William F. O’Rourke Jr., president and chief operating officer at Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
in Chicago until 2003, recently died in Northbrook, Ill., after a short
illness. O’Rourke began his career as a 7 UP salesman, and prior to
joining the Coca-Cola bottling group, he served as president of
Chicago’s 7 UP operations.
Coors Light will be a
sponsor of this year’s ING New York Marathon, including promotions at
more than 400 bars and restaurants along the race route during and leading
up to the marathon. The company will feature a commemorative can to mark
the event, to be held Nov. 6, as well as special on-premise materials.
The Special Occuptional Tax on alcohol beverages,
which has been suspended until 2008, is about to be repealed for good. The
Highway Bill approved by Congress will remove the tax on businesses that
make, distribute, sell or deliver alcohol products.
The Carlyle Group,
Washington, D.C., is rumored to lead the list of those courting the
European beverage division of Cadbury Schweppes, London. Estimates put the
potential sale in the range of 1 billion pounds (U.K.).
California is considering dropping restrictions on
interstate sales of wine and allowing out-of-state wineries to sell
directly to residents. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that
states could not restrict direct sales for out-of-state wineries while
allowing them for in-state businesses.
PepsiCo will change
the labels on its Tropicana drinks, removing the words “real fruit
juice.” The decision settles a lawsuit filed in New Jersey over the
use of the phrase to refer to pear juice concentrate rather than the juices
for which the products were named. New labels for Tropicana Peach Papaya
and Strawberry Melon will call the drinks “flavored juice drink/from
concentrate with other natural flavors.”
Power Trip Beverages Inc. has
signed an agreement with Youth Crime Watch of America to fund youth
activities. The company will donate a portion of Power Trip proceeds to the
YWCA. “This support will provide the stability for some of the key
activities that power our movement annually,” said Terry Modglin,
chief executive officer of Youth Crime Watch America.
Majestic Distilling Co. has
become the exclusive importer for Tortuga Rums from the Cayman Islands. The
Tortuga line includes 11 varieties, including five-year-old and 12-year-old