The Flow: Latest anti tax efforts; Nutrisoda kicks ‘fat’ can

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  • Shifting Priorities for the Beverage Industry at the NASFT 2009 Summer Fancy Food Show: It was a busy show, but there were fewer beverage exhibitors than in recent years. Full article has updates from exhibitors, including Hint, Sweet Leaf, Ooba, and Vita Coco. Link
  • Nutrisoda focused its recent package redesign on the question “Does my drink look fat in this can?” according to an article from BrandWeek. Link
  • Lobbyists for The Coca-Cola Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co. and allies in the soft-drink industry are moving to kill a proposal to tax sugared beverages to help finance a federal health-care overhaul. Link
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ON THE SHELVES

  • ViB (Vacation in a Bottle) announced its newest flavor, Mango-Lime. Link
  • IZZE Beverage Company announced the debut of two all-natural flavors: Sparkling Birch and Sparkling Ginger. Link

DISTRIBUTION

  • WheyUP signed a distribution deal with Global Nutrition of South Florida.
  • ViB Holdings LLC announced a distribution agreement with SPIKE Beverage LLC. SPIKE Beverage will distribute ViB to retail outlets throughout Arizona. Link
  • DynaPep announced a distribution agreement with Duane Reade which puts the micro-shot in all 253 of Duane Reade’s New York Locations. Link

BRAND MARKETING & PROMOTION

  • The Coca-Cola Co., Inc. asked African American Teens: “Do You Speak Coke?” with a TV spot that debuted on the “BET Awards ’09.” Link
  • WAT-AAH! announced its sponsorship of the Stoked Mentoring Program in New York City. Link
  • FIJI Water teamed up with Corona for a summer promotion in which Corona offers consumers $1 off coupons for FIJI.

IN THE MEDIA

  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution published an article suggesting that shots have opened a niche in the beverage market. Link

LAW, POLICY, AND ADVOCACY

  • Small-town residents near Chicago have organized in an attempt to keep Nestle Waters North America from building a plant in their area. Link
  • Representatives for environmental activist Erin Brockovich say they plan to file a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Co., alleging the company contaminated groundwater in Paw Paw Township in Michigan. Link

FINANCIALS

  • Trian Fund Management cut its stake in Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc to 5.58 percent from 7.18 percent, according to a securities filing on Friday. Link
  • An analyst on Monday upgraded shares of PepsiCo Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., saying both are poised to grow even if PepsiCo fails in its bid to take over its two biggest bottlers. Link

SUPPLY SIDE

  • OSHA has certified Coca-Cola Danone Waters LLC in Milesburg, Pa.as a star site, the highest honor in the agency’s Voluntary Protection Programs. Link

INTERNATIONAL

  • PepsiCo has opened a plant in Chongqing, China which the company says is the first beverage plant in the industrial center of Chongqing to comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Link

PEOPLE

  • Steve Cahillane, president of Coca-Cola Enterprises, spoke at his high school’s graduation ceremony this weekend. Link
  • The Gatorade Company announced Jennifer Storms as its new Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing. Link

ETC.

  • Police arrested a Wyoming man for a string of robberies after finding his DNA on Pepsi containers left at the crime scenes. Link
  • A team in San Francisco turned thousands of empty plastic beverage bottles into an ocean-faring boat. Link
  • A company called PLP LLC proposed to build a bottled water plant in Orland, Calif. Link
  • A new book, “Belching out the Devil,” takes a look at The Coca-Cola Co.’s global impact. Link
  • Pepsi enjoyed a bit of added exposure in Times Square. It’s signage is placed all around a digital display which payed tribute to the Michael Jackson. Link
  • The Coca-Cola Co.’s new interactive vending machine took home the Gold Lion in the Point of Sale category at the 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. Link