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January 4, 2013
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

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  • Building a business around the power of acai
    Sambazon, which sells smoothies and other drinks made with organic, Fair Trade-certified acai berries sourced through direct relationships with farmers in Brazil, was one of the first companies to bring the now-ubiquitous superfruit to the U.S. market. The berries are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, and "the science behind the health benefits is getting stronger and stronger," founder Ryan Black said, noting "they are not a wonder potion that will make you lose weight." FoodNavigator (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New vending technology allows for customer interaction
    With technology from Intel, vending machines can now incorporate touch-screen technology, handle coupons, and recognize facial features and gestures. Coca-Cola's Intelligent Vending Machine includes games, facial recognition and social media integration. PepsiCo's Interactive Vending Machine displays games and nutrition information on its interactive screen, and lets users send drinks and messages to friends. Vending Times (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Morningstar sale to Saputo is complete
    Morningstar is now part of Saputo following completion of the previously announced sale. Dean Foods will receive about $887 million after taxes and expenses, and its WhiteWave subsidiary will receive $60 million in exchange for terminating an option to buy part of a Morningstar facility. American City Business Journals/Dallas (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wild sees opportunities in Middle East, North Africa
    Ingredients company Wild GmbH said rising incomes and young populations in North Africa and the Middle East present opportunities for food and drink companies. "There are many young people in these countries compared to the average age in the Western world," said managing director Mark Lotsch. "In some countries, 50 or even 60% are under 25 years old." (France) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health and Nutrition 
  • "Advergames" for fruit don't entice children to eat healthfully
    Children who played online "advergames" that promoted fruit eating ended up consuming more calories after gaming, but not more fruit, compared with children who didn't play, according to a Dutch study. Researchers say such games might promote hunger but not specifically for the featured food. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    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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