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Dunkin’ Donuts adds almond milk to its menu

Dunkin’ Brands partners with Blue Diamond to make Almond Breeze Almondmilk available in coffees and lattes
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Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., Canton, Mass., introduced almond milk to the menu in some of its Dunkin’ Donuts stores. Through a new partnership with Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, Calif., select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide now will offer Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk as an addition to hot or iced coffees and lattes. Consumers can use the store locator at www.dunkindonuts.com and search for a special “AM” symbol to determine if their local stores offer the dairy alternative, the company says.


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DripDrop secures financing to accelerate national rollout

Medical-grade rehydration brand plans to expand to 15,000 retail locations this year
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San Francisco-based DripDrop Inc., the maker of a same-named medical-grade
rehydration solution, announced that it has closed a $5.8 million round of financing, which will help the company to accelerate development and continue to drive availability in retailers and hospitals, the company says. Investors include funds affiliated with owners of the San Francisco 49ers, Seth Taube and Brook Taube of Medley Corp., and American rock musicians Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.
 


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Lifeway Foods reports strong Q2 results

Sales for kefir company up 28 percent in quarter
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Lifeway Foods Inc., Morton Grove, Ill., announced results for the second quarter, which ended June 30. Total consolidated net sales increased 28 percent to $29.6 million during the three-month period from $23.1 million during the same three-month period in 2013. This increase is primarily attributable to increased sales and awareness of the company’s flagship Kefir line as well as its ProBugs Organic Kefir for kids and BioKefir lines.


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KeVita builds the next generation of health and wellness beverages

KeVita reveals a new brand extension coming this fall
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Within the beverage industry, one trend exists that generally spans every category: health and wellness.


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ArKay Alcohol-Free liquor-flavored beverages

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Following the launch of its ArKay alcohol-free whiskey in 2011, ArKay Distributing Inc. recently added 15 new alcohol-free liquor-flavored beverages to the platform.


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Celsius signs endorsement deal with racecar driver Emerson Fittipaldi

New partnership expands brand’s global reach into Brazil
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Boca Raton, Fla.-based Celsius Holdings Inc. announced an endorsement agreement with racecar driver Emerson Fittipaldi. The two-time Formula One World Champion and two-time Indy 500 Race winner will serve as brand ambassador for Celsius’ same-named negative-calorie beverages in Brazil in support of the brand’s continued global expansion.


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Chia seed drinks could become the next coconut water

Beverage-makers promote health benefits of chia seeds
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, chia seeds were most commonly associated with the novelty plant-growing kits Chia Pets. Now, beverage-makers are harvesting the hydrating and nutritional benefits of chia seeds and blending them into juice and juice drinks, soft drinks, and drink concentrates and mixes, according to Natalie Tremellen, market analyst at Innova Market Insights, the Netherlands.


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Mamma Chia Vitality + Energy

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Mamma Chia launched a new line of organic beverages that combine the nutrients of chia seeds with natural energy from guayusa and fruit juices.


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Drink mixes capitalize on flavor trends

Incorporation of different beverage categories gives drink mixes multiple growth opportunities
By Jessica Jacobsen
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Although the term mixologist is commonly referenced in association with alcohol products, innovations within the drink mix category are allowing consumers to become mixologists in the non-alcohol arena.


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2014 State of the Industry: Dairy and alternatives

Almond milk trailblazes the non-dairy segment
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Although cow’s milk has long been associated with good health, it has experienced gradual sales declines in the past two years as prices fluctuated and consumers avoided fat, calories and added sugars, according to Chicago-based Mintel’s April 2014 report “Milk, Creamers and Non-Dairy Milk – US.”


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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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Maintaining beverage dispensing equipment

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