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5 Barrels of Stolen Bourbon Found in Backyard

March 13, 2015 9:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another iconic bourbon brand in Kentucky has been targeted in a heist, but this time authorities say they have arrested a suspect caught with the stash of pricey whiskey in his backyard.

Regulators Say Powdered Alcohol is Illegal in Massachusetts

March 13, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alcohol Beverages Control Commission issued the advisory two days after a federal regulatory agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, approved Palcohol, a condensed form of alcohol that is intended to be mixed with water into drinks.

Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 12, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Should the product be approved and regulated like other alcohol products?

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Heineken Loses Suit Against Romanian Craft Brewer

March 12, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A small beer manufacturer in Romania has won a lawsuit against Heineken, which sued it for using a brand name it says it is too similar to a local brew it produces.

Coca-Cola CEO Gets $18.1M After Company Fails to Meet Targets

March 12, 2015 11:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world's biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets.

San Francisco Could Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

San Francisco lawmakers hope to add warning labels to advertisements for soft drinks in the city, a move that they believe would "make our communities healthier and better informed."

Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Agency's Approval

March 12, 2015 8:10 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The product, called Palcohol, had received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error. On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue told The Associated Press the issues were resolved and that four varieties of Palcohol were approved.

Innovative Recipes Can Revolutionize the Juice Aisle

March 11, 2015 3:20 pm | by Stefani LiDestri | Articles | Comments

Market watchers of the stagnant U.S. juice market need only to see what is selling here to discover what consumers thirst for now. Rapidly growing sales of coconut water juice blends and trending super-fruit and salad smoothies all point to healthier and more interesting ways to hydrate.

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Burger King Pulls Soda From Kids Meal Menu

March 11, 2015 9:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Burger King has decided to silently remove soft drinks from its kids' menu "as part of our ongoing effort to offer our guests options that match their lifestyle needs."

More Turnover at Coca-Cola

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."

10 Things to Know About Caffeine

March 10, 2015 10:45 am | by National Consumers League | Articles | Comments

During March, which is both National Nutrition Month and Caffeine Awareness Month, the National Consumers League (NCL) is calling on consumers to turn their attention to the world’s favorite pick-me-up: caffeine.

Illycaffè CEO Knows How You Drink Coffee

March 10, 2015 9:25 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of illycaffè, discusses emerging coffee trends and what to know about where the price of coffee is heading.

Candy in Drinks the Next Big Thing?

March 9, 2015 2:20 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Consumer tastes are changing, with many moving away from soda and other sugary drinks and instead choosing a healthier alternative. But that isn't stopping Sonic from rolling out some more of its candy/drink concoctions.

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Juicy Juice Parent Buying American Beverage for $55M

March 9, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which owns Juicy Juice, will become one of the largest independently owned juice companies in the U.S. when the acquisition becomes official.

Idaho Bans Booze at '50 Shades' Showings

March 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Idaho State Police's Alcohol Beverage Control has contacted at least two theaters showing the popular R-rated flick, ordering them to comply with a law banning businesses from serving booze to people watching sexually explicit films.

Bourbon Master Tester For Brown-Forman: 28-Year-Old Marianne Barnes

March 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Marianne Barnes, a 28-year-old former chemical engineer, is the master taster for Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve. Her job involves making sure the product tastes top notch before it hits shelves. 

Why You're Paying $10 For Juice

March 6, 2015 10:25 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The booming business of juice has climbed to more than $4.3 billion a year globally. CNN Money's Vanessa Yurkevich explains why your juice is so expensive.

FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

March 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an encouraging development for consumers worried about antibiotics in their milk, a new Food and Drug Administration study showed little evidence of drug contamination after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.

Researchers Analyze Beer Lost at Sea For 170 Years

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

Co-Founder of K-Cups Doesn't Own a Keurig Machine

March 5, 2015 9:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain made $4.7 billion in revenue last year and much of that money was thanks to its K-Cups — the small pods used for easy coffee brewing. But in a recent interview, co-founder John Sylvan admitted to not even owning a Keurig.

Technology is Raising a High Bar For High-End Mixology

March 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Want that cocktail shaken, not stirred? How about centrifuged? These days, it's possible as high-tech tools shake things up behind the bar with a razzle-dazzle flair that could make even an old fashioned feel newfangled.

Multiple Studies Prove Coffee Lessens Heart Risks

March 4, 2015 1:25 pm | by BMJ | News | Comments

Despite earlier concerns about a potential increase in heart disease risk associated with drinking coffee, a recent meta-analysis of 36 studies showed that moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

Brown-Forman Profits Led By Jack Daniel's Brand

March 4, 2015 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Daniel's maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit rose 5 percent, led by strong demand for its pricier American whiskeys and broad sales growth in the U.S. and overseas.

Divorce Fuels Sugary Beverage Consumption, Says Study

March 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than children in families where the parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity later in life, according to a new study.

Lager, Stout Yeast Share DNA

March 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

There are few drinks as iconic as a pint of Guinness. It might surprise beer connoisseurs to learn that the DNA of the all-important brewing yeast is the same as that which encodes the yeast required to brew a clean, crisp lager.

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