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New distribution partnerships: April 2012

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), Plano Texas, partnered with Bai Brands, New York City, to distribute its antioxidant-infused beverages in retailers such as Duane Reade, Whole Foods, Quick Check and Fairway retailers in New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas.

RealBeanz, Brooklyn, N.Y., expanded availability of its ready-to-drink coffee beverages with new agreements with several distributors that will offer the products in the northeast corridor, mid-Atlantic, southern and western regions of the United States, including Providence, R.I.-based United Natural Foods (UNFI), which will distribute RealBeanz in the East and West Coast markets.

W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., White Plains, N.Y., granted Southern Wine & Spirits of America of Minnesota the rights to sell Deutsch’s entire portfolio in Minnesota.

Reed’s Inc., Los Angeles, added distribution in Tennessee through R.S. Lipman Co., Nashville, Tenn., and in Utah through an agreement with Golden Beverage Co., Ogden, Utah.

Dolce Bevuto, West Hollywood, Calif., partnered with The Alliance Beverage Distributing Co., Phoenix, to offer its Noho hangover defense beverage throughout Arizona.

Taiwan-made Vivaloe Aloe Vera Fruit Infusions now are available at more than 200 Duane Reade stores in New York City through its agreement with Exclusive Beverage Distributors, Farmingdale, N.Y. The distributor also added Made’s lineup of lemonades and green teas as well as Charley’s Premium Milk from Made Drinks Co., Chicago.

Ojo fortified eye care nectar, a product of Insightful Solutions LLC, New York City, announced a new agreement with Romeoville, Ill.-based Kehe: The Source, which will distribute the beverages nationally through its warehouses in Texas and Pennsylvania.

The Pulse Beverage Co., Denver, secured distribution for its Cabana 100 percent natural lemonade and Pulse NutriPurpose brands in Maine through Pine State Trading Co., Augusta, Maine; in Connecticut with New England Beverages, Hamden, Conn.; and in Washington state through Corwin Beverage Co., Ridgefield, Wash.

Good Time Beverages, Downey, Calif., appointed Sunset Wine & Spirits Distributing LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., as its distributor in Arizona, and Miami-based Southern Wine & Spirits of America as its distributor in Florida working with Five Star Wine and Spirits, Pompano Beach, Fla. as market managers for its single-serve ready-to-drink cocktails packaged in resealable pouches.

Pure Holdings LLC, Clayton, Mo., announced that its Italian-imported Purus Vodka brand added distribution in Illinois, Texas, North Carolina and New Mexico.

Hall of Fame Beverage Inc., Dallas, launched its Grand Ma Ma’s Sweet Southern Tea in New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The Pop Shoppe, Burlington, Ontario, added distribution of its carbonated beverages in Portland and Salem, Ore., as well as southwest Washington through Portland, Ore.-based Maletis Beverage.

Bebida Beverage Co., Statesville, N.C., received permission from the U.S. Department of Treasury and Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to import products from Mexico’s Groupo Kosako’s portfolio, including adult beverages Paris de Noche, Cognac & Cola, Ron Mojito and Kosako Vodka & Soda.

Spindrift Soda, Charlestown, Mass., announced the start of production operations in California, which will enable the company to sell its all-natural soda made with fresh-squeezed fruit on the West Coast. Spindrift’s operations will be based out of Lafayette, Calif., but the products will begin with produce picked and fresh-squeezed in Beaumont, Calif., and then the fresh-squeezed juice will be shipped refrigerated to a designated production facility in Healdsburg, Calif.

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