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Heineken Light offers money-back guarantee

Beer brand partners again with Neil Patrick Harris

White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA’s Heineken Light beer brand is so confident that it's the best-tasting light beer that it is offering a money back guarantee. To inspire consumers of legal drinking age to try the light beer, the brand once again is partnering with celebrity Neil Patrick Harris on a new commercial and digital video to bring the offer to life in a humorous way.


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Inca Kola teams up with OC Choppers to benefit Easter Seals

Consumers can purchase entries to win a custom-built chopper

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.’s Inca Kola brand and its Clifton, N.J.-based bottler Continental Food and Beverage Inc. (CF&B) announced the launch of a charity promotion to raise funds for Easter Seals New York’s Veterans Count program. The program will bring together the resources of Inca Kola, Orange Country Choppers (OCC), Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and AXS TV.


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H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods Group to merge

Kraft Heinz Co. would be third largest food and beverage company in North America

Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co., which would make the new company the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world, the companies report. 


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Readers select their favorite new beverage of February

Total Happiness Naturals release obtains nearly three-quarters of the vote

Although it might not look it outside, if you are in the Midwest or Northeast, summer isn’t too far away. In anticipation of summer activities and the food and beverages that accompany many of them, beverage-makers have started rolling out new products to complement the season. And it looks as though the readers of Beverage Industry are excited for some new summer flavors.


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Rabobank identifies gap in U.S. brandy market

Beverage brands can use halo from wine, spirits to market brandy

In Rabobank's new report about the U.S. brandy market, the New York-based financial services company identifies a clear market gap in what logically should be the segment’s strongest price segment — premium brands. Between the value, low-growth end of the brandy spectrum and the fast-growing, super-premium Cognac end, there is a potential opportunity for spirits companies to tap into the growing appetite for premium spirits among sophisticated, affluent U.S. consumers, it suggests.


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Keurig releases K-Mug pods

Larger pod brews single-serve coffee size for travel mug

Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Waterbury, Vt., released Keurig K-Mugpods. The pods brew a large travel mug-size of coffee through the company’s Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Keurig 2.0, which debuted in Fall 2014, is the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew a single cup, a four-cup carafe, and now a travel-mug size of coffee.


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BMC, Technomic form alliance to offer beverage insights

Partnership will incorporate data from wine and spirits categories

Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC), New York, and Technomic Inc., Chicago, announced a new strategic alliance between the two firms. Through this alliance, BMC and Technomic will provide unparalleled depth of market information to the ever-evolving beverage industry, its suppliers and advisers, the companies report.


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Heineken USA develops BrewLock technology for draft beer

Keg system utilizes customize air compressor for beer dispensing

Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., unveiled BrewLock, its patented new on-premise technology that transforms the quality, consistency and environmentally sound delivery of draft beer, the company says. The BrewLock draft beer system is designed to consistently provide a freshly brewed beer taste in an easy-to-install format, it says.


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Sprite re-launches Sprite LeBron’s Mix

Coca-Cola brand refreshes product name, packaging

Following last year’s launch of Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James, the brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. and the NBA superstar have given the limited-edition flavor a new look and a new name: Sprite LeBron’s Mix.


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How beer brands are using social media to connect with consumers

Social media has become a buzzword for not just American consumers but also the business environment. Companies are turning to various social media channels to create brand awareness or possibly boost retail sales. Beer brands also are turning to social media to make their stories heard. Brand Chorus, a division of New York-based TippingGardner, conducted a Beer StoryScore Index for Beverage Industry. StoryScore is a quantitative measure of a brand’s storytelling through social management based on creativity, strategy and personality.

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