The Flow: Pepsi bottler talks go flat; PBG buys a bottler


  • From Beverage Spectrum Magazine: Cheaper Kids’ Beverages? Try It. Bring down the price and you might find consumers more willing to gamble Link
  • The New York Post reported that merger talks between PepsiCo and The Pepsi Bottling Group have gone flat. Link
  • The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Better Beverages, Ltd. Better Beverages is a Pepsi-Cola and Dr Pepper franchised bottler that serves portions of central Texas. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


  • HealthSpan Solutions LLC announced the launch of BeneVia fruit-based nutrition drink with nutrients to help consumers stay healthy and active as they age. Link
  • Clif Bar & Company launched CLIF Quench, a clear sport drink made with all-natural and organic ingredients. href=”/news/2009/6-2-2009-clif_quench” target=_blank>Link
  • Nutrisoda launched new flavors and packaging, targeting the Minneapolis/St. Paul and San Diego markets. Link
  • Boowl Americas has launched its new BOOWL SURPRISE products in the U.S. Link


  • Crunk!!! Energy Drink announced that Xtra Mart has authorized Crunk!!! Pomegranate, Citrus, and Grape-Acai to be carried in 148 stores in the Northeast. All sku’s will begin being placed into sets starting as early as July 1st.
  • PepsiCo won the distribution rights contract at Western Carolina University, displacing the school’s former supplier, Coca-Cola. Link
  • VITAZEST will be available online at Link
  • Hawaiian Springs LLC announced it has expanded operations to the U.S. mainland. Link
  • Innovative Beverage Group Holdings, Inc. announced that the company has entered an agreement with Mussetter Distributing Inc. of Auburn, CA to bring drank, to Northern California. Link
  • Celsius Holdings, Inc. announced that Celsius is now available in 195 Shaw’s Supermarket locations throughout the northeast. Link


  • Manufacturers of food and beverage cans are devising a public relations and lobbying strategy to block government bans of BPA, the Washington Post reports. Link


  • Nestle Waters North America Inc. filed a federal lawsuit claiming Aqua Chill Inc. infiltrated Nestle’s Massachusetts facility by repeatedly calling a toll-free telephone number that nationwide customers used to access their bottled-water delivery accounts. Link


  • Danone SA set the terms Friday for a share issue which seeks to raise $4.16 billion in new capital. Link
  • The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. announced that it has raised its second quarter and 2009 earnings guidance. Link


  • A study published in Pediatrics found that teenagers don’t sleep enough, due to text messaging and caffeine. Link
  • Results of a new study published in the journal Molecular Systems Biology show probiotics have a tangible effect on metabolism. Link
  • A new study from James Madison University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting found that post-exercise consumption of lowfat chocolate milk provides equal or possibly superior muscle recovery compared to a high-carbohydrate recovery beverage with the same amount of calories. Link


  • AquaGenus announced an agreement with Trace Minerals Research to include their all-natural, ionic minerals in AquaHydrate bottled water. Link


  • Brandweek published an article on Sunkist Soda’s new “12 ounces of awesome” campaign. Link
  • The Dallas Morning News published a profile of ViB, the brain-child of a pair of Dallas entrepreneurs. Link


  • Dr Pepper debuted a new commercial in its “Trust me, I’m a doctor,” series, this one featuring Dr. Dre. Link
  • The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign and USA TODAY awarded the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache Athlete of the Year Award to 25 high school athletes. Link
  • The PepsiCo Foundation has awarded a five-year, $1 million grant to the Purchase College Foundation for the Baccalaureate and Beyond Center at Purchase College. Link


  • Following German reports of trace amounts of cocaine in Red Bull‘s Simply Cola, China’s Xinhua news agency reported that the Jordanian government ordered Red Bull to remove all of its products from the Jordanian market. Link
  • Taipei prosecutors confiscated nearly 18,000 cases of Red Bull Energy Drink German officials reported that Red Bull Simply Cola contained small traces of cocaine. Link
  • In response German reports of cocaine in Red Bull Simply Cola, a spokesman for Red Bull’s China branch told China Daily that Red Bull products sold in that country have their own, unique formula. Link
  • Hong Kong officials also reported finding tiny amounts of cocaine in Red Bull Cola, as well as Red Bull and Red Bull Sugar Free. Link


  • Coca-Cola was honored as the 2009 Sports Sponsor of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. Link


  • Jennings M. Hertz Jr., the former chairman of United Distributors died Saturday of heart failure, his son said. He was 83. Link
  • PepsiCo, Inc. announced that Lynn A. Tyson has joined PepsiCo, as senior vice president, Investor Relations. Link
  • Full Motion Beverage, Inc. announced the appointment of Vincent Butta as its new CEO and President. Link


  • PepsiCo was reported to cease donating products to God’s Pit Crew, a faith-based disaster relief organization, because the organization has the word “God” in their name. Link. The company quickly renewed its sponsorship following news that the relationship had ended. Link
  • A Gatorade dispenser in the Chicago Cubs dugout will be removed after starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano took a bat to the machine. Link
  • An Associated Press review of Utah state finance records shows that Utah state agencies, excluding public colleges and universities, have spent more than $220,000 on bottled water since July. Link
  • Coca-Cola Co and illycaffe SpA said they expect coffee drinkers around the world to buy their new canned coffee, illy issimo, despite a global economic slowdown. Link