Zero Mixers has announceda
deal with Gusto Brands
Inc. for distribution in Georgia. This
agreement will put low-calorie Zero Mixers on shelves in liquor stores,
grocery stores, restaurants, bars and convenience stores across the state.
Trinity Springs products
will now be available in Canada. The company says its Paradise, Idaho,
source is the only water source recognized by Quality AssuranceInternational as an organic source.
The Brewers Association recently
presented the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing to Greg Noonan of Vermont Pub and Brewery; the
Brewers Association Recognition Award to Carol
Stoudt of Stoudts
Brewing Co.; and the F.X. Matt Defense of the
Small Brewing Industry Award to Marc Sorini of McDermott Will & Emery.
Greensboro, N.C., has added distribution in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and Delaware for its Source Burn and Sugar Free Source Burn energy
drinks. LML International and Liquid Motivation will serve Pennsylvania, and parts of New Jersey and
Delaware, while Specialty Beverage will be responsible for eastern Virginia.
Boening Brothers Inc.,
North Lindenhurst, N.Y., and Oak Beverages, Blauvelt, N.Y., have begun distributing Saranti sparkling
wines throughout the New York-metro area. The companies also have announced
distribution rights for Jolt Cola energy drinks with their new logo and
Grant Burge Wines has
joined U.K.-based distribution company Hatch
Mansfield as the only Australian wine in its
portfolio. The company also has distribution with Schumberger in Germany and Wilson Daniels in the United
Heineken announced it will
take over the sponsorship of the UEFA Champions
League, which is said to have four billion
viewers worldwide in 227 countries. The first campaign will break in late
summer 2005 and will run through the 2006 finals.
Koelnmesse Inc. and the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) have partnered to promote the USA Frozen Food Pavilion at Anuga
2005, Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany. The pavilion will feature five to
eight U.S. companies, and the show itself will host 10 dedicated product
category halls under one roof. For more information, call 773/326-9922.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif., has acquired Nectar Ales, a line of
craft-brewed beers, from Humboldt Brewing Co. Adam Lambert has been named to
oversee sales for the brand as national brand manager.
Pernod Ricard announced
it will consolidate production of Wild Turkey from a facility in
Lawrenceburg, Ky., to Lawrenceburg, Ind., eliminating about 60 jobs in
The International Bottled Water Association, Alexandria, Va., has launched its Web site for the IBWA
Convention and Trade Show, to be held in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 27-30. The
site, at bottledwater.org, will offer online registration for attendees and
Bravo! Foods International announced it will launch its Slammers flavored milk drinks in
schools in key markets nationwide through its Vending and Schools division.
Already signed on are 46 schools in Florida and a major university.
V&S Absolut Spirits has
opened a new distillery in Nobbelov, Sweden. The company says the new
facility will increase capacity from 87.5 million liters to 125 million
liters of vodka per year.
Lifeway Foods Inc. announced
a deal that puts its kefir cultured milk beverages in Target stores.
Company Chief Financial Officer Edward Smolyansky said the agreement provides more penetration into the mass market.
Target will carry four flavors of the yogurt-like beverage.
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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