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Peligroso appoints Rick Scully as president

Scully previously worked as the vice president of sales for the spirits company
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The board of directors of The Peligroso Spirits Co. named Rick Scully as president of the San Clemente, Calif.-based company.


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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars unveils design for new visitor center

Completion of 6,000-square-foot facility expected during 2014 harvest
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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Napa, Calif., unveiled the design for its state-of-the-art visitor center. Earlier this month, the winery broke ground on the new visitor center which will overlook its estate vineyards: FAY and S.L.V.


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TalkingRain sponsors summer camp for adults

Proceeds from event benefit nonprofit children’s camp
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Seattle-based TalkingRain, the maker of Sparkling Ice, announced its sponsorship of Party Camp, a one-day event that aims to bring the joy of summer camp to grown-ups while helping the underprivileged.


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Jamba Juice, Quaker Oats announce strategic partnership

Quaker-branded Jamba Juice boost delivers full serving of whole grains, companies say
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Jamba Juice Co., Emeryville, Calif., and The Quaker Oats Co., a subsidiary of PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y., have entered into a strategic product development alliance. The partnership capitalizes on both companies' equities and capabilities in engaging health-conscious consumers, and officially launches with an easy-to-blend version of Quaker Oats whole grain as part of Jamba Juice’s roster of boosts available in its stores nationwide, the companies say.


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Craft beer grows double-digits in first half of 2013

US market reaches highest number of craft breweries since the 1870s, Brewers Association reports
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During the first six months of 2013, American craft beer dollar sales rose 15 percent and volume grew 13 percent, according to the Brewers Association (BA), Boulder, Colo.


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IRI names Richard Hurst practice leader of beer, wine, spirits and tobacco business

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Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago, named Richard Hurst to the newly created position of practice leader of IRI’s beer, wine, spirits and tobacco vertical. Hurst will report directly to Piyush Chaudhari, president of the Americas for IRI.


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PepsiCo reports Q2 2013 results

Organic net revenue increases 4.2 percent
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Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo announced that its organic net revenue for the second quarter of 2013 increased 4.2 percent to $16.8 billion, with volume of its beverages increasing 1.5 percent organically.


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Wirtz Beverage Illinois participates in local event

Cicero-based company presents Green City Cocktails tent
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Chefs and restaurants came out to share their culinary expertise at Green City Market Chef’s BBQ Benefit on July 18 in Chicago. Long-time sponsor and participant Wirtz Beverage Illinois, Cicero, Ill., presented its Green City Cocktails tent, enlisting the city’s mixologists to create one-of-a-kind craft cocktails. Drinks were made up of seasonal Green City Market farmers’ produce and Wirtz Beverage Illinois’ local and organic beverage brands including Casa Noble, Death’s Door, Templeton Rye and Greenbush Brewing, the company says.


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Red Bull launches Flugtag limited-edition packaging, mobile contest

Online competition allows consumers to create personalized aircraft with chance to fly
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Now officially on store shelves, Santa Monica, Calif.-based Red Bull North America Inc.’s limited-edition Red Bull Flugtag four-pack celebrates the first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag, a homemade, human-powered flying machine competition taking flight in Chicago; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Long Beach, Calif.; Miami; and Washington, D.C., on the same day —  Sept. 21.


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Koa Organic Beverages launches Kickstarter campaign

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Dallas-based Koa Organic Beverages launched a Kickstarter campaign July 23 that will run for 28 days. This fundraising initiative is designed to help produce Koa Organic Water locally in towns all across America using seasonal and sustainable vegetation.


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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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