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Food Business NewsBeverage Trends - The Year In Review
Bottled water sales grew. K-Cup partnerships formed. An energy drink manufacturer found an avenue for global growth. The beverage industry experienced success in 2014, but one category, formerly a steady performer, stumbled. Carbonated soft drink manufacturers dealt with dropping sales for diet brands. “Diet is taking us down,” said Larry Young, president and chief executive officer, in a July 24 conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas. MORE>>


Fire WhiskeyFireball, Tito’s, New Amsterdam Driving Market Growth As Holiday Season Approaches
As the U.S. spirits market heads towards the end of 2014—and into the crucial holiday selling season—three brands continue to overwhelmingly drive the market’s growth: Fireball, New Amsterdam vodka and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Through the first nine months of the year, Fireball sales jumped by 103% in NABCA channels, while Tito’s advanced by 88.4% and E.&.J. Gallo’s New Amsterdam rose by 44%. MORE>>


Red LobsterRed Lobster Now Has a Whole Lot More Lobster on the Menu
For a restaurant named Red Lobster, Red Lobster didn't have a whole lot of actual lobster on the menu. That's about to change now, as the largest seafood restaurant in the world unveils its brand new menu that is putting a newfound emphasis on lobster and seafood in general. The company is known for massive shrimp promotions, but when the price of shrimp continued to rise it cut into the company's already declining profits. MORE>>


Beveragedaily.comAlcohol-Free Beer 'Improved' with Aromas from Regular Beer: Study
Spanish researchers claim to have improved the taste of low and non-alcoholic beer by adding aromatic compounds recovered from regular beer.


Veterans DayVeterans Eat Free at These Restaurants on Veterans Day 2014
America will celebrate Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11th this year, and many local restaurants and restaurant chains will be offering discounts and free meals to veterans and active duty military in appreciation for their service. To help get the word out, RestaurantNews.com has rounded up a huge list of these restaurant offerings. MORE>>


Bar LouieBar Louie Announces Plans For Five New Restaurants In Kentucky And Tennessee
Bar Louie, a neighborhood bar and eatery known for its handcrafted cocktails, local brews and craveable food, announced today the signing of a multi-unit area development agreement with new franchise partner, SHREE Enterprise Inc. The company is planning to expand the Bar Louie brand in Kentucky and Tennessee with a total of five restaurants. MORE>>


Technomic BlogPortrait of the Perfect Adult Beverage Customer
The ideal adult beverage consumer possesses some level of understanding and awareness of drink categories and brands but enters a store, bar or restaurant with an open mind. These consumers have their favorite brands but scan the shelves or menu to see what’s new and interesting; in doing so they’re open to descriptions, food pairing information, price promotions and other merchandising materials, and they also welcome input and suggestions from staff, family and friends. MORE>>


ABA-B InBev to Launch Tequila-Flavored Beer in U.S.
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is launching a tequila-flavored beer in the U.S. called Oculto aimed at young consumers of drinking age who increasingly opt for liquor and Mexican beers. Oculto, which will debut next spring, is made with blue agave, the same plant used to make tequila, and blended with beer that has been aged with wood from Mexican tequila barrels. It doesn’t contain tequila, but is flavored by it. It will have 6% alcohol content, higher than the 4% to 5% typically in U.S. beers. MORE>>


NRALap Up Technology to Stay Relevant with Customers
Restaurant industry growth remains positive, but growth rates have moderated compared to 10 and 20 years ago. From the operator’s perspective, the rapid integration of technology into the traditional restaurant experience can actually help generate additional demand for restaurants. MORE>>

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is launching a tequila-flavored beer in the U.S. called Oculto aimed at young consumers of drinking age who increasingly opt for liquor and Mexican beers. Oculto, which will debut next spring, is made with blue agave, the same plant used to make tequila, and blended with beer that has been aged with wood from Mexican tequila barrels. It doesn’t contain tequila, but is flavored by it. It will have 6% alcohol content, higher than the 4% to 5% typically in U.S. beers. - See more at: http://www.beverageworld.com/news/headline/4830/a-b-inbev-to-launch-tequila-flavored-beer-in-u.s#sthash.TX9QggmK.dpuf

Pumpkin AleNew Products: Blackstone Pumpkin Ale
Blackstone Brewing Co. released its seasonal Pumpkin Ale. The beer features a mild pumpkin flavor infused with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the company says. A bottle contains 5.1 percent alcohol by volume and 13 International Bittering Units. MORE>>

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