White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA announced that, effective July 1, Ronald den Elzen, the current managing director of Heineken Portugal, will become chief executive officer, and current chief executive officer Dolf van den Brink will become chief executive officer of Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma (CM)/Heineken Mexico.
Bacardi Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda, expanded its portfolio of super-premium spirits with the acquisition of Louisville-based Angel’s Share Brands; its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co.; and its Angel’s Envy brand. This deal marks the company’s entry into the bourbon category of the North American whiskey sector.
Beer brand partners again with Neil Patrick Harris
March 30, 2015
White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA’s Heineken Light beer brand is so confident that it's the best-tasting light beer that it is offering a money back guarantee. To inspire consumers of legal drinking age to try the light beer, the brand once again is partnering with celebrity Neil Patrick Harris on a new commercial and digital video to bring the offer to life in a humorous way.
Consumers can purchase entries to win a custom-built chopper
March 26, 2015
Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.’s Inca Kola brand and its Clifton, N.J.-based bottler Continental Food and Beverage Inc. (CF&B) announced the launch of a charity promotion to raise funds for Easter Seals New York’s Veterans Count program. The program will bring together the resources of Inca Kola, Orange Country Choppers (OCC), Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and AXS TV.
Kraft Heinz Co. would be third largest food and beverage company in North America
March 25, 2015
Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co., which would make the new company the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world, the companies report.
Although it might not look it outside, if you are in the Midwest or Northeast, summer isn’t too far away. In anticipation of summer activities and the food and beverages that accompany many of them, beverage-makers have started rolling out new products to complement the season. And it looks as though the readers of Beverage Industry are excited for some new summer flavors.
Beverage brands can use halo from wine, spirits to market brandy
March 24, 2015
In Rabobank's new report about the U.S. brandy market, the New York-based financial services company identifies a clear market gap in what logically should be the segment’s strongest price segment — premium brands. Between the value, low-growth end of the brandy spectrum and the fast-growing, super-premium Cognac end, there is a potential opportunity for spirits companies to tap into the growing appetite for premium spirits among sophisticated, affluent U.S. consumers, it suggests.
Larger pod brews single-serve coffee size for travel mug
March 24, 2015
Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Waterbury, Vt., released Keurig K-Mugpods. The pods brew a large travel mug-size of coffee through the company’s Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Keurig 2.0, which debuted in Fall 2014, is the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew a single cup, a four-cup carafe, and now a travel-mug size of coffee.
Partnership will incorporate data from wine and spirits categories
March 23, 2015
Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC), New York, and Technomic Inc., Chicago, announced a new strategic alliance between the two firms. Through this alliance, BMC and Technomic will provide unparalleled depth of market information to the ever-evolving beverage industry, its suppliers and advisers, the companies report.