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December 4, 2012
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News for the non-alcoholic refreshment beverage industry

  Industry News 
  • RealBeanz signs on distributors
    RealBeanz said it has inked deals with 16 major distributors, who will bring the gourmet iced coffee with vitamins and herb extracts to more U.S. markets. "We simply could not pass up the opportunity to partner with such incredible distributors to help them grow their business as well as our own," said RealBeanz president Serge Freund. Beverage World Publications Group (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hain debuts Sleepytime shot
    Hain Celestial has introduced Sleepytime Snooze, a relaxation shot that carries the name but not the formula of its Sleepytime brand. Sleepytime Snooze is an "herbal supplement and it's been designed and formulated to help consumers with occasional sleeplessness, whereas traditional Sleepytime Tea is a calm and soothing product," said Blake Waltrip, the company's chief marketing officer. FoodNavigator (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big-ticket purchases on hold for many this year
    A study by investor website finds just 6% of shoppers with incomes higher than $50,000 plan a major purchase such as a trip, automobile or electronics this holiday season. "The wealthy are more conservative regarding their holiday spending because they realize that they are the ones who will be most impacted by increased taxes next year," said Catherine McBreen, president of Progressive Grocer (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health and Nutrition 
  • Experts create drink that shows potential for obesity, diabetes
    Oxford University researchers have developed a drink that contains ketones -- energy sources that the body creates when fats are used for energy in the absence of carbohydrates -- which may hold potential in fighting obesity and diabetes. A small, unpublished trial involving eight people with diabetes showed the drink helped reduce weight, glucose levels, cholesterol and fat in the blood. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supermarkets turn attention to healthful snacks
    Supermarkets are selling healthful prepared snacks such as fruit slices with yogurt dips and smaller portions of desserts. "We were hearing at our consumer group meetings that people wanted healthier options in snacks," said Terri Bennis, vice president of fresh-food operations at Kowalski's Markets. "We started with a couple of facings, and it just exploded." Supermarket News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Marketing Report 
  • Wawa debuts Keurig-compatible pods
    Wawa has introduced single-serve coffee pods that can be used in Keurig brewing machines. "A tremendous amount of development has gone into ensuring the cup that customers brew at home is as perfect as the cup our customers buy at any Wawa location," said category manager Mendy Meriwether of the line, offered in Wawa Original Blend and 100 Percent Colombian, with more varieties expected in 2013. Convenience Store News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory and Legislative Update 
  • Stevia gains authorization in Canada
    Sweeteners derived from stevia plants were approved in Canada for use in certain food and drinks. "After two years of working with Health Canada and other industry members, we're happy to welcome stevia's approval," said Sidd Purkayastha, vice president of business development and regulatory affairs at PureCircle. (free registration) (12/3) 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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