Beverages


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    The Weekly Sip: Nestlé unveils recyclable Nesquik sleeves | Jim Beam goes from barrel to can with RTD cocktails

    The CPG giant’s new packaging is compatible with the U.S. recycling stream, and Fable aims to enchant THC-infused beverage drinkers with its botanical hemp delta-9 offerings.

    By April 18, 2024
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    Pepsi debuts limited-edition peach and lime flavors for summer

    The sodas, which are targeted toward consumers grilling outdoors, further the beverage giant’s strategy to pair its drinks with certain foods and occasions.

    By April 18, 2024
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    How the beverage category is shifting

    The alcohol and beverage segment is shifting significantly, and beverage giants are working to shift their portfolios to remain ahead of the curve.

    By Food Dive staff
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    Mingle Mocktails aims to spark a zero-proof cocktail craze

    The nonalcoholic brand says its products, which do not directly mimic the taste of alcohol, can satisfy consumers looking for an alternative option in social situations.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Kraft Heinz rebrands Mio liquid concentrate to meet Gen Z wellness trends

    The CPG giant continues to modernize its portfolio with more colorful, social media-friendly packaging makeovers.

    By Peter Adams • April 17, 2024
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    Constellation outperforms Wall Street estimates amid beer boost

    While the alcohol giant’s margins in the category are improving, it also saw an 8% decline in its wine and spirits portfolio last quarter.

    By April 12, 2024
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    Athletic Brewing collaborates with Walker Hayes for new nonalcoholic beer

    The country singer and brewing company partnered for the release of Fancy Like, named after Walker’s song of the same name.

    By Howard Ruben • April 11, 2024
  • Vita Coco's newest creation, Treats.
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    The Weekly Sip: Vita Coco splashes into strawberry | Gen Z loving RTD soft drink crossovers: report

    The coconut-based beverage maker debuted its latest offering in time for summer, and a zero-proof drink aims to combine wine and cannabis.

    By Food Dive staff • April 11, 2024
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    Sèchey expands curated nonalcoholic beverage range at Target

    Brands now part of the big-box retailer’s assortment of alcohol alternatives include Kin Euphorics, Ghia, De Soi, Mingle, Free AF and Edna’s.

    By Howard Ruben • April 10, 2024
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    What’s in your beer? Brewers lead the way in nutritional transparency

    Nutrition and ingredient disclosures not only help consumers make good decisions about what they drink but also highlight the real differences between beer, wine and liquor, writes the president and CEO of the Beer Institute.

    By Brian Crawford • April 10, 2024
  • Nestle's Stouffers frozen Spice Mac meal.
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    How Nestlé generated $200M in additional revenue by looking within

    The food giant launched a program in 2019 to better utilize ideas from its employees. Thousands of ideas have been received, leading to new products such as Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese Bite-Fulls.

    By April 8, 2024
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    Why Coors Banquet believes it is thriving in a flailing beer category

    The brand attributed its sales growth to nostalgia and its legacy brand status, as parent company Molson Coors faces an ongoing strike at one of its plants.

    By April 4, 2024
  • Johnsonville grilling sausage infused with Leinenkugel’s beer.
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    The Weekly Sip: Leinenkugel gets into Johnsonville brats | Woody Harrelson’s spirit brand infuses superfoods

    The Summer Shandy Beer Brat combines two Wisconsin favorites, and Mingle Mocktails debuts a zero-proof sparkling rosé ahead of summer.

    By Food Dive staff • April 4, 2024
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    Danone enters $1B yogurt mix-in category with healthy focus

    The dairy giant is introducing the new Remix banner to its Oikos, Too Good & Co. and Light + Fit brands to attract consumers hesitant to try other mix-ins seen as overly indulgent.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Tequila takeover: Casa Azul’s new CEO says natural ingredients drive the future of cocktails

    Dennis Carr, who took the reins of the agave-based soda brand last month, said drinkers are shifting to spirits because of their lower calorie count as malt-based RTD offerings see a decline.

    By April 2, 2024
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    How a ‘Yellowstone’ actor helped craft an Americana-themed coffee brand

    Co-founded by TV star Cole Hauser, Free Rein Coffee Company aims to stand out in the crowded category by emphasizing a rugged cowboy aesthetic and its Texas heritage.

    By April 1, 2024
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    The Weekly Sip: White Claw takes a shot at tequila | Pistachio brand percolates into coffee

    The alcohol giant is debuting an agave-based seltzer this week, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Happy spreads joy on shelves with canned RTD coffee.

    By Food Dive staff • March 28, 2024
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    Constellation wins hard seltzer battle over AB InBev

    An appeals court affirmed a 2023 decision that ruled Constellation did not infringe on the trademarks of AB InBev’s Grupo Modelo by selling seltzer products under that brand.

    By March 27, 2024
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    PepsiCo, Unilever launch Pure Leaf Zero Sugar sweet tea

    An executive overseeing the nearly $1 billion brand said a “top barrier” preventing people from buying a tea offering is the absence of an option without sugar.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Beverage Diaries: A discussion with PepsiCo’s CMO of international drinks

    Mark Kirkham shares insight from his more than 13 years at the CPG giant and what he’s learned working at the cola and Gatorade manufacturer.

    By Lauren Elkies Schram • March 26, 2024
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    Just Ice sales heat up a tea segment abandoned by Coca-Cola

    Sales of the organic, less sweet offering are expected to top $20 million this year by tapping into many of the attributes that made its predecessor Honest a success.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Fireball maker Sazerac acquires RTD cocktail brand BuzzBallz

    Demand for mixed drinks is driving beverage industry heavyweights to elevate their presence in the category through M&A and new product launches.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Leftovers: Icee chills out with Ghostbusters flavors | Bob’s Red Mill mixes provide baking shortcut

    The frozen beverage brand taps the fantasy franchise for its nostalgic line, and MariMed infuses both cannabis and electrolytes into its latest drink mixes.

    By Food Dive staff • March 22, 2024
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    The Weekly Sip: S&P rating could spell trouble for beverages | AB InBev crafts IPA using ‘spellers’ method

    In this week’s beverage news, Diageo infuses blackberries into Crown Royal Whisky, and tech company Vertosa partners with a German ingredients producer to produce cannabis-infused drinks.

    By Food Dive staff • March 21, 2024
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    Boston Beer brings Truly into tequila soda to help revive brand

    The alcohol company is betting that the RTD cocktail wave will renew interest in the beverage as it struggles to rebound from a slump in hard seltzer demand.

    By March 20, 2024
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    How Bubly aims to shake up sparkling water with new Burst brand extension

    Burst caters to consumers who view sparkling water marketing as staid and products as too much of a trade-off from sugary sodas.

    By Peter Adams • March 19, 2024