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

  Industry News 
  • High-end bottled water poised for a comeback
    High-end bottled water brands are showing signs of recovery following years of recession and environmental backlash that cut into growth, writes Beverage Business Insights editor Gerry Khermouch. Brands such as Voss Water and Aquahydrate have brought in new marketing executives while others such as Icelandic Glacial have revamped packaging, he writes, signs that profit margins in the sector are gearing up to get back on track. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Eight O'Clock rewards social "superfans" with 3-day tour
    Eight O’Clock treated its most loyal brand advocates on social media to a trip to the company's Maryland headquarters, just outside Washington, D.C. The fans toured the facilities and enjoyed coffee "cupping" sessions. "They have been highly supportive brand advocates over the years. They interact frequently with us, sending us their thoughts and suggestions -- and we have listened," social media strategist Jaime Hamel said. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health and Nutrition 
  • More consumer choice key to fighting obesity epidemic
    While America's obesity epidemic has put a renewed focus on growing portion sizes, restaurant and beverage industry representatives say that measures such as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on sodas and sweetened drinks over 16 ounces do not address health in a way that is helpful to consumers. "Parents don't want to be told what they should or shouldn't buy, they want information and options, and that's what we're working to provide them," said American Beverage Association president Susan Neely. USA Today (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Environment Watch 
  • Campbell Soup to build biogas facility in Ohio
    Campbell Soup will begin recycling its potato peel and tomato waste to produce biogas that will partially fuel its plant in Napoleon, Ohio. The biogas facility is being built by Danish company Bigadan A/S for approximately $13 million. The recycling plant will cut the plant's greenhouse gas emissions by about 16,000 metric tons per year and will elevate Campbell’s Napoleon recycling rate to approximately 95%. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Coca-Cola introduces photo-sharing app
    Coca-Cola has launched its own photo-sharing app and social network called Happy Places, although the domain for the website is not yet active. Consumers can use the app to upload photos of "that moment of happiness" to Twitter and Facebook and follow hashtags that interest them. The iOS app became available for free download on Nov. 1. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dunkin' Donuts debuts holiday menu
    Dunkin' Donuts is offering White Chocolate, Peppermint Mocha and Gingerbread flavored coffee and lattes on this year's seasonal holiday menu along with new Peppermint Mocha K-Cup packs for the Keurig single-serve brewing system. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative Update 
  • More prevention is needed for food-labeling error, experts say
    Labeling error is the No. 1 reason for a food recall in North America, and experts at the 2012 Pack Expo in Chicago said food processors should use a risk-assessment program, such as Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points, to prevent mistakes on high-speed packaging lines, rather than trying to catch problems after the fact. "Controls need to be in place at the packaging manufacturer and the food processor to prevent human errors and mistakes," said Debra Krug-Reyes, food safety and quality auditing principal at ConAgra Foods. Packaging World online (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ABA News 
  • ABA announces new members
    ABA would like to welcome new members ZICO Beverages LLC of El Segundo, Calif., and Big Geyser, Inc. (NIDA) of Maspeth, N.Y. ABA would also like to welcome reinstated associate members UL LLC of Northbrook, Ill., and Beverage Line Supply, Inc. of Lakeshore, Minn. 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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