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Pepsi in Distribution Swap with Two Bottlers

Seeking to drive growth locally, PepsiCo and two of its leading independent bottlers - Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC (PBV) and the Honickman Group's Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York (PCNY) - today announced their intent to transfer certain franchise ownerships in New York, North Carolina, Idaho and Vermont.

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Doctors Urge F.D.A. to Restrict Energy Drinks Caffeine

A group of 18 doctors, researchers and public health experts jointly urged the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to take action on energy drinks to protect adolescents and children from the possible risks of consuming high amounts of caffeine. (NY Times)

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In a New Aisle, Energy Drinks Sidestep Some Rules

Fans of Monster Energy, the popular high-caffeine energy drink, may not notice the change: its ingredients will be the same and its familiar label bearing a green, clawlike monogram will change only slightly. But the drink’s maker has decided after a decade of selling it as a dietary supplement to market it as a beverage, a switch that will bring significant changes in how it is regulated. (NY Times)

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Mississippi Governor Signs 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill

One week after a judge blocked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's supersize soda ban, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Monday that prevents municipalities from governing what or how much people can eat and drink. (ABC News)

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Call for Entries: NY Int'l Wine Competition

The 3rd Annual New York International Wine Competition (“NYIWC”) is now accepting entries. It will be taking place on May 5th-6th 2012 at the 3 West Club located in the heart of New York City. This is the only international wine competition where all the judges are real trade buyers judging the wine by its category and actual price.

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