Mountain Dew, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc., and DR1 Racing, Los Angeles, announced a global partnership featuring the top drone racing pilots in the world. According to the companies, this marks the first branded partnership and national broadcast for the burgeoning sport.
Worldwide campaign features unique elements in each country
May 3, 2016
Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo’s Pepsi brand announced it is taking the world’s global language — emojis — offline in a visually striking and socially shareable campaign, inviting consumers to Say It With Pepsi, the company says. With more than 600 proprietary PepsiMoji designs — from over 1 billion bottles and cans to sunglasses and stadiums — in more than 100 markets, this year’s global #PepsiMoji campaign brings a provocative and fresh take on the cultural phenomenon of emojis, it adds.
Cans offer convenience, portability for wine drinkers
May 3, 2016
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, a brand of E.J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, Calif., announced the national launch of Barefoot Refresh Spritzers in convenient, portable cans. The canned wines let people take wine many places where it couldn’t go before, the company says.
New York-based Runa LLC announced that AcademyAward-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio recently invested in the company and will join the company’s advisory board. Other investors include actor and comedian Marlon Wayans, actor Adam Rodriguez and professional tennis players John Isner and Steve Johnson, the company says. This group joins existing Runa supporters, including actor Channing Tatum, who was an early investor, it adds.
DPS distribution partnership brings High Brew to 5 major cities
April 28, 2016
Austin, Texas-based High Brew Coffee, a company known for its ready-to-drink (RTD) cold-brew coffees, announced a Series A-2 investment of $4 million from Austin, Texas-based CAVU Venture Partners, a recently-launched fund focused on investment and incubation in healthy food and beverage companies. Additionally, High Brew Coffee announced a new distribution partnership with Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), which will include expanded distribution in key markets, it says.
Product hits market in conjunction with new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie
April 26, 2016
Fans of the “Ghostbusters” franchise have one more reason to celebrate this summer as Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.’s Hi-C brand announced release of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, a juice drink for those nostalgic for the 1980s and 1990s, the company says. Hi-C Ecto Cooler will be available for a limited time starting May 30. Its resurgence comes after a 15-year hiatus, as “Ghostbusters” hits theaters July 15.
Survey results to be released at the Beverage Forum
April 26, 2016
A new survey from industry consultants Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), New York, and Boston-based Fluent, a leading college marketing and insights agency, found that taught to make healthy choices from a young age, Gen Z college students take that lesson seriously when reaching for beverages. Practicality and natural products are preferred, while artificial ingredients and crazy fads are likely to cue a collective eye-roll, the companies say.