Los Angeles-based Riboli Family Wines, a family-owned company founded in 1917, announced the creation of AVANTI, a new division dedicated to a portfolio of ultra-premium and luxury wine brands from France, Italy, New Zealand and other regions.
Boston-based The Boston Beer Co. Inc., maker of brands such as Samuel Adams, Truly Hard Seltzer and Twisted Tea, announced the launch of TeaPot, a new line of cannabis-infused iced teas. TeaPot is the company’s first infused beverage offering and will be available in select Canadian provinces beginning in July, the company says.
Los Angeles-based POM Wonderful, grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the United States, announced it is furthering its commitment to a sustainable future with the transition to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) bottles and shifting more than 90% of its electricity needs to renewable energy.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, announced the launch of Coca-Cola Freestyle 8100, a new back-of-house dispenser developed specifically for the crew-serve occasion. The new dispenser’s advanced technology streamlines drink pouring for foodservice crews, helping reduce drive-thru wait times for diners while providing the beverage quality and variety they crave, according to the company.
Spindrift Spiked, a brand of Spindrift Beverage Co., Newton, Mass., added four new varieties to its real fruit lineup including long-time Spindrift favorites and one entirely new flavor. In addition to sparkling fan favorites Grapefruit, Lemon and Blood Orange Tangerine, Spindrift is debuting a new, Spiked-exclusive flavor: Passion Orange Guava.
Morton Grove, Ill.-based Lifeway Foods Inc. continues to stand with the people of Ukraine by expanding humanitarian relief efforts to support those in need, it says. Building on its ongoing efforts, Lifeway announced its specially marked charity relief bottle with 100% of profits going toward Ukrainian humanitarian aid with a commitment of up to $1 million.
Syracuse, N.Y.-based BeerBoard, a leader in technology, insights and automated intelligence for the on-premise hospitality industry, announced it has partnered with Chicago-based Molson Coors Beverage Co., to provide insights and data for on-premise retail locations.
Pepsi, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, announced an innovative second screen NFT experience in partnership with Billboard and MRC Live & Alternative to provide a new way for consumers to engage with live entertainment. The Pepsi Mic Drop x Billboard Music Awards “Winners’ Club” NFT Collection, available through the Billboard ChartStars platform, is a limited-edition digital collectible collection created for the “2022 Billboard Music Awards” (BBMAs), which gives fans the opportunity to claim NFTs in real-time as awards are announced throughout the show.
Los Angeles-based Calexo announced the launch of Watercolors, a new collection of cannabis-infused sparkling waters and an accompanying streetwear apparel line.
Chicago-based Molson Coors Beverage Co. announced its Simply Spiked Lemonade, the new lineup of full-flavor alcohol beverages inspired by the Simply juice brand, will arrive on shelves this June. Simply Spiked Lemonade marks the latest product line in the agreement between Molson Coors and Atlanta-based The Coca Cola Co., and will bring real fruit juice credentials to the ready-to-drink (RTD) alcohol beverage space, it says.
Cheribundi, Portland, Ore., announced the launch of two new tart cherry-based products to their extensive recovery portfolio: Immunity and Sleep Concentrates. These premium products feature tart cherries carefully blended through Cheribundi’s proprietary juice extraction process. The grab-and-go concentrates contain new ingredients for maximum recovery: ginger and vitamin C in Immunity and melatonin and magnesium in Sleep.
Essentia Water, Bothell, Wash., launched a new campaign featuring NBA basketball star Jimmy Butler, NFL quarterback Justin Fields, and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Tate McRae. A continuation of its Stop for Nothing campaign, which launched in 2021, this new creative focuses on maintaining resilience by taking a moment to pause and hydrate, the company says.
Truly Hard Seltzer, a brand of The Boston Beer Co., Boston, announced the launch of its new, limited-edition Truly Poolside Variety Pack inspired by Grammy award-winning pop star Dua Lipa. The limited-edition pack from Truly features four new summer cocktail-inspired flavors including Strawberry Melon Fizz, Orange Peach Fizz, Piña Colada Style and Kiwi Mojito Style.
Muscle Milk announced its first cause-based initiative, the Lifting Project to help make fitness more accessible to individuals in underserved communities. With the launch of the Lifting Project, Muscle Milk also is announcing the next iteration of its consumer engagement campaign Own Your Strength.
Lone River Beverage Co. announced the launch of its new Margarita style beverage, Lone River Ranch Rita. Ranch Rita, made with agave nectar and a taste of lime, is a premium take on the canned Margarita style beverage, with quality ingredients, full flavor and a 6% ABV.
Consumers in the United States are opting to spend more on their drinks in bars and restaurants as premiumization drives the recovery of the on-premise channel after COVID-19. A trend that was paused during the pandemic now is accelerating again, CGA’s exclusive On Premise Measurement (OPM) service shows. The premium price tier of the spirits market took a 40% share of sales by value in February 2022, while super-premium took 18%.
Budweiser, a global brand of AB InBev, Leuven, Belgium, unveiled the global launch of The Energy Collective to help provide renewable electricity to bars, music venues and stadiums around the world. This launch follows and contributes to Budweiser parent company AB InBev's recently announced ambition to achieve net zero emissions across its value chain by 2040.
ZenWTR, Los Angeles, is celebrating Earth Day by announcing the initial distribution of its 1% For the Oceans donation that will go to numerous organizations with missions to protect and preserve our oceans and advance recycling in the United States. As part of the company's 1% For the Oceans initiative, 1% of total sales is committed to ocean conservation and recycling education and advocacy.
Seattle-based Talking Rain Beverage Co., the maker of Sparkling Ice beverages, appointed Ken Sylvia to CEO, effective April 12. As a driven leader, Sylvia will continue to fulfill Talking Rain’s mission of “Creating Connections with Every Sip” by prioritizing employee development, community engagement, product innovation and corporate responsibility, the company says.
Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo’s bubly sparkling water launched a new campaign to show consumers that everyday bummer moments have a silver lining ― or to “see the bubly side.” To help kick off the year-long campaign, bubly is joining forces once again with Michael Bublé, whose serenades bring smiles to people around the world.
AriZona Beverages, Woodbury, N.Y., launched Red Tea in 20-ounce tall boys, bringing the national drink of South Africa to the mainstream market in the United States. AriZona Red Tea is naturally caffeine free, made with real sugar, and only 70 calories in each serving.
MTN DEW GAME FUEL, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, and Dr Disrespect are taking their relationship to the next level with the release of Championship Citrus Cherry. The fan favorite is finally back and bolder than ever, including a limited-edition can while supplies last on GameFuel.com.
BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc. announced its athlete partnership with Sergiño Dest, defender for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT). Dest joins the brand’s team of elite athlete ambassadors that includes fellow soccer star Christen Press, as well as Patrick Mahomes and Luka Dončić.
Happi, Birmingham, Mich., launched its newest flavor ― Pomegranate Hibiscus ― in select provisioning centers. Made with organic pomegranate, lemon, agave nectar and hibiscus, the new flavor is light and fruity, it says.
Middlebury, Vt.-based kombucha brand Aqua ViTea introduced Aqua Seltzers, a bubbly beverage packed with probiotics for immune and gut health. Like all of Aqua ViTea's beverages, the new Aqua Seltzers are USDA Organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan, and always low in calories and sugar.
Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., Boston, announced a collaboration with Atlantic Sea Farms, a women-run regenerative kelp aquaculture company, also local to New England, based in Maine, for ingredient use in Atlantic Sea Farms’ Cranberry Kelp Cubes. The sustainably grown kelp product further expands Ocean Spray's functional product and ingredients portfolio.