Cott Names new Ceo, expands U.s. Business
President and Chief Operating Officer John Sheppard will take on the role
of chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1, 2004. Frank Weise, who has served as CEO of the Toronto-based company
since 1998, will stay on as chairman, assisting in long-term strategy,
customer relations and investor relations.
“With the company delivering record results, now is the time
for John’s promotion,” Weise said in a statement. “I am enthused to move forward
and concentrate on areas that will help keep the company on the successful course
that our team has driven for six years.”
Sheppard joined the company in 2002 as president of its U.S.
business unit. Cott also announced it will acquire the Cardinal Cos. of Elizabethtown
LLC, Elizabethtown, Ky. Cardinal has been a longtime soft drink co-packer for
Cott, and the acquisition is expected to add $12 million to Cott’s annual sales
and add capacity in the midwestern United States. The company now owns nine
U.S. bottling plants.
Kraft Aacquires Veryfine
Kraft Foods closed its purchase of Veryfine Products Inc. last
month, adding Veryfine juices and Fruit2O flavored waters to its beverage business.
The deal includes Veryfine’s 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Littleton,
Mass.; a 204,000-square-foot distribution center in Berlin, N.H.; and a 216,000-square-foot
distribution center in Ayer, Mass. The Veryfine business will be managed from
Kraft’s Tarrytown, N.Y., offices, but the company plans to continue operating
the Massachusetts and New Hampshire facilities.
“One of the biggest reasons we chose Kraft as our partner was
their reputation for treating their employees fairly and well, and the fact
that they intend to operate and grow our New England-based operations,” said
Samuel Rowse, president and chief executive officer at Veryfine, in a statement.
Constellation Reorganizes Wine Business
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Constellation Wines U.S. has announced a number of changes to its wine operations.
The company has created a new sales and marketing company called North Lake
Wines, streamlined its portfolio for Canandaigua Wine Co. and created a new
channel management group to represent its three wine companies in national accounts
and international markets.
North Lake Wines will have a portfolio of 35 brands,
including Paul Masson table wines, Taylor California Cellars, J. Roget,
Viña Santa Carolina, Marcus James, Dunnewood, Heritage and Great
Western. It also will incorporate the business formerly handled by Batavia
Wine Cellars. Tim Richenberg will serve as president of North Lake Wines.
Canandaigua Wine Co. has streamlined its portfolio to
focus on 22 nationally distributed brands. Bill Encherman has become
president and Jim Kocoloski has been named senior vice president and
national sales manager of that division.
Pacific Wine Partners portfolio of brands will remain largely unchanged. Ben
Dollard has been tapped as president of that division, and David Kelly will
serve as senior vice president.
The company’s new channel management group will include off-premise and on-premise
national accounts, international sales, category management and business information.
It will represent brands from all three companies, and work with large supermarket
and restaurant chains. Abbot Wolfe will serve as senior vice president of the
group, Joe Castrilli vice president of off-premise national accounts, John Heinz
vice president of on-premise national accounts, Doug Kahle vice president of
international, and Rob Oberhofer vice president, category management and business
Maui Juice Goes Xtream
Xtream Beverage Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has acquired Hawaii’s
Maui Juice Co. “We consider the Maui Juice Co. to be one of the hidden gems
in the beverage industry,” said Jerry Pearring, Xtream Beverage’s chief executive
officer. “Maui Juice has been a Hawaiian favorite long before any of the prominent
national brands in the functional drink/new age category were even developed.
In essence, they were one of the pioneers in the category, which domestically
has grown to more than $5 billion in annual sales.”
Until now, Maui Juice products have only been available in Hawaii,
but Xtream plans to bring the juice to the mainland United States. That endeavor
will be helped by the company’s second acquisition last month, that of Ayer
Beverage, a Massachusetts beverage distributor. The company distributes new
age beverages to schools, independent retailers, health clubs, cash-and-carry
accounts and mobile caterers in central Massachusetts.
Dasani Makes Quick Exit From the U.K.
Coca-Cola launched Dasani bottled water in the United Kingdom
last month, only to pull the product from the market weeks later because of
higher-than-allowed bromate levels. The British launch was mired in controversy
from the start, inciting negative press for being purified water rather than
the spring water to which European consumers are accustomed.
Shortly after the product hit the market, Coca-Cola was forced
to recall 500,000 bottles because bromate levels were higher than the 10 parts
per billion allowed in bottled and tap water by British standards. The bromate
is said to be formed by the addition of calcium chloride to the water.
7 Up Bottling Co. Makes The Switch
The Switch 100-percent carbonated juices will be distributed
by 7 Up Bottling Co. in Northern California.
“7 Up Bottling has access to channels where we sell the best
— schools, supermarkets, vending accounts, up-and-down-the-street accounts,
etc.,” says Bill Hargis, co-founder and chief executive officer at The Switch
Beverage Co., Richmond, Va.
The product will be available in the San Francisco Unified School
District and the Oakland Unified School District as part of the state’s recently
passed healthy food and beverage law.
