Heineken reports seasonal was its top-selling limited-edition beer last year
August 15, 2014
White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA’s Newcastle beer brand is resurrecting its Werewolf Blood-Red Ale for the 2014 Halloween season. The company reports that the brew was its top-selling imported, limited-edition beer last year.
Medical-grade rehydration brand plans to expand to 15,000 retail locations this year
August 14, 2014
San Francisco-based DripDrop Inc., the maker of a same-named medical-grade
rehydration solution, announced that it has closed a $5.8 million round of financing, which will help the company to accelerate development and continue to drive availability in retailers and hospitals, the company says. Investors include funds affiliated with owners of the San Francisco 49ers, Seth Taube and Brook Taube of Medley Corp., and American rock musicians Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.
Deal includes Muscle Milk brand, manufacturing facility, and production and distribution agreements
August 12, 2014
Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., announced the closing of its acquisition of CytoSport Holdings Inc., Benicia, Calif. The purchase price was approximately $450 million. The deal includes the Muscle Milk brand of shelf-stable, ready-to-drink protein beverages; a manufacturing facility in Benicia, Calif.; as well as several manufacturing and distribution agreements both domestically and abroad, according to Hormel Foods.
Lifeway Foods Inc., Morton Grove, Ill., announced results for the second quarter, which ended June 30. Total consolidated net sales increased 28 percent to $29.6 million during the three-month period from $23.1 million during the same three-month period in 2013. This increase is primarily attributable to increased sales and awareness of the company’s flagship Kefir line as well as its ProBugs Organic Kefir for kids and BioKefir lines.
Protein drink brand plans sales and marketing campaign
August 11, 2014
Oviedo, Fla.-based New Whey Nutrition announced that its NuAquos protein drinks will be available in Shop Rite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. More than 250 stores will sell the brand’s Peach Mango, Pomegranate, Watermelon, Kiwi-Strawberry and Orange varieties, which are priced at $2.49 for a 20-ounce bottle.
Marketers should utilize social media, mobile devices to reach these consumers
August 11, 2014
Sixty million adults consumed an average of at least one glass of bottled still water in each of the past seven days, reports Packaged Facts, the Rockville, Md.-based division of MarketResearch.com. According to a new report titled “Bottled Water in the U.S.” by the market research firm, the majority of these consumers tend to be younger than the adult population as a whole. Consumers in the 35- to 44-year-old age group exhibit the highest likelihood of frequent bottled water consumption, it states in the report. These consumers also are interested in staying physically fit and also are more likely to drink thirst-quencher or activity drinks, it states.