Beam Inc., Deerfield, Ill., donated 2,000 meals to military service members and their families through its annual “Holiday Meals for Military Families” program. In partnership with Operation Homefront and nearly 50 business partners, Beam visited six active military bases across the Midwest and Northeast, which is double the number of donated meals from last year, the company said.
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif., announced the release of “The Alchemist/Ninkasi/Stone More Brown than Black IPA.” The beer is the fifth collaboration beer released by Stone and various partners in 2011.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, announced a multimillion dollar partnership agreement with three leading biotechnology companies to accelerate development of commercial solutions for next-generation PlantBottle packaging made from 100 percent plant-based materials.
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Budweiser brand announced the debut of its social reality show “Bud United presents: The Big Time” in early 2012 on ABC in the United States. Cast through Budweiser’s social media sites, “Bud United presents: The Big Time” features young adults from around the world fulfilling their dreams, such as racing professional racecar drivers, playing for a global renowned soccer team, pitching a professional baseball game and taking the stage at a major music event. The show will air in the United States on Saturdays on ABC starting Jan. 21, 2012.
Heineken, Amsterdam, launched the latest phase in its global approach to encourage the responsible consumption of its brands. Organized under the theme “Sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers,” the campaign uses the Heineken brand to deliver and reinforce the message.
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.