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Columbia Crest to develop crowdsourced wine

Washington winery asks consumers to join winemaking process
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Paterson, Wash.-based Columbia Crest is turning to the Internet and consumers for its newest release. The Washington state winery will help the online community of wine lovers to create Crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Keurig Green Mountain employees celebrate 10th year of Vermont river cleanup

Keurig employees welcome Vermonters to join in first Community Cleanup Day on Winooski River
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Keurig Green Mountain Inc. employees who are based in Vermont are participating in a week-long cleanup of the Winooski River in the company’s home state of Vermont to remove trash and debris from the waterway. As part of the 10th anniversary of this cleanup campaign, the Waterbury, Vt.-based company, in partnership with American Rivers, Friends of the Winooski and Friends of the Waterbury Reservoir, will host Aug. 9 the first Community Cleanup Day in the Winooski River Watershed for all Vermont residents.


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Blue Moon launches Cinnamon Horchata Ale

Beer inspired by head brewmaster’s Mexican heritage
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This month, Blue Moon Brewing Co., part of Chicago-based MillerCoors’ Tenth and Blake Beer Co., is introducing Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale.


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Kraft Foods reports Q2 results

Beverage sales flat during quarter
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Kraft Foods Group Inc., Northfield, Ill., reported a 0.7 percent increase in net revenue to $4.7 billion for the second quarter of 2014, which ended June 28, compared with the prior-year period.


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Boston Beer Co. Q2 net revenue up 28 percent

Craft brewer plans to expand Freshest Beer Program by end of year
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The Boston Beer Co. Inc., Boston, reported a net revenue increase of 28 percent to $231.6 million in the second quarter of 2014, up $50.3 million from the prior-year period.


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Jamba, Inventure Foods invite consumers to pick next at-home Fusion smoothie recipe

Jamba Blue Fusion, Red Fusion smoothies now available at retailers nationwide
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Inventure Foods Inc., Phoenix, a marketer and manufacturer of specialty food brands under a variety of company-owned and licensed brand names, announced a consumer-facing campaign to invite fans to vote for the next Jamba At Home smoothie recipe. The Jamba brand is owned by Jamba Juice Co., Emeryville Calif.


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ISBT endorses Beverage Cooler Lounge at Pack Expo 2014

Tradeshow set for Nov. 2-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place
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The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), the Reston, Va.-based owner and producer of the Pack Expo family of tradeshows, announced that the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT), Dallas, will endorse and staff The Beverage Cooler Lounge at Pack Expo International 2014, which will take place Nov. 2-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


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Mello Yello launches ‘Hand Picked and Refreshed’ antiquing contest

History’s “American Pickers,” Mello Yello give aspiring collectors opportunity to win Ultimate Pickin’ Experience
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This summer, Mello Yello, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., is partnering with History’s “American Pickers” TV show in its hunt for handpicked antiques and collectibles and encouraging amateur pickers across the nation to share their own finds.


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Craft beer sales surge 110 percent, Mintel reports

Market research firm estimates beer segment to reach $20 billion in 2014
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New research from Chicago-based Mintel suggests that while craft beer drinkers might enjoy the big, bold flavors of their favorite artisanal brews, they also place a premium on what the beer says about them. For the 25-34 age group, which represents the segment's heaviest consumers, 70 percent say that the brand of beer says a lot about a person, and 66 percent say the style does the same. This strong sense of self has manifested itself in record sales for the craft beer industry, as Mintel estimates sales of craft beer — including craft-style offerings — will reach $20 billion in 2014, more than doubling sales of five years ago.


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Premiumization trend drives distilled spirits dollar sales

Consumers are drinking less but better, Beverage Information & Insights Group reports
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As the economy continues to expand, premium and super-premium distilled spirits are coming back stronger than ever, according to the Beverage Information & Insights Group’s “2014 Liquor Handbook.” The Norwalk, Conn.-based company reports that this premiumization trend means that consumers are drinking less but drinking “better,” which resulted in slower case sales growth of 2.2 percent, reaching 210 million 9-liter cases in 2013.


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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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