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Inca Kola teams up with OC Choppers to benefit Easter Seals

Consumers can purchase entries to win a custom-built chopper

Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co.’s Inca Kola brand and its Clifton, N.J.-based bottler Continental Food and Beverage Inc. (CF&B) announced the launch of a charity promotion to raise funds for Easter Seals New York’s Veterans Count program. The program will bring together the resources of Inca Kola, Orange Country Choppers (OCC), Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and AXS TV.


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H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods Group to merge

Kraft Heinz Co. would be third largest food and beverage company in North America

Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co., which would make the new company the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest in the world, the companies report. 


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Readers select their favorite new beverage of February

Total Happiness Naturals release obtains nearly three-quarters of the vote

Although it might not look it outside, if you are in the Midwest or Northeast, summer isn’t too far away. In anticipation of summer activities and the food and beverages that accompany many of them, beverage-makers have started rolling out new products to complement the season. And it looks as though the readers of Beverage Industry are excited for some new summer flavors.


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Rabobank identifies gap in U.S. brandy market

Beverage brands can use halo from wine, spirits to market brandy

In Rabobank's new report about the U.S. brandy market, the New York-based financial services company identifies a clear market gap in what logically should be the segment’s strongest price segment — premium brands. Between the value, low-growth end of the brandy spectrum and the fast-growing, super-premium Cognac end, there is a potential opportunity for spirits companies to tap into the growing appetite for premium spirits among sophisticated, affluent U.S. consumers, it suggests.


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Keurig releases K-Mug pods

Larger pod brews single-serve coffee size for travel mug

Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Waterbury, Vt., released Keurig K-Mugpods. The pods brew a large travel mug-size of coffee through the company’s Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Keurig 2.0, which debuted in Fall 2014, is the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew a single cup, a four-cup carafe, and now a travel-mug size of coffee.


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BMC, Technomic form alliance to offer beverage insights

Partnership will incorporate data from wine and spirits categories

Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC), New York, and Technomic Inc., Chicago, announced a new strategic alliance between the two firms. Through this alliance, BMC and Technomic will provide unparalleled depth of market information to the ever-evolving beverage industry, its suppliers and advisers, the companies report.


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Heineken USA develops BrewLock technology for draft beer

Keg system utilizes customize air compressor for beer dispensing

Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., unveiled BrewLock, its patented new on-premise technology that transforms the quality, consistency and environmentally sound delivery of draft beer, the company says. The BrewLock draft beer system is designed to consistently provide a freshly brewed beer taste in an easy-to-install format, it says.


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Sprite re-launches Sprite LeBron’s Mix

Coca-Cola brand refreshes product name, packaging

Following last year’s launch of Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James, the brand of Atlanta-based The Coca-Cola Co. and the NBA superstar have given the limited-edition flavor a new look and a new name: Sprite LeBron’s Mix.


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Roy Bigham

Roy Bigham

 Roy D. Bigham has been a managing editor at BNP Media since 2002 for Pollution Engineering and moved to Beverage Industry in 2014. Prior to joining BNP Media, Mr. Bigham worked in a variety of industries. During his career, he has served as a laboratory technician at a research laboratory, managed an electroplating operation and supervised an associated analytical laboratory. For three years, he also oversaw the environmental operations of five domestic and five overseas operations for a major manufacturer in the Detroit area. He then managed a field services department for an environmental analytical laboratory before accepting a position as an environmental engineer for a construction aggregates company. 

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Crafting growth: A look into the bourgeoning craft beer market

6/25/14
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Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Annual Convention & Exposition

4/12/15
Grande Lakes - Orlando Resort Hotel
Orlando, FL
United States

The WSWA Convention & Exposition is one of the largest gatherings of America’s wine and spirits distributors as well as suppliers from around the world.

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Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America

4/14/15
Portland, OR
United States

The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is one of few industry events that serves both brewpubs and consumer packaged goods breweries.

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SBW Expo 2015

4/16/15
China International Exhibition Center
Beijing
China
Contact: Angie You

SBW High-end Bottled Drinking Water Exhibition is largest exhibition in the bottled Drinking water industry.

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The Beverage Forum 2015

4/21/15
Chicago, IL
United States

Beverage Industry and Beverage Marketing Corporation are teaming up this year to present The Beverage Forum, which will take place April 21-22 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.  

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School Nutrition Association’s National Leadership Conference

4/23/15
San Diego, CA
United States

The National Leadership Conference plays a critical role in training state leaders, building strong networks and assisting leaders with membership growth.

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National Beer Wholesalers Association Legislative Conference

4/26/15
Washington, DC
United States

Each year, the Legislative Conference provides distributors with the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and to educate members of Congress about the importance of effective state-based alcohol regulation, and more.

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Food Safety Summit Expo & Conference

4/28/15
Baltimore, MD
United States

The Food Safety Summit, a BNP Media event, is a solutions-based conference and expo designed to meet the educational and information needs of the food industry.

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SIAL Canada

4/28/15
Toronto
Canada

SIAL Canada 2015 will be the country's most important agri-food industry event, bringing together more than 800 national and international exhibitors from 45 countries, all while welcoming more than 14,000 buyers from Canada, the United States and 64 other countries.

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World Tea Expo & Healthy Beverage Expo

5/6/15
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Long Beach, CA
United States

World Tea Expo, which will take place May 6-8 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, Calif., dedicates its focus to premium teas and related products.

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How beer brands are using social media to connect with consumers

Social media has become a buzzword for not just American consumers but also the business environment. Companies are turning to various social media channels to create brand awareness or possibly boost retail sales. Beer brands also are turning to social media to make their stories heard. Brand Chorus, a division of New York-based TippingGardner, conducted a Beer StoryScore Index for Beverage Industry. StoryScore is a quantitative measure of a brand’s storytelling through social management based on creativity, strategy and personality.

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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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The March 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on Lagunitas Brewing Co., as well as articles on the 2015 Beer Report, cocktail mixology, and more. Check it out today!

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