Beverages


  • pasta, treehouse
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    TreeHouse to sell large part of meal prep business for $950M

    The sale to Investindustrial, which comes amid strong demand for store-branded offerings, will simplify the private label maker’s business and allow it to focus on higher-growth and -margin foods.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    Coke to launch Dreamworld cola in latest push to attract younger consumers

    The drink, part of the company’s Creations platform, was introduced to highlight the CPG giant’s signature beverage while allowing consumers to explore “what a dream tastes like.”

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    Alcohol and beverages

    The alcohol and beverage space has rapidly transformed as consumers adopt new purchasing and drinking habits — and are met with a flurry of product options.

    By Food Dive staff
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    The secret behind Danone’s ‘very recession resilient’ portfolio

    North American CEO Shane Grant said the company will benefit as consumers prioritize essential foods like its creamers, yogurts and plant-based milks.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Aperitif maker Haus to shutter as Constellation reportedly backs out on funding round

    In a tweet, the upstart’s CEO said the three-year-old company is in the process of closing, and without an investor, doesn’t have the cash to support its operations.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Tazo commits to regenerative agriculture with tea relaunch

    The company aims to be carbon-neutral by 2026 through practices like using cover crops and increasing soil biodiversity to grow its ingredients.

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    Constellation Brands buys minority stake in canned wine Archer Roose

    The investment comes four months after the alcohol giant bought the remaining stake it didn’t already own in Austin Cocktails. 

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    The pandemic upended alcohol consumption. Here’s where it stands.

    New research from IRI suggests at-home drinking has retained its appeal and points to areas of opportunity beverage producers and retailers can tap into to keep the buzz going.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran , Sara Karlovitch • Aug. 9, 2022
  • Twisted Tea, Boston Beer, Beam Suntory, whiskey
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    Boston Beer debuts Sweet Tea Whiskey through partnership with Beam Suntory

    The offering, which will be under the Twisted Tea line, is the third launch in the past year between the two partners after Sauza Agave Cocktails and Truly Flavored Vodka.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    Monster to debut first flavored malt beverage alcohol product

    While known for energy drinks, the company entered booze earlier this year with the purchase of Canarchy. It currently has a “robust” pipeline to grow in the category, according to its co-CEO.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
  • A selection of no- and low- calorie sweeteners.
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    Use of low-calorie sweeteners in beverages jumped 36% in a decade, research finds

    As CPGs cut sugar in drinks and foods, they are increasingly choosing “non-nutritive” alternatives, but the shift could come at a cost to consumers’ health, scientists warn. 

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    What 4 beer companies see in consumer drinking habits amid high inflation

    Despite price increases and a jump in the cost of living, not all alcoholic beverage makers find shoppers switching from premium offerings to cheaper economy brands.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    PepsiCo boosts energy drink presence with $550M investment in Celsius

    The beverage giant, which has an 8.5% stake in the brand with the option to acquire more, will also serve as its preferred distribution partner.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    Lifeway Foods agreement aims to soothe family feud

    Key shareholders seeking the ouster of CEO Julie Smolyansky have dropped a push to nominate new board members after the kefir maker agreed to a strategic review. 

    By Aug. 2, 2022
  • A person pours a cocktail from a glass into the new Tito's in a Can product
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    Tito’s vodka spoofs hard seltzer craze by selling empty can

    Rather than enter a crowded market, the Tito’s in a Can novelty product lets consumers make canned cocktails with the brand’s “vodka-flavored vodka.”

    By Chris Kelly • Aug. 2, 2022
  • : Bottles of Aquafina water are displayed on March 16, 2018 in San Anselmo, California.
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    Pepsi Bottling Ventures plans $35M production expansion

    The North Carolina facility upgrade will help the beverage giant meet demand for Aquafina, Lipton Tea and Nature's Twist.

    By Alejandra Salgado • Aug. 1, 2022
  • Five bottles of different Soylent flavors sit on the shelf of a mini-fridge.
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    How Soylent is bringing plant-based meal replacement into the future

    CEO Demir Vangelov says the company, whose successful evolution from a tech product to a nutritional supplement has invited acquisition rumors, doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    Sprite shifting from green to clear bottles to boost recycling

    Coca-Cola, which is also moving to 100% recycled plastic Dasani bottles in North America, aims to support a circular packaging economy.

    By July 28, 2022
  • A blue Air Up water bottle sits on a brown seat next to a window.
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    Flavor by a nose: How Air Up uses scent to make water taste better

    The European company, which just launched in the U.S., uses its specially designed water bottle and pods containing natural fragrances as a way to get consumers to hydrate.

    By July 28, 2022
  • A box of Fruit Punch Capri Sun on a blue background with a juice pouch in the foreground.
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    Capri Sun cuts sugar 40% by reformulating with monk fruit

    The largest renovation in the juice pouch brand’s history will put Kraft Heinz more than halfway toward its goal of significant portfolio-wide sugar reduction.

    By Updated July 27, 2022
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    Coca-Cola increased marketing spend to create brand value amid price hikes

    Despite pressures on consumer spending, the company saw net revenues grow in Q2 due in part to the recovery of away-from-home channels.

    By Chris Kelly • July 27, 2022
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    Constellation Brands debuts Woodbridge wine and soda mashup

    The ready-to-drink offering, available in pop flavors like lemon lime and orange, is targeted at consumers who want wine that is more accessible and less intimidating.

    By July 27, 2022
  • Nestle, plant, Mexico, Nescafe
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    Nestlé opens $340M Nescafé coffee factory in Mexico

    The plant, which creates 1,200 new jobs in the region, makes the U.S. neighbor the food and beverage giant’s main coffee producer.

    By July 26, 2022
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    PepsiCo prevails in Mtn Dew Rise trademark case

    An appeals court downplayed the strength of an upstart coffee company’s “Rise” trademark while noting significant differences between its can and the beverage giant’s energy drink.

    By July 25, 2022
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    Boston Beer stung by declining hard seltzer demand

    The Truly maker is under pressure as the once popular alcohol category has fallen out of favor with more consumers turning to ready-to-drink cocktails and other offerings.

    By July 22, 2022
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    How PepsiCo uses Stubborn Soda to win over new audiences

    The premium beverage, which jumped from a retail offer to a restaurant exclusive, features unique flavor combinations and consumer-friendly attributes like Fair Trade Certified cane sugar.

    By July 21, 2022