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January 10, 2013
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • Coca-Cola bottlers merge in Kenya
    Three Coca-Cola bottlers in Kenya have joined forces to become Almasi Beverages, the No. 2 bottler behind Nairobi Bottlers. The merger of Mount Kenya, Rift Valley and Kisii Bottlers is expected to reduce operating costs. Drinks Business Review (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Koma Unwind adds Wal-Mart distribution
    Wal-Mart stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have begun carrying Koma Unwind, the relaxation drink made by Bebida Beverage Co. The lightly carbonated beverage, offered in regular and sugar-free versions, is also sold in Wal-Mart stores in South Carolina, as well as online through and the company website. Drinks Business Review (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nestle plans China coffee launch
    Nestle said it will introduce a coffee product in southwest China made with locally produced beans. The product will be named Pu'er for the region, which has been known for tea cultivation but is moving to coffee. (China) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vending machine delivers frozen drinks
    The Quinzee vending machine, in operation at locations throughout Israel, creates smoothies and other frozen drinks at the request of customers. The machines offer a choice of eight frozen drinks, including energy drink slushies, coffee-based smoothies and yogurt-based drinks. Vending Times (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Big-Box Retail: The End of an Era?
Big-box retailers were once untouchable competitors in the retail industry. But after decades of expansion, small format retail categories are now outpacing large format stores by 400%. In the face of these changes, leading retailers are making sweeping changes to survive. Learn what's driving these changes!
  Environment Watch 
  • Dairy UK vows water-use reduction
    Dairy UK has pledged to cut water use in an agreement with the Waste and Resources Action Programme. The move by dairies including Arla, Dairy Crest, First Milk and Muller is part of a wider plan to cut water use by U.K. food and beverage companies 20% by 2020. Environmental Leader (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Marketing Report 
  • Lipton campaign touts basic black
    Unilever is launching a campaign for Lipton black tea in yellow boxes, a flagship product that has been around for decades. The campaign, with the theme "drink positive," includes a yellow-tinted ad from DDB New York that shows a young woman drinking hot tea at work and with friends. "This is me, this is my tea," says a female voice. "I feel more inspired, more positive." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ABA News 
  • 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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