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American Consumer Confidence rebounds

U.S. shopping trips increased in November and December, Nielsen reports

With gas prices down 31 percent since June 2014 and oil prices were around $85 a barrel, American Consumer Confidence has improved, going up 12 percentage points year over year, New York-based Nielsen reports.


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Americans think they should drink more water

Harris Poll survey finds consumers view bottled water as healthy alternative to carbonated soft drinks

A vast majority of consumers see water as a smart beverage choice and consider bottled water to be healthier than soft drinks, according to newly released findings from a survey conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older for Alexandria, Va.-based International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). 


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Consumers plan to celebrate Super Bowl XLIX responsibly

Anheuser-Busch-sponsored survey reveals consumers are planning ahead to get home safely

As the exclusive beer sponsor for Super Bowl XLIX, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch announced the results of a recent survey conducted on its behalf by Harris Interactive, Rochester, N.Y., that show deeper insights about consumers' Super Bowl XLIX plans and drinking decisions. According to the survey results, 73 percent of Americans of legal drinking age plan to watch Super Bowl XLIX, and, of those who plan to drink at Super Bowl parties, 71 percent will make plans to get home safe in advance.


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Health awareness could offer opportunities for manufacturers

Nielsen study finds consumers willing to pay premium for products with healthy attributes

Health-related concerns could translate into an opportunity for manufacturers, according to a new study by New York-based Nielsen.


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Readers vote for their favorite new product of December

Focus+ edges out competition for the honor

Readers must have brains on their brain. In Beverage Industry’s December Readers’ Choice Product of the Month poll, Fairfield, Conn.-based Focus Now Solutions LLC’s Focus+ took home the honor after garnering 31 percent of the vote. 


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IRI posts new strategies for national, private-label brand growth

National brands showing momentum in drug stores; private label standing out in mass/supercenter channel

During the recession, private-label products enjoyed increasing popularity as consumers looked for new ways to save on everyday purchases during the economic downturn. In fact, U.S. consumers spent $120 billion on private-label products during the past year, marking a year-over-year increase of 2.1 percent, according to Chicago-based Information Resources Inc. (IRI). However, this growth now seems to be leveling off, and this small uptick was largely driven by price increases, it reports.


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Tin Man Brewing Co. offers four of its craft beers in cans

Craft brewer works with Rexam for packaging

Tin Man Brewing Co., Evansville, Ind., released four of its core craft beers in 16-ounce cans from Rexam Beverage Can Americas, Chicago. The craft brewer noted that it chose to package its Circuit Bohemian Pilsner, Alloy American Pale Ale, River Irish Red Ale and Overlord Imperial IPA in cans because it is the ideal package for craft beer.


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Anheuser-Busch emphasizes importance of balanced portfolio

Beer company plans to focus on new product innovation this year

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (AB), a division of AB InBev, hosted media members at its headquarters during the fourth quarter of 2014.


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Anheuser-Busch test-launches Bud Light Button

App allows consumers to order cases of beer for delivery with touch of a button

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (AB) is bringing consumers a new way to order and enjoy Bud Light with its Bud Light Button beer delivery app, which it currently is test-launching in the Washington, D.C., market. When using the app, consumers of legal drinking age can order Bud Light with the touch of a button, and they might even have an “Up for Whatever” experience accompany the special deliveries made through the app.


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Foley Family Wines to import Piccini Wines

Partnership will be California winery’s first foray into Italian wines

Bill Foley and Mario Piccini have entered into a partnership to import, market and distribute Piccini's portfolio of wines in the United States. 


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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. 

EVENTS

Webinar

Crafting growth: A look into the bourgeoning craft beer market

6/25/14
Online
United States
Contact: Adam Thomas

Available On-Demand Learn how the beer segment is performing and where it is heading, what to consider before expanding your markets and innovations that are captivating consumer audiences.

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Natural Products Expo West, Engredea, and Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace

3/6/15
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA
United States

Natural Products Expo West continues to be a leading tradeshow in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting more than 60,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibits to the Anaheim Convention Center.

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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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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)

2/18/15 2:00 pm EST

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.

Podcasts

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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BI January 2015 cover

2015 January

The January 2015 Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our bottler of the year, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Luverne, as well as articles about juice drinks, the 2015 New Product Development Outlook, and more. Check it out today!

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