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Black Momma Beverage Industry

Readers name their favorite beverage of January

In the publication’s Readers’ Choice New Product of the Month poll for January, Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffees took the No. 1 spot by garnering 38 percent of the vote. 

Redd’s Apple Ale releases more flavors

Redd's Apple Ale, a brand of Chicago-based MillerCoors, is adding more variety to its beer lineup by introducing new flavors and bringing back fan favorites. 

GameTime Hydration launches alkaline water-based sports drink

GameTime Hydration Inc., the New York-based parent company of GameTime Sports Drink, announced the launch of a line of alkaline water sports drinks. The initial line includes an alkaline water and three flavored drinks — Punch, Lime and Mango — that have been infused with minerals and vitamins for a crisp, clean taste, the company says. 

Brown-Forman announces appointment of new whisky maker

Effective March 1, Brown-Forman, Louisville, Ky., announced that Rachel Barrie assume the role of whisky maker for its Scotch whisky portfolio, which includes the BenRiach, The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh distilleries. 

Raise a glass to National Wine Day

Raise your glass, because National Drink Wine Day is Feb. 18.

PepsiCo reports Q4, FY 2016 results

Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. reported the results for its fourth quarter and full year 2016. 

Dos Equis announces new Cinco de Mayo campaign

Dos Equis, a brand of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, is giving legal-drinking-age consumers everything they need to spice up their Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the company says. From Mexican cantinas in the city to neighborhood backyard patios, the 360-degree program features national TV advertising, media partnerships and a national sweepstakes. 

2017 Nightclub & Bar show to host more than 600 exhibitors
Taking place March 27-29, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show will continue to bring the latest technologies, products and strategies for hospitality professionals in the bar, restaurant and nightlife space to the forefront.

drinktec expands with new formats
Taking place Sept. 11-15, 2017, at Germany’s Messe München exhibition center and the adjacent ICM Internationales Congress Center München, drinktec 2017 will occupy 14 exhibit halls covering approximately 150,000 square meters of space.

California wine exports reach $1.62 billion in 2016

U.S. wine exports, 90 percent of which are from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record, according to the San Francisco-based Wine Institute. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1 percent from 2015.  Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases, it adds. 

Sprite launches Cherry, Cherry Zero flavors nationwide

After a number of successful limited-time flavor innovations, Sprite, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., is adding two new cherry-flavored products to its beverage portfolio. Sprite Cherry is hitting store shelves nationwide in a 20-ounce PET bottle. The brand also is introducing Sprite Cherry Zero to give fans another zero-sugar and zero-calorie option, the company says. Both new options are caffeine-free and made with 100 percent natural flavors, it adds.

Starbucks releases Teavana RTD iced teas

Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co., in partnership with St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, began shipping ready-to-drink (RTD) Teavana Craft Iced Teas to select grocery and convenience retailers in New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Missouri.

Health and wellness gains accessibility, affordability

Once a niche category within the beverage market, better-for-you products have found a home in the mainstream market during the past several years as more consumers focus on their overall health and wellness.

Dietary Guidelines align with consumer trends
In January 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. The eighth edition of this report highlighted the importance of following a healthy eating plan that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods as well as limiting calories from components such as added sugars, saturated fats and reducing sodium intake.

Maui Wowi announces Valentine’s Day smoothie promotion

For the fifth year in a row, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, a franchise specializing in Hawaiian coffees and fruit smoothies, is offering its small smoothie for $2.14 on Feb. 14, to commemorate Valentine’s Day. Sweethearts can enjoy this deal at participating Maui Wowi retail locations across the country, the company says.

Distilled spirits sector experiences accelerated growth in 2016

The distilled spirits sector achieved accelerated growth in 2016 with supplier sales up 4.5 percent to $25.2 billion, volumes up 2.4 percent to 220 million cases and a seventh straight year of market share gains relative to beer, the New York-based Distilled Spirits Council announced at its annual economic briefing for media and Wall Street analysts, sponsored by Spirited Funds.

IRI highlights hidden growth pockets

Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. (IRI) published insights that revealed short- and long-term growth opportunities for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies by identifying and capitalizing on dynamic consumer trends, particularly those that can command a premium in a particular niche, it says. 

Readers name best new beverage of 2016

Although 2017 might be in full swing, there still is one more recognition for 2016: Beverage Industry’s Readers’ Choice New Product of the Year. Featuring the monthly winners of the magazine’s New Product of the Month poll, the readers were eager to select which one would emerge as the 2016 winner.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated to expand distribution

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC), Charlotte, N.C., announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., to expand the company's distribution territory in northern Ohio. 

Xyience announces college basketball video content series

For the second year, Xyience, a brand of Austin, Texas-based Big Red Inc., announced that it is teaming up with Campus Insiders, a digital destination and content source for college sports fans, to produce a new series hosted by veteran sports journalist Seth Davis, titled “Don’t Mess with Seth.” In addition, the brand is sponsoring a national sweepstakes that will send one fan and a guest on a VIP Experience to the 2017 national college basketball championship weekend in Phoenix, the company says.  

Lakefront Brewery offers free weddings, vow renewals on Valentine’s Day

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, announced that it will be offering free weddings and vow renewals on Feb. 14. As part of the love and romance of Valentine’s Day, anyone 21 and older, with a marriage license, can be wed for free at Lakefront Brewery, the company says. 


Boston Beer Co. CEO announces retirement plans

The Boston Beer Co. Inc., Boston, announced that Martin Roper, president and chief executive officer (CEO), plans to retire in 2018 after leading the company for more than 17 years. The Board of Directors has created a search committee and retained Korn Ferry to assist in identifying and evaluating the best candidates to succeed Roper as CEO, the company says.

Krispy Kreme introduces two new hot coffees

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. announced an all-new, freshly brewed coffee designed to be the perfect complement to its Original Glazed doughnuts and other treats, the company says.

Consumers prepare for Super Bowl 51

As the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots prepare to hit the gridiron Feb. 5 for Super Bowl 51, consumers across the country are gearing up as well. Many plan to catch the game on live TV and are figuring out which foods and beverages they’ll want when it’s time to sit down and watch the game.

Minute Maid adds 3 new juices

Minute Maid, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., is adding a twist to their lineup with the launch of three new items: Lemonade with Mint, Spicy Watermelon Lemonade, and Peach with Ginger Juice Drink.

Red Bull Editions introduces new sugar-free products

Red Bull USA, Santa Monica, Calif., announced the arrival of three new Red Bull Editions products.  The company is expanding the Red Bull Editions line with Red Bull Purple Edition Sugarfree, Red Bull Lime Edition Sugarfree and Red Bull Green Edition, offering Red Bull with the tastes of Açaí Berry, Limeade and Kiwi Apple, respectively, it says. 

Best practices document released for bottled water

To promote responsible water stewardship and sustainability, the bottled water industry has released a water-use best practices guidance document

Plant-based water sales to double by 2020

Global sales of alternative waters increased by 21 percent in 2016 to more than $2.7 billion, according to a new report from Zenith Global, London.

Readers name their favorite beverage of December

When it comes to beverage selection, better-for-you options continue to garner  attention from consumers. However, consumers still like to indulge once in a while, and that’s just what we saw in this month’s Readers’ Choice poll.

Johnnie Walker releases Year of the Rooster Blue Label bottle

Johnnie Walker Blue Label, a brand of Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America, is ringing in the Lunar New Year with the release of its Year of the Rooster limited-edition bottle. 


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