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Mexican Beer Retail Antitrust Ruling Due This Week

Mexico's antitrust regulator is expected to make public this week a ruling on whether Anheuser-Busch InBev's Grupo Modelo and a Heineken brewer can keep exclusivity agreements with corner stores and restaurants. Mexico's Federal Competition Commission ruled on the case in June, in response to a complaint by SABMiller and several small Mexican beer companies, the Wall Street Journal reports. (St. Louis Business Journal)

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Study: Beer May Improve Blood Flow

Drinking beer improved arterial function -- blood vessels become more flexible and blood flowed better to the heart -- within hours, Greek researchers say. Kalliopi Karatzi, Victoria G. Rontoyanni, Dr. Athanase D. Protogerou and colleagues at the Harokopio University in Athens recruited 17 healthy, non-smoking, men with a median age of 28 and a normal body mass index. (UPI.com)

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Britvic Restates Lack of Interest in A.G. Barr Deal

Britvic Plc reiterated that combining with A.G. Barr Plc is unlikely, even as the potential partner said it would “actively” look at reviving a deal after a U.K. regulator cleared the soft-drink makers’ abandoned merger plan. Britvic’s “performance has improved, the merger benefits are materially less than they were, and our share price is almost twice the level it was,” Chairman Gerald Corbett said today in a statement. “Britvic’s prospects as a stand-alone company are bright.” (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

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Sunny D Touts Sustainability Progress

Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC) has released its fifth annual Sustainability Report which showcases further progress against its sustainability goals. During 2012, SDBC reports that it completed its $85 million state-of-the-art reinvention project enabling the firm to realize the efficiency, sustainability and economic benefits of the largest initiative ever undertaken by the company.

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No-Li Brewhouse Enters Portland Market

The award-winning beers from No-Li Brewhouse are on their way to Portland, Ore., for a July 10 launch. “The bootlegging of our beer across the Columbia River into Rose City stops today!” said No-Li co-founder John Bryant. “We have reached a monthly agreement to ship 22 ounce bottles and a limited number of kegs to Oregon Craft Beer enthusiasts. The trucks crossed the Columbia today—get yours while you can.”

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Philadelphia Distilling Taps Industry Vet as Ambassador

Philadelphia Distilling, the first craft distiller in the state of Pennsylvania since Prohibition, has announced the appointment of Aidan Demarest as portfolio brand ambassador. Demarest officially assumed his post July 8. “We are very pleased to have such a unique individual as Aidan to bring our brands to life in California and beyond,” says Philadelphia Distilling Founder Andrew Auwerda. “Aidan's vast and deep knowledge of quality spirits and cocktails is impressive on its own. Couple that knowledge with his entrepreneurial sense and sales and marketing savvy, and Aidan the perfect complement to our growing team of experience professionals dedicated to building a strong spirits business.”

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