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Black Momma Beverage Industry

Readers name their favorite new beverage of June

Today, fitness beverages are resonating with consumers and Beverage Industry readers. In the magazine’s Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for June, Celsius Heat won the poll by obtaining 33 percent of the vote. 

Small Town Brewery releases citrus-flavored ale

Wauconda, Ill.-based Small Town Brewery is introducing Not Your Father's Mountain Ale.

Cott Corp. sells Cott Beverages to Refresco

Cott Corp., Tampa, Fla., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its traditional beverage manufacturing business — Cott Beverages — to Refresco, the Netherlands, for $1.25 billion. The transaction includes Cott's North America, United Kingdom and Mexico businesses and excludes the RCI International division and its associated concentrate facility as well as the Aimia Foods division.

Blossom Water enters 750 new stores

Blossom Water LLC, Westwood, Mass., announced authorization to sell its line of all-natural flavored waters in more than 750 stores this summer. 

Anheuser-Busch acquires Hiball Energy

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (A-B), a division of Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced its acquisition of San Francisco-based Hiball, maker of the organic energy drinks and sparkling energy waters by the same name, as well as Alta Palla ("high ball" in Italian), a brand of organic sparkling juices and sparkling waters. 

Pepsi announces Crystal Pepsi Throwback Tour

Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. announced The Crystal Pepsi Throwback Tour — a multi-city tribute to the nostalgia of the ‘90s.

John Mayer joins Bud Light’s summer concert series

Bud Light, a brand of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, announced that it will add another iconic name to the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour stage this summer: John Mayer. 

5-hour Energy launches Racing Throwback Sweepstakes

Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Living Essentials LLC, the makers of 5-hour Energy shots, announced the company's Racing Throwback Sweepstakes, where the grand prize is a trip to a premier series race, and the winning photo is featured on the hood of the 5-hour Energy No. 77 Throwback-themed race car at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C.

Koia announces $7.5M funding for brand expansion

Los Angeles-based Koia, a manufacturer of plant-based protein beverages, announced that it has closed on $7.5 million of Series Seed capital in a funding round led by KarpReilly, alongside existing institutional investor AccelFoods.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated announces investment in Baltimore plant
Charlotte, N.C.-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated announced a $10 million investment in its Baltimore manufacturing plant, located at 701 North Kresson St. Mayor Catherine Pugh joined company officials on a tour of the production center to learn more about the investment and manufacturing processes at the facility.

Vintage Wine Estates buys Firesteed Cellars
Vintage Wine Estates (VWE), Santa Rosa, Calif., announced the purchase of its first fine wine brand from Oregon: Firesteed Cellars of the Willamette Valley.

Lavazza Group purchases equity stake in Kicking Horse
The Lavazza Group, Turin, Italy, announced the purchase of an equity stake in Kicking Horse Coffee Ltd. from the private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital, which originally acquired the investment in 2012 in partnership with Jefferson Capital and United Natural Foods.

ZICO Coconut Water releases life perspective survey results

ZICO Coconut Water, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.,  announced a new, national survey that explores what is “at the core” of each us and how one’s filter and perspective on life — whether it be different attitudes or mindsets — can impact life’s journey. 

Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur

R & A Bailey & Co., a part of Diageo plc, introduced Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur. 

2017 State of the Industry
Beverage Industry provides an in-depth look at the performances and trends in non-alcohol and alcohol categories in the last year.

Strongbow releases latest hard cider variety

Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, a brand of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, unveiled its newest flavor and is ushering in the autumn apple season with Strongbow Artisanal Blend. 

Honest Tea asks consumers to pay with honesty

Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea Inc., a division of The Coca-Cola Co., is encouraging Americans to take their first step to living a little more honestly by sharing their hashtag #RefreshinglyHonest moments on social media or at pop-up locations across the country.

7-Eleven giving away free Slurpees on 7-Eleven Day

Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating its 90th birthday on 7-Eleven Day (July 11).To celebrate its milestone birthday, 7-Eleven is inviting millions to enjoy a free Slurpee party, continuing the tradition that started on the retailer's 75th birthday in 2002.

Reed’s announces new CEO

Reed’s Inc., a Los Angeles-based handcrafted, all-natural beverage company, named Val Stalowir as its new chief executive officer (CEO). In conjunction with his appointment as CEO, Stalowir also will serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

The leading alcohol beverages of the summer

To celebrate Independence Day and summer, American consumers’ drink options continue to abound. According to New York-based Nielsen’s consumer insight titled “A Flavorful Fourth of July,” broadly appealing flavor profiles are dominating the beverage alcohol market.

McAlister’s Deli introduces new year-round beverage

Atlanta-based McAlister’s Deli added a new offering to its beverage menu just in time for the hottest month of the year. Combining two made-with pure cane sugar beverage favorites, Lemonade Tea is a blend of freshly brewed McAlister's Famous Tea and Lemonade, the company says. 

New Zealand winemaker uses thermographic label technology

New Zealand winemaker Matua, Marlborough, New Zealand, is releasing the 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé with new thermographic label technology. 

Hennessy unveils limited-edition bottle

Hennessy, a brand of Moët Hennessy USA, New York, announced urban artist JonOne as the designer of the 2017 Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition bottle. 

Coors Banquet Beer continues support of WFF

Since 2014, Coors Banquet drinkers throughout the West have raised more than $750,000 in support of wildland firefighters and their families by consuming the Banquet Beer. This summer, Coors Banquet is once again inviting people to support the wildland firefighters by purchasing Coors Banquet in participating states.

Daily Greens launches Just Veggies in Central Market, Whole Foods Market

Austin, Texas-based Daily Greens announced that its new Just Veggies line hit shelves in Central Markets stores throughout Texas. The lineup will also launch in 375 Whole Foods Market locations nationwide by September, the company says. 

Tiger Beer announces Back a Ranger program

Tiger Beer, a brand within the Five Points Trading Co., a company of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, announced that it is partnering with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise global awareness of the need to protect and double the population of wild tigers by 2022. The brand’s fully integrated Back a Ranger retail and on-premise program, including digital media, PR amplification, limited-edition packaging, point-of-sales (POS) materials and a ‘donation match’ activation, will inspire legal-drinking aged consumers to take action against the illegal tiger trade — the greatest and most immediate threat to the species worldwide, the company says.

Readers name their favorite new beverage of May

Consumers love their functional beverages almost as much as they love coffee. One company sought to combine the two and that resonated with the readers of Beverage Industry.

MillerCoors announces the return of Zima

Chicago-based MillerCoors announced the return of the malt-based alcohol drink Zima to the United States. For a limited time only, consumers can pick up a six-pack of the nostalgic beverage just in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

Community Coffee releases LSU Blend

With almost 100 years of history in Louisiana, Community Coffee Co., Baton Rouge, La., announced the launch of its Limited-Edition LSU Blend in honor of Louisiana State University (LSU) and Tiger Nation.

Sprite announces Summer Sprite Cold Lyrics Series packaging

Sprite, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., announced the release of the Summer Sprite Cold Lyrics Series limited-edition packaging, which features cold-inspired lyrics from six of the hottest rappers in the game, the company says.


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