PepsiCo has changed the sweetener in Diet Pepsi from aspartame to a combination of aspartame and acesulfame potassium, said to prolong the drink's fresh taste without changing its flavor. The company has been quiet about the shift, but said in a statement it was being made to "ensure consistency with every sip.”
American chestnuts, decimated by blight in the early 1900s, are being grown again as farmers figure out how to prevent disease and consumers discover their health benefits. "There's a steady and consistent growth, in the number of growers, the number of acres, and the number of people who are buying chestnuts," said Michael Gold, forestry professor at the University of Missouri.
Craft beer brewer Sierra Nevada has teamed with Digital Kitchen to update its website for the first time in 10 years, adding a four-minute documentary about the brand. The 30-year-old company, based in California, is opening a brewery in North Carolina to boost East Coast distribution.
After the Cormie's store burned down in Louisiana in early 2011, Brookshire Brothers helped rebuild it, creating a concept store that combines fresh food departments, a bait shop, a gas station, and other grocery and convenience store elements. "Cormie's is the 'new normal' in retail," said Brookshire Brothers Chief Operating Officer Jerry Johnson. "It carries what the customers in that area want...," he added.
Coca-Cola Femsa, the world's largest bottler of Coca-Cola, has purchased a 51% share of Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, marking the Mexican company's first move into Asia. "The market in Philippines represents the expansion of our global footprint beyond Latin America, reinforcing our exposure to fast growing economies," said CEO Carlos Salazar Lomelin.