Beverage Industry

News Briefs

May 1, 2005

News Briefs

Starbucks
, Seattle, has acquired Ethos Water, based in Santa Monica, Calif. The brand will be available in company-operated stores later this year, and Starbucks has said it will maintain Ethos’s goal to donate $250,000 in 2005 and $1 million in 2006 to support water projects in Bangledesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Honduras and Kenya.
National Distributing Co., Atlanta, has purchased another Georgia-based company, Atlanta Wholesale Wine, a distributor of premium wines and liquors.
Boening Brothers Inc., North Lindenhurst, N.Y., will begin distributing Blauvelt, N.Y.-based Skae Beverages International’s New Leaf Teas throughout the New York metro area.
Nestlé Waters France reportedly has reached an agreement with the union at its Vergeze, France Perrier plant. The decision allows Perrier to go forward with a restructuring that will combine two plants into what will become the world’s leading bottling site.
India Breweries Inc. has sued Miller Brewing Co. for $500 million, saying the Milwaukee-based brewer backed out of a 10-year licensing agreement reached in 1999. Miller has said it fulfilled contract obligations and that the agreement expired after India Breweries did not deliver on commitments.
Wine.com has secured space as a featured partner on Amazon.com to help shoppers find and buy wine online. The service will be located in Amazon’s Gourmet Food store and on Amazon’s home page. First-time shoppers will receive a $10 discount on an order of $50 or more.