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Mamma Chia celebrate National Chia Day

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Mamma Chia, National Chia Day founder and chia beverage creator, is celebrating National Chia Day on March 23 with a new release of its Clean Energy Beverages. 

Readers name their favorite new beverage of February

AMC’s popular TV show “The Walking Dead” has been captivating viewers for eight seasons now. But now when family and friends gather for viewing parties, they also can imbibe with The Walking Dead Wine collection.

Technomic study explores effects of legalized cannabis on industries

Chicago-based Technomic, a Winsight company, announced it will embark on a new multi-client study entitled “The Marijuana Effect: Understanding the Implications of Legal Recreational Cannabis Products on Restaurants & Bars.” The study will explore the impact of legalized marijuana on major industries, including adult beverages and foodservice.

Royal Cup announces new RTD cold-brew coffees

Birmingham, Ala.-based Royal Cup Coffee & Tea (Royal Cup), an importer, roaster and distributor of premium and specialty coffees and teas, announced the April 2 launch of a new line of shelf-stable, ready-to-drink cold-brew coffees. This will be the company’s first liquid product introduction following its acquisition of Icebox Coffee.

Diageo launches ‘Happy Hour’ skill for Amazon Alexa

Diageo North America, Norwalk, Conn., announced the development of a new skill for Amazon Alexa. With Diageo's new “Happy Hour” skill, available for users 21 and older on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, at-home entertaining becomes easier and more experiential, the company says.

CBC heads to Nashville
The Brewers Association’s 2018 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) & BrewExpo America will descend upon Music City USA for four days of education and networking.

Brewers Association founder to retire
The Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association (BA) announced that founder and past president Charlie Papazian will retire from the BA on Jan. 23, 2019, which also marks his 70th birthday and 40 years building the craft brewing community.

Coca-Cola releases full-year results
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, announced its fourth quarter operating results and that it achieved or exceeded the company’s full-year guidance in 2017.

Brockmans Gin announce cocktail competition

Brockmans Gin, Woking, U.K., is once again inviting bars from the around the world to enter their best Brockmans Gin cocktail as part of a competition to find the best ‘Brocktail’ for World Gin Day on June 9.  

Tropicana releases kids’ drinks, coconut water blends

Tropicana, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc., is announcing its newest product offerings: Tropicana Kids and Tropicana Coco Blends.

Michelob ULTRA releases new bottle size

Michelob ULTRA, a brand of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, unveiled 7-ounce bottles, bringing consumers a Michelob ULTRA offering at a portion that will fit their needs any night of the week. With 55 calories and 1.5 carbs, Michelob ULTRA’s 7-ounce packaging is a beer solution to keep the weeknight light, the company says.

Laughing Man Coffee announces new marketing campaign

Laughing Man Coffee, a brand of Waterbury, Vt.-based Keurig Green Mountain Inc., announced a brand refresh and new marketing campaign, “Make Every Cup Count,” to celebrate its mission to deliver premium coffee and give back to the farmers who produce it. 

Sauvignon Blanc added to Z. Alexander Brown Collection

Z. Alexander Brown wines announced the national launch of Z. Alexander Brown 2017 Uncaged Sauvignon Blanc from Grammy award-winning musician Zac Brown and Napa Valley Winemaker John Killebrew. The new varietal is the second white wine to join the portfolio following the release of 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands Uncaged Chardonnay in January.

Reed’s Inc. debuts Virgil’s Zero Sugar at Expo West

Los Angeles-based Reed's Inc., the manufacturer of natural, handcrafted Virgil's Root Beer and Reed's Ginger Beer, will unveil its new Virgil's Zero Sugar product line at Natural Products Expo West, which will take place March 9-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.  

Zola releases sparkling energy waters

Zola, San Francisco, announced the launch of its new Organic Sparkling Energy Waters, as the next step in the company’s plant-based functional beverage innovation.

Sparkling Ice announces NHRA Leah Pritchett sponsorship

Preston, Wash.-based Talking Rain Beverage Co., the maker of Sparkling Ice flavored sparkling waters, announced the brand’s sponsorship of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel Dragster driven by Leah Pritchett. 

