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Infographic: The Growth of Whiskey

June 6, 2014 8:00 am | by Technomic | News | Comments

This infographic, based on Technomic research, provides specific data points on the growth of whiskey – including trends in American, Canadian, Irish and Scotch whiskey – plus some new products and a look at how whiskey is being used in drinks at restaurants. 

Consumer Trends: Drink Your Veggies, Kids!

June 5, 2014 2:07 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Vital Juice introduces cold-pressed juice to help kids drink less sugar and eat more fruits and vegetables. The new juice line, Vital Kids, is for the entire family, even mom and dad! The four new flavors include: Green Gorilla, Captain Carrot, Mr. Squeeze and Mrs. Beet. 

Washington Liquor Board: Volume Discount Sales of Booze Is OK

June 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington's Liquor Control Board reversed course and is now moving toward allowing volume discount sales by distributors to bars and restaurants. Last year, the regulating panel said the breaks did not fit under the state's recently privatized liquor system.

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Photo: Godzilla Rights Owner Slays 'Mechahopzilla' Beer

June 5, 2014 8:45 am | by DAMIAN DOVARGANE | News | Comments

Toho Co. Ltd. and the New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co. settled a lawsuit yesterday over the brewery's Mechahopzilla beer. The brewery has agreed to change the beer's name, which is similar to the name of Godzilla's mechanical doppelganger Mechagodzilla.

Top Court Considers Restoring NYC Big-Soda Ban

June 5, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City officials urged the state's top court to reinstate the city's ban on big sodas, arguing that the largest source of added sugar in the American diet is from sugary drinks. Officials argue that sodas are empty calories and don't provide nutritional value.

Jack Daniel's Leads Brown-Forman to Higher Results

June 4, 2014 11:39 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spirits maker Brown-Forman's fourth-quarter net income rose 17 percent to cap a strong year led by its Jack Daniel's brand, which showed its muscle in the competitive whiskey market. Net sales for the Jack Daniel's brand increased 8 percent for the full year.

Denver Area Launches Innovation Center to Lead Food Industry Trends

June 4, 2014 9:04 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The founders of the test kitchen from Food and Drink Resources (FDR) built an innovation center in the Denver area to serve a range of food purveyors from fast food, fast casual and fine-dining restaurants to pre-made meals and drinks sold in retail establishments.

Photo: Craft Beer Craze Continues With Day of the Dead Beer

June 4, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Classic Distributing & Beverage Group's interest in carrying unique, premium authentic Mexican craft beer, such as the Day of the Dead beer, is not only a testament to quality of their brands, but also to the continued growth of the craft beer craze. 

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J.M. Smucker Co. Announces Hiked Coffee Prices

June 3, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker Co. raised prices for most of its packaged coffee, including Dunkin' Donuts and Folgers brands. The company said it increased prices an average of 9 percent. The price hike came in response to "sustained increases in green coffee costs."

California Senate Approves Warning Labels on Over 500 Sweetened Beverages

June 2, 2014 1:48 pm | by California-Nevada Beverage Association | News | Comments

President Obama and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently introduced the first new update to nutrition labels in twenty years. Obesity and related diseases, like diabetes, have multiple risk factors, including genetics, age, stress and even lack of sleep.

Has Liquor Privatization in Washington Brought Negative Repercussions?

June 2, 2014 1:11 pm | by DAVE GALLAGHER, The Bellingham Herald | News | Comments

June 1 marked the second anniversary of Initiative 1183 going into effect, turning over sales of liquor from state-run stores to retail businesses. Despite the jump in prices, the number of liters sold increased by 1.1 million in the 16 months.

California Collector Apologizes for Vintage Wine Fraud

May 30, 2014 12:07 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rudy Kurniawan, whose family became wealthy operating a beer distributorship in Indonesia, said his own obsession with fine wines led him to actions that were wrong, both morally and socially, and he will return to Indonesia after he serves his sentence.

Coffee Fest Comes to St. Louis

May 30, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

Coffee! Coffee! Get your coffee! Vendors from across the country are on their way to the St. Louis America's Center convention complex this weekend for the annual trade show. Coffee Fest is one of three held yearly, with similar events in New York and Portland.

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Diageo Plans Kentucky Distillery

May 30, 2014 9:10 am | by REBECCA YONKER, Associated Press ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed 300-acre distillery site would also include six barrel storage warehouses. Barrel storage has become a legal issue for Diageo in Tennessee, which is suing the state to halt the enforcement of a law requiring whiskey made there to be stored in-state.

Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 

Brewers Get Crafty with Spent Grain

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Craft brewers are getting increasingly crafty about how to get rid of the grain and hops that are left over after brewing. One six-pack of beer yields a pound of the leftover grain. Everything from brad and dog treats to lip  balm and soap have been created. 

Photo: Doggy Beer Bones

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

The craft beer industry is getting crafty on ways to get rid of the grain and hops left after brewing, turning the byproducts and beer itself into everything from bread and dog treats to lip balm and soap. Just one six-pack can produce a pound of leftover grain.

Fraudulent Wine Seized by Italian Police

May 30, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Around 30,000 bottles of wine falsely labeled as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and other premium wines have been seized by Italian police. Investigators were alerted to the fraud by consumers who recognized the impostors as "normal table wine."

Utah Liquor Board Considers Oktoberfest Beer Ban

May 29, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

What's an Oktoberfest with no beer? The Utah Oktoberfest festival, held at the Snowbird Ski Resort, may not have the permit to serve alcohol this year. The Utah liquor commission is trying to reevaluate who should be approved for alcohol permits. 

Consumer Trends: Households with Young Children Buy Fewer Processed Foods

May 28, 2014 12:53 pm | by Stephanie Stephens, HBNS Contributing Writer | News | Comments

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds purchases of high calorie foods and beverages have declined in households with preschool age children between 2000 and 2011. The decline in purchases may explain why childhood obesity rates leveled off in 2007. 

Infographic: The Growth of Craft Beer

May 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Courtesy of the Brewers Association | News | Comments

Craft Beer is nothing short of a craft. With a 20 percent growth in the dollar value since 2012, the retail dollar currently sits at $14.3 billion. But with 2,768 craft breweries in the U.S., a 15 percent increase since 2012, that number doesn't seem so surprising.

Starbucks-Owned Chain to Sell Burgers, Beer and Wine

May 27, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

Starbucks-owned restaurant La Boulange will add burgers, beer and cocktails to the menu. The test restaurant, purchased by Starbucks in 2012, are based in San Francisco Bay Area and primarily focus on breakfast, lunch sandwiches and baked goods. 

Study: Diet Beverages Help Dieters Lose Weight

May 27, 2014 12:59 pm | by University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center | News | Comments

A 12-week clinical study compared the effects of diet beverages on weight loss. Conducted by the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, the study showed an average weight loss of 13 pounds in diet-beverage drinkers. 

Global Warming Expected to Impact European Farmers

May 23, 2014 1:20 pm | News | Comments

A new study shows that crops in Europe are sensitive to warming and adaptation can be important in reducing the impact of global warming. The Earth is expected to warm on average 3.5 degress Fahrenheit by 2040, striking wheat, barley and corn. 

Photo: The World's Priciest Donut by Krispy Kreme

May 23, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Yes, it's the world's most lavish donut, created by none other than Krispy Kreme. Ingredients include gold, "edible diamonds" and Dom Pérignon vintage 2002 champagne jelly. Imagine what an office star you'd be if you brought in a dozen of these!

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