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4/18/2018

Dunkin' Brands will introduce a line of Baskin-Robbins packaged ice creams in Dunkin' Donuts coffee flavors including French Vanilla and Coffee Chocolate Chip. The flavors will roll out to Publix, Food Lion and other grocers starting this spring.

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Dunkin, Baskin-Robbins, Publix
4/18/2018

Former Necco CEO Al Gulachenski has launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds in an attempt to buy the company before it goes into liquidation. Gulachenski, who led the confectioner from 2011-15, aims to raise $5 million to $10 million himself, and he'll crowdsource the remaining $20 million needed.

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Necco
4/18/2018

Coca-Cola is using its Ekocenter initiative to help local communities grow economically while also providing residents with a centralized hub where they can find the items and services they need. "You can't solve the world's problems, not as [a] company nor as an industry, without partnering outside and having a value network," said Coca-Cola's Derk Hendriksen.

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Coca-Cola, Ekocenter
4/18/2018

Wunder Creamery has worked to educate US consumers on the benefits of quark in an attempt to build a base for the soft, creamy dairy product. "We needed to ground quark in the familiar, so we decided to lead with quark's descriptor 'nutrition-rich super dairy,' " said co-founder Kamilya Abilova.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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Quark
4/18/2018

Celsius Holdings has named John Fieldly its CEO following his 13-month term as interim CEO. The beverage firm saw North American sales rise 92% during the final quarter of 2017.

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Celsius Holdings
4/18/2018

Anheuser-Busch has pledged that 100% of its packaging will either be returnable or made from mostly recycled content by 2025 as part of a new, far-reaching sustainability initiative. The company also aims to satisfy all of its purchased electrical needs through renewable resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25% as part of the program.

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CNBC
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Anheuser-Busch
4/18/2018

Diageo aims to promote whisky tourism by investing $213 million in new and upgraded visitor experiences in Scotland. "Scotch is at the heart of Diageo and this new investment reinforces our ongoing commitment to growing our Scotch whisky brands and supporting Scotland's tourism industry," said CEO Ivan Menezes.

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BBC
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Diageo
4/18/2018

Mass.-based CraftRoots Brewing is the fastest-growing craft brewer in the country, according to a new report from the Brewers Association. The list, which found high concentrations of fast-growing breweries in California and Florida, ranks GoatHouse Brewing and Crowded Castle the second and third most swiftly-growing craft beer firms, respectively.

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Forbes
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Brewers Association
4/18/2018

American whiskey and bourbon products will be affected by 25% tariff upon export to China as part of the growing trade dispute with the United States. The news comes on the heels of an existing 15% tariff on US wine entering the country.

4/18/2018

High-end, craft and premium spirits are driving both dollar and volume sales growth across the spirits category, especially in whiskey, according to new figures from IRI. Consumers "are willing to pay a little bit more for products, either for the badge value or willing to pay more for, in their minds, a higher quality or premium-priced product," said IRI's Boris Oglesby.

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Beverage Industry
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IRI, Premiumization