feel of hip-hop, the company says.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to open 100 new stores in New York City

Los Angeles, Calif.-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf announced it is returning to New York City through a new franchisee, Hudson River Coffee & Tea, and plans to open 100 new stores across New York, beginning with Manhattan later this year. "The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has never wavered from delivering quality and innovative coffees and teas from around the world,” said Pinchas Shapiro, chief executive officer of Hudson River Coffee & Tea, in a statement. 

Top 100 Beverage Companies of 2017

Beverage Industry releases its annual Top 100 list. The list reflects the top beverage companies based on 2017 fiscal year sales.

Dunkin’ Donuts marks first day of summer with nationwide tasting

Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, Ma., is inviting consumers to make the longest day of the year the coolest day as it hosts a special nationwide Frozen Lemonade tasting event on Thursday, June 21.

Cruzan Rum creates Island Spirit Fund

Cruzan Rum, a brand of Beam Suntory, Chicago, has launched the Island Spirit Fund to help the U.S. Virgin Islands and communities across the United States rebuild following the destruction caused by last year’s Hurricane Maria, the company said. 

Coca-Cola, 7-Eleven celebrate 2018 World Cup

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, Ga., and 7-Eleven Inc., Irving, Texas, are teaming up for the world’s most-watched sporting event and inviting fans to celebrate like never before, the companies said. Fans have a chance to get into the games by entering at one of approximately 61,000 participating 

7-Eleven stores in 14 countries. 

Promoting equality

Stoli Vodka, a brand of Stoli Group USA LLC, New York, announced the launch of its Stoli Harvey Milk limited-edition bottle.

BENEO receives FDA certification for fiber ingredients

Beneo-Orafti SA, a subsidiary of Südzucker Group, Germany, announced it has officially received FDA approval for two of its dietary fibers: Orafti Inulin and Oligofructose.

Wild Kombucha announces partnership with Coastal Sunbelt Produce

Baltimore-based kombucha brewer Mobtown Fermentation announced a new partnership with Coastal Sunbelt Produce, Laurel, Md., that will double the number of states where they can distribute their Wild Kombucha line, the company says.

Newcastle Brown Ale partners with MasterChef winner

Newcastle Brown Ale, a beer brand of Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y. announced the release of its series of grilling recipes in partnership with MasterChef Season 7 champion, Shaun O’Neale.

Perrier launches new limited-edition water

Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water, a brand of Nestlé Waters North America, Stamford, Conn., released a new limited-edition collection: PERRIERxWILD. 

Howard Schultz to step down as executive chairman of Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, Wash., announced that their iconic leader and visionary entrepreneur Howard Schultz is stepping down from his role as executive chairman and member of the Board of Directors, effective June 26. He will be honored with the title of chairman emeritus, the company said in a statement. The company will continue to be led by Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors, it added.

X by KINKY announces new can size

KINKY Beverages, a brand of Mendota Heights, Minn.-based Prestige Beverage Group, released a new can size for its X malt beverage line.

Consumers reaffirm bottled water is America’s favorite drink
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Alexandria, Va., and New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) announced that bottled water, for the second consecutive year, is the No. 1 beverage product in the United States, by volume. Bottled water volume grew to 13.7 billion gallons in 2017, a 7 percent increase over the previous year, BMC said in a statement. Bottled water sales now total $18.5 billion, an increase of 8.8 percent.

Arca Continental to build new Coca-Cola plant in Texas
Arca Continental, Monterrey, Mexico, one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers, announced that it will build a new production and distribution facility in Houston, Texas, through its subsidiary Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB), the company said. 

Fever-Tree launches first global office

Fever-Tree USA, Brooklyn, N.Y., announced the launch of the company’s first global office located in Brooklyn.

Readers name their favorite new beverage of April

The unofficial start to summer is underway and the readers of Beverage Industry have shown their appreciation for summer beverage offerings. In the Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for April, the readers selected MTN DEW Baja Blast as their favorite new product release.


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