With the holidays fast approaching, many consumers will be looking for the best buys at the grocery store. To give grocery retailers and manufacturers direct access to the voice of the consumer, Boston-based Trace One recently conducted a survey to determine what shoppers want from private-label products.
Not Your Father’s Taproom IPA, Cherry Ale available in Oregon, Washington
November 16, 2016
Wauconda, Ill.-based Small Town Brewery announced that it will launch a new line of classically brewed beers, Not Your Father’s Taproom IPA and Not Your Father’s Taproom Cherry Ale. These limited-edition beers initially will be available in Oregon and Washington.
I Don’t Get Tired – Pineapple now available in select stores
November 16, 2016
Multi-Platinum recording artist Kevin Gates unveiled a new flavor in his I Don’t Get Tired (#IDGT) line of energy drinks: I Don’t Get Tired Pineapple. The new pineapple flavor, which was developed by Gates, has been shipped to select distributors and now is available in select stores and online, he says.
For the second consecutive year, Patrón, a brand of Las Vegas-based The Patron Spirits Co., is giving holiday entertainers and gift givers an added bonus for the season with the release of the 2016 large-size 1-liter, limited-edition Patrón Silver bottle.
Highlights zero-waste achievements in beverage market
November 15, 2016
America’s leading non-alcohol beverage companies are celebrating America Recycles Day, which takes place Nov. 15, with the latest gains in their mission to eliminate all waste going to landfills from their U.S. production facilities, according to the Washington, D.C.-based American Beverage Association (ABA).
Victor, N.Y.-based Constellation Brands announced it has reached an agreement with Charles Smith Wines LLC to acquire its fast-growing Washington State wines for approximately $120 million. The transaction, which closed in October, includes five super and ultra-premium wines: Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Velvet Devil Merlot, Boom Booom! Syrah, Eve Chardonnay and Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon.
KonaRed Corp., Koloa, Hawaii, the manufacturer of premium Hawaiian Cold Brew and Whole Bean Coffee, announced that its comparative revenue grew by 132 percent from $174,000 in Q3 2015 to $404,000 for the three-month period ending Sept. 30. Revenue for the comparative nine-month period grew by 34 percent from $587,000 to $789,000, the company says.
The 31st Annual Natural Products Expo East, which took place Sept. 21-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, hosted more than 1,450 brands, including 450 first-time exhibitors. With more than 28,000 attendees, it was the largest show on record, growing by 10 percent, according to Boulder, Colo.-based New Hope Network, which produces the event.
The Alexandria, Va.-based National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) hosted its 79th Annual Convention, Sept. 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Attendees learned about important issues that beer distributors and the industry are facing and sampled new products during a two-day Product Demonstration Showcase that included more than 160 exhibitors, including 35 breweries, highlighting more than 100 labels of beer.