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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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Celsius reports 61 percent rise in net revenue for Q3

Growth primarily attributed to international sales
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Celsius Holdings Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., reported positive results for its third-quarter and year-to-date 2013 results ending Sept. 30.


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Duvel Moortgat acquires Boulevard Brewing Co.

Craft brewery acquires resources to grow in the United States and Europe
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Kansas City, Mo.-based Boulevard Brewing Co. announced that Belgium-based Duvel Moortgat has acquired the craft brewery.


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PepsiCo reports Q3 2013 results

PepsiCo Americas Beverages division reports slight declines in the quarter
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Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo reported net revenue of $16.9 billion in the third quarter of 2013. This marks 1.5 percent growth in the quarter and 2 growth percent year-to-date, the company reports. Organic revenue grew 3.3 percent in the quarter and 3.9 percent year-to-date, and core constant currency operating profit rose 3 percent in the quarter, reflecting increased advertising and marketing expense and $28 million of incremental investments.


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The Coca-Cola Co. reports Q3, YTD 2013 results

Company reports 25th consecutive quarter of value share growth
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The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta reported its third-quarter and year-to-date 2013 results, noting continued global value share gains in total non-alcohol ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverages. Worldwide volume grew 2 percent in the quarter and year-to-date, with North American volume up 1 percent in the quarter and year-to-date, the company reports.


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Bai announces plans to expand distribution nationwide next year

Antioxidant beverages will reach 12,000 new retail outlets
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Bai Brands, Princeton, N.J., announced a series of expansion plans that would put its line of all-natural, 5-calorie, antioxidant-infused Bai 5 drinks in all 50 states by the end of 2014.


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Absolut releases new city-inspired flavored vodka

Bottle design was crowdsourced through partnership with Threadless
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Pernod Ricard USA, New York, announced the latest limited-edition, city-inspired flavor in its Absolut Vodka portfolio: Absolut Chicago.


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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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