Johnnie Walker debuts The Jane Walker Edition

Johnnie Walker, a brand of Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America, unveiled Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand's iconic Striding Man logo. The Jane Walker icon will debut on a special-edition offering of the brand’s Black Label blend. 

Michelob Ultra announces Pure Gold

Michelob Ultra, a brand of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, unveiled the newest innovation to join the Ultra family: Michelob Ultra Pure Gold. Michelob Ultra Pure Gold is made with organic grains and offers a refreshing taste with only 85 calories and 2.5 carbohydrates, the company says. Like Michelob Ultra, the new brew will be free from artificial colors and flavorings. 

Angry Orchard launches Rosé hard cider

This spring, Angry Orchard, a brand of Boston-based The Boston Beer Co., is giving legal-drinking-age consumers a new and choice: Angry Orchard Rosé hard cider. Made with a blend of apples including rare red-flesh apples from France, Angry Orchard Rosé delivers the crisp and refreshing qualities of hard cider with a rosy color and floral aroma, the company says. 

Readers name their favorite new beverage of January

With the first Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month in the books for 2018, it looks as though readers of Beverage Industry still have health and wellness on their minds. For the January poll, the Top 3 vote-getters tap into healthy hydration trends.

Revolver Brewing launches core lineup in cans

Revolver Brewing, Granbury, Texas, now will offer four of the brewer’s signature beers in cans for the first time. The new cans are expected to start hitting shelves this week.

Drinkfinity offers personalized beverage options

Miami-based Drinkfinity, a venture of PepsiCo Inc., announced the launch of its new, self-titled personalized beverage designed to fit the individual lifestyles of today's busy go-getters. With Drinkfinity, people can "Peel, Pop and Shake" to combine the dry and liquid ingredients contained in portable pods with water in a specially designed, reusable, BPA-free vessel, and create beverage blends in a variety of flavors, the company says.

Heaven Hill Distillery announces limited-edition series

Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Ky., announced the release of a limited-edition series of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottlings to be released each spring and fall. Bottled in an ornate glass decanter, the series reflects the traditions of both the Old Fitzgerald lineage and the bottled-in-bond designation, the company says. 

IRI examines consumer confidence, eCommerce behaviors
Consumer confidence is holding steady with 53 percent of U.S. households feeling they are in good financial health in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the same figure in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Nightclub & Bar Show returns to Las Vegas next month
Showcasing hundreds of exhibitors, the 33rd annual NCB Show offers access to suppliers launching innovative products, the latest industry topics and trends through an array of expert speakers, networking opportunities, educational workshops, offsite events, celebrity appearances, cocktail competitions, tours of Las Vegas venues, nightlife events and more.

Nestlé Pure Life launches bottle made from 100% rPET

Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water, a brand of Nestlé Waters North America, announced the introduction of a 700-ml bottle made from 100 percent food grade recycled plastic (rPET), excluding its label and cap, which are recyclable but not made from rPET. The new package is available starting this month on retail store shelves in North America, the company says.

Boston Beer Co names new President, CEO

The Boston Beer Co., Boston, announced that it has selected Dave Burwick to succeed Martin Roper as president and chief executive officer (CEO). It is expected that Burwick will assume the role during the second quarter, the company says. Jim Koch will continue in his role as founder and chairman.

Dannon introduces new probiotic yogurt drinks

Dannon, a brand of White Plains, N.Y.-based DanoneWave, is announcing the addition of new Activia Dailies, a line of probiotic, low-fat yogurt drinks, to its portfolio of probiotic offerings. Like all Activia products, these 3.1-ounce drinks feature Activia's billions of live and active probiotics, but in a smaller serving size, making it more convenient to get probiotics on-the-go, the company says.

Cott Corp. to acquire Crystal Rock Holdings

Mississauga, Canada-based Cott Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Cott will acquire Crystal Rock Holdings Inc., Watertown, Conn., for $0.97 per share in cash. The transaction, which values Crystal Rock at approximately $35 million, was unanimously approved by both the Cott and Crystal Rock Boards of Directors, the companies say. 

PepsiCo Inc. announces Q4, full-year 2017 financial results

Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. “We are pleased with our performance for the fourth quarter and full year 2017. We met or exceeded most of the financial goals we set out at the beginning of the year. We delivered these results in the midst of a dynamic retail environment and rapidly shifting consumer landscape,” said Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement.



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