The Flow: PBG to distribute O.N.E.; Expo East show planner

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  • The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with O.N.E. (One Natural Experience) to distribute O.N.E. beverages in Southern California and South Florida. PBG will begin distribution in the fourth quarter. Link
  • Download BevNET’s 2009 Expo East show planner: Natural Products Expo East will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center from September 23-26. Link
  • By mid-July 2009, stevia sales topped $95 million, compared to the $21 million achieved in all of 2008, according to Mintel. The firm predicts the stevia market could exceed $2 billion by the end of 2011. Link And the Financial Times reported that stevia sweeteners have taken about 10 percent of the US market for table-top sugar substitutes just nine months after being approved by the FDA. Link
  • PepsiCo announced that Michael D. White, Vice Chairman and PepsiCo International CEO, has decided to retire from PepsiCo later this year after nearly 20 years with the company. Link


ON THE SHELVES


  • Diabetica Research Solutions, Inc. introduced drsi ReStore! Energy, an energy drink for diabetics and pre-diabetics. Link


DISTRIBUTION


  • XYIENCE announced a raft of new distribution agreements in the Northeast, including Beverage Incubators Inc. in Bensalem, Pa.; Fisher-Thompson Beverage and High Grade Beverage/Briar’s USA in New Jersey and B&E Juices in Connecticut. Link
  • Apple Rush Co., Inc. announced that the company has added Woodman’s Midwest grocery chain to sell the Apple Rush line of Organic Sparkling 100% Juice beverages. Link


IN THE COURTS


  • Lawyers for the city of Albany, Ore. said they plan to press ahead with a civil action against PepsiCo subsidiary SVC Manufacturing Inc. The city council sued SVC in February after the company announced last fall it would not build a Gatorade bottling plant on land it had bought on the south side of Albany. The lawsuit seeks about $105 million in damages for lost revenue now and in years to come. Link


LAW, POLICY, AND ADVOCACY


  • The International Bottled Water Association said it supported measures to improve the U.S. water infrastructure system, but not new bills that would levy a tax on bottled water. The association said it would be unfair to tax water-based beverages while exempting other food and non-food manufacturers that also use municipal water. Link


BRAND MARKETING & PROMOTION


  • PURE SWISS water announced it will be the official water supplier to the two Swiss Olympic team houses during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
  • Pepsi is targeting African-American moms with a digital community where such consumers will be asked to share personal and inspirational thoughts. Link
  • Dr Pepper debuted the new Dr Pepper StarBar at Cowboys Stadium. Link
  • The Coca-Cola Co. unveiled elements of a global integrated marketing campaign to support its sponsorship of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Link
  • Evian unveiled a new limited edition bottle designed by fashion icon Paul Smith. Link


TRENDS AND STUDIES


  • “For the first time, we have strong scientific evidence that soda is one of the – if not the largest – contributors to the obesity epidemic,” said Dr. Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Link


IN THE MEDIA


  • Michael Kirban, co-founder and CEO of Vita Coco, told the New York Post that he’s been rejecting investment offers while Zico and Brazil’s Amacoco have been taking them – from Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Link
  • Some residents in Paw Paw, Mich. have had to use bottled water for drinking, cooking and brushing their teeth because a Coca-Cola plant has tainted the groundwater, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports. Link The Coca-Cola Co. is currently working on accommodating those residents. Link
  • Branding Strategy Insider published an article about brand perceptions, highlighting PepsiCo‘s endless efforts with new slogans and positioning. Link
  • Randy Cohen at the New York Times shredded anti-soda tax arguments made by Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent as well as Kevin W. Keane, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Beverage Association. Link


FINANCIALS


  • Jones Soda Co. announced that it received a letter from The Nasdaq Stock Market indicating that, for the thirty consecutive business days ending September 14, 2009, the bid price for the Company’s common stock has closed below the minimum $1.00 per share requirement for continued listing. Link


TOOTING THEIR HORN


  • Next Generation Waters announced that it has won “Best New Functional Drink” at the 2009 Beverage Innovation Awards. Link
  • Borojo Beverages, LLC won a 2009 Beverage Innovation Award in the category of Best Labeling or Decorative Finish at Drinktec drinks technology trade show in Munich, Germany.


PEOPLE


  • The ownership of Sick Tea, LLC announced Megan Klein as its new national sales manager.


ETC.


  • At the Coca-Cola Co., more ‘concerns’ about business conduct and ethics are now reported through the firm’s Internet portal than arrive via its ethics hotline, according to Ethikos. Link