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Castle Brands reports double-digit sales increases for Q4, fiscal-year 2014

Jefferson’s whiskeys and Gosling’s Rum drove growth
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Castle Brands Inc., New York, reported positive results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending March 31.


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Ito En introduces Shincha green tea to U.S. beverage market

Ready-to-drink tea available online, at select retailers for limited time
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Ito En North America Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., a subsidiary of Ito En Ltd., will debut bottled Shincha green tea in the United States. Shincha is the year’s very first harvest of green tea, which is known for its fresh and lively flavor, sweet finish, and smooth umami character, the company says. The company plans to bottle the tea, which is only accessible for a few months each year, under its Oi Ocha green tea brand and release it online and at select U.S. retailers for a limited time.


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World Cup-themed cocktails quench thirst for soccer action

Ketel One Vodka releases cocktails to cheer on Brazil, Chile, the Netherlands and Mexico
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Since the start of the FIFA World Cup on June 12, soccer (or football) has taken the world by storm. Just this week at IFT in New Orleans, tradeshow attendees gathered around exhibitor booths with TVs to catch the action. In some moments, you almost forgot you were at a tradeshow when the fan crowd roared and cheered.


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Evolution Fresh adds green juice varieties

Super-premium green juice outpaces juice segment, IRI reports
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Super-premium green juice is outpacing the growth of the $1.6 billion super-premium juice category, according to Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee Co., citing data from Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Additionally, Greek yogurt, which five years ago represented less than 10 percent of yogurt sales, today represents nearly 50 percent, according to the market research firm’s data.*


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PMMI announces passing of A.J. Janosko

Director of expositions passed away June 23 at the age of 45
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The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), Reston, Va., announced the passing of Director of Expositions A.J. Janosko, who passed away June 23 as the result of an accident over the weekend.


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Beverage Industry readers name their favorite product of the month

Verve MoJoe garners 58 percent of votes on bevindustry.com
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As the weather warms up, it looks as though people are finding favor with iced varieties to give themselves a little pick me up. In Beverage Industry’s May New Products poll, readers voted Verve MoJoe as the top release posted on www.bevindustry.com during the month.


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Starbucks enters CSD category with Fizzio

Coffee company also introduces Teavana shaken iced teas
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Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle, expanded its cold beverage portfolio with the addition of Fizzio handcrafted sodas and Teavana shaken iced teas.


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Beam Suntory to add Suntory whiskey brands in US, Germany

Distribution for whiskeys and liqueur to begin July 1
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Beam Suntory Inc., Deerfield, Ill., announced that it will begin distribution of the Suntory Japanese and Scotch whiskies as well as Midori liqueur in the United States and Germany beginning July 1.


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Celsius partners with rapper Flo Rida for new pre-workout drink

Flo Fusion pre-workout powder will be available in late summer
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Celsius Holdings Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., in partnership with rapper Flo Rida, announced the upcoming launch of Flo Fusion, a pre-workout powder that will be available to consumers late this summer.


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Keurig Green Mountain invests in new facility for cold pod manufacturing

Coffee company will invest $337 million in the plant over five years to support new Keurig Cold platform
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Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Waterbury, Vt., closed on the purchase of a 585,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Douglasville, Ga., which will be responsible for producing pods for the company’s new Keurig Cold platform, set to launch in fiscal-year 2015.


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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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