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ABA announces newly elected officer to board of directors

Rodger Collins of DPS voted chair

The American Beverage Association (ABA), Washington, D.C., announced the election of Rodger L. Collins, president of packaged beverages for Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, as chair of its board of directors.


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Clear labels lead Innova’s Top 10 trends for 2015

Innova to discuss top trends in Nov. 6 webinar

Innova Market Insights, the Netherlands, used its ongoing analysis of key global developments in food and drink launch activity worldwide to identify the Top 10 trends most likely to impact the food and beverage industry in 2015 and beyond.


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Celsius Holdings revenue up 47 percent in Q3

Negative-calorie drink launches in Brazil

Celsius Holdings Inc., the Boca Raton, Fla.-based maker of Celsius negative-calorie beverages, reported a revenue increase of 47 percent to $3.42 million in the third quarter of 2014, which ended Sept. 30. This increase was associated with a 60 percent increase in international sales to approximately $1.6 million due to increases from existing accounts and initial sales in Brazil. In addition, domestic sales increased 38 percent to approximately $1.9 million because of a 66 percent increase in health and fitness retail accounts and a 53 percent increase in domestic retail accounts. However, this was partially offset by a 6 percent decrease in Internet sales and the elimination of a liquidator sale that took place during the same period in 2013.


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Sonic debuts line of hand-crafted sodas

Foodservice chain to offer made-to-order soft drinks layered with real fruit and fruit flavors

Sonic Drive-In, Oklahoma City, Okla., introduced new Sonic Splash Hand-Crafted Sodas that offer customers a lighter artisanal beverage option, the company says. Sonic Splash sodas are made to order to guests’ taste specifications, starting with sparkling filtered water and infused with a selection of real fruit or fruit flavors.


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Old Orchard Brands launches limited-edition fall flavors

Juice brand to give away hundreds of bottles as promotion

Old Orchard Brands LLC, Sparta, Mich., introduced a new line of limited-edition fruit juice cocktails that highlight fall flavors — specifically, fall desserts. The new lineup includes Apple Pie, Caramel Apple and Apple Cherry Cobbler fruit juice cocktails, which will be available during November and December in 64-ounce multi-serve bottles for a suggested retail price of $1.99 a bottle.


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Sprite celebrates Lebron James’ homecoming with new video, commercial

Beverage brand also launches commemorative can

Sprite, a brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co., launched a new video meant to inspire viewers and capture LeBron James’ return to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, from a new perspective. Directed by Jason Rosenberg of the Bandito Brothers, the video titled "The First Home Game," features James' on-the-court highlight footage as local fans share their anticipation for his first home-court appearance of the season. The video also features Imagine Dragons’ new single "I Bet My Life" as the background track.


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Level 5 Beverage acquires majority stake in Avanzar Sales and Distribution

Acquisition will increase Avanzar’s distribution footprint in Southern California and the Southwest

Level 5 Beverage Co. Inc., a Houston, Texas-based subsidiary of Minerco Resources Inc., acquired a controlling interest in Avanzar Sales and Distribution LLC, Brea, Calif.


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New limited-edition Guinness ale combines beer and whiskey malt

Guinness The 1759 is first in Guinness Signature Series

Guinness & Co., a part of London-based Diageo, introduced its newest innovation: Guinness The 1759.


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DPS reports 3 percent increase in net sales for Q3

Company expects full-year reported net sales to be up approximately 1 percent

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS), Plano, Texas, announced a 3 percent increase in reported net sales in the third quarter.


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Heineken, MLS enter long-term partnership

Import beer will be official beer of MLS

Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) that would make the Heineken brand the official beer of MLS. The partnership will commence in January 2015.


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Top Beverage Flavors of 2014

Traditional flavors make up a large portion of beverage-makers’ selections, but tropical and exotic ones aren’t trailing too far behind. That’s according to research by BNP Media’s Market Research Division for Beverage Industry’s 2014 Product Development Outlook survey. Also see what's anticipated for top-selling flavors of 2015.

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A Healthy Future: Analyzing the latest health and wellness trends in the beverage market

The beverage marketplace continues to evolve to meet new trends and regulations. Our expert speakers will share with you their insight on what health and wellness topics will be paramount for the future success in the beverage industry.

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Gert van Manen, president of iTi Tropicals Inc., shares his insights on the U.S. coconut water market. Citing research from Krueger Food Laboratories, he also supplies information highlighting the difference between products that declare their added sugars and those that do not.

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2015 January

The January 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our bottler of the year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Luverne, as well as articles about juice drinks, the 2015 New Product Development Outlook, and more. Check it out today!

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