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December 6, 2012
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • Bunn-O-Matic debuts Trifecta brewer
    Bunn-O-Matic has introduced Trifecta, a coffee and tea brewer with 25 settings. "Leveraging 25 unique settings to bring out the very best flavor based on coffee's distinct origins represents an entirely new concept for home brewing that encourages simple, but highly personalized flavor and taste refinement of specialty coffees," said senior vice president Aimee Markelz Tracy. Drinks Business Review (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Researchers: Non-nutritive sweeteners can aid in weight control
    Non-nutritive artificial sweeteners in functional foods and beverages can help in weight management and diabetes prevention, University of Copenhagen researchers reported in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care. Results of an animal study, released last week, suggest that the sweeteners could be linked to weight gain, but researchers said most intervention studies have shown they do not stimulate hunger compared with sucrose. FoodNavigator (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Americans consider obesity a major health concern
    A Gallup survey found that Americans consider access to and the cost of health care to be the most urgent problems. Researchers also found that more Americans find obesity to be a major issue, with 16% saying it is an urgent medical problem, compared with only 1% in 1999. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Environment Watch 
  • Researchers develop stronger bio-based plastic
    Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland said they have developed a technique for creating stronger films from biological materials. "This new generation of plastic packaging not only reduces our dependence on oil but also offers superior quality compared to traditional plastic packaging," said research professor Ali Harlin. (France) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Starbucks boosts sales with grocery display
    Starbucks is testing a grocery end cap modeled after the coffee chain's decor. The display, in 12 cities, uses a wooden border and a fake-tile backsplash to mimic the warm interior of a coffee shop and lets Starbucks products stand out. Jeff Hansberry, president of channel development and emerging brands, says the end cap sells coffee at two to three times the normal rate. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Starbucks shifts from acquisition back to growth: Starbucks expects to add about 3,000 new stores in North and South America in the next half decade, boosting its store base 20% as it puts the brakes on acquisitions to focus once again on organic growth, said CEO Howard Schultz. Most recently, Starbucks has agreed to pay $620 million for Teavana, a deal that comes on the heels of the acquisitions of juice brand Evolution Fresh and La Boulange Bakery. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ABA News 
  • ABA announces new member
    ABA would like to welcome new member FreshForward Beverages of Miami, Fla. Please join us in welcoming them. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The ABA tweets: Follow us on Twitter
    Now you can follow the ABA on Twitter! We keep you updated daily on the latest beverage industry news and bring you the information you need. Follow us today @Ameribev. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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