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Last Call for Free Rum at Puerto Rico Distillery

November 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Foreigners will now have to pay $12 and residents $6 to visit one of the most popular tourist attractions in the metropolitan San Juan region, officials said Tuesday. The seaside rum distillery was well-known for its free drinks and tours.

Not Feeling Sexy? Juice Up Some Frogs

November 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. There is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice, but the Peruvians juice the frogs to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.

Cost of Booze Set to Rise in Virginia After Board Vote

November 19, 2014 8:10 am | by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze starting Dec. 8 as a result of action taken by the board that oversees the state liquor monopoly. The increase is a part of a broader plan to plug the $2.4 billion gap in the budget. 

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Carlsberg Becomes No. 2 in Greece With Olympic Brewery Takeover

November 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Carlsberg, a Danish company, said that the two breweries combined would hold a market share of about 29 percent in Greece. Carlsberg already fully owns the Mythos Brewery, Greece's third-largest.               

VIDEO: Brewery Serves $15 Hot Pockets to Get Around Law

November 17, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis is offering a new menu in order to comply with Indiana state law. The law requires food to be available in order to serve liquor by the glass; two of the items on the menu are Hot Pockets and Cup of Noodles.  

50-Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Cokes a Day For Science

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by George Prior | News | Comments

George Prior, a Los Angeles resident, is carefully documenting his health while consuming 10 Cokes a day. Prior hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of excessive sugar in the standard American diet.         

Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods.                         

Wisconsin Marketing Campaign Plays Off Love of Beer, Cheese

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's love of beer and cheese will feature in ads that will run on websites geared toward entrepreneurs and investors. The ad campaign that launched this month is the third phase of a multi-year effort begun by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2012.

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Consumer Trends: Slice Off a Shot of Pie-Flavored Whiskey

November 14, 2014 2:46 pm | by Diageo | News | Comments

Warm baked apples, toasted pecans, the taste of the graham cracker crust on Grandma's homemade pies: all these loveable flavors are hot out of the oven in PIEHOLE — a blend of Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur.        

Lawsuit Against Capital Brewery Dismissed

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson has dismissed a lawsuit by minority shareholders against Capital Brewery which claimed misconduct by company executives. Anderson says the minority shareholders haven't shown they had standing to sue.    

Mass. Regulators Probe State's Beer Industry

November 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission have issued subpoenas to several breweries, distributors and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to taps and shelf space. 

New York Loosens Rules For Craft Beer, Spirits

November 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York is eliminating some restrictions on craft beer, wine and spirits producers to encourage the growing interest in locally made alcoholic beverages.                           

Minneapolis' Grain Belt Sign Could Shine Again

November 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by August Schell Brewing | News | Comments

August Schell Brewing Company, the Minnesota-based brewer of Grain Belt Beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis' most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.          

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VIDEO: Brazil's Drought Means Higher Coffee Prices

November 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Coffee drinkers hold on to your wallets! The worst drought in 80 years has hit Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter of coffee, and prices have surged to their highest levels in two years.             

Kitty Lovers Flock to Calif. Cat Cafe

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed coffees.

Colbert: The Adventures in Snackology

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" brings the news of a scientific breakthrough giving millions of Americans hope for a better tomorrow: Dorito-flavored Mountain Dew. PepsiCo delivers on its promise to "drinkify" snacks by unveiling this odd hybrid.

VIDEO: The Milk-Industrial Complex

November 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by Healthcare Triage | Videos | Comments

Why does milk, of all beverages, get a pass in our efforts to reduce everyone's caloric intake? Why is it encouraged, when all others are shunned? Is it because you need the calcium? Is it because it makes your bones stronger?      

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

Improving the Taste of Alcohol-Free Beer With Aromas of Regular Beer

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have developed a technique to improve the taste of alcohol-free beer. The alcohol in beer acts as a solvent for a variety of aromatic compounds; therefore, when it is eliminated, the final product loses aromas and some of its taste.

What's in a Cup?

November 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

I am continually amazed by the constant flow of new technologies on the market to help consumers maintain a healthy diet. While innovation is essential in the food industry, some inventions I have to question. The latest: IQhydr8.   

VIDEO: Jay Z Likes His Champagne, Buys the Company

November 10, 2014 1:57 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

When you're Jay Z, you don't just buy bottles of your favorite champagne. You buy the whole company. The Hip-Hop singer purchased the champagne company Armand de Brignac, whose bubbly is also referred to as 'Ace of Spades.'       

US Marine Brews Up a Birthday Gift For the Corps

November 10, 2014 10:24 am | by Fidelis Beer Company | News | Comments

Brian Magee, the owner and founder of Fidelis Beer Company, recently took on a new challenge that draws on the Marine Corps' interesting history with beer. Born by an act of Congress on November 10, 1775, the Corps' first recruiting station was in a Philadelphia tavern.  

Mondelez Invests $50M For UK Coffee Site

November 7, 2014 3:24 pm | by Mondelez International | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the second largest player in the global coffee market, announced plans to invest $50 million (£30 million) in its Banbury, UK factory to build two new lines that will manufacture Tassimo beverage capsules.  

VIDEO: The World's Most Expensive Bubbly

November 7, 2014 2:45 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Krug has released a 2003 vintage champagne that sells for $2,000. Cristina Alesci breaks down the value of the world's most expensive bubbly.                              

PepsiCo Loses Another Contender for Top Slot

November 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of potential successors for the top spot at PepsiCo is thinning as yet another highly regarded executive announced his departure. Zein Abdalla, named president of the company just over two years ago, will retire this year.    

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