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Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) and Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme have reached a multi-year agreement to bring Krispy Kreme signature coffee to K-Cup packs for the Keurig brewing system. The companies plan to launch Krispy Kreme coffees in Smooth and Decaf varieties in K-Cup packs online at keurig.com, krispykreme.com as well as at participating Krispy Kreme shops, grocery, retail and away-from-home channels throughout the United States by the end of the year.
Wat-aah!, a New York-based bottled water brand for kids, and its Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rose Cameron announce “Taking Back the Streets,” a national art campaign developed to further support the goal of Drink Up , an initiative of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its honorary chair first lady Michelle Obama that encourages Americans to drink more water more often.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR), Waterbury, Vt., have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca-Cola Co.’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system. Under the global strategic agreement, GMCR and The Coca-Cola Co. will cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold beverage system to consumers around the world. In an effort to align long-term interests, the companies also entered into a Common Stock Purchase Agreement whereby The Coca-Cola Co. will purchase a minority equity position in GMCR.
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (A-B), the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced it has agreed to purchase Blue Point Brewing Co., a Long Island, N.Y.-based craft brewer that has more than 40 beers and sales concentrated along the East Coast. The move will bring additional resources to Blue Point's operations, allowing it to meet growing consumer demand for its brands, A-B says. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, Calif., has acquired the exclusive rights to distribute Italy's Allegrini wines in the United States beginning April 1.
American distilled spirits exports broke new records in 2013, crossing the $1.5 billion threshold, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), New York. This growth was driven by premium bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, which exceeded the $1 billion mark for the first time, it reported at its annual briefing for Wall Street analysts.
Ace Metrix, Mountain View, Calif., revealed the top-performing ads of Super Bowl XLVIII, which honed in on heroes, inspiration and patriotism with the least amount of humor in years, it reports.
Oakland, N.J.-based blk. Beverages announced a new distribution agreement with Big Geyser Inc., Maspeth, N.Y. Big Geyser now will act as the exclusive distributor of blk. Beverages’ fulvic-enhanced mineral water brands blk. and blk.+ with distribution throughout New York City and its five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island — as well as Westchester, Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Epicurex LLC, North Miami Beach, Fla., announced that it will partner with natural and specialty food distributor KeHe to distribute its Cocozia 100 percent organic coconut water across the state of Florida.
Inspired by the signature coffees available at its doughnut shops, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. is bringing its iced coffees to retail store shelves in ready-to-drink (RTD) bottles. Starting Feb. 10, RTD varieties of Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Iced Coffee and Krispy Kreme Mocha Iced Coffee will be available at more than 900 Walmart locations throughout the United States.
In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)
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