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Terlato Wines, Heartland Distillers partner to create craft spirits portfolio

Wine and spirits companies plan to launch gin later this year

Lake Bluff, Ill.-based Terlato Wines International, a U.S. marketer of premium wines and spirits, announced a partnership with Heartland Distillers, Indianapolis, to jointly produce and market a collection of premium American craft spirits. This represents the newest addition to the Terlato artisan spirits portfolio.


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Brown spirits dominate growth of US spirits market

Growth slowing in flavored vodkas, overall spirits category, Rabobank reports

Brown spirits are leading much of the growth in the U.S. spirits market, with the segment growing 3 percent in the first four months of 2014, according to New York-based Rabobank’s latest global spirits report. More specifically, sales of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon expanded their already large shares, while flavored whiskey, rye, small-batch whiskey, and Irish whiskey and single-malt Scotch whisky maintained their impressive growth rates, it reports.


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Peroni Nastro Azzuro joins (Red) charity to help fight AIDS

Italian beer brand named official beer of Eat (Red). Drink (Red). Save Lives.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro, an Italian beer brand of London-based SABMiller plc, is teaming up with AIDS charity (Red) as the official beer of Eat (Red). Drink (Red). Save Lives. The new (Red) campaign, which runs through June 10, is led by chef Mario Batali and butcher and meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda to raise money and awareness to fight AIDS. Peroni will provide support at a number of participating restaurants and bars across the country during the campaign.


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Sunny Delight tests new energy beverage in select markets

SunnyD X energizing juice drink offers energy without caffeine

Sunny Delight Beverages Co., Cincinnati, announced the test market launch of SunnyD X, a carbonated juice drink designed as an alternative to energy drinks. Available in Orange, Lemon Lime and Fruit Punch flavors, the beverage lineup offers energy from B vitamins and carbohydrates instead of caffeine.


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Foco distributor appoints new CEO, CMO

Bimbo, D’Amico join Life Up LLC team

Life Up LLC, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based importer and distributor of Foco coconut water announced the appointment of Donna Bimbo as chief executive officer and Bob D’Amico as chief marketing officer.


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Nestea brings back ‘Nestea Plunge’ campaign

Advertising platform supports relaunch of RTD iced tea products

Nestea, a brand of Stamford, Conn.-based Nestlé Waters North America, announced the revival of the brand’s “Nestea Plunge” marketing effort with the new 2014 advertising campaign. This updated communication strategy is designed to promote Nestea’s new recipe, which features more flavor and fewer calories, the company says.


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7-Eleven adds new Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James Slurpee flavor

New collaboration with The Coca-Cola Co. features Sprite, orange and cherry flavors

7-Eleven Inc., Dallas, added the new Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James Slurpee to its lineup of frozen beverages lineup. Inspired by the limited-edition Sprite flavor developed between The Coca-Cola Co. and the NBA superstar, the new Slurpee also features the taste of traditional Sprite mixed with cherry and orange flavors, the company says.


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Jamba Juice supports Food Bank For NYC with fundraiser

Consumers who donate $1 to Food Bank For New York City will receive a Jamba Juice coupon book

Jamba Juice stores in all five boroughs of New York City are coming together to support Food Bank of New York City through a consumer donation initiative. The stores owned by Emeryville, Calif.-based parent company Jamba Juice Co. are encouraging consumers to donate $1 to Food Bank For New York City and, in return, will give the consumers a Jamba Juice coupon book with various deals for use with their next Jamba Juice visits. All proceeds collected through June 13 will provide funding for the approximately 400,000 free meals that are distributed by Food Bank each day to New Yorkers in need.


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How beer brands are using social media to connect with consumers

Social media has become a buzzword for not just American consumers but also the business environment. Companies are turning to various social media channels to create brand awareness or possibly boost retail sales. Beer brands also are turning to social media to make their stories heard. Brand Chorus, a division of New York-based TippingGardner, conducted a Beer StoryScore Index for Beverage Industry. StoryScore is a quantitative measure of a brand’s storytelling through social management based on creativity, strategy and personality.

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