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Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis-based subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, unveiled its newest responsible drinking campaign that relies on the Internet and social media to engage adult drinkers and raise awareness.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), Leuven, Belgium, will acquire the remaining stake in Grupo Modelo, Mexico City, for $20.1 billion. The combined company would lead the global beer industry with roughly 400 million hectoliters of beer volume annually and 2012 estimated revenues of $47 billion, AB InBev noted in a statement. Tangentially, Constellation Brands Inc., Victor, N.Y., which in a joint venture with Grupo Modelo currently owns 50 percent of Crown Imports LLC, Chicago, signed an agreement with AB InBev to purchase the remaining 50 percent interest in Crown for $1.85 billion.
Coca-Cola India announced that the Coca-Cola system will invest an additional $3 billion in India through 2020 to further capture growth opportunities in the country’s fast-growing non-alcohol ready-to-drink (NARTD) beverage market. With the new investment, the Coca-Cola system now plans to invest $5 billion in India through 2020, the company noted.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), Leuven, Belgium, released a statement regarding speculation about a possible merger between AB InBev and Grupo Modelo, saying the following:
The official beverage sponsor of NBC’s reality TV show “America’s Got Talent,” Snapple, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas, launched a promotion to give fans a chance to win a VIP trip to New York City to see the show’s season seven finale and other prizes. The Snapple “Find a Star” contest will allow five fans to see the finalists’ live performances and watch as the winner is crowned.
Coca-Cola requires a deep and meaningful shared-value approach to appeal to consumers and stakeholders who increasingly judge companies and brands as much on the content of their character as the quality of the products and services they produce and market, according to a Cannes Lions presentation by Joseph Tripodi, executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer for The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.
Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Corp., Seattle, teamed with celebrity chef and “Next Food Network Star” winner Jeff Mauro to launch the Red Cup Showdown, a national search at state fairs and on Facebook to find the most imaginative new coffee drink. The grand prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and the chance to have their coffee drink featured at Seattle’s Best Coffee locations across North America.
The Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, announced that Powerade, the official sports drink of the London 2012 Olympic Games, is offering athletes from around the world the opportunity to train with professional athletes and coaches at the Powerade Sports Academy during the Olympics.
Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo brand Mountain Dew debuted exclusive content for fans eagerly awaiting the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises.” Mountain Dew introduced the website, www.dewgothamcity.com, which features never-before-seen Dark Knight content with unprecedented access to Gotham City, the company says.
Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, announced the launch of its Indivisible collection, which includes an Indivisible Blend coffee and two new products to support the Create Jobs for USA program. With each purchase from the Indivisible collection, Starbucks will make a donation to Opportunity Finance Network for the Create Jobs for USA fund to help create and retain jobs across the country.
Brunswick’s Buffalo Grove and Tavern ‘45 host special guests at its VIP Preview Event on Oct. 14, 2013. The complimentary charity event benefited Clearbrook and the Special Olympics of Illinois. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
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