National Distributing Co.,
Atlanta, has acquired additional products from The
Wine Group in Maryland, to represent brands
such as Corbett Canyon, Franzia and Fish Eye. NDC distributes Wine Group
products in six additional markets, including Florida, Georgia, New Mexico,
New York, Virginia and Washington D.C.
Absolut Vodka has received kosher certification by the
Orthodox Union. Absolut Vodka, Peppar, Kurant, Ruby Red, Apeach and
Raspberri will all carry the certification, and Absolut Citron, Mandarin
and Vanilla are expected to be certified in the near future. Absolut
products are manufactured at the V&S blending and bottling facility in Ahus, Sweden.
Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Harrison, N.Y., announced its coffee manufacturing facility in
Suffolk, Va., has received organic certification by Quality Assurance
International, a third-party certification group. The Virginia plant is
located on a 31-acre site, and features a fully automated production
process for roasting and grinding coffee.
Heartland Spirits Group,
Springboro, Ohio, has acquired Downunder Vodka. Bottled in Melbourne,
Australia, Downunder Vodka is triple distilled from molasses in a copper
distillation column, which is said to impart a unique flavor. It will be
available in 750-ml. and 1.75-liter sizes.
Information Resources Inc.,
Chicago, has acquired Secant Inc., a beverage alcohol consultancy and information provider.
Secant principals Elena Amboyan and Anne Carlson have been named senior
vice presidents and will join the beer, wine and spirits practice at IRI.
Triple A Products LLC,
Boca Raton, Fla., has signed agreements with Budweiser wholesalers Dana Distributors, Goshen,
N.Y., and Dutchess Beer Distributors of Poughkeepsie and Kingston for distribution of its
Vitazest Vitamin & Fruit Enriched Water. The agreements extend
Vitazest's availability in the region to include Ulster, Dutchess,
Columbia, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Rockland
SABMiller will buy Zhejiang Yinyan Brewery Co. in
China for $42.3 million through its affiliation with China Resources Snow Breweries. It also
will acquire the brewing assets of Anhui Huaibei Xiangwang Brewery Co. for
$10.1 million and invest $7.4 million in plant upgrades.
Jones Soda Co., Seattle,
has acquired the 24C brand from Mindful Inc. The product is an effervescent vitamin drink mix that
is available in Pomegranate Berry, Peach Mango and Key Lime flavors. The
company also has inked a new contract with K-Mart stores to sell bottled
beverages, and has signed a distribution agreement with Spike Beverages in
Arizona. Jones has an exclusive arrangement with Target stores for canned
beverages through the end of the year.
Florida’s Natural Growers has sold its Bartow, Fla., plant and surrounding citrus grove to Clear Springs Enterprises LLC.
The company closed the plant, which produced frozen concentrates, last fall
due to citrus shortages.
Go Fast Energy drink recently received the Gold Medal
Taste Award by the American Academy of Taste. The beverage was chosen as
the Superior Energy Drink at the American Academy of Taste’s Annual
On-Premise Judging, and the Academy’s Jesse Sartain commented that Go
Fast Energy Drink is “delightfully refreshing” and “not
medicinal.” “We are very excited about this award,” said
Troy Widgery, founder of Go Fast Sports & Beverage Co.,
based in Denver. “Go Fast Energy Drink was created as a premium
energy drink with high-quality energy ingredients and great taste to set
the drink apart from other energy drinks. To be recognized as the superior
tasting energy drink by America’s prestigious national panel of
working executive chefs is a great honor for Go Fast.”
Freeport, Maine, has expanded distribution of its Cold River Vodka to
Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The product, which is made
from potatoes grown in Maine, was released
last November in its home state and New Hampshire.