Bats Blood – The Legendary Wine from Transylvania London, UK — July 12th, 2011 — Bats Blood Merlot is the excitingly delicious creation of Angelika von Klein under the tutelage of her mysterious Master from the historical region of Transylvania. This rich, dark red wine intrigues on its own, but is even more exotic and […] [...more]
Competing juice makers Ocean Spray Cranberries and Decas Cranberry Sales are set for another legal battle, after Ocean Spray this week filed an action over "deceptive business practices", though Decas has vowed to fight the case.
Ocean Spray is suing its rival, claiming that it engaged in an "unlawful and malicious" campaign to defame it with disparaging letters, emails, blogs, YouTube videos and Twitter postings.
Chuck Dillon, chief executive of Decas, told NutraIngredients-USA.com that the lawsuit was "totally frivolous" but the firm had not yet consulted its lawyers to determine its next course of action. [...more]
Flavour and fragrance supplier Treatt has unveiled a new flavouring ingredient for the soft drinks market, which the company claims can offer a sweeter taste than its conventional counterpart spearmint oil.
According to BeverageDaily, Spearmint Treattarome 9764 gives consumers the aroma of freshly trimmed spearmint leaves, imparting a scent reminiscent of the Mojito cocktail drink.
A spokesperson told the news provider: "The product does not enhance sweetness to a measurable degree. It leaves a sweeter impression than spearmint oil, probably because it is lighter in character and has no still notes." [...more]
Jamaican rum producer Appleton Estate is bringing a rare 30-year-old rum to the UK market.
The company has created just 1,440 bottles of the drink, and expects plenty of interest from connoisseurs.
“The Appleton Estate is recognised around the world for producing premium aged rums of the finest quality and we are very excited about the prospects,” said UK brand manager Barnaby Rodgers.
“This rum will appeal not only to people passionate about rum, but to all spirit connoisseurs.” [...more]
‘RELAXATION BEVERAGES’ FIGHT FOR SHELF SPACE AT SEATTLE RETAILER FROM NORTH END TO WEST SEATTLE (DALLAS, Texas) July 15, 2010 – Step aside, Coke and Pepsi. Relaxation drinks are heading to the frontlines of a new beverage war in Seattle. The battle lines are being drawn in Seattle grocery and convenience stores including Jacksons Food […] [...more]
Alcoa Reports Second Quarter 2010 Results July 12, 2010 Highlights: * Income from continuing operations of $137 million or $0.13 per share; net income of $136 million or $0.13 per share. * Revenue of $5.2 billion, a six percent increase from the first quarter of 2010, primarily driven by higher volume. * EBITDA of $724 […] [...more]
Diageo has redesigned its Smirnoff 21 packaging. The new bottles have launched in the UK and will roll out across the world from August.
The bottle now includes prominent signatures of Smirnoff’s historical producer Pierre Smirnoff alongside the crown and other copy associated with the heritage of the brand.
A ‘regal eagle’ has replaced the spike graphic and according to the release, the new brand icon is a ‘tribute to the brand’s stature and authenticity’.
Amy Mooney, senior brand manager for Diageo GB said: “With this redesign, we’re looking to encapsulate the premium, heritage and purity cues that consumers associate with the Smirnoff brand, as well as providing a contemporary edge to keep the bottle looking freshfor maximum standout on shelf.”
The redesign will also feature on the Smirnoff flavours range. [...more]
William Grant & Son has announced the completion of its €300 million deal to buy C&C International’s portfolio of Irish spirits and liqueur brands.
The brands include Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist
The new business will operate from now as William Grant & Sons Irish Brands Ltd and will be based in Dublin and Clonmel. There are 63 employees and other support from C&C will join the new company, including 42 employees from Clonmel and 15 from Dublin. [...more]
One of the UK's leading lager brands, Foster's, is being given a sales boost this summer by a new, multi-million pound advertising campaign.
The multimedia package includes three TV ads plus digital, social media and outdoor ambient activity, which aim to re-establish the brand's sunny, care-free view of the world.
Brad and Dan, two laid back Aussie blokes, lead the campaign, giving over-the-phone advice to British callers facing all kinds of social dilemmas.
The pair's optimistic outlook - helped by the 'no worries' attitude to life - means that no problem is unsolvable. [...more]
The joint venture of US brewing companies SABMiller and Molson Coors has found an innovative use for one of its breweries' waste water.
MillerCoors' brewery in Ohio has teamed up with a company which produces animal feeds from renewable sources to run a full-scale trial.
The new product will use specialist technology to create a fish food ingredient to replace less sustainable ones currently used on fish farms nationwide. [...more]
Almost 20 years after girls last adorned tins of Tennents' best-selling beer, its so-called Lager Lovelies are back, in a quirky homage to the original branding.
A new campaign by the Scottish brewing firm will see an unusual return to its use of attractive, scantily-clothed models on cans, by putting elegantly-attired chimpanzees in their place.
According to Herald Scotland, the new packaging imagines how company founder Hugh Tennent might have decorated the drink's cans in 1885, as an eccentric Victorian "with a penchant for pet simians". [...more]
Australian wine brand Wolf Blass is to launch a sparkling rosé wine at the London International Wine Fair.
The launch is initially UK-focused and Wolf Blass Yellow Label sparkling rosé aims to capitalise on the growing popularity of sparkling and rosé wines.
The wine will retail for £9.99 and will partner Wolf Blass Yellow Label sparkling brut, which is already available.
Neil Barker, UK commercial director for Foster's EMEA said: "We have crafted Wolf Blass sparkling rosé to meet all the current consumer trends to ensure that it drives sales and profitability across all retail channels. Branded sparkling wine is now a must stock for all retailers but especially during the key summer sales period." [...more]