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CideRoad launches organic line of switchel drinks

Switchel Organic beverages available in Original, Blueberry and Cherry varieties

CideRoad LLC, Mendham, N.J., launched an organic line of switchel beverages. Also known as “haymaker’s punch,” switchel typically features water, vinegar and ginger, according to Wikipedia. CideRoad Organic Switchel beverages will be available in Original, Blueberry and Cherry flavors.


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New Whey Nutrition helps bring protein drinks mainstream

Company supplements also meet medical, manual labor needs

Although protein drinks previously were associated with bodybuilders and workout occasions, mainstream consumers now are seeking protein-enhanced products.


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Lotus Elixirs North America launches botanical beverages

Brand chooses Rexam Sleek cans with tactile printing

Lotus Elixirs North America, Indian Wells, Calif., launched its new Lotus Botanical Elixirs in 12-ounce Sleek cans from Rexam.


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WhiteWave Foods to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free for $195 million

New brands to expand WhiteWave’s plant-based food and beverages platform

The WhiteWave Foods Co., Broomfield, Colo., announced that it has agreed to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free, Eugene, Ore., from its existing shareholders, led by Wasserstein & Co., for approximately $195 million in cash.


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Dunkin’ Donuts adds almond milk to its menu

Dunkin’ Brands partners with Blue Diamond to make Almond Breeze Almondmilk available in coffees and lattes

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., Canton, Mass., introduced almond milk to the menu in some of its Dunkin’ Donuts stores. Through a new partnership with Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif., select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide now will offer Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk as an addition to hot or iced coffees and lattes. Consumers can use the store locator at www.dunkindonuts.com and search for a special “AM” symbol to determine if their local stores offer the dairy alternative, the company says.


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DripDrop secures financing to accelerate national rollout

Medical-grade rehydration brand plans to expand to 15,000 retail locations this year

San Francisco-based DripDrop Inc., the maker of a same-named medical-grade
rehydration solution, announced that it has closed a $5.8 million round of financing, which will help the company to accelerate development and continue to drive availability in retailers and hospitals, the company says. Investors include funds affiliated with owners of the San Francisco 49ers, Seth Taube and Brook Taube of Medley Corp., and American rock musicians Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.
 


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Lifeway Foods reports strong Q2 results

Sales for kefir company up 28 percent in quarter

Lifeway Foods Inc., Morton Grove, Ill., announced results for the second quarter, which ended June 30. Total consolidated net sales increased 28 percent to $29.6 million during the three-month period from $23.1 million during the same three-month period in 2013. This increase is primarily attributable to increased sales and awareness of the company’s flagship Kefir line as well as its ProBugs Organic Kefir for kids and BioKefir lines.


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KeVita builds the next generation of health and wellness beverages

KeVita reveals a new brand extension coming this fall

Within the beverage industry, one trend exists that generally spans every category: health and wellness.


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ArKay Alcohol-Free liquor-flavored beverages

Following the launch of its ArKay alcohol-free whiskey in 2011, ArKay Distributing Inc. recently added 15 new alcohol-free liquor-flavored beverages to the platform.


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Celsius signs endorsement deal with racecar driver Emerson Fittipaldi

New partnership expands brand’s global reach into Brazil

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Celsius Holdings Inc. announced an endorsement agreement with racecar driver Emerson Fittipaldi. The two-time Formula One World Champion and two-time Indy 500 Race winner will serve as brand ambassador for Celsius’ same-named negative-calorie beverages in Brazil in support of the brand’s continued global expansion.


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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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