Black Momma Beverage Industry

Victory Brewing opens new brewery, taproom
Downingtown, Pa.-based Victory Brewing Co. is expanding its footprint to downtown Philadelphia.

Drizly highlights Gen Z’s beverage alcohol shopping habits
The study found that digitally native Gen Z purchases alcohol from local liquor stores more often than their millennial, Gen X and baby boomer counterparts.

PATRÓN Tequila opens aged barrel room
PATRÓN Tequila officially opened the doors to the Francisco Alcaraz Barrel Room, which is two times the size of the current barrel room.

Scheid Vineyards provides 6-month update
Revenues for the 2nd quarter of fiscal 2020 increased to $18.7 million, from $16.7 million for the same period in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

NBWA highlights strengthening beer market at 82nd Convention
NBWA) hosted its Annual Convention and Trade Show, Sept 22-25 in Las Vegas, bringing beer distributors together from across the country.

7-Eleven adds voice-ordering to 7NOW delivery service

7-Eleven Inc., Irving, Texas, continues to redefine convenience retailing with the launch of 7Voice, which allows customers to place an order through its 7NOW delivery app via the voice-controlled Google Home and Amazon Echo systems.

Molson Coors forges new partnership with L.A. Libations

Molson Coors, Chicago, and L.A. Libations, El Segundo, Calif., announced a multiyear partnership that includes a significant minority equity investment by Molson Coors in L.A. Libations as well as category-exclusive access to the company's services. Molson Coors also will hold two seats on the L.A. Libations board.

Cott Corp., DS Services America acquire The Water Guy

Cott Corp., Toronto and Tampa, Fla., announced that DS Services of America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cott, substantially acquired all of the assets of WG America Co. and certain affiliated companies: The Water Guy.

Anheuser-Busch to buy remaining shares of CBA

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA). Portland, Ore., and Anheuser-Busch (A-B), a subsidiary of Leuven, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev, jointly announced an agreement to expand their partnership, with A-B agreeing to purchase the remaining CBA shares it does not already own in a merger transaction for $16.50 a share, in cash.

Pepsi launches Sparkling Rosé at BravoCon

Pepsi, a brand of Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc., is teaming up with Bravo to introduce Pepsi Sparkling Rosé, a zero-calorie, Rosé-flavored cola that’s a light and bubbly take on the popular wine, without the alcohol. 

Good Culture launches digestive health shots

Good Culture, Irvine, Calif., launched its Wellness Probiotic Gut Shots. A new category for Good Culture, the USDA organic shots combine the probiotics within cultured kefir with functional ingredients like turmeric, matcha, chaga and collagen.

Danone Waters of America adds Ferrarelle to portfolio

Danone Waters of America, White Plains, N.Y., announced that it will sell, distribute and merchandise Ferrarelle, an Italian sparkling natural mineral water, in the United States as of January 2020. The long-term master distribution agreement will focus on building the brand in the United States and includes Ferrarelle glass formats through on-premise channels.

Medalla Light debuts anniversary packaging

Medalla Light is celebrating its 40th anniversary by reaffirming its commitment to Puerto Rican art and culture.

Pack Expo breaks records
The tradeshow featured a variety of exhibitors for the beverage market.

Strongbow Original Dry Hard Cider now available in steel kegs

White Plains, N.Y.-based HEINEKEN USA announced that Strongbow Hard Ciders will release its Original Dry to on-premise outlets with the availability of 50-liter steel kegs.

Soylent adds Strawberry flavor to lineup

Soylent Nutrition Inc., Los Angeles, launched a ready-to-drink Strawberry four-pack exclusively at select Target stores nationwide.

Delicato Family Wines adds Nighthawk by Bota Box lineup

Napa, Calif.-based Delicato Family Wines, producer of Bota Box, announced the launch of three new varietal wines under Bota Box's premium bag-in-box Nighthawk range: Nighthawk Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Nighthawk Black Lush Pinot Noir and Nighthawk Gold Vibrant Sauvignon Blanc.

Molson Coors announces revitalization plan

Molson Coors Brewing Co., Denver and Montreal, reported results for the 2019 third quarter and also is announcing a new revitalization plan intended to achieve consistent top-line growth by improving efficiency and unlocking resources to reinvest in the business.

Eastside Distilling acquires Azuñia Tequila
The acquisition brings product and operational assets to Eastside including more than 2,600 on-premise points of distribution, a direct sales team and a product line.

ABA, leading beverage companies announce Every Bottle Back

America’s leading beverage companies — The Coca-Cola Co., Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo — announced the launch of the Every Bottle Back initiative, an effort to reduce the industry’s use of new plastic by making significant investments to improve the collection of the industry’s valuable plastic bottles so they can be made into new bottles.

Readers name their favorite beverage of September

In the Readers’ Choice: New Product of the Month poll for September, Sunshine Sparkling Energy Water won the monthly poll with 31 percent of the vote. 

Pernod Ricard USA highlights commitment to American wine, spirit brands

During the past three years, New York-based Pernod Ricard USA has invested in and helped to grow a significant number of American-made spirits brands.

Bardstown Bourbon Co. opens new visitors center
On 100 acres, the development includes curated tours, cocktail classes, exclusive tastings and multiple private event spaces.

TAZO tea partners with RZA for Camp TAZO: Zen

TAZO tea, a brand of Unilever North America, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., announced the return of the second Camp TAZO, an overnight experience rooted in the brand's spirit of inspiring exploration and discovery, it says.

Foley Family Wines acquires vineyards in Oregon, Sonoma Country
Each vineyard will support the growing luxury wine portfolio, which includes The Four Graces from Willamette Valley and Chalk Hill from Sonoma County.

Ben E. Keith Beverages buys Artisanal Beverage Distributor assets

In a move that pushes Fort Worth, Texas-based Ben E. Keith Beverages fully into the spirits market, the company has acquired Dallas-based Artisanal Beverage Distributor's assets, adding 20 suppliers to its growing lineup of spirits and expanding its spirits distribution footprint statewide.

Borden releases Gingerbread Eggnog in time for the holidays

Dallas-based Borden Dairy Co. has introduced the new limited-edition flavored eggnog just in time for holiday celebrations. Along with the new offering, Borden's Classic Eggnog is returning to the dairy aisle.

Kornell legacy continues on with Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine

This month, Napa Valley wine consultant and community leader Paula Kornell will introduce the inaugural vintage of her Napa Valley Blanc de Noir, carrying on the work of her father, legendary sparkling winemaker Hanns Kornell.

Whole Foods Market releases 2020 trends

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed the anticipated and innovative food trends for 2020 in the retailer’s fifth annual trends predictions announcement. Regenerative agriculture, zero-proof drinks, West African foods, meat-plant blends and new varieties of flour are among the food influences and movements expected to take off in the next year.

Alkaline Water Co. to acquire AQUAhydrate