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Tenn. House to Vote on Supermarket Wine Sales

February 20, 2014 12:37 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state House is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol, would allow for local votes to take place as early as this fall.

Group Expects Beer Demand to Fall in Western Europe, Russia

February 20, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Carlsberg says it expects beer sales to fall this year in western Europe and Russia, but continue to grow in Asia. The Copenhagen-based group made the forecast as it announced its fourth-quarter net sales fell slightly to $2.9 billion and beer volumes dropped 3 percent.

Peltz Again Calls on PepsiCo to Split Drinks, Snacks

February 20, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is ramping up the pressure on PepsiCo, reaffirming his call for the company to separate its global drinks division from its snack unit. The call for a split comes as PepsiCo's drinks have lost ground to bigger rival Coca-Cola Co. in recent years.


A Tour of Russian Vodka

February 20, 2014 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Vodka is the national spirit of Russia and is a popular beverage worldwide. Generally produced from grain or potatoes, vodka traditionally is consumed with food in Russia. Lester Holt of the TODAY Show tries six different Russian varieties of vodka.

Water Bottler Faces Opposition in California

February 19, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes, who say the planned bottling operation could deplete wells and the aquifer.

Mead Johnson Warns of Possible Violations in China

February 19, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Infant formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition said its Chinese subsidiary may have violated U.S. and local laws, including anti-bribery statutes. Mead Johnson said in October that the Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into its business practices in China.

Czech Brewer Budvar Gets Budweiser Trademark in Portugal

February 19, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has ruled that it will have the exclusive rights to the Budweiser trademark in the country, canceling the rights owned by rival Anheuser-Busch InBev. Budvar has been fighting with Anheuser-Busch for over a century over use of the Budweiser name.

Newcomer Vintners Shake Up Chilean Wine Scene

February 19, 2014 9:32 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bold new wave of independent vintners is challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. Their quirky, small-batch harvests are capturing the attention of wine connoisseurs both at home and abroad.


Big Bucks in Bourbon

February 19, 2014 8:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Bourbon is continuing to gain popularity across the United States and globally. Clay Risen, author of "American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit", discusses the billion dollar boom in the bourbon industry.

Coca-Cola 4Q Profit Slips as Soda Sales Fall Flat

February 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says that its fourth-quarter profit fell as the world's biggest beverage maker once again sold less soda in North America. The maker of Sprite, Dasani and Vitaminwater water says sales volume declined 1 percent in North America.

Oliver Breweries Expands due to Increasing Demand

February 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by ADAM BEDNAR, The Daily Record | News | Comments

Pratt Street Ale House, which brews its suds as Oliver Breweries, makes its beers on the premises of its bar and restaurant across Pratt Street from the convention center in Baltimore. Because of increasing demand, the company is expanding its operations into a 12,000-square-foot industrial space.

Russian Wine Makers Aim to Educate Olympics Visitors

February 18, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Vodka is the czar of Russian drinks — ubiquitous, powerful and sometimes crude. Russia's wines are like a provincial nobleman, little-known but aspiring to refinement. So local wine producers are aiming to educate Olympics visitors by setting up sales booths and conducting tastings.

Calif. Vineyards Celebrate Record Harvest

February 18, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes. Growers in the nation's premier wine region brought in a bumper crop last year, thanks to expanded acreage and overall favorable weather.


Coca-Cola Responds to Critics of 'America the Beautiful' Ad

February 18, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's advertisement at this year's Super Bowl, which featured the song, "America the Beautiful," sung in various foreign languages, has met with disapproval by some viewers. Now the company is speaking out against the ad's critics.

Smart System Supervises Champagne Fermentation

February 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Stéphane Fournier, Manager, SF2I | Articles | Comments

Veuve Clicquot is a French champagne house known the world over. The house does not compromise on quality and its motto is 'Only one quality — the finest.' In order to ensure it always makes the finest champagne, it also needs to be able to closely supervise its production systems.

Wine Grape Sorter for Foreign Material Removal

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

VitiSort™ stainless steel, portable wine grape sorter for material other than grape (MOG) removal combines a mechanical MOG removal shaker and optical sorting with integral juice recovery system.

OSHA Cites G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers for Repeat Violations

February 14, 2014 3:26 pm | News | Comments

OSHA has cited G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Inc. for seven workplace health and safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $86,900. "This company consistently failed to protect its workers and implement basic safety requirements," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati.

Calif. Bill Would Mandate Health Warnings on Sugary Drinks

February 14, 2014 10:19 am | by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a new proposal. SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces.

Molson Coors 4Q Falls Short of Expectations

February 14, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

A lower tax expense helped Molson Coors Brewing Co.'s fourth-quarter net income more than double, but earnings fell short of Wall Street's expectations. The beer maker also said Thursday that it is raising its dividend 16 percent, or 5 cents, to 37 cents.

No Beer in Sight at Sochi Olympic Venues

February 14, 2014 10:02 am | by JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

To abide by Russian law, beer is not sold inside any venue at the Sochi Games. It's readily available at concession stands in Olympic Park, at restaurants and bars and at various national team houses in the area — just not to the general public where the games and races take place.

Bottled Water Trends for 2014

February 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Chris Hogan, Vice President of Communications, the International Bottled Water Association | Articles | Comments

When compared to other packaged beverage categories, it becomes clear that bottled water’s growth can be attributed to a ‘shift-in-consumption’ trend, with the soft drink category experiencing its eighth consecutive year of volume loss.

Molson Coors Hopes Olympic Fridge Boosts Brand Back Home

February 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors hopes its red fridge in Sochi will do more than just quench the thirst of Canadian Olympic supporters. The bright red machines at Canada House allow those with a Canadian passport to open them for free beer and have been prominently featured in news reports.

Pernod Ricard Warns of Shrinking Profitability

February 13, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

French drinks maker Pernod Ricard warned that profitability will shrink this year as it reported a drop in first half earnings and sales. The maker of Absolut vodka forecasted that core earnings growth would slow to between 1 and 3 percent this year.

PepsiCo Stands by Beverage Unit, Pins Hopes on Natural, Low-Calorie Drinks

February 13, 2014 12:37 pm | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

PepsiCo plans to stick by its struggling North American beverage unit, with hopes that the introduction of naturally sweetened, lower-calorie beverages will help revive soft drink sales. The company has been under pressure to spin off the drink business in favor of its stronger Frito-Lay snack unit.

Dr Pepper to Test Naturally Sweetened Sodas

February 13, 2014 9:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Americans are cutting back on both regular soda and diet soda. So Dr Pepper Snapple Group said it plans to test versions of its Dr Pepper, 7Up and Canada Dry sodas this year that have about 60 calories a can with only naturally derived sweeteners.

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