Coca-Cola North America named Reinaldo Padua as assistant vice president of Hispanic Marketing. Padua will be responsible for leading CCNA’s Hispanic marketing strategy and program execution. • The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc announced that Cynthia M. Trudell, PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President Human Resources, was elected to the PBG Board of Directors • Ardea Beverage Company, the makers of Nutrisoda, recently announced Richard Wilson as president and general manager. • American Enterprise Development Corporation and HAVOC Distribution, Inc. entered into a Consulting Agreement with Rick Peterson. Mr. Peterson has over 20 years of experience with consumer powerhouse brands such as PepsiCo, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, Gatorade, and Tropicana.
A daft pair of thieves in Arkansas may have thought they’d gotten away with stealing a Pepsi vending machine, but police followed their dolly tracks all the way from the heist site to their font lawn. Read the full story here.
LAW AND POLICY
The New York Times reported that health researchers
have identified a new predictor for risky behavior among teenagers and
young adults: the energy drink. Read the article here. • Red Bull won a suit against three bars in Rochester, N.Y. where management substituted lower priced energy drinks when customers asked for Red Bull. The settlement orders the bars to discontinue the practice and also included an undisclosed monetary fine. • A St. Louis-based health-care organization is turning to the tap, eliminating bottled water at its hospitals. The bottle ban begins Sunday at SSM Health Care’s 20 hospitals in four states. Bottled water will be eliminated from vending machines, won’t be sold in cafeterias, won’t be brought in for meetings.
PurBlu Beverages, the creator of GIVE Natural Spring Water, entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Exclusive Beverage Distributors for distribution throughout New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties. • DNA Beverage Corporation announced that 126 Tom Thumbs located in Florida’s Panhandle and Alabama have agreed to carry the Company’s product. • Jana, European artesian water announced that they will be available in the metro NY area as of June 1, 2008 through Manhattan Beer Distributors. • Apple Rush’s Chicago distribution arm Garden Beverage is adding Extenze Male Enhancement product to its line. Under the terms of the agreement, Garden has exclusive rights to a four state area, and is also a master distributor setting up subs in the region.
PROMOTIONS / APPEARANCES
Joe “Diesel” Riggs, a world-class Mixed Martial Arts fighter from Glendale, Ariz., has joined the WheyUP team. Under this agreement, WheyUP becomes the “official sports drink” of Riggs and has exclusive rights to use his name and likeness in connection with the advertisement, promotion and sale of WheyUP. • IZZE Beverage Company is debuting its signature line of IZZE fashions, designed by Loris Diran, at events in New York and Los Angeles. • Nestle Waters North America donated more than 35,000 half-liters of Nestle Pure Life bottled water to citizens affected by the level five tornado that struck the northeast part of Iowa. • Turn On Beverages introduced their Turn On Love Drink to Dallas residents by offering free samples at NUVO, a shop featuring the works of local Dallas artisans as well as designer pieces from all over the world. • Jones Soda Co. announced that the company will make a presentation at the Piper Jaffray 28th Annual Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. Interested parties may listen via live audio broadcast over the Internet available at www.jonessoda.com. • On Thursday, June 5th, music fans will be treated to a special insider‘s concert, which will kick off Black Music Month while also serving as a precursor of what is to come at this year‘s Essence Music Festival. At Coca-Cola Celebrates Essence Music Festival @ The Apollo, some of today‘s most popular R&B and neo-soul artists will perform on the Apollo‘s legendary stage in celebration of Black Music Month. • Mini Thin Rush, will be the featured energy drink at Connected’s 2008 MTV Movie Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge.