Spirits industry veteran Sidney Frank died early this month at the age
of 86. Frank founded Sidney Frank Importing Co. in 1972, and was responsible
for the U.S. success of Jagermeister and Grey Goose Vodka.
X Café LLC, maker of shelf-stable coffee
extracts, now offers organic extracts certified by Organic Certifiers, an
accredited firm under the USDA National Organic Program. The company now
can offer organic coffee extract by special customer request in either
bag-in-box for beverage coffee sales or totes for ingredient use.
Starbucks recently won a court battle against Shanghai Xingbake Cafe Corp. Ltd., which it says
copied its business format. The Chinese company was ordered to stop using
the name Xingbake, which is used in China by Starbucks. The ruling also
reportedly included damages of $62,000 and was the first ruling under a
2001 trademark protection law.
Pittsburgh Brewing Co., maker of Iron City Beer, has
filed for bankruptcy protection. According to news reports, the company has
$2.5 million in outstanding utility charges. The company will continue to
operate under Chapter 11.
InBev announced it plans to acquire China’s Fujian
Sedrin Brewery for about $750 million. Fujian produces brands such as
Sedrin Ice beer and Sedrin Pure Draft Beer. According to reports, Heineken
and Anheuser-Busch also were in the running to acquire the company.
Power Trip Beverages Inc. is sponsoring 30
scholarships to the 17th National Youth Crime Prevention Conference in
Ogden, Utah, in March. The company will sponsor school crime prevention or
other school and community-based groups such as Youth Crime Watch or Junior
Crime-stoppers to attend the meeting.
Sara Lee Corp. has sold its U.S. retail coffee
brands to Segafredo Zanetti Coffee Group, Bologna, Italy. The new Massimo Zanetti
Beverage USA will be led by Chief Executive Officer and President Donald McIntyre.
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