British period drama Downton Abbey has fast become a global sensation, with around 120 million viewers glued to TV screens worldwide. Now, it’s possible for fans everywhere to bring a taste of Downton Abbey home with a collection of wines inspired by the award-winning television series. The Downton Abbey Wine Collection features two blends from the Bordeaux region of France: a “Blanc” white wine and a “Claret” red wine available in the U.S. on Nov. 1 and in Europe and Australia later this year.
French spirits group Pernod Ricard announced first quarter underlying sales below market expectations on Thursday, with revenues hit by persistent weakness in China. The world's second-biggest spirits group behind Britain's Diageo was cautious for the current year, predicting growth in underlying profit from recurring operations of between 4 and 5 percent for the year ending June 30, 2014. (Reuters)
The Coca-Cola Company has announced the roll out of Dasani Sparkling Water Beverage, an unsweetened, zero-calorie and lightly carbonated beverage with natural flavors. It's available in four varieties: Lime, Lemon, Berry and Apple as well as an unflavored variety. “Dasani drinkers are looking for ways to stay hydrated throughout the day. Now we’ll be able to offer them another fun, tasty, unsweetened option to ‘Drink Up’” says Mary-Ann Somers, vice president, Water, Tea and Coffee for the Coca-Cola North America Group.
POM Wonderful announced Wednesday the official launch of its Industrial Pomegranate Partnership Program which deploys food scientists from the POM Innovation & Tech Center to help interested companies develop new and innovative pomegranate-based products. Product developers and flavor experts at the state-of-the-art POM Innovation & Tech Center in Del Rey have already begun working with global category leaders across multiple industries to help them bring new pomegranate-based products to market.
Xyience Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has announced its “How Do You Say XYIENCE?” video contest, which runs now through Nov. 15, 2013. Hosted on the Xyience Facebook page, the contest asks fans to create and submit an original video that helps people to understand how to correctly pronounce Xyience. One lucky winner will take home the grand prize, which includes a one-year supply of Xenergy, a Xyience backpack, t-shirt and other swag. The Facebook contest is open to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older. There is no purchase necessary to participate. Contest details are available at www.facebook.com/Xyience.
The results of a new study released by the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) show that the amount of water used to produce bottled water products is less than all other types of packaged beverages. On average, only 1.39 liters (1.39L/L) of water is used to produce every one liter of finished bottled water. This study was produced by Antea Group, an independent third-party consultant, which conducted the data collection process, verification, analysis, and reporting.