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Lifeway Foods announces record 4th quarter and full-year 2013 financial results

Increases attributed to Kefir, ProBugs, BioKefir lines
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Lifeway Foods Inc., Morton Grove, Ill., announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2013.


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Foley Family Wines purchases The Four Graces winery

Acquisition includes tasting room and two vineyards
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Foley Family Wines, Healdsburg, Calif., purchased The Four Graces winery, which produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc wines in Dundee, Ore.


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WSWA convention comes to Las Vegas next week

Captain Richard Phillips and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ author Jordan Belfort keynote at Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America show
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The 71st annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) convention and exposition will host wine and spirits distributors and suppliers April 8-10 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.


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Zevia becomes first distributed zero-calorie, naturally sweetened CSD in MLB

Brand partners with Oakland Athletics in distribution, advertising agreement
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Beginning with their 2014 Opening Homestand on March 29, the Oakland Athletics will introduce Zevia as the first-ever naturally sweetened, zero-calorie carbonated soft drink (CSD) in Major League Baseball. The team’s partnership with the Culver City, Calif.-based beverage company will make Zevia’s Ginger Ale, Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Cream Soda, Black Cherry and Grape CSDs available at concessions throughout O.co Coliseum in branded coolers.


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‘Duck Dynasty’ star creates iced tea line

Uncle Si’s Iced Teas to hit the market this spring
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At the request of fans of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” TV show, West Monroe, La.-based Duck Commander Family Foods and Prospect, Ky.-based Chinook USA announced the launch of new Uncle Si’s Iced Tea.


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21st Amendment Brewery names new partner and president

Dave Wilson will oversee development of new production facility in San Leandro, Calif.
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Craft brewer 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, appointed Dave Wilson as the company’s new partner and president. Wilson, who has been with the craft beer company since 2008, began as its national sales and marketing director when 21st Amendment first launched its canned craft beer in the market.


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Constellation, Vats Liquor enter long-term agreement

Partnership to develop Robert Mondavi brand in China
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Hong Kong-based Vats Liquor and Constellation Brands Inc., Victor, N.Y., announced a long-term strategic agreement to jointly develop the wine brand Robert Mondavi in China. Vats Liquor and Constellation will work together to exclusively market and promote the brand. The format and the scale of this agreement are unique in the global wine industry, the companies say.


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Missouri Beverage partners with Rogue Ales & Spirits

Portfolio of specialty products to bolster distributor’s craft beer and spirit offerings
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In a new agreement, Ashland, Ore.-based Rogue Ales & Spirits and Missouri Beverage (MoBev), St. Louis, will join forces to distribute the craft beer and spirits manufacturer’s products statewide. Although Rogue is not new to the Missouri market, the partnership provides further opportunities to build the company’s craft beer and spirit brands, it says.


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Reed’s Inc. announces 2013 results

Natural beverage company reports growth of kombucha line last year
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Los Angeles-based Reed’s Inc., the owner of natural beverage brands such as Culture Club Kombucha and Virgil’s Soda, announced the financial results for its fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013.


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Peet’s pairs coffee with music

New partnership brings customized Pandora radio stations to Peet’s coffeehouses
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Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Emeryville, Calif., partnered with Internet radio service Pandora to create its own customized radio stations that will be played in all of its stores nationwide.


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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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