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December 27, 2012
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • "Grey's" star leads effort to buy Tully's Coffee
    Actor and "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey is heading a group that plans to make a bid for Seattle-based Tully's Coffee when it goes up for auction on Jan. 3. The chain has been downsizing since filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in October, and currently operates 46 stores in Washington and California, and 58 licensed locations. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BluePrint to expand juice unit after being acquired by Hain Celestial
    BluePrint has been acquired by Hain Celestial in a deal that should increase BluePrint's capacity to produce its high-pressure processed organic fruit and vegetable juices and juice cleanses. "Hain Celestial's commitment to supporting a healthy lifestyle is reflected in their portfolio of products, and they are the ideal partner with whom we can grow and expand the BluePrint brand," said BluePrint founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boost Juice to open 30 stores in Scotland
    Australia's Boost Juice Bars plans to open 30 units in Scotland during the next three years, after selling a minority interest in the company to Business Growth Fund for £2.5 million. The juice bar and smoothie chain currently operates 280 stores in 20 countries. Drinks Business Review (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What drives large-scale food innovation?
    Foodies today have access to all kinds of information from small-scale producers at the local farmers market and organic grocery, but the story is less clear when it comes to major global brands like Kraft, Pepsi and Nestle that play their competitive hands close to the vest, writes National Geographic's Dan Stone. He offers a little peek, including Pepsi's plans for a new R&D facility in Shanghai, to cater to local tastes. National Geographic News/Change Reaction blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health and Nutrition 
  Environment Watch 
  • SodaStream touts environmental benefits
    In addition to being able to create less expensive, healthier carbonated drinks at home, SodaStream International says its system is good for the environment because it eliminates the need for plastic bottles and cans. "Sources such as the EPA claim that the world burns about 100 million barrels of oil just making soda bottles and cans in one year," said CEO Daniel Birnbaum. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Starbucks uses D.C. cups to push for "fiscal cliff" deal
    Starbucks has encouraged baristas in its shops across the Washington, D.C., area to write "Come Together" on coffee cups this week, to support the chain's push for a resolution to the looming "fiscal cliff." The chain doesn't sell ad space on its cups, but one estimate puts the value of the two-day campaign at $40,000. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative Update 
  • Has that expired food really gone bad? Your nose knows
    If a food is past its expiration date, does that really mean it's gone bad? Experts say your nose knows. Food manufacturers want their food to be as fresh as possible, but most food is still good even after its "sell by" date. To be sure, smell it. "Very often, you won't eat it because of the smell, and you probably won't like the taste, but in a lot of cases, it's unlikely to cause you illness," said John Ruff, president of the Institute of Food Technologists. National Public Radio/The Salt Blog (12/26) 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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--William Butler Yeats,
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