The beverage marketplace continues to make strides against the economic downturn that hampered consumers and businesses beginning in 2008. In Beverage Industry’s compilation of the Top 100 beverage companies based on 2012 sales, The Coca-Cola Co. continued to lead the list by recording an additional $1.5 billion in sales compared with 2011. This year’s list also saw new entries as corporations orchestrated spin-offs such as Mondelez International, the global snack food business that was spun-off from Kraft Foods Inc.’s North American grocery business, now called Kraft Foods Group Inc., as well as D.E. Master Blenders 1753, a Dutch coffee company that was spun-off from Sara Lee Corp. The list also showcased the industry’s growth in 2012 with the cut-off rising from last year’s $32 million to $41 million in global beverage sales. And once again, the median standards increased with the 50th company — The Boston Beer Co. — reporting $580 million in beverage sales, which is $116 million more than last year’s midpoint of $464 million, representing a 25 percent increase. 

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