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Hormel Foods to acquire CytoSport for $450 million

Deal includes Muscle Milk brand, manufacturing facility, and production and distribution agreements

Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CytoSport Holdings Inc., Benicia, Calif., for approximately $450 million. The deal includes the Muscle Milk brand of shelf-stable, ready-to-drink protein beverages; a manufacturing facility in Benicia, Calif.; as well as several manufacturing and distribution agreements both domestically and abroad, according to Hormel Foods. Total 2014 annual sales for the Muscle Milk brand are expected to be approximately $370 million, it says.


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Celsius releases newest flavor

Cola variety joins company’s collection of negative-calorie drinks

Celsius Holdings Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., announced its newest flavor, Celsius Negative Calorie Cola, which will be unveiled July 4 during the Subway Firecracker 250 at the Daytona International Speedway.


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Gatorade’s ‘Unreal Around the World’ contest seeks dedicated soccer players

Five winners will visit soccer clubs around the world as part of ultimate sporting experience

Gatorade, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc., launched “Unreal Around the World,” a contest that encourages entrants to demonstrate how their training and hard work translates to “unreal” performances on the pitch. Winners will receive a unique soccer experience at iconic “football” clubs including FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Liverpool, Arsenal, Boca Juniors and the Brazilian Football Confederation.


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Sports drinks expand offerings into new formats

Liquid concentrates offer convenient sports drinks functionality

Reality TV has sparked resurgence in competition programming. Whether it’s dating shows, cooking challenges, sing-offs or physical/mental challenges, viewers aren’t at a loss to satiate their competitive appetites. And now, this kind of intense competition has reached a new platform.


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Consumers seek protein to promote healthy diets

Beverages should clearly note protein content on label

As the old saying goes, only two things are absolute in life: death and taxes. As many of us just finished the hustle and bustle of tax season, I think we can add another item to today’s list of absolute certainties, and that’s the discussion of obesity.


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The Coca-Cola Co. reports Q1 2014 results

Media investments help drive brand growth

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. reported worldwide volume growth of 2 percent as well as volume and value share gains for its non-alcohol ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages portfolio during the first quarter of 2014.


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Muscle Milk Protein expands into United Kingdom

RTD protein shake provides protein during pre-workout, post-workout, snacking occasions

CytoSport, Benicia, Calif., recently expanded distribution of its Muscle Milk Protein ready-to-drink (RTD) protein shakes into select Boots and Sainsbury’s Locals locations in the United Kingdom. Available in 330-ml packages, the protein shakes contain 20 grams of dairy protein to boost athletic performance and promote healthy lifestyles, the company says. The drinks also are gluten-free and low in sugar, it adds.


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Kobe Bryant invests in BodyArmor SuperDrink

Bryant will become No. 3 shareholder for sports drink company

BodyArmor, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based sports drink company, announced that professional basketball player Kobe Bryant made a significant investment in the company and will become its No.3 investor, behind co-founders Mike Repole and Lance Collins.


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Cocozia enters Sedano’s Supermarkets

Coconut water company also partners with Roma Food Group

Epicurex LLC, North Miami Beach, Fla., has joined forces with Hialeah, Fla.-based Sedano’s Supermarkets to retail its Cocozia 100 percent organic coconut water. Sedano’s Supermarkets is expected to sell the entire Cocozia lineup, including original, coffee, pineapple, mango and chocolate varieties, at its 34 stores in Florida.


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Celsius partners with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

Sports drink brand sponsors racer in 2014 Nationwide Series

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Celsius Holdings Inc., maker of negative-calorie beverages, partnered with NASCAR driver Blake Koch for the 2014 Nationwide Series.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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