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September 11-15, 2017

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Beverage World presents the latest news from across the worldwide beverage market.

Coke to pull products from Vt. to comply with GMO law

Coca-Cola Co. expects to pull some of its beverages from Vermont stores as the state imposes a GMO-labeling law this week. All products made with genetically modified organisms must have warning labels in order to stay on sale in Vermont -- the nation’s second-least-populous state -- starting July 1. While the Atlanta-based company’s top beverages will stay on shelves, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero, some smaller brands or configurations may disappear for now, according to spokesman Ben Sheidler. (Bloomberg)

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Bud Light tackles gender pay equality in new ad

In a TV spot debuting today, Seth Rogen says "women don't get paid as much as men and that is wrong." Amy Schumer, who is co-starring with him in an ongoing campaign, then chimes in: "And we have to pay more for the same stuff," like cars and drycleaning. The kicker: "Bud Light costs the same no matter if you are a dude or a lady," she says. (Ad Age)

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Ball to sell 8 U.S. can plants to pave way for Rexam deal

Ball Corp. has agreed to sell to Ardagh Group S.A. eight U.S. aluminum can plants and associated assets in order to settle FTC charges that its proposed acquisition of Rexam PLC – worth $8.4 billion when proposed in February 2015 – is likely anticompetitive. According to the complaint, the acquisition would eliminate direct competition in the United States between Colorado-based Ball, and United Kingdom-based Rexam, which are the first and second largest manufacturers of aluminum beverage cans in both the United States and the world. (streetinsider.com)

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Wash. State residents’ remorse on liquor privatization

Since Washington State voters approved the privatization the sale of hard liquor in 2011, the Oregon grocery industry, with help from national liquor interests, has pushed to do the same…Today, the Washington D.C.-based Alcohol Research Group, released new research into how consumers in Washington State feel about privatization. The answer: not good. (WWeek.com)

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N.C. breweries becoming attractive to big investors?

With success in the local brewing industry comes booming sales, lots of tourists — and the guys with business cards. Investors big and small are checking out Asheville, N.C.'s brewing scene, which has exploded in recent years to include two dozen breweries in Buncombe County and more than 50 in the mountains. Rumors have even swirled recently about the really big boys sniffing around town — outfits like Anheuser-Bush/InBev or Miller/Coors — although that's tough to confirm, as the big companies aren't talking and local breweries might be dealing with an investor representative, not the corporation itself. (Citizen-Times)

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Got nut milk? Four food trends on the rise

The food industry is salivating over small start-ups, with the giants looking to pounce on the next hot trend and make sure they don't get left behind. These small companies — purveyors of delicacies from fair-trade chocolates to artisanal cocktail mixers — gathered Monday for the Summer Fancy Food trade show here hoping to get noticed by venture capitalists and grocery store merchandisers alike, and turn their homegrown brands into national favorites. The stakes have perhaps never been higher. (USA Today)

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