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John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The heirs of John Wayne filed a federal lawsuit against Duke University for marketing bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. The bourbon is labeled with an image of Wayne holding a rifle with "Duke" emblazoned over it in bold letters.

Portland Coffee Fest to Showcase Local Coffeehouses

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Coffee Fest | News | Comments

Coffee Fest comes to Portland from Oct. 17-19 to mark the six final coffeehouses' success to date. As a major tradeshow in the specialty coffee sector, the show will individually showcase each coffeehouse as the six regional champions compete for the top prize.

Pecan Liqueur Vies with Bourbon-Country Spirits

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur started reaching store shelves in Louisville this month, emerging from concept to product in only a year. The producer of the new premium liqueur is hoping the product will carve out a niche in Kentucky's famous bourbon country.

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FDA Investigates Energy Drinks on Safety Concerns

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Renewed concerns are surfacing as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. Last year, Congress pressed the FDA to look into the safety of caffeine. The FDA has since begun an internal evaluation of caffeine and is expected to issue guidelines.

Variety is the No. 1 Reason Drinkers Choose Craft Beer

July 9, 2014 9:22 am | by Tully & Holland Inc. | News | Comments

Within a relatively stagnant beer market, craft beer exhibited strong growth on a consistent basis. In 2013, retail sales grew an estimated 20 percent, from $11.9 billion to $14.3 billion, representing the industry’s 8th consecutive year of double-digit sales growth.

Egypt's President Doubles Beer Tax to 200 Percent

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a move to ease the country's staggering budget deficit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi doubled an already existing tax on beer, from 100 percent to 200 percent, and increased the tax on local and imported wines to 150 percent.

Two Calif. Cities Pursue Per-Ounce Soda Tax

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

San Francisco and Berkeley, two of the most progressive cities in the U.S., are aiming to become the nation's first to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. Many blame soda for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases, and claim they should be taxed like a pack of cigarettes. 

Former Anheuser-Busch Exec. Seeks New Trial

July 8, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Francine Katz, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, is seeking a new trial for gender discrimination after unsuccessfully suing the company in May. Katz worked for the brewing company for two decades and claims she was paid significantly less than her male predecessors.

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Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

Infographic: How Strong is That Mixed Drink?

July 7, 2014 10:23 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: How much are you really drinking with those summer cocktails? A "standard drink" is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. 

VIDEO: Dispenser Puts Every Single Draft Beer Inside Your Kitchen

July 7, 2014 10:07 am | by SYNEK | Videos | Comments

Are you a savvy beer drinker? The reinvention of beer packaging is here. SYNEK is the world's first portable tap beer dispenser allowing for unlimited varieties of craft beer right inside your kitchen. You can now enjoy your draft beer wherever there's an outlet.

Quebec's Lassonade Buys Apple & Eve Juice Brand for $150M

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Lassonade, a Quebec-based beverage company, is purchasing the U.S. juice company Apple & Eve for $150 million. The acquisition will allow the company to enter the U.S. branded juice market and derive cost savings from purchasing and distribution. 

New Utah Liquor Law Allows Bars to Buy the Rights to Serve Alcohol

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of having liquor regulations among the strictest in the nation, a new state law puts Utah liquor licenses on the market. Bar owners can legally buy the right to serve alcoholic drinks from other businesses. The state will still help to handle the transfer.

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Fermentation-Based Sweetener

July 7, 2014 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the global consumption of Stevia as a sweetener rapidly growing, the introduction of steviol glycosides produced through fermentation will provide food and beverage companies a way to reduce calories in their products.

Constellation Brands 1Q Income Soars from Crown Imports

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The wine, liquor and beer company Constellation Brands Inc. said its fiscal first-quarter net income soared thanks to Crown Imports. The company purchased Group Modelo U.S. beer business in June 2013 from Anheuser-Busch InBev for about $5.3 billion.

Infographic: What's Really Inside Your Tea Bag

July 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Compound Interest | News | Comments

What's in that cup of tea? Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics about everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Unsurprisingly, his most popular posts are about food and drinks.

Nestle USA Sells Juicy Juice Brand

July 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners has purchased the Juicy Juice brand from Nestle USA with plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes by making changes to its packaging. This is the sixth acquisition the private equity has completed with Nestle.

AB InBev Buys Czech Brewer to Reclaim 'Budweiser'

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Budweiser war continues with Anheuser-Busch InBev buying a small Czech brewery, Samson. AB InBev is currently in a legal battle over the Budweiser trademark name with Budvar, another Czech brewer. The purchase was an effort by AB InBev to reclaim the name.

Cider, Calvados Stoke American Apple Beverage Trend

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Michelle Locke, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hard cider sales have grown substantially during the past five years. The success of craft ciders has caused other new apple-based boozes to enter the market, such as Karner Blue gin, which is distilled from apples, not grains, at a New Hampshire winery and distillery.

Consumer Trends: The First Superfood for Moms

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Now For Mothers Food Corp | News | Comments

Moms can now enjoy the first food made especially for them: Now For Mothers Healing Mix. This natural post pregnancy formula provides babies with the precursor fats required for effective brain development. Product can be sprinkled onto food or mixed into drinks.

US Breweries Have More Than Doubled in 5 Years

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by U.S. Census Bureau | News | Comments

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, employment in the breweries industry has climbed in the five-year span — rising to 26,077 employees in 2012, up by 3,825, from 22,252 in 2007. The number of US breweries has increased from 398 to 869 in five years.

Hormel Foods to Buy Muscle Milk for $450M

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam, will pay $450 million to buy CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said consumers are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein.

Dog Tag Brewing Launches Beer Honoring Fallen Warriors

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rexam | News | Comments

Dog Tag Brewing was created to provide quality beers that deliver a message of gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of the nation's military. The company works with families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty and details their personalized stories on beer cans.

Castle Brands 4Q Sales Grow from Bourbon, Rye Whiskey Revenue

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Castle Brands Inc. | News | Comments

Castle Brands Inc., an international marketer of premium branded spirits, reported its fourth quarter financial results. Very strong growth of Jefferson's bourbons and rye and Irish whiskeys led to a 43.5 percent increase in whiskey revenues.

Treehouse Foods to Buy Flagstone Foods in $860M Deal

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treehouse Foods, based out of Oak Brook, Ill., is purchasing Flagstone Foods, maker of store-brand snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit, for $860 million. Treehouse hopes the purchase will help them gain a name in the growing healthy snacks industry.

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