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The buzz about Honeydrop

Brand eyes expansion, helps bee population
By Jennifer Zegler
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With a lineup of six SKUs that are sweetened with a tablespoon of honey in each bottle, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Honeydrop Beverages has a synergistic tie to the creatures that provide its natural sweetener.
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Snapple to be official beverage of ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas, announced an exclusive partnership between its Snapple brand and NBC, FremantleMedia Enterprises and Syco’s “America’s Got Talent” reality talent competition. Snapple is the first exclusive beverage partner of the series, the companies said.


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Coffee plays a major part in Valentine’s Day, survey reports

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Seventy percent of consumers said coffee will be part of their Valentine’s Day dinners or dates this year, an independent survey by Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, Mass., reported. Of those, 50 percent indicated that they would prefer to receive a fresh cup of coffee from their sweetheart rather than flowers.


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Growing preference for coffee one cup at a time, survey finds

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Instant, ground or whole bean coffee are still the most popular choices for the at-home consumer, but 17 percent of drinkers prefer single-cup coffee, according to a survey by Mintel Group Ltd., Chicago.


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Iced coffee more popular this season, survey shows

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Eighty-four percent of iced coffee drinkers say they are drinking more iced coffee this winter compared to last winter, according to an independent survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, Mass.


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Sara Lee acquires Tea Forte

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Sara Lee Corp., Utrecht, The Netherlands, acquired Tea Forté, a Massachusetts-based ultra-premium tea company. The acquisition will strengthen Sara Lee’s expertise and presence in the luxury tea segment, the company said.


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Caribou Coffee achieves Rainforest Alliance goal

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Caribou Coffee, Minneapolis, announced that all coffee and espresso varieties available in its stores, online and at retail are now sourced from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms.


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Consumers still seeking a coffee fix

Price sensitivity causes at-home consumption growth
By Jennifer Zegler
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The economic downturn caused many consumers to cut back across categories, but coffee consumers have found new ways to enjoy their cup of joe. Approximately 79 percent of adults in the United States drank coffee in the last two years, according to Chicago-based Mintel Group Ltd.’s October Coffee report. However, 48 percent of coffee drinkers surveyed said they are drinking more coffee at home and less away from home in 2011 than they were a year ago — a trend that Mintel predicts will continue to drive retail coffee sales through 2012.
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Coffee influences breakfast choices, Technomic reports

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In its “Breakfast Consumer Trend Report,” Chicago-based research firm Technomic notes that coffee is playing an increasingly important role in consumers’ breakfast purchasing decisions. Thirty-three percent of consumers who drink coffee at breakfast say they are loyal to a coffee brand or restaurant that serves their preferred coffee, which is an increase from 25 percent who reported loyalty in 2009, it states.


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Nostalgic bottles

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After receiving feedback from focus groups after the brand’s initial rollout, RealBeanz reworked its packaging, the shape of which was inspired by old milk bottles.
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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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