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Honest Tea, Smashburger announce national partnership

Burger chain offers freshly brewed, organic iced teas at all US locations
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Smashburger, Denver, announced that it will carry Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea’s fresh-brewed organic iced teas at all of its restaurants nationwide. Each Smashburger location will brew a selection of iced teas from the independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Co.


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Starbucks encourages coffee gifting on Twitter

“Tweet-a-Coffee” social media program enables consumers to give Starbucks Card e-gifts
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Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, launched a new way for customers to give its coffee as a gift using the “Tweet-a-Coffee” Twitter program.


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AriZona Beverages launches Water Enhancers

Liquid concentrates feature seven of AriZona’s most popular flavors
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AriZona Beverages, Brooklyn, N.Y., launched Water Enhancers, a line of liquid concentrates in on-the-go squeeze bottles. The zero-calorie Water Enhancers allow consumers to customize their still or sparkling waters by adding one of the company’s seven most popular flavors: Lemon Tea, Mucho Mango, Fruit Punch, Peach Green Tea, Arnold Palmer Half & Half, Arnold Palmer Strawberry and Golden Bear Strawberry Lemonade.


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Ale, cider gain ground in on-premise during Q3 2013

Nationwide on-premise lager sales down in quarter
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On-premise ale and cider sales were on the rise in the third quarter of 2013, reports Restaurant Sciences LLC, Newton, Mass. Ale sales grew 2 percent and cider sales grew 39 percent compared with the prior-year period, it reports. Comparatively, nationwide on-premise lager sales were down 7 percent compared with the third quarter of 2012, it adds.


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DPS releases Q3 results

Net sales up 1 percent for quarter
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Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS), Plano, Texas, reported that its third quarter net sales increased 1 percent, reflecting 3 percentage points of positive mix and pricing partially offset by a 1 percent sales volume decline and higher discounts.


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Winery launches ‘Downton Abbey’-inspired collection

Vintage red and white wines included in Bordeaux collection
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Denver-based PL360 Beverage Partners imported a new line of wines inspired by the PBS series “Downton Abbey” into the United States. Launching Nov. 1, New York-based Wines That Rock's Downton Abbey Wine Collection features two blends from the Bordeaux region of France: a Blanc white wine and a Claret red wine.


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Drinktec reports growth in attendance and new business

Beverage companies highlight expertise in formulation, filling, packaging and more
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Drinktec 2013, which took place Sept. 16-20 in Munich, attracted 66,886 visitors from 183 countries, representing a 14 percent increase in attendance compared with drinktec 2009. Of these visitors, 62 percent traveled from countries outside of Germany, with 16 percent of the total visitors traveling from the United States.


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Diageo launches Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve in US

Limited offering features balance of sweet fruits and creaminess with a light smoke, company says
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Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America, a division of Diageo plc, announced the U.S. release of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. Previously only available in select global markets, the limited offering introduces a new step in the Johnnie Walker flavor journey, and its special bottling provides an unexpected yet stunning profile for a Scotch whisky, the company says. A multi-layered whisky, Gold Label Reserve offers a smooth balance of sweet fruits and creaminess with a light smoke, it adds.


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Market research firms identify new segments of natural, organic shoppers

IRI, SPINS partner to assist CPG manufacturers and retailers
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Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago, and SPINS, Schaumburg, Ill., created SPINS NaturaLink, a new segmentation of the total U.S. population that focuses on how shoppers think about, purchase and use natural, organic and eco-friendly products. Consumers increasingly are embracing natural and organic products and often are as concerned about what is not in the products they buy as much as what is in them, IRI notes. SPINS NaturaLink is designed to assist consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers in generating new levels of growth through a better understanding of these shopper needs.


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Honest Tea releases 2013 Mission Report

Report highlights company’s efforts to promote organics and reduce environmental footprint
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Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea, an independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Co., released its 2013 Mission Report as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to be transparent about its business practices and its mission “to seek to create and promote great-tasting, healthier, organic beverages.”


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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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