They are all “veterans of the tobacco wars,” as Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) put it. Over the years, they have sponsored legislation to ban smoking on airplanes, led efforts to remove depictions of tobacco use in films and successfully sued the tobacco industry for misleading the public about the dangers of smoking. (Washington Post)
Mexican soft-drink bottler Coca-Cola KO -0.37% Femsa has stepped up its acquisition spree in the fast-consolidating Brazilian Coca-Cola system, agreeing to buy the second-largest privately owned Coke bottler there for $1.86 billion in cash. (WSJ)
A glass of wine a day may keep the blues at bay, according to a Spanish study of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. The research, part of the broader Predimed report on the Mediterranean diet, followed 5,500 light to moderate drinkers of both sexes over a period of seven years and found that those who drank two to seven glasses of wine a week were less prone to depression than non-drinkers. (The Guardian)
Naked Wines UK, which has invested more than 25 million pounds ($39 million) in independent winemakers since 2008, is planning to raise 3 million pounds by issuing what it calls the Naked Fine Wine Bond. (Bloomberg)
This week Waitrose has become only the second UK supermarket to sell Turkish wine, as part of a new showcase of wines from around the world. Pamukkale Diamond is a red wine made with shiraz and merlot blended with the lesser known, much rarer indigenous Turkish varieties of kalecik karasi and boğazkere. The blend has a ruby red colour with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and a hint of black pepper. (The Guardian)
Connecticut’s RDP Group is presenting their 2013 Holiday Buying Show, the East Coast’s largest bar, restaurant and retail professional gathering. The 2013 show takes over the Javits Convention Center in New York City September 9-10, 2013.