Aspartame version to be called Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend
June 28, 2016
Following last year’s announcement that it was removing aspartame from its Diet Pepsi brand in favor of a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. will be bringing the artificial sweetener back to its portfolio, according to media reports.
Seattle-based Jones Soda Co. and the Fiat brand have kicked off their fourth annual Jonesin’ for a Fiat contest. The two companies will give a new 2017 Fiat 500X Crossover as part of a social campaign to celebrate the unique connection they share with their fans, the companies say.
#DapTheKing campaign features limited-edition cans
June 20, 2016
Sprite, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., announced it is launching a social media campaign called #DapTheKing to help fans salute LeBron James (also referred to as King James), after the basketball player and Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA title, it says.
Real-sugar version of soft drink debuts in bottles
June 15, 2016
In celebration of its 100th birthday, the Southern soda brand Grapico announced the launch of a new campaign, vintage-inspired packaging and a real-sugar version, which will be available in glass bottles.
Limited-edition labels accompanied by digital, social, in-store promotion
June 13, 2016
Dr Pepper, a brand of Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, launched its Pick Your Pepper campaign — an experience of self-expression involving the nationwide distribution of hundreds of new, limited-edition and custom-printed Dr Pepper 20-ounce bottles. Backed by a digital, social, radio and in-store campaign, Dr Pepper Pick Your Pepper puts the spotlight on individuality, encouraging consumers to choose the label that speaks uniquely to them, the company says.
In 1948, Fred Kalil and his father opened the doors to Kalil Bottling Co. in Tucson, Ariz. The father-son team ran the company until it was handed down to Fred Kalil’s two sons, George and John, who now lead the bottling company and employ fourth-generation family members — making it not only a business, but a family tradition.
Beverages, especially carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), are an essential part of the vending channel’s success. Although the vending industry faces challenges, like complying with new government regulations and trying to meet consumer health-and-wellness demands, industry experts say that the vending channel is poised for growth.