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Scotch Whisky Exports Post Healthy 1H Growth

Scotch whisky exports grew in the first six months of 2013 as the industry continues to lead the way for the U.K.’s food and drink sector and export-led recovery. Figures released by the Scotch Whisky Association show that export revenue increased by 11 percent to nearly £2 billion (US$3.1 billion) in the first six months of this year from £1.78 billion (US$2.8) in the first half of 2012. Some 563 million bottles of Scotch whisky were exported between January and June this year, up 9 percent, or nearly 50 million bottles, from the same period in 2012.

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New Belgium Makes 'Best for the Workers' List

B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations—a disinction for companies that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and other criteria—has named New Belgium Brewing to its ‘B Corp Best for the Workers List’. The distinction honors companies that create the most positive environment for their employees. Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing became a Certified B Corporation after transitioning to a 100 percent employee-owned model.

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Ohio Craft Distillers Seek Regulatory Changes

Distillers in micro distilleries that are popping up around the state say their entrepreneurial spirits could bolster Ohio’s economy in the 21st century but that decades old regulations are in their way. Those regulations, they say, create an economic disincentive for them to open tasting operations for tour groups that have become popular with wineries and micro breweries. (Cleveland Plain Dealer_

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Joy of Sake Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The world’s largest sake-tasting event outside Japan returns to New York on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 to celebrate its 10th anniversary in the city. This year, The Joy of Sake will feature a record 384 premium labels for New Yorkers to sip and savor along with a delicious array of sake appetizers prepared by 15 of the city’s top chefs.

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Drink Chia Now at Vitamin Shoppe

This week, Drink Chia, the omega-3 superfood beverage made for healthy lifestyles, hits shelves at all 622 Vitamin Shoppe store locations in across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Ontario, Canada. For co-founder and marathon runner Chandra Davis, the rapid growth represents the realization of a long-time dream.

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XB RTD Cocktail Arrives in California

XB, a new European flavored spirit has expanded its distribution into the Golden State. XB, which its brand owner describes as "the premium vodka cocktail inspired by the sexy, sophisticated lifestyle of the French Riviera," has added California to more than a dozen states where it is already distributed across the U.S.: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Washington.

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