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Mello Yello launches ‘Hand Picked and Refreshed’ antiquing contest

History’s “American Pickers,” Mello Yello give aspiring collectors opportunity to win Ultimate Pickin’ Experience

This summer, Mello Yello, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., is partnering with History’s “American Pickers” TV show in its hunt for handpicked antiques and collectibles and encouraging amateur pickers across the nation to share their own finds.


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Craft beer sales surge 110 percent, Mintel reports

Market research firm estimates beer segment to reach $20 billion in 2014

New research from Chicago-based Mintel suggests that while craft beer drinkers might enjoy the big, bold flavors of their favorite artisanal brews, they also place a premium on what the beer says about them. For the 25-34 age group, which represents the segment's heaviest consumers, 70 percent say that the brand of beer says a lot about a person, and 66 percent say the style does the same. This strong sense of self has manifested itself in record sales for the craft beer industry, as Mintel estimates sales of craft beer — including craft-style offerings — will reach $20 billion in 2014, more than doubling sales of five years ago.


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Premiumization trend drives distilled spirits dollar sales

Consumers are drinking less but better, Beverage Information & Insights Group reports

As the economy continues to expand, premium and super-premium distilled spirits are coming back stronger than ever, according to the Beverage Information & Insights Group’s “2014 Liquor Handbook.” The Norwalk, Conn.-based company reports that this premiumization trend means that consumers are drinking less but drinking “better,” which resulted in slower case sales growth of 2.2 percent, reaching 210 million 9-liter cases in 2013.


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TY KU, former Svedka Vodka CEO partner to launch Davos Brands

New company will own, partner with wine and spirits brands on sales, marketing programs

New York-based TY KU Sake & Spirits created a new importing and marketing group, Davos Brands, under the direction of Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Svedka Vodka Guillaume Cuvelier, who will serve as the new company’s vice chairman.


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Lassonde Industries completes acquisition of Apple & Eve

Transaction totaled nearly $148 million instead of anticipated $150 million

Lassonde Industries Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of fruit juices and juice drinks based in Rougemont, Quebec, completed its previously announced acquisition of Apple & Eve LLC, Port Washington, N.Y., for a total cash consideration of $147.9 million.


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Waiakea Water releases inaugural commercial

Bottled water brand celebrates second anniversary

In celebration of its second anniversary, Waiakea Water has released its inaugural commercial. The roughly 1-minute commercial offers an informational approach about the brand’s natural filtration process through an active volcano.


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ProSupps launches new pre-workout drink with dispensing cap

KarmaCap closure preserves ingredients inside the cap until consumption

ProSupps USA, Allen, Texas, released its pre-workout powder Mr. Hyde in a ready-to-drink (RTD) format.


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Starbucks reports 11 percent increase in revenue for Q3

Net revenue in the Americas grew 10 percent

Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, reported its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal-year 2014.


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SABMiller beverage volume up 3 percent in Q1

International markets driving beer, soft drink growth

London-based SABMiller plc reported total beverage volume growth of 3 percent, on an organic basis, in its first quarter of 2014, which ended June 30. In addition, the company’s group net producer revenue (NPR) was up 6 percent, and group NPR per hectoliter was up 3 percent, both on an organic, constant currency basis, in the term.


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Net revenue increases by half a percent in Q2 for PepsiCo

CEO increases EPS growth target for 2014 following strong YTD results

PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., reported organic revenue growth of 3.6 percent and reported net revenue growth of 0.5 percent in the second quarter of 2014, compared with the prior-year period. Global beverages experienced 2 percent organic revenue growth and a 1 percent reported net revenue decline because of unfavorable foreign exchange translation and the company’s refranchising of its bottling operations in Vietnam, it says.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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