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PepsiCo Posts Strong 1Q Profit with More Snack Sales

April 17, 2014 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period.

Coca-Cola Sells More Drinks But Soda Sales Slide

April 15, 2014 11:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn't because of soda. The world's...

Maxwell House Announces Brand Refresh

April 14, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Maxwell House is redefining its 121-year-old brand by debuting new packaging graphics, a new...

Scientists Study Origins of Lager-Making Yeasts

April 14, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

An analysis of Saccharomyces eubayanus, the wandering parent of hybrid lager yeast, revealed its...

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BevTech

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | Events

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) holds its annual meeting, BevTech, each spring to transact the Society's business, to provide a forum for presentation of scientific and technical papers and for meetings of the technical committees.

Heartland Food Products Plans $21M Expansion

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Heartland Food Products Group, which makes drink mixes and sweeteners, is planning a $21 million project to add production and distribution facilities in Indianapolis. The company anticipates adding up to 160 jobs in the next few years with the expansion.

Starbucks to Move VIA Instant Coffee Production to Ga.

April 11, 2014 10:28 am | by TIM RAUSCH, The Augusta Chronicle | News | Comments

Starbucks currently produces its VIA product line in Europe, but it will be moving production to Georgia when its south Augusta facility is fully operational. About 70 employees have been hired and packaging operations started in October at the Augusta facility.

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Ky. Distillery Expands Visitor Center

April 10, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The Woodford Reserve Distillery is greeting tourists with an expanded and renovated visitor center in central Kentucky. Brown-Forman Corp., owner of Woodford Reserve bourbon, invested more than $1.9 million into the 7,500-square-foot visitor center near Versailles.

Calorie Control Council Disputes Research on Diet Soda

April 10, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

A study suggesting the potential association of post-menopausal female diet soda intake and risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, is flawed and does not support existing evidence on the topic, according to the Calorie Control Council.

NY Holds Summit on Beer, Wine and Cider Industries

April 9, 2014 12:28 pm | by JOSEFA VELASQUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit Tuesday organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business. New York is home to more than 600 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries and ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production.

Matzo, Kosher Wine Maker Manischewitz Sold to Investment Firm

April 9, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Matzo and kosher wine maker Manischewitz has been sold, just in time for the Passover Seder meal. Sankaty Advisors, an arm of private equity firm Bain Capital, bought the company from a group including investment firm Harbinger. The price was not disclosed.

Dr Pepper Snapple Rating Lowered on Struggling Soda Sales

April 9, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. declined Tuesday as an analyst lowered her rating on the beverage company, saying she believes it is overexposed to the U.S. carbonated soft drink category. Dr Pepper Snapple has been dealing with Americans cutting back on soda.

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Sam Adams Brews the American Dream

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' Brewing The American Dream initiative provides loans and advice to small businesses. Sam Adams Co-founder and Chairman Jim Kock discusses the program, the company's fundraising efforts and the surging popularity of craft beer.

Airlines Drop Limes from Drink Service amid Price Spike

April 8, 2014 12:36 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines to temporarily stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.

Heineken Invests $100M in Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 10:28 am | by TRENTON DANIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Heineken is investing $100 million in its production plant in Haiti, a country where many international companies have been reluctant to spend money because of a business climate hampered by red tape, corruption allegations and a weak infrastructure.

Ooho: The Edible Water Bottle

April 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Huffington Post | Videos | Comments

A trio of Spanish design students have created "Ooho," a gelatinous membrane that encapsulates water. Users can simply puncture the membrane to drink, or they can also pop the entire blob in their mouth and chomp down for a burst of hydration.

Organic Valley Sales Soar on Dairy, Produce Demand

April 4, 2014 1:58 pm | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Organic Valley saw sales of butter, cheese and vegetables grow, boosting profits 8.5 percent last year. The company attributed the jump to growing consumer demand. The world's largest farmer-owned cooperative boasts 1,844 members.

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Vapshot Transforms Drinks into a New State of Matter

April 4, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Vapshot, a new way to imbibe mix drinks, cocktails or shots, can be served many different ways: Vapshot (vapor only), Vapshot plus a shot of liquor, and a Vapshot mix drink. The machine injects a fine mist of spirits into the serving container under pressure.

Milwaukeeans Campaign to Buy Pabst from Calif. Company

April 4, 2014 10:12 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A group of Milwaukee residents initiated a campaign called "Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home." The company, started in Milwaukee in 1844, is now headquartered in Los Angeles after being bought by a food industry executive in 2010 for a reported $250 million.

Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

UV Disinfection Systems

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

PureLine PQ range of UV disinfection systems is designed specifically to provide validated and chemical-free treatment of process water used in the food and beverage industry.

Texas Distillers Dip into Salty Vodkas

April 3, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Lone Star State is a surprising hotbed for the distillation of vodka and other spirits. During the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers detailed the burgeoning industry for liquor in a grandiose region.

Female Brewers Make Their Mark in N. Carolina

April 3, 2014 10:01 am | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times | News | Comments

Women are joining the ranks of craft brewers in North Carolina. Nationally, more than 2 million jobs are supported by beer, according to the Brewers Institute trade group. Traditionally, beer has been targeted toward men, but now more ladies are sipping pints.

German Brewery Cartel Fined $319M for Price Fixing

April 2, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case. Info from the German branch of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA aided the suit.

Coke Weighs World Cup Sponsorship Tone on Brazilian Unrest

April 2, 2014 10:11 am | by ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

As the company launches its biggest World Cup marketing campaign, Coca-Cola's executive vice president, Joe Tripodi, told The Associated Press it would react rapidly to any outbreak of protests in an attempt to reflect the mood of the nation.

Groups Ask FDA to Exempt Brewers from Grain Regulation

April 1, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The Beer Institute on Monday filed joint comments with the American Malting Barley Association arguing that it is unnecessary for the Food and Drug Administration to add additional regulation to brewers’ spent grain and other brewing by-products.

Starbucks Reintroduces Cake by Popular Demand

April 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks will bring back its cake slices, available in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavors, in response to customer feedback. The coffee chain had been getting rid of the slices as part of a staggered rollout of its new, pricier baked goods.

Airlines Offer In-Flight Craft Beer

April 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More airlines are adding craft beers to their in-flight offerings. The assumption is that as more drinkers switch from mass market beers to specialty brews, they'll be happier if they don't have to give up the good stuff when they're in the air.

Sparkling Waters Flood into Soda Sales' Territory

April 1, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Sparkling water is chipping away at the dominance of traditional sodas like Coke and Pepsi, particularly in the diet category. Last year, a small brand called Sparkling Ice saw sales more than double to $302.4 million from the previous year, according to IRI.

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