Nielsen: Sparkling Water, Energy Make Gains

An increase in dollar sales for sparkling flavored waters and energy drinks helped offset slow growth in carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and a decrease in tea over a four-week period ending on Nov. 3, according an analysis of Nielsen data by Wells Fargo Securities. Total snack and non-alcoholic beverage sales were up 2.9 percent.

Gregory Packaging Wins Contractual Dispute with Group Purchasing Organization in Federal Court

Gregory Packaging, Inc., the manufacturer of juice under the Suncup brand, has won a $9.3 million judgment against Foodbuy, LLC, the largest foodservice Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) in the nation. The case was tried in US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, and Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Kurt Lindquist, Russ Ferguson, and Emily Doll represented Gregory Packaging throughout the case and at trial.

Suerte Tequila Releases Eight-Year Aged Extra Añejo “Lucky Lips”

Suerte, the small-batch, single-distillery tequila maker, announced today it will introduce an eight-year Extra Añejo named “Lucky Lips.” Each year, Suerte releases a limited edition Extra Añejo that is aged for an additional year and carries a symbol from the Suerte rabbit as its image and name.

Flower Power: New CBD Beverages Offer Relaxation, Relief

As CBD continues to infuse itself within the beverage industry and with talks of an upcoming Farm Bill clearing a path for opening the market for CBD products, several new brands -- Joybird Wellness, Recess, Lumen, and DRAM Apothecary -- have emerged with fresh takes on the trend.

Hiatus Tequila Set to Launch in United States

Hiatus Tequila is set to launch in the United States market next month, the ultra-premium tequilas are unique, while staying true to how real tequila should taste; naturally clean yet complex, ideal for sipping neat, on the rocks or shining in a cocktail. The brand, which is produced in collaboration with third generation tequila makers, La Cofradía, located just outside of the town of Tequila, will debut with a Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. 

Carolina Beverage Group Appoints Brian Demos as President and CEO

Carolina Beverage Group, LLC ("Carolina Beverage Group"), a wholly-owned portfolio company of Brynwood Partners VIII L.P. and Brynwood Partners VII L.P. announced that it had appointed Brian Demos as its new President and CEO.

Distributor Profile: Hensley Grows Beyond Beer

According to president Andrew McCain, Hensley is approaching 3 million cases of volume shipped for its non-alcoholic portfolio this year, with annual growth expected to land between 15 and 20 percent for the next few years.

Hopscotch Releases Single Malt V3

For Northeastern whiskey and craft beer fanatics, that wait is almost over, as Mad River Distillers of Warren, Vermont and 14th Star Brewing Company of St. Albans, Vermont have teamed up for the third annual release of Mad River's Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey.

Ethan’s MCT Shot Line Launches Nationwide

Ethan’s, the organic functional shot brand, announced today the nationwide launch of its line of USDA organic medium chain triglycerides (MCT) shots. The new line, which first appeared exclusively in Whole Foods, follows Ethan’s apple cider vinegar shots introduced to the market in 2017.

POWERS Irish Whiskey Debuts ‘Three Swallow’

NEW YORK — POWERS Irish Whiskey announces the stateside debut of its latest expression —POWERS Three Swallow— a robust Irish whiskey with the full-bodied and bold flavor signature of POWERS.  …