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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

Anheuser-Busch to Tap First Mexican Beer

August 7, 2014 9:18 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of AB InBev, is hoping to tap into the fast-growing Hispanic market by importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.

VIDEO: Consumers Say "More Protein, Please!"

August 7, 2014 8:00 am | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

Consumers want more protein even though they may be unsure how to get it. A recent report says that 62 percent of U.S. adults make a point of consuming plenty of protein. How and where will companies be tapping into this increasing demand?

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Report: Tea Makers Need to Market to Millennial Moms

August 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a recent report, food manufacturers in the tea market need to connect with children and their parents more than any other consumer. More than two-thirds of shoppers agree that their kids' preferences influence which groceries they buy.

Consumer Trends: Soda Drinkers Want Healthier Soft Drinks

August 6, 2014 2:24 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

When it comes to choosing a particular soda, health plays a role. A study shows 29 percent of consumers say that low/no calorie content would make them choose one type of soda over another and 14 percent would prefer natural ingredients.

AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations Worth $92K

August 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Columbus, Ohio brewery makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers.

Molson Coors 2Q Profit Climbs on Europe Strength

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Co., based in Denver and Montreal, experienced a 9 percent rise in its second-quarter profits as better pricing offset a decline in the volume of beer globally. In Europe, net sales per hectoliter climbed 1.9 percent from increased sales in the U.K.

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Delivery Trucks in Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Although local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked. Now, unidentified attackers have burned down four Coca-Cola delivery trucks in the southern state of Guerrero.

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VIDEO: What's in a Craze? The Coconut Water Way

August 6, 2014 8:20 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The coconut water business is expected to reach $1 billion next year. More than 200 brands are now in competition for this growing beverage trend, but why is the drink so popular? New York Times reporter Michael Moss says the drink isn't all it's cracked up to be.

VIDEO: Sierra Nevada Brews Up a Craft Beer Empire

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Many of America's best beers are now being produced by small, local brewers you've probably never heard of. But most people, beer-enthusiasts especially, do know about Sierra Nevada. The brewery is the largest privately-owned craft brewery in the country.

Consumers Can Create Wine on the Internet With Virtual Vineyard

August 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by Columbia Crest | News | Comments

Wine-lovers are invited to become virtual winemakers with the first crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon by Columbia Crest winery. Fans join the process of winemaking by determining how the grapes are tended, irrigated, harvested and blended through weekly votes.

Infographic: Fact vs. Fiction on Craft Beer, Cider

August 4, 2014 2:12 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | News | Comments

Is it true that Hispanic consumers don't drink craft beer? Hard cider and craft beer are on the fast track in restaurants and bars today, but Technomic's On-Premise Craft Beer & Cider study reveals that all is not as it seems with these trending beverages. 

Demand for Bottled Water Skyrockets as Toxins Foul Ohio Lakes

August 4, 2014 9:26 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio has been under warning for three days now as toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie foul the water supply. With no other choice of water to brush teeth or cook food with, residents have been swarming to stores to clear the shelves of bottled water.

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Consumer Trends: Millennials Drinking More Wine

August 1, 2014 1:00 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

Rabobank studies show in non-traditional wine drinking countries, millennials are drinking more wine than any of the previous generations did at their age, while in traditional wine drinking countries, they are drinking less but better quality wine.

Vitaminwater Fans Complain About New Sweetener

August 1, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola's brand Vitaminwater is reversing its course after fans of the popular drink began complaining of the new sweetener. The reversal comes just a few months after the company had changed the sweetener in the drink to a mix of sugar and stevia.

VIDEO: Colbert Pokes Fun of Vessyl Digital Cup

August 1, 2014 8:45 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the invention of a digital cup, Vessyl, that tracks and identifies all beverages. This cup can not only tell you what's inside, but it can also stand upright on a table. Can your cup do that?

Soccer World Cup Lifts German Beer Sales

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Statistical Office said German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the first half of the year, gaining froth from the country's run to the soccer World Cup title. The increase comes amid a long-term downward trend in German beer sales.

AB InBev Sales Grow, Sees US Improvement

August 1, 2014 8:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AB InBev, known for its Budweiser brand, says its sales and earnings grew in the second quarter, with 7.2 percent growth in Brazil alone. The world's largest beer maker also says it sees an improving economic outlook in the United States.

Pepsi Plans to Increase Recycling, Protect Drinking Water

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by PepsiCo | News | Comments

PepsiCo is now addressing both curbside and on-the-go-recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. The company is teaming with The Nature Conservancy to teach consumers better ways to recycle.

Infographic: Breakfast by the Numbers

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

In the 20th century, cereal helped redefine breakfast as a health moment. Breakfast beverages also arose to give us a heavy dose of nutrition to start our day. But what is the industry seeing today? Research by Hartman-Group shows what we eat depends on when we eat.

Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 8:45 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

Experts Work to Create At-Home Caffeine Detection Test for Drinks

July 31, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose has the FDA thoroughly inspecting all foods and beverages with added amounts of caffeine. Now, scientists are working to create an at-home test that detects the stimulant in almost all beverages.

Consumer Trends: Cinnamon Horchata Ale? Blue Moon Thinks So

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Blue Moon Brewing Company | News | Comments

Blue Moon Brewing Company's Head Brewmaster Keith Villa's latest creation delivers a cinnamon flavor and subtle sweetness. Inspired by the popular Latin American drink, Horchata, this beer is infused with cinnamon, dark candy sugar and long-grain rice.

Infographic: Design Dictates Winners in the Beverage Aisle

July 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Affinnova | News | Comments

As America's thirst for soda wanes, competition over these growth areas is becoming fierce. To understand these competitive dynamics, Affinnova conducted an audit of brands in the beverage aisle, examining the impact of package design on consumer appeal.

Former Vending Firm Official Sentenced in Pepsi Scheme

July 30, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company, 65-year-old Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove, was sentenced to months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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