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Coca-Cola Icon Ingrid Saunders Jones to Retire

An icon of Atlanta business and one of the “must-know” movers and shakers in the world of philanthropy is moving on. After 30 years at Coca-Cola, the Atlanta-based beverage giant announced Tuesday that Ingrid Saunders Jones, chairwoman of the Coca-Cola Foundation and senior vice president of the company’s Global Community Connections, will retire June 1. (AJC)

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Anchor Brews Up Big San Fran Expansion

Anchor Brewing on Tuesday was joined by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and the San Francisco Giants to announce plans to construct a world-class facility at Pier 48 as part of the Mission Rock Development Project. Anchor will continue to operate its facility in Potrero Hill, but will greatly expand its operations with the development of the Pier 48 facility. The two facilities will allow the company to quadruple its annual production capacity from 180,000 barrels to 680,000 barrels.

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U.S. Hopes Put Fizz into Britvic

Soft drinks maker Britvic helped the markets fizz yesterday as brokers said it was set to take the US by storm. The Robinsons and Tango maker jumped 10¼p to 405¼p as broker Nomura said rolling out its Fruit Shoot drink for children into 30 US states could give its business a major lift. (Express)

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Protests Pour Out on Texas Beer Sale Bill

Texas brewers would lose a potential source of capital and some flexibility in negotiating sales under a bill before the state Senate. The Texas Craft Brewers Guild immediately opposed the legislation, as did one of the state's two major groups representing wholesale distributors - which called it "asinine" and "anti-competitive." (Houston Chronicle)

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Another Beer Distributor Moves to the Bronx

The Bronx will soon have another beer distributor on tap. Oak Beverages Inc., a wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits, is closing its two existing warehouses and moving into a new 350,000-square-foot facility in Hunts Point, according to an official with the Soft Drink & Brewery Workers Union Local 812, which represents 200 Oak employees. The new facility will provide more space and better refrigeration than Oak's existing warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (Crain's New York Business)

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