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Bottled Water Shipments Diverted To Toledo; Shortages Seen

The search for potable water for residents of Toledo has expanded to other parts of Ohio. Supermarket chain Kroger yesterday diverted more than 16 tractor-trailers carrying bottled water from Columbus to Toledo-area stores. Another 16 trucks, each capable of carrying 40,000 16-ounce bottles of water, or about 5,000 gallons, were to leave later yesterday. Some reports of bottled water shortages in stores had been reported in the state. Kroger imposed a four-case-per-family limit on bottled water purchases in the Toledo area. (The Columbus Dispatch, dispatch.com)

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Brooklyn Brewery Plans New Staten Island Plant

The Brooklyn Brewery left beer lovers crying in their mugs Monday as it announced plans to jilt the borough of Ralph Kramden and build its new plant across the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island. Brooklyn Brewery described the proposed plant as a “state-of-the-art 400,000- expandable to 1,000,000-barrel brewery on 20-25 acres” — a vast stretch of land that the company’s general manager, Eric Ottaway, said was impossible to find in the… (NY Post)

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Congresswoman Proposes Sugar Tax on Beverages

Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has introduced a bill to tax sugar-sweetened beverages. Called the SWEET Act, the bill would impose a 1 cent federal tax per teaspoon of caloric sweetener, such as sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, that is put into beverages. DeLauro says the bill is to help tackle the dual epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our nation. "We are at a crucial tipping point and the SWEET Act will help correct the path we are currently on," she said. (wsfb.com, Hartford, CT)

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Craft Beer Production Up 18% In 2014

To all those who have been waiting for the craft-beer bubble to burst, the Brewers Association sent a definitive message Monday: It’s not coming anytime soon. Through the first half of 2014, production of locally made beer is up 18 percent from the mid-point of 2013, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based national industry group. This comes as national shipments of all beer are down 0.1 percent through the end of May. (bizjournals.com)

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Coffee Drinkers See Perks Of Grain-Based Beverages

Here’s a beverage that really goes against the grain. Bottled oats and seedy lattes are sprouting all over — some blended into sweet coffees, others throwbacks to instant breakfast drinks — and New Yorkers are starting to slurp them up. It may sound hard to swallow, but drinks like this are delicious and nutritious, packed with omega-3s, fatty acids, protein and fiber. There’s also a quinoa smoothie, a Tahitian vanilla oat shake and even a juice made from chia seeds on the market. (NYDaily News)

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Nehi Bottling Celebates 85th But Without Namesake

As the Nehi Bottling Co. celebrates its 85th year in business, it no longer manufacturers the soft drinks. But the company still employs 18 people distributing Nehi, Royal Crown (RC) Cola, Dr Pepper, 7 Up, A&W, Country Time, Sunkist and Canada Dry products …(clarionledger.com)

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