Edward F. Boyd, one of the first African American managers for Pepsi Cola, died late last month
at the age of 92. Boyd was hired from the National Urban League in 1947 as
part of an all-black sales force to sell Pepsi nationwide. The company says
that during his tenure, Boyd, “helped integrate the professional
ranks of a large American corporation while changing the image of
African-Americans in advertising from caricatures to attractive, everyday,
Republic Beverage Co. and National Distributing Co. have
combined to create Republic National
Distributing Co., which distributes premium
wine and spirits in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Charlotte, N.C., has added BooKoo
Beverages’ energy drinks to its
distribution lineup. The products, which are available in Wild Berry, Wild
Berry Zero Carb, Citrus, Bite and Jugo flavors, will join
Consolidated’s Full Throttle and Tab Energy drink offerings.
Sweet Leaf Tea, Austin,
Texas, announced its Organic Original Sweet Tea and Organic Mint &
Honey Green Tea will be available at Costco stores in Texas. The products
will be available in 12 bottle club packs.
Clement Pappas & Co.,
Seabrook, N.J., has purchased the HR Nicholson
Co., Baltimore, Md. In addition to inventory,
Pappas has acquired processing equipment for aseptic juice boxes for health
care, schools and other institutional customers.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta,
announced it has signed a five-year beverage agreement with United Airlines, Chicago.
Coca-Cola will be its primary soft drink supplier on flights, in airport
lounges and its offices.
Bacardi U.S.A. Inc. will
move its headquarters to Coral Gables, Fla. The company says it will take
over approximately 230,000 square feet of space, and the new building is
expected to be complete by the end of next year.
Global Beverage Enterprises
Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., signed an exclusive
distribution agreement with Goya Foods Inc. to distribute its “Mabi” soda throughout
the United States, Canada, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Francis Ford Coppola Presents LLC, Geyersville, Calif., bestowed the former Chateau Souverain winery
with the name of its everyday wine label, Rosso & Bianco. The Rosso
& Bianco wines will feature new labels to reflect the graphic identity
of the Sonoma, Calif., winery, which was purchased in March 2006.
Gruppo Campari and Skyy Spirits, San Francisco,
Calif., acquired controlling interest in Cabo Wabo tequilas. The brand,
formerly owned by musician Sammy Hagar, will become part of the company
effective January 2008. Hagar will retain 20 percent ownership in the brand
and will continue to be involved in the brand’s quality guidelines
and marketing campaigns, the company says.
Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc., Bardstown, Ky., entered into a joint venture with Excelsior Imports to become
the worldwide importer and distributor for Agua Luca Brazilian Rum Cachaca.
Miller Brewing Co.,
Milwaukee, Wis., named the winners of its Miller
Urban Entrepreneurs Series and Business Plan Competition. The 2006 winners were awarded monetary grants totaling $162,500
at a reception at the company headquarters in May. Among the winners was Bagua Juice LLC juice and smoothie
bar in Jersey City, N.J.
Acquisitions announced the Lawrenceville,
Pa.-based brewery has begun to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
following an agreement with its creditors. If approved by a judge, a
proposed reorganization plan may soon go into effect, the company says.
Jim’s Organic Coffee,
Wareham, Mass., partnered with Sterling Planet and the Environmental
Protection Agency to convert to 100 percent renewable energy sources. The
coffee company also uses 10 percent post-consumer recycled materials in its
Roza Hills Vineyards LLC,
Woodinville, Wash., completed the purchase of a winery facility from
Constellation Wines U.S. in Zillah, Wash.