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Samuel Adams announces newest Utopias batch release

The Boston Beer Co., Boston, and the brewers at Samuel Adams announced the release of the 11th batch of their barrel-aged extreme beer, Samuel Adams Utopias. The limited release is available at select locations and will be available for the first time on tap in the Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom on Nov. 15.

Scheid Vineyards provides 6-month update

Scheid Vineyards Inc., Salinas, Calif., announced its financial results for the six months 2020 fiscal period, which ended Aug. 31.

Boxed Water Is Better announces collaboration with Art of Tea

Boxed Water Is Better, Holland, Mich., announced the launch of Boxed Matcha in collaboration with mission-driven tea importer Art of Tea.

Celsius accelerates growth in convenience store channel
CELSIUS beverages now are available in 3,245 new doors within the convenience store channel including Quik Trip, Pilot Flying J, Buc-ee’s, Casey’s, Circle K and 7-Eleven.

Two Roots Brewing acquires Michigan brewery
Through this transaction, Two Roots Brewing Co., a licensed trademark of Lighthouse Strategies LLC, will expand the company’s U.S. market presence of Two Roots Brewing Co.

7-Eleven heats up Slurpee Lite Drink with vitaminwater fire

Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. announced that its stores have a new Slurpee Lite flavor that's on fire. 

Green Bond from PepsiCo to fund key sustainability initiatives

PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., has priced the company's first ever Green Bond. The net proceeds from the $1 billion Green Bond offering will fund a series of key initiatives to advance PepsiCo's sustainability agenda, it says. The company also announced that it has named PepsiCo leader Simon Lowden as its first chief sustainability officer. In this new role, effective immediately, Lowden will be responsible for leading PepsiCo's Sustainability Office, including the Global Sustainable Plastics team and Global Sustainable Operations team.

Drinjk Wines will release Wine Advent Calendar

Sacramento, Calif.-based Drinjk Wines co-founders Brett and Alexa Bayda announced the addition of a Wine Advent Calendar to their collection. 

Pop & Bottle launches functional oat milk latte line

San Francisco-based Pop & Bottle, a wellness coffee brand known for its organic, dairy-free lattes, announced the launch of its new line of functional oat milk lattes: The Supers.

Drizly study highlights Gen Z’s beverage alcohol shopping habits

Boston-based Drizly released its first-ever study of how Americans shop for adult beverages, both in-store and online. The study found that digitally native Gen Z purchases alcohol from local liquor stores more often than their millennial, Gen X and baby boomer counterparts. Gen Z also ranks first when it comes to interest in drinking trends, suggesting that their purchasing behavior today could well be a benchmark for how beer, wine and spirits consumption will look tomorrow, the company says.

360 Vodka introduces KC Barbeque flavor

Weston, Mo.-based McCormick Distilling Co. announced that its 360 Vodka brand introduced the ultimate flavor to honor its Kansas City roots: 360 KC Barbeque Flavored Vodka.

REBBL launches new line of Sparkling Prebiotic Tonics

Emeryville, Calif.-based REBBL announced the launch of Sparkling Prebiotic Tonics, a line of plant-based beverages with 6 grams of prebiotic fiber to support digestive health. The effervescent drinks boast flavor profiles like cold-brew cola and ginger turmeric, with only 6 to 8 grams of sugar in each bottle, according to the company.

Monster Beverage announces quarterly results
Monster Beverage Corp., Corona, Calif., reported financial results for three- and six-months, which ended June 30.

Technomic report addresses foodservice innovation
Chicago-based Technomic recently released its report titled “Away-from-Home Beverage Study,” which covers how consumer demands and business conditions have shifted within the past few years.

Readers name favorite new beverage for August

Rosé wine is among of the most popular beverage trends in the U.S. market at this time, so it’s no wonder that the readers of Beverage Industry felt the need to give accolades to the latest brand to hit the market.

Califia Farms expands Nitro Draft Lattes with Oatmilk

Known for its innovative plant-based beverages in distinctive curvy bottles, Los Angeles-based Califia Farms announced its latest plant-based innovation: shelf-stable Nitro Draft Lattes with Oatmilk in a can. The energy-boosting beverage joins the brand’s line of non-dairy Cold Brew Coffees with Almondmilk and Coconut Cream.

