The Flow: Pack Expo Report; BevNET’s 2010 Industry Survey;

ON TOP

  • Participate in BevNET's 2010 State of the Industry Survey for access to the results and a chance to win an Amazon Gift card. Link
  • BevNET recently spoke with Bonadea's co-founder, Arnold Ventura. The entrepreneur revealed marketing strategies and how the brand is developing. He highlighted how the team use their Mexican heritage to help build the product. Link
  • Bill Anderson, Chairman and CEO of First Beverage Group, is BevNET Live's featured investor and is profiled on the event page. Link
  • BevNET spoke with Zola about its new Daily Superfruit Shots, made in conjunction with Jamba Juice. Link
  • Packaging takes a green, environmentally-friendly turn at Pack Expo 2010, which took place in Chicago from October 31 to November 3 at the McCormick Convention Center. Link

ON THE SHELVES

  • Jones Soda has launched its bacon flavored soda, a beverage that was created in partnership with J&D's Foods. Link
  • Double Cola has added new distributors to its network. The brand has also added new can designs. In terms of its products, the company has brought Chaser to the US market, changed the name of Cherry Ski to "Ski:InfraRED" and released Caffeine-Free Diet Ski. Finally, the company has reformulated its Diet Double-Cola. Link

DISTRIBUTION

  • Polar Beverages is now distributing three flavors – in Goji Grape, Pom Berry and Citrus Orange – of the Unwind relaxation beverages to select cities in the New England region. Link
  • Celsius has partnered with Spike Beverages in order to distribute the product through Arizona. Link

IN THE MEDIA

  • According to a report by Omaha's ABC affiliate, KETV Channel 7, the Good Housekeeping Institute recently tested top calorie-burning energy drinks and found they may not lead to "significant" weight loss when consumed over time. Link
  • It has been widely reported in the media that a British man recently died from caffeine over-consumption. A recent article on Time.com looked at this case and caffeine levels in daily food and beverage items. Link
  • A recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution discussed Coca-Cola's range of flavored CSD's and how competitors have forced the company to develop and innovate within its portfolio. Link

LAW, POLICY, AND ADVOCACY

  • Washington State has eliminated its taxes on soda and candy as voters approved Initiative 1107 in the recent election. Link

BRAND MARKETING & PROMOTION

  • Templar Foods has entered a partnership with author and explorer Jeff Fuchs, who will serve as the company's "Tea Ambassador." He will supply the site with a monthly blog and video and photographic content. Link
  • Dr Pepper has released Dr Pepper Football, an interactive computer-based video game developed through a partnership with Electronic Arts Inc. Link
  • Women's Health has recognized Skinny Water as one of its 125 Best Foods For Women. The product was featured in the November 2010 issue. Link

FINANCIALS

  • Cott has announced its third quarter results. The company has reaped $491 million in revenue, which marked an increase of 2 percent. This figure included $80 million of revenue from Cliffstar. Link
  • Hansen's third quarter results featured strong growth with net sales reported at $381.5 million – an increase of 23.9 percent. The company also posted net income of $66.5 million, or 72 cents per share. Addtionally, volume grew by 27 percent over the quarter. Link

SUPPLIER SIDE

  • The SmartPax "Eco-Film" from Prime Star Group has received certification of biodegradability. Link

INTERNATIONAL

  • Coca-Cola has opened three new bottling plants in China. They are located in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia; Luohe, Henan Province; and Sanshui, Guangdong Province. All three will locally produce international beverages such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, and Minute Maid. Link
  • According to the BBC, Coca-Cola are threatening legal action against the Relentless Steak & Lobster House in Southsea. The company claims that the sign infringes upon the trademark for its Relentless energy drink. Link

PEOPLE

  • Jamba, Inc has appointed Michael A. Depatie to its Board of Directors. Depatie is currently the chief executive officer of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. Link