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Coca-Cola puts spotlight on Special Olympics

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, is creating greater awareness for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 through an integrated marketing campaign. “We share the values of Special Olympics and the vision of acceptance, inclusion and optimism,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Co., in a statement. “One of the best ways we can support Special Olympics is by communicating those positive messages to the millions of people that reach for a Coca-Cola every day.”


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Store-brand sales increase across the board

Store brands capped a decade of growth by posting sales increases across all three of the major retail channels in 2010, and pushing dollar share to new all-time highs in supermarkets, drug stores and total outlets, according to PLMA’s 2011 Private Label Yearbook. The PLMA Yearbook tracks private label sales and market share trends based on data from The Nielsen Co., Schaumburg, Ill.


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Silk beverage brands receive non-GMO verification

Silk, a brand of Broomfield, Colo.-based WhiteWave Food Co., announced that all products in its beverage portfolio have been officially verified by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers dedicated to ensuring the sustained availability of non-genetically modified organism (GMO) food and beverage choices. Silk’s beverage portfolio includes Silk Soymilk, Silk Pure Coconut and Silk Pure Almond.


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Foster’s rejects bid by SABMiller

Foster’s Group Ltd., Southbank, Australia, rejected an acquisition proposal from SABMiller plc to acquire all shares of Foster’s at a rate of $4.90 each share. The board of Foster’s announced it “believes that the proposal significantly undervalues the company in the context of a change of control and, as such, it does not intend to take any further action in relation to it.”


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Small Brewers Caucus established in U.S. Senate

The Brewers Association, Boulder, Colo., announced the formation of the Senate Small Brewers Caucus by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). The senators sent a letter to colleagues sharing, “In recent years, the more than 1,700 craft brewers all across America have met growing consumer demand for their products by brewing flavorful and innovative beers, which they encourage Americans to enjoy in a responsible manner. 


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Radio host Limbaugh launches RTD tea line

Radio host Rush Limbaugh introduced the Two If By Tea line of ready-to-drink iced teas. The line includes Regular, Raspberry, Diet Original and Diet Raspberry flavors and has been in the works for one year by Limbaugh, his wife, Kathryn, and a small development team. The Two if By Tea name is a twist on the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” that features the line “one if by land, and two if by sea.” 


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Budweiser raises the flag

Today, Flag Day, the men and women of Budweiser will take to bars and restaurants around the country to raise awareness for the Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF). FHF, an organization that provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country, is working with Budweiser to raise money for its scholarship program. 


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Old Orchard brings Tart Cherry to market

Old Orchard Brands, Sparta, Mich., announced a new line of premium juice made from pure tart cherry juice called Very Cherre. The 100 percent juice comes in multi-serve 64-ounce bottles and is available at select grocery and supermarket stores this month with national distribution expected mid-summer. Suggested retail price is $4.99 a bottle.


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Pucker partners with reality star to play matchmaker

Patti Stanger, star of Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" is partnering with Pucker Vodka for its "Break Up and Match Up" program. Beginning in June, Stanger will use her unique talent to pair fun and flirty flavored-vodka drinkers' personalities with equally spirited cocktails made from Pucker Vodka, a brand of Deerfield-based Beam Global Spirits & Wine.


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Coca-Cola ad invites soccer fans to come together

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, debuted a new commercial for its signature Coca-Cola brand that inspires rivals to come together

During the broadcast of the 2011 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup on Univision, the commercial, entitled “Buscando Coca-Cola” (“Searching for Coca-Cola”), showcases the unifying power of Coca-Cola through the eyes of a man desperately seeking a supply of Coke before the start of a soccer match, the company says.


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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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