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NY Lawmakers Mull Warning Labels on Sugary Beverages

April 14, 2015 8:00 am | by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Public health advocates urged New York state lawmakers Monday to require labels on sugary drinks to warn consumers about the dangers of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

Pepsi to Replace Coke in NBA Marketing Deal

April 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

The National Basketball Association is trading Coke for Pepsi. The league said Monday that it's struck a new marketing partnership with Pepsico, ending a 28-year partnership with Coca-Cola.

New Evidence For How Green Tea, Apples Can Protect Health

April 13, 2015 9:00 am | by NORWICH BIOSCIENCE INSTITUTES | News | Comments

In this study, Dr. Paul Kroon and his team at IFR have shown that polyphenols in green tea and apples block a signaling molecule called VEGF, which in the body can trigger atherosclerosis and is a target for some anti-cancer drugs.

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International Space Station About to Get Caffeine High

April 13, 2015 8:35 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy.

VIDEO: Texas Wineries Pour Ingenuity Into Wild West

April 10, 2015 10:35 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

When you think American wines, your taste buds might expect something from Napa or Sonoma, but it might be time to raise a glass to Texas. Manuel Bojorquez reports on winemakers in the Lone Star State.

Mountain Dew Brings Back 'Baja Blast' and Introduces New 'Sangrita Blast'

April 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mountain Dew | News | Comments

You begged for it, you dyed your hair blue for it, you even bathed in it – and Mountain Dew heard you loud and clear. The tropical lime flavored beverage — which was introduced 11 years ago exclusively at Taco Bell — will hit shelves nationwide starting on April 20.

Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC to Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know.

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Rye is on the Rise: A New Whiskey Trend That Goes With the Grain

April 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A little bit lighter and spicier tasting than bourbon, rye whiskey is made, obviously, from rye, a grass related to wheat. Where bourbon has to be made from at least 51 percent corn, rye must be at least 51 percent rye.

For National Beer Day, Take a Look at the 10 Weirdest Brews

April 7, 2015 4:30 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Cheers! April 7 is National Beer Day! How many of these unusually-flavored beers have you tried? How many of them would you?

Jack Daniel's Turns Back 2nd 'Tennessee Whiskey' Challenge

April 7, 2015 1:45 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey." Republican state Sen. Ed Jackson withdrew without debate his bill that sought to repeal the law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel's in 2013.

Exporting Philly: Cheesesteaks, Ices and Pretzels Go Global

April 6, 2015 4:00 pm | by MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hoagie-making, coffee-brewing convenience and gas chain from the Philadelphia area is pushing hard into the Sunshine State, opening more than 60 stores since 2012 with another 25 planned by the end of the year.

50 Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Diet Cokes a Day For Science

April 6, 2015 3:15 pm | by George Prior | News | Comments

The 50 year-old Los Angeles dad who drank 10 Cokes a day for 30 days and gained 23 lbs is once again testing the health effects of soda, as he consumes 10 Diet Cokes a day, also for 30 days.

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Some Maple Sap This Season Headed From Tree Tap to Beer Tap

April 3, 2015 12:47 pm | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy sweetness to the maple amber beer made by nearby Chatham (N.Y.) Brewing, one of a cadre of craft brewers nationwide bridging the gap between tree tap and bar tap. The amount of syrup destined for pint glasses from this spring's maple run is a relative trickle, but maple beers offer something for the growing numbers of local food lovers and craft beers aficionados.

Sam Adams CEO: Craft Brewers 'Driving The Beer Industry'

April 2, 2015 7:45 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Although Sam Adams is a big name in beer, it makes up only 1 percent of the American market. Boston Beer Company founder and CEO Jim Koch says his company still has "a long way to grow."

A Look at Microbrewery Laws Being Considered Nationwide

April 1, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.

Matcha Tea: The Ultimate Superfood

April 1, 2015 9:35 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Panatea Founder Jessica Lloyd and David Mandelbaum discuss the benefits of drinking Matcha and how Panatea will make Matcha easy to use for the consumer. They speak with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller and Olivia Sterns on “Market Markers.”

States Increasing Production Caps for Microbreweries

April 1, 2015 8:30 am | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The popularity of microbrews has craft breweries bumping up against the country's longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

Molson Coors Acquires Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd.

April 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Molson Coors Brewing Company | News | Comments

 As part of the transaction, MCI acquired MSBL's entire brand portfolio, including the leading strong beer brand, Thunderbolt, and assumes direct control over brewing operations in Haryana and Punjab, as well as distribution for Thunderbolt in Bihar.

A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 31, 2015 10:05 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility.

EU Dairy Farmers Rally to Protest Removal of Milk Quotas

March 31, 2015 8:15 am | by LORNE COOK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.

Distillers: Stiff Whiskey Law Stifles Tennessee Town's Boozy Revival

March 31, 2015 8:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Booze, bikes and rock 'n' roll. That's the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, Tenn. The only thing standing in the way, say distillers Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, is the state's stuffy law restricting how spirits must be made so they can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey."

Bacardi Acquires Angel's Envy Bourbon

March 30, 2015 1:02 pm | by Bacardi | News | Comments

The deal marks Bacardi’s entry into the bourbon category of the North American whiskey sector.

Keurig Green Mountain and Reily Foods Company Announce Partnership

March 30, 2015 12:45 pm | by Keurig Green Mountain | News | Comments

With this new agreement, consumers in at-home and away-from-home channels will be able to enjoy their favorite New England brand coffee, French Market brand coffee, and Luzianne brand iced teas at the touch of a button in a variety of Keurig formats. The companies plan to launch the new, licensed K-Cup pods in fall 2015.

America Has Entered a New Era of Sports Nutriton

March 27, 2015 3:35 pm | by Package Facts | News | Comments

Among the most popular functional foods are sports drinks and nutrition bars. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36 percent of all U.S. adults consume sports drinks. Meanwhile, dollar sales in the nutrition bar segment grew an impressive 8 percent last year to reach $2 billion.

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