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Woodford Reserve unveils 2014 Kentucky Derby bottle

Limited-edition beverage packaging features artwork of local Louisville, Ky., artist
March 5, 2014

Woodford Reserve, a brand of Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman Corp. and the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is honoring this year’s Run for the Roses with the release of its limited-edition 2014 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle.


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National Beverage Corp. announces 9-month results

Sales adversely affected by harsh winter, CEO says
March 5, 2014

National Beverage Corp., manufacturer of beverage brands including LaCroix, Everfresh, Shasta and Rip It based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., reported financial results for the nine months ending Jan. 25. The winter weather’s impact on production and delivery resulted in performance declines in the term, according to the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nick A. Caporella.


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Cabo Wabo partners with Sixthman music festival

Tequila brand to develop signature cocktails for cruises
March 4, 2014

For the fourth consecutive year, Cabo Wabo Tequila, a brand of San Francisco-based Campari America, is partnering with music festival Sixthman as a spirits partner for a series of rock-focused music events. Legendary and rising star acts including Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Florida Georgia Line, Sister Hazel and Transatlantic will perform for fans aboard Sixthman and Cabo Wabo-sponsored music cruises.


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Great Range Capital acquires Mountain Valley Water Co.

Partnership strengthens growth plans, premium bottled water brand, CEO says
March 4, 2014

Leawood, Kan.-based private equity firm Great Range Capital acquired Mountain Valley Water Co. of Hot Springs, Ark. Mountain Valley is the oldest continuously operated bottled water company in the United States, according to the company. The premium bottled water company serves individual consumers, major retailers and foodservice operators in all 50 states and in select international markets, it says.


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A-B launches Bud Light Lime Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita

Mix-A-Rita variety pack features four permanent flavors
March 3, 2014

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (A-B), a division of AB InBev, is doubling the size of its Bud Light Lime “Ritas” portfolio with the introduction of two new permanent flavors: Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita.


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Wirtz Beverage named exclusive broker for Diageo in Canada

New entity Wirtz Beverage Canada will feature dedicated sales team for Diageo brands
March 3, 2014

London-based Diageo has signed an agreement with Chicago-based distributor Wirtz Beverage Group, a division of Wirtz Corp., making it the exclusive national broker for Diageo’s beer, wine, spirits and ready-to-drink (RTD) brands in Canada.


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Sunny Delight joins SodaStream platform

Co-branded products to launch in second half of 2014
March 3, 2014

SodaStream International Ltd., Airport City, Israel, announced a strategic agreement with Sunny Delight Beverages Co., Cincinnati, to co-develop SunnyD Tangy Original Orange, Orange-Strawberry and additional flavors exclusively for the SodaStream home beverage carbonation system.


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Fireman’s Brew expands distribution into Ohio

Craft brewer's beer now available in 14 states
February 27, 2014

Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft brewery founded by two firefighters, announced partnerships with three Ohio-based distributors — Beverage Distributors Inc., Tramonte Distributing and Classic Brands — to distribute its beers throughout the state. Ohio marks the brand’s 14th distribution state, joining California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Virginia, Rhode Island, New York and Hawaii.


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GuestMetrics, Restaurant Sciences merge to form GuestSciences

Bill Pecoriello will lead the company as chief executive officer
February 27, 2014

GuestMetrics LLC and Restaurant Sciences LLC have merged to form GuestSciences, effective as of Feb. 24.


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Coca-Cola closes on minority equity acquisition of GMCR

Coca-Cola Co. now owns approximately 10 percent of GMCR
February 27, 2014

The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR), Waterbury, Vt., announced the closing of the previously announced private placement of GMCR common stock to The Coca-Cola Co. for total gross proceeds of approximately $1.25 billion.


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