New product expands on company’s growing spirits portfolio
March 14, 2017
Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis., announced that Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates is broadening its offerings with the launch of Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates Chocolate Mint Brandy. Incorporating the company’s exclusive blend of chocolate, the new brandy is naturally infused with Kohler’s all natural, 72 percent dark chocolate and provides a fresh minty taste, the company says. The Chocolate Mint Brandy will be released this month and will be available at Destination Kohler as well as other select retailers and restaurants in the Wisconsin area.
Eastside plans joint expansion of both companies’ resources
March 14, 2017
Portland, Ore.-based Eastside Distilling Inc., a producer of hand-crafted spirits, announced the acquisition of MotherLode Craft Distillery, also based in Portland, Ore., and a provider of bottling services and production support to craft distilleries. Since its founding in 2014 by Allen Barteld, the mission of MotherLode has been to enable craft distillers to increase their production and extend their product lines, reducing cost and increasing efficiency, thereby freeing them to focus on their craft, the company says. The typical MotherLode customer is a distillery of small batch, hand-crafted spirits, or a premium craft spirit sold as a private label, it adds.
Spot is part of the largest multimedia campaign in Stoli Group history
March 13, 2017
Stoli Vodka, a brand of Stoli Group USA LLC, New York, is returning to TV with a new commercial for the first time in seven years. As part of the biggest multimedia campaign since the inception of Stoli Group USA, the new television spot, titled "THE Vodka," uses a montage to celebrate the pioneering heritage of Stoli through the lens of those who drink it, the company says. The 30-second spot will run on TV during live sports and late night in target markets beginning March 13 with national digital distribution to include sports and lifestyle properties and premium full-episode players, it adds.
Capping a decades-long streak of vigorous growth, bottled water achieved a major milestone in 2016, when it surpassed carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States, according to New York-based Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC). Total bottled water volume grew from 11.8 billion gallons in 2015 to 12.8 billion gallons in 2016, an increase of nearly 9 percent, which marked the third year of accelerated growth, the market research firm says.
Company also launches reinvented iced tea portfolio
March 9, 2017
The San Rafael, Calif.-based Mighty Leaf Tea Co., which specializes in artisan blends of whole leaf teas, herbs and fruits, launched a new multi-tiered tea program, offering three distinct lines of teas to serve the multi-faceted needs of its foodservice customers. The new program is a part of the company’s broader strategy to offer a high-quality tea program for the foodservice channel at every price point and for every venue, the company says.
Redd’s Brewing Co., a brand of Chicago-based MillerCoors, announced the return of the Redd’s Wicked Limited Release series. Kicking off the return of the series is Redd's Wicked Strawberry Kiwi, a new flavor. The second flavor in the series, Redd's Wicked Strawberry Kiwi hit shelves nationwide on March 1 and will only be available for a limited time, the company says.
New division will serve as broker in Caribbean and Latin American regions
March 7, 2017
Miami-based Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits LLC announced the launch of its new Travel Sales and Export division, becoming the first major U.S. wholesale distributor to offer brokerage services to travel and export market channels, the company says. The new division will serve supplier partners as a broker across the Caribbean and Latin American regions, the cruise line industry, and duty-free operators in the Americas. As a broker, Southern Glazer’s will act as an agent of record and provide sales, marketing and logistical support to these markets, it says.
Stella Artois, a brand of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Leuven, Belgium, and National Geographic announced that a new documentary, "Our Dream of Water,” a film spotlighting the effects of the global water crisis, will make its world premiere on March 22 in celebration of World Water Day. The documentary, debuting on the National Geographic channel, was commissioned by Stella Artois as a part of its Buy A Lady A Drink campaign, an ongoing partnership with Water.org to help provide clean water to people in the developing world, the company says.