Consumers look to product’s packaging first to learn whether it is recyclable
October 30, 2013
The majority of consumers believe that product companies and their brands play a crucial role in recycling, according to a new poll conducted by New York-based Research Data + Insights (RDI) on behalf of the Carton Council of North America (CCNA), Vernon Hills, Ill. The consulting firm surveyed 1,000 adults from across the United States, and 86 percent of them responded that they expect food and beverage brands to actively help increase the recycling of their packages.
Spoof video presents packaging technology for backwash prevention
October 30, 2013
Austin, Texas-based Big Red Inc.’s Big Red soda brand plans to educate consumers about the “issue” of backwashing with National Backwash Prevention Day on Nov. 1. According to the brand, an estimated 99.99 percent of Americans have unknowingly fallen victim to their favorite beverages being contaminated by backwash.
Burger chain offers freshly brewed, organic iced teas at all US locations
October 29, 2013
Smashburger, Denver, announced that it will carry Bethesda, Md.-based Honest Tea’s fresh-brewed organic iced teas at all of its restaurants nationwide. Each Smashburger location will brew a selection of iced teas from the independent operating unit of The Coca-Cola Co.
Liquid concentrates feature seven of AriZona’s most popular flavors
October 29, 2013
AriZona Beverages, Brooklyn, N.Y., launched Water Enhancers, a line of liquid concentrates in on-the-go squeeze bottles. The zero-calorie Water Enhancers allow consumers to customize their still or sparkling waters by adding one of the company’s seven most popular flavors: Lemon Tea, Mucho Mango, Fruit Punch, Peach Green Tea, Arnold Palmer Half & Half, Arnold Palmer Strawberry and Golden Bear Strawberry Lemonade.
On-premise ale and cider sales were on the rise in the third quarter of 2013, reports Restaurant Sciences LLC, Newton, Mass. Ale sales grew 2 percent and cider sales grew 39 percent compared with the prior-year period, it reports. Comparatively, nationwide on-premise lager sales were down 7 percent compared with the third quarter of 2012, it adds.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS), Plano, Texas, reported that its third quarter net sales increased 1 percent, reflecting 3 percentage points of positive mix and pricing partially offset by a 1 percent sales volume decline and higher discounts.
Vintage red and white wines included in Bordeaux collection
October 24, 2013
Denver-based PL360 Beverage Partners imported a new line of wines inspired by the PBS series “Downton Abbey” into the United States. Launching Nov. 1, New York-based Wines That Rock's Downton Abbey Wine Collection features two blends from the Bordeaux region of France: a Blanc white wine and a Claret red wine.
Drinktec 2013, which took place Sept. 16-20 in Munich, attracted 66,886 visitors from 183 countries, representing a 14 percent increase in attendance compared with drinktec 2009. Of these visitors, 62 percent traveled from countries outside of Germany, with 16 percent of the total visitors traveling from the United States.
Limited offering features balance of sweet fruits and creaminess with a light smoke, company says
October 22, 2013
Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America, a division of Diageo plc, announced the U.S. release of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. Previously only available in select global markets, the limited offering introduces a new step in the Johnnie Walker flavor journey, and its special bottling provides an unexpected yet stunning profile for a Scotch whisky, the company says. A multi-layered whisky, Gold Label Reserve offers a smooth balance of sweet fruits and creaminess with a light smoke, it adds.