Micropack picks up Vermont Pure
Micropack Bottled Water, Natick, Mass., has acquired the assets
of Vermont Pure Springs Inc., the leading producer of private label spring water
in the Northeast. The deal includes Vermont Pure’s state-of-the-art bottling
facility and spring sources in Randolph, Vt. The plant will add 10 million cases
of capacity to Micropack’s four-plant network, and the purchase is expected
to double Micropack’s revenues. In addition to the bottling facility, Micropack
acquired the Hidden Spring trademark and plans to continue marketing spring
water under the Vermont Pure brand name.
U.S. distillers oppose U.K. Stamp Tax
Represented by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, U.S.
spirits companies lobbied British members of parliament last month to
oppose a proposed stamp tax in the United Kingdom. The stamps, which would
be placed across the top of liquor bottles, are intended to help fight tax
fraud. But distillers say the machines that attach the stamps would slow
production and increase costs. Post-Prohibition, the U.S. spirits industry
used similar stamps, but did away with them during the 1980s.
“It is baffling that the British government — contrary to the
advice of its own best experts — would seek a 19th Century solution to a perceived
problem in a 21st Century economy,” Peter Cressy, DISCUS president and chief
executive officer, told the visiting members of parliament. “Further, at a time
when the World Spirits Alliance has agreed on a policy of elimination of tariff
and non-tariff barriers to global free trade in spirits, this plan represents
a serious trade impediment.”
The British leaders are expected to report their recommendations
on the proposal this month.
Cara Morrison has been named winemaker at Brown-Forman’s Jekel
Vineyards… Allied Domecq Spirits has selected Simon Hunt as senior vice president
of marketing… Harris Tea Co. has named Al Hernandez vice president of coffee
and tea sales and marketing… Dianne Maher has become director of marketing for
Franciscan Estates’ Simi Winery in Healdsburg, Calif., and Columbia Winery in
Washington State. Franciscan Estates also has named Markley Lapointe manager,
environmental, health and safety… Don Mann has been tapped as marketing group
general manager for Modelo brands at the Gambrinus Co., San Antonio, Texas.
Pepsi-Cola North America has bestowed the 2003 Donald M. Kendall
Bottler of the Year award on Bernick’s Pepsi-Cola of St. Cloud, Minn.
“While providing impeccable product quality and
customer service and giving back so generously to the communities it
serves, Bernick’s Pepsi-Cola has been a fixture of St. Cloud’s
economic and cultural life for more than 50 years,” said Dawn Hudson,
PCNA president, in a statement.
Nackard Bottling Co., Flagstaff, Ariz.; The Pepsi Bottling Group
in British Columbia, Canada; and Walton Beverage Co., Bellingham, Wash., also
were finalists for the award.
The J.M. Smucker Co., Orville, Ohio, has acquired International
Multifoods Corp. for $840 million. Smucker anticipates the addition of Multifoods
will result in a stronger growth platform, significant cost savings and enhanced
Good news for the soft drink industry… The Center for Food and
Nutrition Policy at Virginia Tech recently announced results of a study indicating
that while U.S. teens are not getting enough calcium, it doesn’t seem to be
linked to soft drink consumption. According to the study, teens drink fewer
soft drinks than is commonly perceived, and Caucasian boys, who drink the most
soft drinks, also are the closest to getting the recommended intake of calcium.
The mostly likely reason for the finding, says the study’s author, is that milk
and soft drinks are not close dietary substitutes, and a more likely trade-off
happens between soft drinks and fruit drinks. The study was funded by an unrestricted
grant from the National Soft Drink Association.
The vending agreement between Snapple and New York City may
still be in doubt. New York Comptroller William Thompson refused to register
the contract, calling the deal “tainted and flawed”, and said it promoted corporate
cronyism because it prevented other companies from fairly competing for the
contract. Thompson’s decision will not affect Snapple’s $40-million agreement
with New York City schools, but may impact the decision to make the company
the exclusive vendor on other city-owned properties. It also pits the comptroller
against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who stands behind the deal.
E&J Gallo will acquire Bridlewood Estate in Santa Barbara, the
company announced last month. The winery produces about 25,000 cases per year,
and the deal is expected to close in May.
Bacardi has filed a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C., federal district
court over a recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding ownership of the Havana Club trademark.
The board had ruled that Pernod Ricard gained the trademark through the proper
renewal process in 1996, but Bacardi is asking for a declaratory judgement that
it is the exclusive owner of the brand.
Jones Soda Co., Seattle, recently announced distribution through
Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada. U.S. outlets will carry Jones’
Root Beer and Sugar-Free Black Cherry products, and Canadian stores also will
take on Jones Sugar-Free Ginger Ale.
Laurent-Perrier has acquired champagne house Chateau Malakoff.
The purchase includes the Jeanmaire, Beaumet and Oudinot brands, and expands
Laurent-Perrier’s annual sales to more than $250 million.
Moderate beer consumption could help prevent osteoporosis, according
to a study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Beer is a source of
highly bioavailable silicon, and research conducted by Harvard Medical School,
Tufts University and the University of London found a positive correlation between
silicon intake and bone mineral density in men and pre-menopausal women. Silicon,
however, had little effect on the bones of post-menopausal women, indicating
hormones have a stronger influence than the mineral. The study also leaves open
the possibility the results could be the combination of moderate alcohol (ethanol)
consumption and silicon rather than silicon only.
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will die of cardiovascular disease when compared to men with hypertension
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a self-reported food intake study at the University of North Carolina
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