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Honest Tea refreshes glass-bottled lineup

New teas switch to Fair Trade certified sugar and get new graphics, flavor
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Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea, an independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Co., will refresh its glass-bottled line of teas to deepen the brand’s mission and broaden its  impact, the company says.


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Ciroc, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs launch pineapple-flavored vodka

Diageo brand named Official Toast of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
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Sean "Diddy" Combs and the makers of Ciroc Ultra Premium vodka announced the newest addition to its flavor portfolio — Ciroc Pineapple infused vodka. The new vodka offers a rich pineapple flavor with a touch of vanilla and a tropical finish, according to Diageo, the brand’s Norwalk, Conn.-based parent company.


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William Grant & Sons acquires Drambuie Liqueur Co.

Acquisition includes Drambuie whisky liqueur brand
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Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distillers William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd., New York, acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Co. Ltd., the Glasgow, Scotland-based owner of the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand.


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Dr Pepper Snapple seeks to acquire Davis Beverage Group, Davis Bottling Co.

Move would nearly double DPS’s company-owned distribution in Pa., add glass package manufacturing capabilities
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Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), Plano, Texas, signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the business assets of Davis Beverage Group and Davis Bottling Co. If completed, the acquisition would include most of Davis’ direct-store-delivery territory in Pennsylvania and a portion of its New Jersey territory as well as its production and distribution facilities, delivery vehicles, vending equipment and other assets.


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Dunkin’ Donuts adds almond milk to its menu

Dunkin’ Brands partners with Blue Diamond to make Almond Breeze Almondmilk available in coffees and lattes
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Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., Canton, Mass., introduced almond milk to the menu in some of its Dunkin’ Donuts stores. Through a new partnership with Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif., select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide now will offer Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk as an addition to hot or iced coffees and lattes. Consumers can use the store locator at www.dunkindonuts.com and search for a special “AM” symbol to determine if their local stores offer the dairy alternative, the company says.


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Essentia Water secures private equity investment

Investment supports bottled water brand’s market expansion
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Essentia Water LLC, Bothell, Wash., secured a private placement investment led by Castanea Partners, a Newton, Mass.-based private equity firm that owned Fuze Beverage prior to its sale to The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.


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Coca-Cola, Keurig expand agreement to hot brewing system

Honest Tea marks first Coca-Cola brand available in K-Cup packs
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Waterbury, Vt.-based Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and Atlanta-based The Coca Cola Co. expanded their partnership to offer select beverages from The Coca-Cola Co.’s still brands portfolio for the Keurig hot brewing system in the United States and Canada. Honest Tea will be the first brand from The Coca Cola Co. available in K-Cup packs, the companies say.


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Big Red acquires Xyience

Xyience will end its sponsorship deal with the UFC
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Big Red Inc., Austin, Texas, acquired Las Vegas-based Manzen LLC, doing business as Xyience.


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Kahlua co-stars with actor Jeff Bridges in new short film

“The White Russian” celebrates the classic cocktail made with Kahlua
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New York-based Pernod Ricard USA, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard SA, announced that its Kahlua brand has joined forces with Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges to release "The White Russian," a Kahlua Productions short film honoring the classic cocktail.


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Dunkin’ Donuts enters the West Coast

Company to introduce Rainforest Alliance Certified Dark Roast coffee
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Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., Canton, Mass., announced that its Dunkin’ Donuts cafes are expanding into the West Coast, beginning with two locations in Modesto and Santa Monica, Calif.


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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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