New equipment expands number of locations suited for the fountain technology
May 16, 2014
Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. added three new models to its Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain equipment portfolio to help expand the number of locations suited for the technology, the company says. Like the full-size Freestyle machines, the new countertop units offer multiple beverage choices, including low- and zero-calorie options, and an interactive touchscreen experience but in a smaller unit size. The new Coca-Cola Freestyle countertop dispensers will be piloted by the end of the year, the company says.
Michael J. Dolan to take on CEO duties in Bermuda, following immigration approval
May 15, 2014
The board of directors of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. announced the appointment of Michael J. Dolan as interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Dolan has been a member of the board of Bacardi Ltd. since 2009.
Survey shows fewer than 1 in 4 have “emotional” conversations about food
May 15, 2014
The number of Americans who consider healthfulness when purchasing their food and beverages has shown a significant uptick in the past two years, according to the Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2014 Food and Health Survey. The survey also evaluated the “emotional” conversations consumers have about food, finding that fewer than one in four have these conversations.
Tart cherry juice offers anti-inflammatory, sleep aid benefits
May 14, 2014
Geneva, N.Y.-based Cheribundi Inc. launched the Cheribundi 7-Day Challenge, which encourages consumers to drink tart cherry juice for seven consecutive days to experience the benefits of tart cherries.
Bacardí, the namesake brand within Coral Gables, Fla.-based Bacardi U.S.A. Inc.’s portfolio, launched Bacardí Loud & Untameable, a digital content series that showcases collaborations between popular modern artists and a Cuban-inspired ensemble band in all-out, anything-goes studio sessions streamed on the brand's custom Pandora station, www.pandora.com/bacardi.
Five winners will visit soccer clubs around the world as part of ultimate sporting experience
May 13, 2014
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.
Monster Beverage Corp., Corona, Calif., reported a more than 10 percent increase in gross sales to nearly $614 million in the first quarter of 2014, which ended March 31. Net sales in the term also increased by more than 10 percent to $536 million, and gross profit reached 53.5 percent of net sales.