Willamette Valley Vineyards releases quarterly revenue report
The company produced revenues of $5.7 million and $5.8 million in the second quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively, a decrease of $30,455 or 0.5 percent.

Vintage Wine Estates acquires Owen Roe wine producer

Vintage Wine Estates, Santa Rosa, Calif., announced the addition of Owen Roe, with locations in Yakima, Wash., (winery, vineyards and tasting room) and Willamette Valley, Ore., (tasting room) to its fine wine portfolio.

Budweiser, Beam collaborate for limited-edition brew

Budweiser, a brand of St. Louis-based Anheuser Busch, and Jim Beam Bourbon, a brand of Chicago-based Beam Suntory, unveiled Budweiser Reserve Black Lager, a limited-supply brew with an alcohol by volume of 7.1 percent. This specialty beer marks the second collaboration between Budweiser and Jim Beam, joining Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager, which is back by popular demand, the company says.

Starbucks releases quarter results
Starbucks Corp., Seattle, reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal third quarter which ended June 30, 2019.

CPG industry supports 20.4M jobs
The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry supports one in 10 American jobs and is the largest manufacturing employer in the United States.

Mexican state of Oaxaca wins new Guinness Record

The Mezcal capital of the world, Oaxaca, Mexico, has just set a new world record at Vive Mezcal 2019, bringing together the largest number of different mezcal labels in a single space. The Mezcal Wall (Muro Mezcalero) will be part of a permanent exhibition that can be visited.

Meiomi Wines introduces new fall marketing campaign

Sonoma, Calif.-based Meiomi Wines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Brands Inc., introduced its new marketing platform titled Flavor Forward, as well as a new innovative advertising creative supporting the campaign.

Keurig Dr Pepper launches new line of coffee makers

Keurig Dr Pepper, Burlington, Mass., and Plano, Texas, announced the launch of the K-Duo portfolio, a line of coffee makers uniting single-serve and drip coffee functionality under the Keurig brand equity. With the ability to brew a single cup using K-Cup pods and a carafe of drip coffee, the new brewer lineup offers convenience and versatility all in one machine, the company says.

Alkaline Water Co. to acquire AQUAhydrate

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based The Alkaline Water Co. Inc. and Los Angeles-based AQUAhydrate announced they have entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger under which Alkaline will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock and preferred stock of AQUAhydrate in an all-stock transaction.

Dewar’s announces new series of innovative cask-finished whiskies

Dewar’s Scotch Whisky, a brand of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd., announced the launch of Dewar's Caribbean Smooth: Dewar's 8-year-old double-aged Scotch, finished in Caribbean rum casks for a tropical smooth finish. The first in a new cask-finished series of whisky, Caribbean Smooth 8-year-old rum cask will be available in a 750-ml bottle with a suggested retail price of $21.99.

G FUEL announces new limited-edition flavor

New York-based G Fuel Energy Formula, the official energy drink of Esports, announced the Sept. 12 launch of its new limited-edition raspberry lemonade flavor: HYPE SAUCE.

Heineken taps former tennis stars for U.S. Open giveaway

As the official sponsor of the U.S. Open, Heineken tapped former tennis stars Andy Roddick and Lindsey Davenport to give consumers the perfect serve — on and off the court.

Chameleon Cold-Brew debuts Pumpkin Spice, Gingersnap Oat Milk Lattes

Austin, Texas-based Chameleon Cold-Brew, a brand of Nestlé USA, debuts its first-ever seasonal coffee products: Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Latte and Gingersnap Oat Milk Latte. 

New Amsterdam, Barstool Sports launch flavored vodka

Modesto, Calif.-based New Amsterdam Spirits Co. has teamed up with New York-based Barstool Sports and its No. 1 hockey podcast, Spittin’ Chiclets, to launch a new pink lemonade-flavored vodka: the Pink Whitney. The Pink Whitney was inspired by the favorite drink of Ryan Whitney, former NHL player and co-host of Spittin' Chiclets. The drink went viral in October 2018 after Whitney shared his favorite way to drink New Amsterdam Vodka — with pink lemonade — on the first episode of the podcast that New Amsterdam sponsored.


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