The Flow: BevNET – “New Product Insider”; Jones Soda Grabs $2.3 mil

A round up of what’s going on in and around the beverage industry for the first half of the week.

ON TOP

  • Get a jump on new products, sign up for the BevNET “New Product Insider” Email Newsletter. Link
  • Jones Soda Co. announced that on or about February 1, 2011, it expects to close the sale of 1,596,773 shares of its common stock to Glengrove Small Cap Value, Ltd. for gross proceeds of approximately $2.3 million. Link
  • Early Registration Now Open: BevNET Live Summer 2011. Link

ON THE SHELVES

  • Grocery chain Meijer has launched an online grocery service that delivers more than 5,000 nonperishable items to consumers’ doorsteps — in brown UPS boxes. Link
  • The Healthy Beverage Company introduced four new zero calorie flavors to their line of Steaz Iced Teaz. Link

DISTRIBUTION

  • Chicago-based Junction Solutions has released a Direct Store Delivery application for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Link
  • Denver-based Vuka LLC is now being sold in Safeway stores. Link

IN THE COURTS

  • Polar Corporation has filed suit in U.S. District Court charging soft drink giant PepsiCo with trademark infringement over slushie brand “Polar Shock.” Link

IN THE MEDIA

  • Bruce Cost Ginger Ale was featured in a “Food Trends 2011” segment on the Today Show.
  • More scientists are looking for potential hazards in energy drink consumption, according to the New York Times. Link
  • It appears NYC health officials are cracking down on sweetened drinks, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. Link

BRAND MARKETING & PROMOTION

  • Pepsi announced the reworked program details of the 2011 Pepsi Refresh Project. Link

TRENDS AND STUDIES

  • CSP reports a breakdown of beverage sales data in convenience stores in their 2011 Beverage Report. Link
  • With a majority of the country’s adults either overweight or obese, the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the first to address an unhealthy public, making their recommendations especially urgent for consumers and health professionals alike, according to the American Dietetic Association. Link

FINANCIALS

  • Reed’s, Inc. announced that it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with institutional investors to purchase $750,000 of securities in a private placement transaction. Link

RELIEF EFFORTS

  • PepsiCo is among several businesses benefiting from sustainable procurement, with the US beverage giant uncovering more than $60 million in energy savings opportunities. Link

SUPPLIER SIDE

  • Beverage companies are getting squeezed by higher production costs across the board, but rising prices for plastic are posing the biggest threat to the price of a soda, according to The Wall Street Journal. Link

INTERNATIONAL

  • Coca-Cola, Nestle halt work in Egypt amidst protests. Link

TOOTING THEIR HORN

  • The Coca-Cola Company announced its 14th billion dollar brand – Minute Maid Pulpy.