Beverage Article Archive

Brewers Association Redefines ‘Small’ Breweries

The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, voted to change the BA's designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer." The Association's board of directors also revised its bylaws to reflect the change. In the BA's craft brewer definition, the term […]

10 Trends that Shaped 2010

As the country began dragging itself from economic turmoil in 2010, which dishes and drinks did savvy food marketers and restaurant operators introduce to satisfy consumer needs? According to the Culinary Trend Mapping Report, a bi-monthly journal from Packaged Facts and the Center for Culinary Development (CCD), overall themes included Back to the Basics, Artisan […]

Craft Beers Bubble Over in Popularity

While spirits barely edged out beer as the most popular alcoholic beverage enjoyed by consumers between this year, the market has hardly fallen flat. According to latest research from Mintel, domestic beer is the clear favorite, followed by imported varieties; but 33 percent of all beer drinkers are drinking less imported beer because they’re drinking […]

Christmas Classics Coke, Rockettes Team Up

Coca-Cola and ShopRite made the holidays brighter today for local children in need, inviting 1,000 children from the Garden of Dreams Foundation to enjoy an exclusive performance of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden to make dreams […]

Cuvée Coffee To Serve Blends at Texas Restaurants

Cuvée Coffee Roasting Company, Texas’ premier coffee roaster, is getting into the restaurant business. Known for providing independent coffeehouses throughout Texas with only the highest quality, sustainable, precision-roasted specialty coffees, Cuvée Coffee can now be found on the menus of several discerning restaurants throughout the Lone Star State, including Austin restaurants Bess Bistro, Walton’s Fancy […]

Giant Leap Forward for Starbucks and Its 2015 Goal

  Starbucks’ ambitious goal to have 100 percent of its cups be reusable or recyclable by 2015 may have just gotten much easier. The company announced a successful test with paper cup manufacturer International Paper and pulp mill Mississippi River Pulp that used recycled cups from stores to create new cups. The six-week pilot test […]

Starbucks Charts the Course for Future Success

Starbucks detailed strategies for its next phase of growth at the company’s biennial Investor Conference. Building on its continued strength in attracting global consumers to its stores and growing its business in that critical channel, Starbucks senior leaders outlined plans to create a multifaceted, global consumer brand and the significant potential to achieve a greater […]

Top Menu Trends for 2011

The National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot” survey of more than 1,500 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—reveals that local and hyper-local sourcing, healthy children’s meals, sustainable seafood, and gluten-free cuisine will be among the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2011. In addition, the chefs said that mobile food trucks and pop-up restaurants […]

Bahama Buck’s to Make 30,000-Pound Snow Cone

As a way to celebrate its 20th anniversary and raise money for a charity in its hometown of Lubbock, Texas, shaved ice concept Bahama Buck’s announced that it will build the world’s largest snow cone next week. The Guinness World Record–setting attempt will stretch over three days, December 7–9, and send all proceeds to the […]

Starbucks Makes a Deal with Magic Johnson

Company acquires Magic Johnson Enterprises’ remaining 50 percent interest in Urban Coffee Opportunities (UCO), a partnership formed 12 years ago to build Starbucks stores in underserved neighborhoods.

Simply Successful

In an industry of ever-more-ostentatious offerings, the Italian ice is about as humble as it gets: water, fruit, and sugar. Yet, Rita’s has parlayed that simple formula into a successful franchise business with an enviously loyal customer base. For the country’s largest Italian ice concept, which turns 25 this year, simple is anything but stupid. […]