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Luxco Inc. relaunched its Purple Passion ready-to-drink cocktails with a new formula and retro-inspired packaging.
Island Club Brands added a cherry cola flavor to its Chicken Cock whiskey brand.
Hard ciders were popular in the United Kingdom for years before reaching the mainstream U.S. market. Likewise, stevia was used as a sweetener in Japan for decades before getting approval as a safe food additive in the United States in the form of Rebaudioside A, according to Cargill. Many trends are born overseas and eventually make their way to the U.S. market. But that doesn’t mean Americans can’t be trendsetters too.
In our increasingly digital world, it makes sense that people have developed digital forms of currency to coincide with Internet and mobile shopping. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to arrive on the financial scene in 2009 and has since increased in popularity.
Bacardi U.S.A. Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., released nationwide the newest addition to its flavored rum family: Bacardi Mango Fusion. The new flavored rum fuses mango and orange flavors and can be consumed as a shot or mixed with fruit juices, lemon-lime soda, or sweet-and-sour mix as a cocktail, the company says.
Beam Inc. launched Hornitos Black Barrel, which is 100 percent blue agave tequila that is triple-aged using an innovative process that conveys the tasting notes of whiskey, the company says.
The romanticism of history is what keeps books like “The Great Gatsby” popular with today’s youth, but that same glamorization also is taking shape in the spirits category within the latest emerging segment: moonshine.
In a hypothetical “Star Wars” scenario, Darth Vader could use the dark side of the Force to telekinetically shatter a glass bottle of vodka from across the room, for instance.
Constellation Brands Inc., Victor, N.Y., reported net sales for the 2014 fiscal year were more than $4.8 billion, a 74 percent increase, following its acquisition of the Grupo Modelo U.S. beer business.
Wine importer Cabernet Corp. introduced Rosa Brut Nature Rosé Malbec to the U.S. market.
In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)
Restaurant chain Carrabba’s Italian Grill invited the media and select patrons to taste a few of its newest food and beverage items at its First Tastes event March 4. Multiple locations around the country hosted iterations of the event to give fans a preview of the new items and garner feedback before the menu’s formal launch. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
Renaissance Schaumburg hosted a red wine pairing event to teach novice wine drinkers and wine experts to make the best food and wine pairings on Jan. 15, 2014, in Schaumburg, Ill. Chef James Papadopoulos of Sam & Harry’s Steakhouse presented bite-sized salmon, beef, cheese, and beet dishes for pairing with four different Cabernet Sauvignons and a Chardonnay white wine. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck and Stephanie Cernivec)
Sailor Jerry spiced rum brand celebrated the 103rd birthday of its namesake, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins with tattoo giveaways in major U.S. markets on Jan. 14, 2014. The Chicago event was hosted at Emporium Arcade Bar in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
Newton Vineyards, a wine label imported by Moët Hennessy USA, partnered with Chef Michael Kornick to pair its unfiltered wines with exquisite dishes. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich, a brand of William Grant & Sons Ltd., gives us a taste of its limited-edition 19 Year Old Age of Discovery whisky as well as its Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 19 Year Old whiskies at Age of Discovery’s Chicago launch Nov. 7, 2013. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)
The San Diego Spirits Festival is back for another year. The two-day event from Aug. 23-24 has been designed to celebrate the industry and all that it encompasses ranging from industry advancement, professionalism, education, showcasing product innovation, market launches, entertainment, camaraderie and just good fun.Read More