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January 29, 2013
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • CEO: Starbucks may expand mobile payments to CPG space
    Starbucks takes 20% of all card payments via mobile, and the brand is exploring ways to use mobile to help sell consumer packaged goods, CEO Howard Schultz revealed in a conference call with analysts. "We strongly believe that this will provide an incentive for our customers to not only buy Starbucks coffee, but integrate them even further in the Starbucks ecosystem with the card loyalty and mobile," he said. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Relaunch and expansion planned for Eight O'Clock
    The Eight O'Clock coffee brand will be relaunched in the U.S. and Canada, and new products will be added, said Hameed Huq, managing director of parent company Tata Coffee. "We are finalizing a major plan to revamp the brand," he said. "We are coming up with the relaunch and will reposition the product completely by May or June this year for the U.S. and Canada markets." Business Standard (India) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Potbelly fountains contain Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper
    Potbelly Sandwich Shop may be the first restaurant chain to offer Pepsi, Coke and Dr Pepper products from the same fountain. Typically, restaurants sign with a single provider, which then provides equipment, but the "Potbelly Choice" program operates with a model like the one used by convenience stores. Seattle Weekly (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health and Nutrition 
  • Study: Food tastes better when perceived as healthy
    A study of female consumers given identical cookies found they preferred the taste of ones marketed with healthful images and messaging. The study found that "restrained" eaters who watch their intake consumed more of the cookies presented as healthful, perhaps on the mistaken belief they were lower in calories. The findings were published in Food Quality and Preference. FoodNavigator (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NuVal updates food-scoring system
    NuVal is updating its nutrition-rating system, which ranks food and drinks on a scale of 1 to 100 by including attributes such as low sodium and high in fiber. "The new systems are based on our comprehensive nutritional database, an exhaustive and up-to-date list of more than 100,000 foods that grows each week and comes with our commitment to maintain and grow that database," General Manager Mike Nugent said. Supermarket News (free registration)/Refresh blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Report: TV is still the top worldwide ad platform
    Television in 2012 from January through September remained the top global ad platform, with a 61.8% share, followed by newspapers, magazines, radio, Internet, outdoor and cinema ads, according to Nielsen. During the same period, TV ads increased at a higher rate than the overall market -- 4.3% vs. 3.3%; the increase was fueled by big Q3 growth in North America tied to Olympic and political ads. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (1/23) 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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