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GuestMetrics, Restaurant Sciences merge to form GuestSciences

Bill Pecoriello will lead the company as chief executive officer
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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
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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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The Coca-Cola Co. launches Diet Coke Frost slushy

New CSD brand release marks brand’s first frozen beverage offering
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Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.’s Diet Coke brand is moving into the frozen beverage segment with its new Diet Coke Frost beverage. The low-calorie, cherry-flavored, frozen carbonated soft drink (CSD) marks the brand’s first foray into the frozen beverage segment in its 31-year history, the company says.


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Corona Light to expand draft distribution nationally

Corona Extra will debut on draft in test markets
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Crown Imports LLC, a Chicago-based division of Constellation Brands, announced that its Corona Light brand will expand on draft in more than 35 U.S. markets, and its Corona Extra brand will make its debut on draft in three test markets.


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Bacardi announces sustainable actions as part of ‘Good Spirited’ commitment

New benchmark sets goals for 2022 for sourcing, packaging and operations
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Earlier this month, Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Limited unveiled its new “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” initiative, which will hold its global operations and suppliers for Bacardi rum to high sustainability standards.


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Nielsen study highlights CPG, retail needs of aging consumer demographic

North America leads in offering clearly labeled CPGs, foods for special diets
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As the 65-and-older demographic increases in size and spending power, retailers, brand marketers and service providers have opportunities to better support the health and well-being of aging consumers, according to new findings from Nielsen, New York.


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Consumers advance beyond multichannel shopping, PwC reports

Annual survey of online shoppers reveals consumer expectations
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Although retailers have historically used the “multichannel” approach to reach consumers, the rapidly growing focus on the consumer and integrated, customer-focused technology has paved the way for a “total retail” experience, according to New York-based PwC’s report “Achieving Total Retail: Consumer Expectations Driving the Next Retail Business Model.” Based on a survey of more than 15,000 online shoppers globally, the study reveals eight consumer expectations that call upon retailers to create a total retail business model transformation.


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Skinnygirl debuts line of liquid water enhancers

Low-calorie, naturally sweetened liquid concentrates will launch nationwide in March
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The Skinnygirl brand has entered another new beverage segment with the announcement of its new, low-calorie Skinnygirl Water Enhancers.


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Cocozia enters Sedano’s Supermarkets

Coconut water company also partners with Roma Food Group
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Epicurex LLC, North Miami Beach, Fla., has joined forces with Hialeah, Fla.-based Sedano’s Supermarkets to retail its Cocozia 100 percent organic coconut water. Sedano’s Supermarkets is expected to sell the entire Cocozia lineup, including original, coffee, pineapple, mango and chocolate varieties, at its 34 stores in Florida.


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Ole Smoky moonshine expands distribution internationally

Monarq will import spirits to Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. duty-free retailers
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Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Gatlinburg, Tenn., has appointed Miami-based Monarq Group as the exclusive importer of Ole Smoky moonshines to Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. duty-free retailers.


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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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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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