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Monster Beverage reports Q1 2014 results

Energy drink brand’s net sales up 10 percent

Monster Beverage Corp., Corona, Calif., reported a more than 10 percent increase in gross sales to nearly $614 million in the first quarter of 2014, which ended March 31. Net sales in the term also increased by more than 10 percent to $536 million, and gross profit reached 53.5 percent of net sales.


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Maple. debuts first maple water beverage in New England

Nutrient-rich, low-calorie, low-sugar beverage now available at select regional retailers

Concord, Mass.-based Drinkmaple launched maple., an all-natural, plant-based water sourced from North American maple trees. The new water now is available in 8.45-ounce cartons at retail throughout the greater Boston area as well as online at www.drinkmaple.com.


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MillerCoors sales increase in Q1 2014

Brewer gains share in above-premium, premium light beer markets

Chicago-based MillerCoors, a joint venture between London-based SABMiller plc and Denver-based Molson Coors Brewing Co., saw its net income for the first quarter increase 7.4 percent to $291.9 million compared with the same period in the prior-year period. This income growth was driven by positive pricing and sales mix, cost savings, and lower marketing spending, primarily due to timing differences versus last year, the company says.


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Actress Kristen Bell tapped as creative director for new Lipton miniseries

Video series supports “Win an Extra SUNday” promotion to take chores off consumers’ to-do lists

Lipton Iced Tea launched the first video in a three-part comedic film series produced in partnership with actress Kristen Bell, who for the first time stepped behind the camera to serve as creative director.


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Sauza adds Watermelon to Sparkling Margarita line

Ready-to-drink cocktail combines melon flavor, effervescent bubbles

Timed with the start of the summer season and warmer weather, Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam Suntory Inc.’s Sauza brand added a new Watermelon flavor to its lineup of ready-to-drink Sparkling Margaritas, which made their debut last spring.


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“Good Spirited” recycling efforts priority for Bacardi

Puerto Rican rum distillery recycles 4 million pounds of material a year

Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. understands how crucial recycling is on the island home of the world’s largest rum distillery, which is based in Catano, Puerto Rico. Every year the Bacardi rum facility recycles more than 4 million pounds of material.


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Pernod Ricard USA, Southern Wine & Spirits launch responsible drinking campaign

National initiative spreads message through 15,000 retail stores

New York-based Pernod Ricard USA and Miami-based Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. (Southern) announced a national effort to promote retailer engagement with The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR), a national nonprofit funded by distillers aimed at reducing drunk driving and underage drinking.


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Bottled water industry supports National Drinking Water Week

IBWA emphasizes importance of clean, safe drinking water

During National Drinking Water Week from May 4 to 10 this year, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Alexandria, Va., is highlighting bottled water as a healthy, on-the-go, refreshing beverage.


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Jamba adds new flavors to at-home smoothie line

Blue Fusion, Red Fusion Fruit & Veggie Smoothies are dairy free, gluten free

Inventure Foods Inc., Phoenix, a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands under a variety of company-owned and licensed brand names, launched Jamba Red Fusion and Blue Fusion Fruit & Veggie Smoothies at retail stores.


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Left Hand expands distribution into western Pennsylvania

Craft brewer also looks to Iowa, California expansions

Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo., announced its expansion into western Pennsylvania. Beginning May 5, Left Hand will be available in the greater Pittsburgh market through a distribution partnership with Pittsburgh-based Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co.


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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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