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Bacardi rum recycles water through ‘Good Spirited’ sustainability initiative

Ecological goals also focus on sustainable packaging

Because water is key to its production processes, Hamilton, Bermuda-based Bacardi Ltd. has set new goals through its “Good Spirited” global sustainability program in order to become more ecologically responsible for the production of its flagship brand, Bacardi Rum, it says.


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Kobe Bryant invests in BodyArmor SuperDrink

Bryant will become No. 3 shareholder for sports drink company

BodyArmor, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based sports drink company, announced that professional basketball player Kobe Bryant made a significant investment in the company and will become its No.3 investor, behind co-founders Mike Repole and Lance Collins.


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Coca-Cola expands ‘The Ahh Effect’ campaign with commercials

Soft drink maker also expands online platform, behind-the-label content

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. is expanding its “The Ahh Effect” campaign with added features for its second year. The teen-focused effort will build on its history of innovation with several marketing firsts for Coca-Cola in interactive and broadcast media this coming year, the company says.


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Heineken phases out original Strongbow Hard Cider recipe with new flavors

Strongbow Gold Apple, Honey & Apple varieties also showcase new look

White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, which acquired import rights to the Strongbow Hard Cider brand in January 2013, is phasing out the original Strongbow Hard Cider recipe in place of the new Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider and Strongbow Honey & Apple Hard Cider. In a blind taste test conducted last year by Rogil Research, both men and women noted that they strongly preferred the new crisp, refreshing flavor profile of Strongbow Gold Apple, the company says.


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A-B to release Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider

New alcohol beverage marks A-B’s first wholly new brand in 8 years

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (A-B), the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, will release its new Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider brand nationwide April 7. Inspired by the legendary adventurer and storyteller, Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider features a refreshingly sweet flavor with a crisp apple bite, the company says.


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Starbucks partners with Oprah Winfrey to create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea

New beverage will debut in Starbucks, Teavana stores April 29

Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co. announced a new collaboration with Oprah Winfrey to co-create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea.


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Coca-Cola partners with LeBron James to create new Sprite flavor

Limited-edition CSD available nationwide in convenience, value stores

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. has joined forces with NBA superstar LeBron James to create a new, limited-edition Sprite flavor. Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James combines the taste of Sprite with a splash of cherry and orange flavor, the company says. The flavor formulation, packaging graphics and product name for Sprite 6 Mix were co-developed with James to reflect his style and taste preferences, it says.


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C&C Group completes acquisition of Wallaces Express

Purchase of Scotland's largest wine and spirits wholesaler will enhance service, increase value, company says

C&C Group plc, the Dublin-based manufacturer, marketer and distributor of beer and hard cider brands including Woodchuck and Hornsby’s, has acquired the remaining 50 percent stake in Wallaces Express, Scotland's largest wine and spirits wholesaler.


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Cheribundi juice drinks expand into Walmart

Tart cherry juice company to add 2,100 locations to distribution network

Cheribundi Inc., Boulder, Colo., announced that two of its top-selling Fruit Refresh blends, Lemonade Refresh and Cranberry Refresh, now are available in 2,100 Walmart locations. These products will be merchandised in the juice aisle.


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PepsiCo builds on commitments to sustainable agriculture

Expands support for local communities with new land policy

To build on the policies and programs that Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo already has established in a number of areas including supplier conduct, sustainable agriculture, and environmental health and safety, the company now is rolling out a land policy with zero tolerance for illegal activities in its supply chain and for land displacements of any legitimate land tenure holders.


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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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