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The distilled spirits industry experienced growth in 2011 while taking market share from beer, reported Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Cressy at the industry’s annual briefing for Wall Street analysts and reporters Jan. 30.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, released its eighth system-wide sustainability report that ranks the company at a self-declared B-plus level, according to the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The report’s highlights include the expanded availability of the company’s PlantBottle technology, improved water-use efficiency, carbon footprint reduction progress and philanthropic activities.
Instant, ground or whole bean coffee are still the most popular choices for the at-home consumer, but 17 percent of drinkers prefer single-cup coffee, according to a survey by Mintel Group Ltd., Chicago.
Eighty-four percent of iced coffee drinkers say they are drinking more iced coffee this winter compared to last winter, according to an independent survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, Mass.
Heineken USA, New York City, announced its second annual Black History Month art contest. The brand will provide one consumer of legal drinking age a chance to win $5,000 and an opportunity to have his or her artwork featured in the 2013 Heineken Black History Month advertising campaign, which will span print, digital, point-of-sale and out-of-home advertising nationally in February of next year.
Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, announced plans to bring wine, beer and premium food offerings to a select number of locations in Atlanta and southern California by the end of this year.
PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y., and Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., Lakeville, Mass., formed a strategic alliance in Latin America. As part of the alliance, PepsiCo will have exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a portfolio of cranberry- and blueberry-based beverages through its Latin America Beverages division.
Three-quarters of Americans believe many consumer products are over-packaged, according to a survey of lifestyle of health and sustainability (LOHAS) consumers conducted by the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), Harleysville, Pa. Minimal packaging is most preferred among consumers, followed by recyclable packaging and use of environmentally friendly packaging materials.
PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y., launched the "Pepsi Max for Life" video contest, a national search to find the brand's most passionate fans.
Hendrick’s Gin invites consumers to experience the world inside its bottle. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
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