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Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies on Purpose

October 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

The familiar smell of beer is due in part to aroma compounds produced by common brewer's yeast. Now, researchers have discovered why the yeast make that smell: the scent attracts fruit flies, which repay the yeast by dispersing their cells in the environment.

One of Top Ten Craft Brewers to Build Facility in Virginia

October 10, 2014 9:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Stone Brewing Co., named one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations. The company plans to build a $74 million facility in Richmond, creating nearly 290 jobs over five years.      

More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 3:17 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

A new study finds more than 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013. The results will be used as a benchmark to help the industry further minimize its carbon footprint.  

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Mexico's Tax on Junk Food Hits Pepsi, Coke

October 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley. It's not yet clear whether the taxes' impact on consumption will last.

Pepsi Sales Expected to Rise in Q3

October 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest snack maker posted earnings of $2.01 billion for the period ended Sept. 6. That compares with $1.91 billion a year earlier. The company has been able to strengthen its pricing to boost gross margins, even with economic growth stagnating overseas.

Beer Industry Mourns Lost Youth

October 8, 2014 10:57 am | by Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director, Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The consumer group once owned by the major brewers now spreads the love among spirits, wine and beer. Beverage selection is driven not only by cost, but also by occasion, desired flavor attributes, food and the suggestions of those around them.

Pepsi Sells Artisanal Soda 'Caleb's Kola'

October 8, 2014 9:22 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that will come in a glass bottle. The name is a nod to a pharmacist from North Carolina who is credited with creating Pepsi's formula in the 1890s.       

Report: Rising Demand for Natural Sweeteners

October 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

The food trend towards whole foods and natural products has also meant a growing demand for natural sweeteners made from herbs. In 2013, approximately 20 percent of new non-caloric soft drinks were based on natural sweeteners.      

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Consumer Trends: Growing Interest in Cold 'Ready to Drink' Coffee

October 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by Multi-sponsor Surveys, Inc. | News | Comments

According to Multi-sponsor Surveys' newly released 2014 U.S. Coffee Study, frequent consumption of RTD canned/bottled cold coffee drinks (including espresso and cappuccino)  increased over the past two years, particularly among Millennials and Hispanics.  

3 Lawsuits Pending, Whiskey-Maker Responds to Allegations

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye has been under scrutiny after revealing they use a stock rye whiskey from an Indiana distillery before blending it with more ingredients in Iowa. At least three lawsuits claiming the company deceived customers are pending. 

SodaStream's Run at Coke, Pepsi Fizzles Out

October 7, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SodaStream has touted its machines as a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to buying bottled or canned drinks such as Coke and Pepsi. It has been trying to make a splash in the U.S. and advertised in the last two Super Bowls.

Coca-Cola to Settle Lawsuit Over Glacéau Vitaminwater's Marketing

October 7, 2014 9:33 am | by Angeion Group; The Coca-Cola Company and Energy Brands Inc. | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Company announced the preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit concerning the labeling and marketing of Glaceau vitaminwater brand beverages. The hearing on final approval of the settlement is scheduled for Dec. 2. 

Starbucks Workers Take Advantage of Tuition Program

October 7, 2014 9:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks said more than 1,000 of its employees have enrolled at Arizona State University to take advantage of a program that helps pay for their tuition. The company said it is too early to tell how much it will end up paying in reimbursement for the students. 

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Researchers Find DNA is Linked to How Much Coffee You Drink

October 7, 2014 8:53 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The project analyzed the results of about two dozen previous studies with a combined total of more than 120,000 participants. Those participants had described how much coffee they drink a day, and allowed their DNA to be scanned.     

Brewery of 12 People Wins 'Large Brewing Company of the Year'

October 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by MillerCoors | News | Comments

A small incubation brewery in Golden, Colorado is now home to the "Largest Brewing Company of the Year" award from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. AC Golden has 12 employees who brew and sell some of Colorado's most flavorful beers.

Sugar Showdown: 'We Haven't Even Achieved Type 3 Diabetes Yet!'

October 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As a vote on whether to raise the tax on sodas, teas, energy drinks and any others that contain added sugar sold in San Francisco draws near, advocates for the beverage industry and public health arena weigh in on how this tax would affect consumers. 

Two Calif. Cities to Vote on Soda Tax

October 6, 2014 9:12 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Voters in San Francisco will decide whether to make distributors pay a tax of 2 cents an ounce on sugary drinks, with the revenue used to fund programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Berkeley voters will decide on a proposed tax of 1 cent an ounce.

Beverage Industry is Wising Up to an Aging Population

October 3, 2014 2:45 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Although historically the marketing of soft drinks was focused on the youth market with the key age bracket of 10-24 year olds, Canadean detects great opportunities in targeting the growing aging population.           

More Than 150K Consumers Urge Starbucks to Use Organic Milk

October 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by GMO Inside; Green America | News | Comments

Trouble is brewing for Starbucks as more than 150,000 consumers are urging CEO Howard Schultz to ditch conventional milk from cows fed GMOs in favor of organic milk. On Sunday, America's largest coffee chain will feel even more heat, as eight national groups spearhead a social media day of action on the issue.

Pepsi Pops Open a Stevia-Sweetened Soda

October 1, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. said the latest version of its flagship soda will have 30 percent fewer calories than regular and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia. The drink will go on sale later this month on Amazon.com before eventually being rolled out to supermarkets.

Coca-Cola to Revise Executive Pay Plan After Criticism

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, said Wednesday its long-term incentive program will now distribute the company's shares to a smaller group of executives, while the rest will be rewarded with cash bonuses instead.     

Photos: World's Largest Six-Pack of Beer

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cluster of 100-foot-tall grain silos in Buffalo is being turned into the world's largest six-pack. Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city's Lake Erie waterfront. 

French Brand Starts Selling Sparkling Wine in China

October 1, 2014 9:05 am | by HELENE FRANCHINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. Moet Hennessy has launched the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

Iowa AG: Lawsuit Against Whiskey Maker Templeton Rye to Proceed

September 30, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Iowa attorney general's office says a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.

Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics | News | Comments

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

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