Minute Maid, based in
Houston, announced it was raising prices for chilled premium orange juice
by 5 to 6 percent due to “unprecedented accelerating cost increases
for raw materials, fuel, energy and general inflation.” The company
says a combination of hurricane damage in 2004 and 2005 and other factors
have cut orange juice crops by a third and more than doubled prices for
juice and solids.
Coca-Cola Enterprises has
acquired the operations of Central Coca-Cola
Bottling Co. for $102 million. Central
Coca-Cola operates in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and
Hansen Natural Corp.,
Corona, Calif., has signed an agreement for Cadbury
Bebidas S.A. de C.V. to distribute Monster
energy drink in Mexico.
The word “Chai” now has a place in the
Eleventh Edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, thanks to a
campaign by Oregon Chai. The company encouraged chai fans to fill out postcards found at
coffee shops or at oregonchai.com, and says drinkers from every U.S. state,
Washington, D.C., Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan,
Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom responded. The word can be found in
the newest version of the dictionary between the words chagrin and chain
and is defined as “a beverage that is a blend of black tea, honey,
spices and milk.”
Triple A Products LLC,
Lake Success, N.Y., announced its Vitazest Vitamin & Fruit Enriched
Water will be distributed by Crown Beverages
Inc., Sparks, Nev., in Northern Nevada.
Black Eagle Imports,
Carlsbad, Calif., has attained exclusive rights to import Costa
Rica’s Imperial beer in 2004 and will distribute the brand in San
Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino,
Riverside, Imperial County, Mono County and Inyo County.
Harry L. Crisp II, chairman and chief executive
officer of Pepsi MidAmerica Co., Marion, Ill., was recently honored as Culver Military
Academy’s 39th Graduate of the Year. The 1953 Culver graduate was
cited as a tireless worker on behalf of educational institutions, both
public and private, and the students they serve.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently recognized
craft brewers with House Resolution 753, sponsored by Sherwood Boehlert
(R-N.Y.) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and 70 additional representatives. The
resolution recognizes the establishment of American Craft Beer Week, and
was celebrated at a reception that featured American Homebrewers
Association and Brewers Association members serving craft beers from across
the country paired with a variety of artisinal foods.
The Distilled Spirits Council has released the 34th edition of the Summary of State Laws &
Regulations Relating to Distilled Spirits, a reference for beverage alcohol
regulation in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Divided into
separate sections for control and license states, the publication provides
state-by-state information on a wide range of laws, regulations and rulings
pertaining to the sale and distribution of distilled spirits.
Ste Michelle Wine Estates has named Glazer’s, Dallas, to represent its products in Iowa and Olinger Distributing Co. in
Kraft Foods is promoting
its use of Rainforest Alliance-certified sustainable coffee beans into its
existing mainstream brands, including Yuban. The product now contains
coffee beans from farms certified for environmental and social
sustainability by the nonprofit Rainforest Alliance and displays the
Rainforest Alliance seal. Kraft signed with the Alliance in 2003 and bought
more than 5 million pounds in 2004, 14 million pounds in 2005 and is aiming
for between 20 and 26 million pounds in 2006.
AMI Brands LLC, Santa
Monica, Calif., has opened a new Volvic online store for home deliveries of
the imported spring water across the United States. Volvic Natural Spring
Water and Volvic Natural Lemon and Orange will be available through the
Rudy Beverage Inc., St.
Louis, has signed a distribution partnership with Millbrook Distribution
Services Inc., which it says will give it entry into more than 2,700
supermarket locations throughout the Northeast.
LightFull Foods Inc., Mill
Valley, Calif., has been spun off from parent company Brand New Brands Inc. The company
debuted its first product, LightFull Satiety Smoothie this year. The
LightFull Foods board of directors is chaired by Thomas Simone, a natural
products industry leader.