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December 3, 2012
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • At c-store show, a thirst for functional drinks
    Beverage brands with functional aspects were highlighted at the annual show of the National Association of Convenience Stores. Nawgan promises mental focus, Xyience Xenergy is a hydrating energy drink, and Modjo offers sports drinks with coconut water as their base. Coca-cola showed off a number of offerings, including its Core Power, a milk protein drink made from low-fat,lactose-free milk and honey that is available in select markets. (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ethical Coffee to debut brewing machine
    Ethical Coffee,which makes Nespresso-compatible pods, will introduce a coffee-brewing machine that will be compatible with the single-serve pods used in Nespresso and other machines. The machine will make both espresso and milk-based drinks. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unilever still selling off food businesses, CEO says
    Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, said the company is not done selling off food businesses as it sharpens its focus on personal care products and emerging markets. "You've seen us do divestitures, but there is still a little bit more to be done," he said. The company's food brands, including Hellmann's and Knorr, account for about 30% of sales. Bloomberg (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Financing and the latest industry trends
How much will consumer concerns about the overall economy continue to impact commodities? Is the USDA raising or lowering production estimates for 2013? Learn about these key developments, GE Capital's industry financing trends and more. Download GE's latest food & beverage Industry Research Update now.
  Environment Watch 
  • Craft brewers say "Yes, we can"
    Oskar Blues brewery owner Dale Katechis went out on a limb 10 years ago when he began packaging Dale's Pale Ale in aluminum cans, which are lighter and less expensive to ship than bottles. Flash forward to today, and some 200 craft brewers have overcome the canned beer stigma and followed suit. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Marketing Report 
  • Smartphones bring retail changes
    A report from Perception Research Services notes that 54% of shoppers now own smartphones and use them to compare prices and gather product information. "While the digital age has changed the retail landscape, it does not mean the end of all brick and mortar stores as we know them," said Jonathan Asher, executive vice president at PRS. "It does, however, mean that retailers and manufacturers need to adapt to a world in which shoppers are armed with a tremendous amount of information at their fingertips (literally)." Progressive Grocer (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative Update 
  • ABA warns against energy drink restrictions
    Chris Gindlesperger, senior director of public affairs for the ABA, said banning the sale of energy drinks to minors, as recommended by health officials in Suffolk County, N.Y., would create a "slippery slope." For such a ban to be consistent, he said, cafes would have to make sure young people were of legal age before serving them coffee or tea. Food Product Design (11/30) 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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