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Mountain Dew evolves Green Label platform

Partnership with Complex Media creates online destination for youth culture

Mountain Dew, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo, and New York-based Complex Media announced a partnership that will support the evolution of Mountain Dews’ legacy programs Green Label Sound, Green Label Art and Green Label Exclusives. The duo will offer a new digital destination, www.Green-Label.com, that will feature the voices and stories of today's youth culture, the companies say.


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Wat-aah! supports healthy hydration with Move Your Body 2013 event

Wat-aah! Foundation, an organization founded by the New York City-based Wat-aah! brand of functional bottled water for kids and teens, announced the third annual Move Your Body 2013 event will take place in New York City and Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 1, at 1:42 p.m. EDT/10:42 a.m. PDT. The annual nationwide youth exercise event in support of First Lady Michelle Obama 's Let's Move! initiative will involve 250,000 kids from more than 600 schools across the country.


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Wirtz Beverage Group and McLane join forces with Missouri Beverage

Wirtz Beverage Group, Chicago, formed a joint venture with McLane Co. Inc., Temple, Texas, and together entered into an agreement with St. Louis-based Missouri Beverage Co.


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Coca-Cola reaches out to teens with ‘The Ahh Effect’ campaign

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. kicked off its newest teen-focused campaign, “The Ahh Effect” with dozens of new digital experiences that create a multi-dimensional feeling of happiness, satisfaction and refreshment that one experiences after drinking a Coke, the company says.


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7-Eleven gives away free Mio

As a major retailer of single-serve bottled water, Dallas, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is giving away free 1.08-ounce bottles of Mio Energy Black Cherry liquid water enhancer at participating 7-Eleven stores from midnight to 11:59 p.m. today, while supplies last.


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Tecate launches ad campaign for Spanish-speaking men

Campaign includes TV, radio and out-of-home ads

Tecate, a brand of White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA, launched a new advertising campaign targeted at Spanish-speaking men in the United States.


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Pepsi Next pushes trial with ‘Wheel of Levy’ promotion

Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo’s Pepsi Next brand partnered with actor William Levy to debut the "Wheel of Levy" promotion. This is the brand's latest mission to get America to “Drink it to believe it,” referring to the product’s real cola taste with 60 percent less sugar, the company says. The actor portrays six versatile personas all in hot pursuit of one united goal: to get America to try a Pepsi Next for free.


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PepsiCo reports Q1 2013 results

As a whole, Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. reported net revenue for the first quarter of 2013, ending March 23, at nearly $12.6 billion, which is a 1 percent increase from the first quarter of 2012. Its beverage offerings increased 3 percent in volume during the time frame, with 1 percent organic growth.


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IRI announces most-successful CPG brands of 2012

Chicago-based market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI), formerly SymphonyIRI Group, released its list of 2012 New Product Pacesetters. These 200 top-selling consumer packaged goods (CPG) launches, which represent 11 percent of the 1,900 CPG brands that hit the market in 2011 and 2012, each captured more than $13 million in their first year of sales in traditional grocery, drug and mass market retailers, dollar and club channels, and military commissaries, with an individual average of $39.5 million in first-year revenues.


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Oskar Blues Brew School student hired by N.C. brewery

The Oskar Blues Brew School, Brevard, N.C., announced that its first 20 students are preparing to take the General International Beer and Distribution Certification exam in a few weeks. One of those students has already been offered, and accepted, the position of assistant brewer at Oskar Blues’ North Carolina brewery.


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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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